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Electric Circuits, Global Edition, 10th Edition

By James Nilsson, Susan Riedel
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Designed for use in a one or two-semester Introductory Circuit Analysis or Circuit Theory Course taught in Electrical or Computer Engineering Departments

Electric Circuits, 10th Edition is the most widely used introductory circuits textbook of the past 25 years. As this book has evolved to meet the changing learning styles of students, the underlying teaching approaches and philosophies remain unchanged.


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Table of contents
  • List of Examples
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 Circuit Variables
  • Chapter 2 Circuit Elements
  • Chapter 3 Simple Resistive Circuits
  • Chapter 4 Techniques of Circuit Analysis
  • Chapter 5 The Operational Amplifier
  • Chapter 6 Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance
  • Chapter 7 Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits
  • Chapter 8 Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits
  • Chapter 9 Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis
  • Chapter 10 Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations
  • Chapter 11 Balanced Three-Phase Circuits
  • Chapter 12 Introduction to the Laplace Transform
  • Chapter 13 The Laplace Transform in Circuit Analysis
  • Chapter 14 Introduction to Frequency Selective Circuits
  • Chapter 15 Active Filter Circuits
  • Chapter 16 Fourier Series
  • Chapter 17 The Fourier Transform
  • Chapter 18 Two-Port Circuits
  • Appendix A The Solution of Linear Simultaneous Equations
  • Appendix B Complex Numbers
  • Appendix C More on Magnetically Coupled Coils and Ideal Transformers
  • Appendix D The Decibel
  • Appendix E Bode Diagrams
  • Appendix F An Abbreviated Table of Trigonometric Identities
  • Appendix G An Abbreviated Table of Integrals
  • Appendix H Common Standard Component Values
  • Answers to Selected Problems
  • Index

Features & benefits

Emphasise the Relationship between Conceptual Understanding and Problem Solving Approaches

  • Chapter Problems: Problem solving is fundamental to the study of circuit analysis. Having a wealth of problems to assign and work is a key to success in any circuits course. Users of Electric Circuits have consistently rated the Chapter Problems as one of the book’s most attractive features.
    • Existing end-of-chapter problems are revised, and new end-of-chapter problems are included.
    • Practical Perspectives: Practical Perspectives are introduced with the chapter openers. They offer examples of real-world circuits, taken from real-world devices to illustrate how the generalised techniques presented in a first-year circuit analysis course relate to problems faced by practicing engineers. Every chapter begins with a brief description of a practical application of the material that follows. Once the chapter material is presented, the chapter concludes with a quantitative analysis of the Practical Perspective application. A group of end-of-chapter problems directly relates to the Practical Perspective application. Solving some of these problems enables students to understand how to apply the chapter contents to the solution of a real-world problem.
    • New Practical Perspective problems are included for Chapters 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10. Many of the new problems represent the world of the 21st century. Each Practical Perspective problem is solved, at least in part, at the end of the chapter, and additional end-of-chapter problems can be assigned to allow students to explore the Practical Perspective topic further.


Build an Understanding of Concepts and Ideas Explicitly in Terms of Previous Learning

  • Assessment Problems: Each chapter begins with a set of chapter objectives. At key points in the chapter, students are asked to stop and assess their mastery of a particular objective by solving one or more assessment problems. The answers to all of the assessment problems are given at the conclusion of each problem, so students can check their work. If they are able to solve the assessment problems for a given objective, they have mastered that objective. If they need more practice, several end-of-chapter problems that relate to the objective are suggested at the conclusion of the assessment problems.
  • Fundamental Equations and Concepts: Throughout the text, there are fundamental equations and concepts set apart from the main text. This is done to help students focus on some of the key principles in electric circuits and to help them navigate through the important topics.


Provide Students with a Strong Foundation of Engineering Practices

  • Examples: Every chapter includes many examples that illustrate the concepts presented in the text in the form of a numeric example. There are nearly 150 examples in this text. The examples are intended to illustrate the application of a particular concept, and also to encourage good problem-solving skills.
  • Integration of Computer Tools: Computer tools can assist students in the learning process by providing a visual representation of a circuit’s behavior, validating a calculated solution, reducing the computational burden of more complex circuits, and iterating toward a desired solution using parameter variation. This computational support is often invaluable in the design process. The tenth edition includes the support of PSpice® and MultiSim®, both popular computer tools for circuit simulation and analysis. Chapter problems suited for exploration with PSpice and MultiSim are marked accordingly.