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I'm a circuit analyst and use all the major textbooks for my tutorial students, many in High School. This is without a doubt one of the best there is! Of course it uses MultiSim and PSpice like all the others, but, uniquely and unusually, also repeats nearly all the examples using the Sharp EL-506W calculator.
Since this is the 2012 edition, I thought the updates might feature the more recent EL-W516XBSL by Sharp-- Sharp Electronics EL-W516XBSL Engineering/Scientific Calculator. It is $20, and by far the best value, compared to the number one circuit- engineering handheld-- HP 50g Graphing Calculator, at nearly $100 (graphing is rarely used in real day to day circuit calculations, you either use your oscilloscope, or PSpice for graphics). But not to worry, the 516 and 506 keystrokes are nearly identical, and equations are even easier with the 516.
Robbins is midway between the very easy and basic Introductory Circuit Analysis (12th Edition) -- perfect even for beginning High School students -- and Karris' very advanced two volume series Circuit Analysis I with MATLAB Applications for much more advanced grad and undergrad students (Karris has lots of partial derivatives, differential equations, linear algebra, etc. including proofs and derivations, more a math book than just circuit analysis. This book is much easier than that!).
A good adjunct to Robbins is Slone: Tab Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics-- you probably realize that you need a "complement" electronics text to take you gently through schematics while you're studying analysis, and Slone is by far the best guide to demystifying schematics, taking you from baby steps to full blown IC's.
Robbins covers all the relevant topics, without too much calculus. The advantage to his many calculator examples is that if you do have to solve multiple equations, PSpice won't do it, and most of us won't go back to linear algebra to fill in matrices. Both the HP and the Sharp will handle them quickly, and Robbins even gives the keystrokes! To equal this text, you'd need to buy a schematics book, a calculator book, and a circuit basics book, so even though the price is not cheap, it is a real value given the completeness and practical approach. Other texts leave it up to you to solve the problems, and with self study in particular, you're tempted to skip the difficult ones. Not so here, because it's fun to try them on your HP or Sharp! Highly recommended.
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