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DC Circuits

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Chad Davis, University of Oklahoma

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Amr Metwally, Instructor, Oregon Institute of Technology on 4/19/20

This text book covers the basics of DC circuit analysis. It could be considered as a valuable reference book. However, I would not consider it as a text book as it lacks problems. The links provided in the book would make this book a true... read more

Reviewed by Resmi KrishnankuttyRema, Assistant Teaching Professor, Bowling Green State University on 12/12/19

This books provides both introductory and also in-depth information on the DC circuit fundamentals and associated components. It would have been really good if few more solved problems from each sections are included so the students using the book... read more

Reviewed by Jacob LeBlanc, Instructor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette on 11/10/19

Provides extensive information relating to DC circuits, but electromagnetism material is limited. read more

Reviewed by Deborah Lichniak, Asst. Prof., EET Program Chair, Thomas Nelson Community College on 3/25/19

Although thorough the book overall seems to lend itself to those having a strong background in math. Those in a technical program are a bit intimidated by the uses of matrices and long equations and will defer to their calculators, which is not... read more

Reviewed by Mahbube Siddiki, Instructor, University of Missouri-Kansas City on 8/2/18

This text book covers succinct but resourceful topics related to DC circuit analysis for the students to learn in the first semester for a two-semester circuit analysis course covering DC and AC circuit analysis. Three modules of this textbook... read more

Reviewed by Sangho Bok, Assistant Professor, Southern Utah University on 6/19/18

The book covers the traditional topics of DC circuit analysis with the basic circuit elements such as resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Three modules are well-divided well with enough details in each module. It provides many examples with... read more

Reviewed by Edwin Hou, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology on 5/21/18

This textbook covers the principles of DC circuit analysis with resistors, capacitors, and inductors, and the problem-solving procedures in circuit analysis. It contains traditional topics in electric circuit analysis and matrix methods for... read more

Reviewed by Huimin Chen, associate professor, University of New Orleans on 3/27/18

The book covers DC circuit analysis for resistive circuits and transient analysis for circuits with inductor and capacitors. It is good resource for the students to learn circuits analysis in the first semester for a two-semester circuits analysis... read more

Table of Contents

Module 1 – The Basics of DC Circuits with Resistors

  • Section 1.1 – Introduction and Basic Definitions
  • Section 1.1.1 - Charge vs Current
  • Section 1.1.2 - Resistance Calculations – (Resistance explained in more detail in section 1.1.3)
  • Section 1.1.3 - Ohm's Law: Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Conductance
  • Section 1.1.4 – Power and Energy
  • Section 1.2 – Combining Resistors in Parallel or Series
  • Section 1.3 – Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) and Voltage Divider Rule (VDR)
  • Section 1.4 – Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL) and Current Divider Rule (CDR)
  • Module 1 – Equation List

Module 2 – Advanced Topics for DC Circuits with Resistors

  • Section 2.1 – Source Transformations: Thevenin and Norton Form
  • Section 2.2 – Approximate Source Transformations: Adding a virtual resistor
  • Section 2.2.1 - Voltage Source Approximate Transformation
  • Section 2.2.2 - Current Source Approximate Transformation
  • Section 2.3 – Mesh Matrix Analysis and traditional loop analysis methods
  • Section 2.4 – Nodal Matrix Analysis and traditional Nodal Analysis
  • Section 2.5 – Superposition: Solving a circuit by including only one source at a time
  • Section 2.6 – Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits

Module 3 – DC Circuits with Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors

  • Section 3.1 – Background for Capacitors
  • Section 3.2 – Background for Inductors
  • Section 3.3 – Combining Inductors in Parallel and/or Series
  • Section 3.4 – Combining Capacitors in Parallel and/or Series
  • Section 3.5 – DC Transient Analysis with RC and RL Circuits
  • Section 3.5.1 – Single Loop RL and RC Charging (Store) Circuits
  • Section 3.5.2 – Single Loop RL and RC Discharging (Release) Circuits
  • Section 3.6 – DC Steady State Analysis with RC, RL, and RLC Circuits
  • Section 3.7 – Introduction to Passive Filters
  • Module 3 – Equation List

References and Links
Appendix – Dependent Sources and Laplace Transform Examples

About the Book

This book covers Direct Current (DC) circuit theory and is broken up into three modules. Module 1 covers the basics for circuits that include DC sources (voltage or current) and resistors. Even though Module 1 is not very difficult, it forms the foundation for more complicated topics in modules 2 and 3 so it is important to have a firm grasp of all Module 1 topics before moving on. Module 2 covers more difficult problem solving techniques for circuits that include only DC sources and resistors. Module 3 introduces capacitors and inductors. These non-linear reactive components are analyzed in the transient and steady state regions in circuits with DC sources in Module 3. Also annexed is a two-page cheat sheet that ENGR 2431 students at University of Oklahoma can use for exams.

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.