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The textbook is a great resource to learn about amplifiers, circuits, and filters. The contents start at a very basic level, then go into greater depth using various examples. Equations provided are followed by examples, and signal analysis is... read more
The textbook is a great resource to learn about amplifiers, circuits, and filters. The contents start at a very basic level, then go into greater depth using various examples. Equations provided are followed by examples, and signal analysis is accompanied by data corresponding to both ideal and expected results. Also, all of the nomenclature are clearly defined before being mentioned. Furthermore, a summary page in the appendix is helpful for readers reviewing conceptual contents.
The diagrams are clear, and their formats are consistent throughout the book. Also, a lot of the supplementary data are from datasheets, which are clearly referenced in the appendix section.
The contents of the textbook are up-to-date, and its accuracy and relevance are not expected to change significantly in the future. This is because the focus of the contents are on fundamental concepts.
The textbook is clearly written, and the gradual introduction of new concepts makes the content comprehension easy. Also, most of the introduced concepts and ideas are backed by examples and actual data for clarity.
The figures and the equations used in the book are consistent to minimize confusion.
The book is split into 12 large chapters, and several subsections. This makes the reading of individual subsections convenient for the students. Also, the division of material allows the book to be a great supplementary material for courses. In addition, some of the sections dealing with actual data can serve as great examples for practical classes and lectures.
The topics start at the very basics, then become more detailed and specific further into the book. Therefore, the topics are easy to understand and follow.
The visual contents in the book, such as equations and graphs, are clear and error-free. An empty right column allows the figure labeling to be clear as well.
There were no grammatical errors identified during the review of the textbook.
As it is an academic textbook focused on introducing engineering concepts, no cultural or ethical issues were identified for this book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introductory Concepts and Fundamentals
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 The Decibel
- 1.3 Bode Plots
- 1.4 Combining The Elements - Multi-Stage Effects
- 1.5 Circuit Simulations Using Computers
- 1.6 The Differential Amplifier
Chapter 2: Operational Amplifier Internals
- 2.1 Introduction
- 2.2 What Is An Op Amp?
- 2.3 Simple Op Amp Comparator
- 2.4 Op Amp Manufacture
Chapter 3: Negative Feedback
- 3.1 Introduction
- 3.2 What Negative Feedback Is and Why We Use It
- 3.3 Basic Concepts
- 3.4 The Four Variants of Negative Feedback
- 3.5 Limitations On The Use of Negative Feedback
Chapter 4: Basic Op Amp Circuits
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 Inverting and Non-inverting Amplifiers
- 4.3 Single Supply Biasing
- 4.4 Current Boosting
Chapter 5: Practical Limitations of Op Amp Circuits
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 Frequency Response
- 5.3 Gain-Bandwidth Product
- 5.4 Slew Rate and Power Bandwidth
- 5.5 Offsets
- 5.6 Drift
- 5.7 CMRR and PSRR
- 5.8 Noise
Chapter 6: Specialized Op Amps
- 6.1 Introduction
- 6.2 Instrumentation Amplifiers
- 6.3 Programmable Op Amps
- 6.4 Op Amps for High Current, Power, and Voltage Applications
- 6.5 High Speed Amplifiers
- 6.6 Voltage Followers and Buffers
- 6.7 Operational Transconductance Amplifier
- 6.8 Norton Amplifier
- 6.9 Current Feedback Amplifiers
- 6.10 Other Specialized Devices
Chapter 7: Non-Linear Circuits
- 7.1 Introduction
- 7.2 Precision Rectifiers
- 7.3 Wave Shaping
- 7.4 Function Generation
- 7.5 Comparators
- 7.6 Log and Anti-Log Amplifiers
- 7.7 Extended Topic: A Precision Log Amp
Chapter 8: Voltage Regulation
- 8.1 Introduction
- 8.2 The Need For Regulation
- 8.3 Linear Regulators
- 8.4 Switching Regulators
- 8.5 Heat Sink Usage
- 8.6 Extended Topic: Primary Switcher
Chapter 9: Oscillators and Frequency Generators
- 9.1 Introduction
- 9.2 Op Amp Oscillators
- 9.3 Single Chip Oscillators and Frequency Generators
Chapter 10: Integrators and Differentiators
- 10.1 Introduction
- 10.2 Integrators
- 10.3 Differentiators
- 10.4 Analog Computer
- 10.5 Alternatives to Integrators and Differentiators
- 10.6 Extended Topic: Other Integrator and Differentiator Circuits
Chapter 11: Active Filters
- 11.1 Introduction
- 11.2 Filter Types
- 11.3 The Use and Advantages of Active Filters
- 11.4 Filter Order and Poles
- 11.5 Filter Class or Alignment
- 11.6 Realizing Practical Filters
- 11.7 Band-Pass Filter Realizations
- 11.8 Notch Filter (Band-Reject) Realizations
- 11.9 Audio Equalizers
- 11.10 Switched-Capacitor Filters
- 11.11 Extended Topic: Voltage-Controlled Filters
Chapter 12: Analog-to-Digital-to-Analog Conversion
- 12.1 Introduction
- 12.2 The Sampling Theorem
- 12.3 Resolution and Sampling Rate
- 12.4 Digital-to-Analog Conversion Techniques
- 12.5 Analog-to-Digital Conversion
- 12.6 Extended Topic: Digital Signal Processing
About the Book
The goal of this text, as its name implies, is to allow the reader to become proficient in the analysis and design of circuits utilizing modern linear ICs. It progresses from the fundamental circuit building blocks through to analog/digital conversion systems. The text is intended for use in a second year Operational Amplifiers course at the Associate level, or for a junior level course at the Baccalaureate level. In order to make effective use of this text, students should have already taken a course in basic discrete transistor circuits, and have a solid background in algebra and trigonometry, along with exposure to phasors. Calculus is used in certain sections of the text, but for the most part, its use is kept to a minimum. For students without a calculus background, these sections may be skipped without a loss of continuity. (The sole exception to this being Chapter Ten, Integrators and Differentiators, which hinges upon knowledge of calculus.)
There is also a lab manual for this textbook.
About the Contributors
James M. Fiore
My name is Jim and I'm the resident dissident, programmer and author. I've been a college professor for many years teaching in the areas of electrical engineering technology, computer programming and the science of sound. I'm also a musician and an endurance athlete. I established dissidents in the late 1980s as a way to offer various software items that I created, figuring that other people might find them useful as well. Some of these have been commercial and some have been freeware. I also write a lot, including published college text books and lab manuals. Recently, the open educational resource movement has gained momentum (no doubt at least partly propelled by the rising costs of college tuition and texts).