Chad Davis, University of Oklahoma
Pub Date: 2017
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Libraries
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This book (or ebook, as it refers to itself) discusses all major topics related to AC circuits and what is typically covered in a second circuits read more
This book (or ebook, as it refers to itself) discusses all major topics related to AC circuits and what is typically covered in a second circuits course (e.g., OpAmps and filters). In particular, the book provides a comprehensive account of sinusoidal signals and RLC circuits. The treatment of transformers and some of the more advanced topics, as also mentioned in the book, is not very comprehensive and the book refers the readers to other online material (links are provided). The book does provide the basics needed for the understanding of the AC circuits and does it in a very lean way (which is in sharp contrast to many traditional textbooks). Simultaneously, this also means some application examples are left out. I understand this is by design as the book explicitly mentions it has elected to not go on “tangents” and rather provide internet links for noncentral topics. The text uses Multisim extensively as an educational tool. The book can also be used as a handbook for a quick refresher.
This is an engineering book so there is little that can be “biased.” The content is accurate and examples seem to be error free.
The book discusses the fundamental concepts of AC circuits in electrical engineering. Naturally, it is not expected that the content ever becomes obsolete. The book uses Multisim extensively as an educational aid and Multisim, as a software tool, naturally does not have the same longevity as physical concepts, but the usage is quite transferable to other software tools.
The text is clear and easy to follow. The author refers to the reader as “you,” which while a bit unconventional, in fact, helps with the flow of the text. The text is in general concise and to the point.
The book is consistent, even in the font color it uses to refer to inductors (blue) and capacitors (red).
The book is very modular. Naturally most chapters draw on the content of previous ones, but this is within reason. Some later chapters (e.g., OpAmp) can be independent of others.
The book is very well organized as also mentioned regarding the modularity of the book.
The book is provided as a PDF. I did not experience any issues. Both internal and external links in the book work fine. The book has a certain color scheme that is designed to distinguish different sections/types of material. While I personally might have chosen another color scheme (which is purely a cosmetic change), the helps with navigating the book.
No grammatical errors. The book refers to the reader in second-person, which while unusual for engineering texts, helps with the flow of the text.
The book is not culturally insensitive or offensive.
Table of Contents
- Module 1 – AC Signal Overview
- Module 2 – AC Circuits Math Background
- Module 3 – RLC Circuit Analysis with AC Sources
- Module 4 – Passive Filters
- Module 5 – Transformers
- Module 6 – Diodes and AC to DC Conversion
- Module 7 –Operational Amplifiers (OpAmps)
References and Links
About the Book
This eBook was written as the sequel to the eBook titled DC Circuits, which was written in 2016 by Chad Davis. This eBook covers Alternating Current (AC) circuit theory as well as a brief introduction of electronics. It is broken up into seven modules. Module 1 covers the basic theory of AC signals. Since only DC sources are used in the first eBook, details of AC signals such as sinusoidal waveforms (or sine waves), square waves, and triangle waves are provided. Module 2, titled AC Circuits Math Background, covers the mathematics background needed for solving AC circuit problems. The background material in Modules 1 and 2 are combined in Module 3 to solve circuits with AC sources that include resistors, inductors, and capacitors (RLC circuits).
About the Contributors
Chad Davis received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. Since 2008 he has been a full-time member of the ECE faculty at OU. He holds a dual discipline (electrical & mechanical) professional engineering license in the state of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the OU-ECE faculty he worked in industry at Uponor, McElroy Manufacturing, Lucent, and Celestica. His work experience ranges from electromechanical system design to automation of manufacturing and test processes.
Dr. Davis is a licensed private pilot and performs research primarily in areas related to aviation. His current research at OU involves the design and development of a new GPS Ground Based Augmentation System utilizing feedback control and the design of instrumentation and data acquisition for navigational systems. Additionally, he serves as the ECE recruiting coordinator and one of the primary academic advisors for ECE students.