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Schaum's Outline of Electric Circuits, Fifth Edition (Schaum's Outline Series) [Paperback]

Mahmood Nahvi , Joseph A Edminister
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1 Aug 2011 0071633723 978-0071633727 5

This ideal review for your electrical engineering course, with coverage of circuit laws, analysis methods, circuit concepts, and more

More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum’s Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in their respective fields, Schaum’s Outlines cover everything from math to science, nursing to language. The main feature for all these books is the solved problems. Step-by-step, authors walk readers through coming up with solutions to exercises in their topic of choice.

  • Outline format facilitates quick and easy review of electrical engineering
  • Hundreds of examples with explanations of electrical engineering concepts
  • Exercises to help you test your mastery of electrical engineering
  • Appropriate for the following courses: Electric Circuits, Electric Circuit Fundamentals, Electric Circuit Analysis, Linear Circuits and Systems, Circuit Theory
  • Supports all the major textbooks for electrical engineering courses


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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Schaum's Outlines; 5 edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071633723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071633727
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SCHAUM'S OUTLINES


OVER 30 MILLION SOLD

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Master the fundamentals of Electric Circuits with Schaum's the high-performance study guide. It will help you cut study time, hone problem-solving skills, and achieve your personal best on exams and projects!

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Students love Schaum's Outlines because they produce results. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students improve their test scores and final grades with these indispensable study guides.

Get the edge on your classmates. Use Schaum's!

If you don't have a lot of time but want to excel in class, this book helps you:


-Use detailed examples to solve problems
-Brush up before tests
-Find answers fast
-Study quickly and more effectively
-Get the big picture without poring over lengthy textbooks

Schaum's Outlines give you the information your teachers expect you to know in a handy and succinct format without overwhelming you with unnecessary jargon. You get a complete overview of the subject. Plus, you get plenty of practice exercises to test your skill. Compatible with any classroom text, Schaum's let you study at your own pace and remind you of all the important facts you need to remember fast! And Schaum's are so complete, they're perfect for preparing for graduate or professional exams.

Inside, you will find:


-Updated key concepts, principles, and terminology of electric circuits
-New chapters on amplifiers and operational amplifier circuits
-Introduction to signals and waveforms, output resistance, nonlinear resistance, and active filters
-Essentials of circuit analysis using Spice and Pspice software
-Easy-to-understand explanations of two-port networks, Fourier transforms, and more!

If you want top grades and a thorough understanding of Electric Circuits, this powerful study tool is the best tutor you can have!

Chapters include:


-Introduction
-Circuit Concepts
-Circuit Laws
-Analysis Methods
-Amplifiers and Operational Amplifier Circuits
-Waveforms and Signals
-First-Order Circuits
-Higher-Order Circuits and Complex Frequency
-Sinusoidal Steady-State Circuit Analysis
-AC Power
-Polyphase Circuits
-Frequency Response, Filters, and Resonance
-Two-Port Networks
-Mutual Inductance and Transformers
-Circuit Analysis Using Spice and Pspice
-The LaPlace Transform Method
-Fourier Method of Waveform Analysis
-Appendix A Complex Number System
-Appendix B Matrices and Determinants

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Schaum's Outlines


Electrical Engineering

Analog and Digital Communications


Basic Circuit Analysis, 2nd Ed.


Basic Electrical Engineering, 2nd Ed.


Basic Electricity


Digital Principles, 3rd Ed.


Digital Signal Processing


Electric Machines and Electromechanics, 2nd Ed.


Electromagnetics, 2nd Ed.


Electronic Communications, 2nd Ed.


Electric Devices and Circuits, 2nd Ed.


Electric Power Systems


Feedback and Control Systems


Introduction to Digital Systems


Signals and Systems

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mahmood Nahvi is a professor of electrical engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Dr. Hahvi's areas of special interest and expertise include network theory, control theory, communications engineering, signal processing, neural networks, adaptive control and learning in synthetic and living systems, communication and control in the central nervous system, and engineering education. In the area of engineering education, he has developed computer modules for electric circuits, signals, and systems which improve teaching and learning of the fundamentals of electrical engineering.

Joseph A. Edminister is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, where he also served as an assistant dean and acting dean of engineering. Professor Edminister is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, a member of the bar in Ohio, and a registered patent attorney. He is also the author of Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Electromagnetic.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a "keeper". 10 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought Prof. Edminister's earliar Electric Circuits book when I took his class in college over 20 years ago. I learned far more from his book than any other book on electric circuits. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every practicing electrical engineer. I've referred to Edminister's book more often than any other engineering book I own. The clear exposition and the terrific depth of solved example problems make this book a "keeper". -Rick Lyons- author of "Understanding Digital Signal Processing"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in the middle 9 July 2010
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This is a good book in that the concept where there is a brief outline of each topic followed by a broad selection of solved problms makes it both a good reference book and a very useful tool for turning an understanding of the content (and that of other books) into the fluent working knowledge required for real life problem solving - practice makes perfect.

However I concur with the reviewer who rated 1 star that there are a few unforgivable errors in some of the solved problems that could mislead a student and waste time when the point of the book is to save study time. It is also littered with typos.

I did also find that as a learning / tutoring tool some of the content was too condensed where some important mathematical steps were omitted making some of the logic very difficult to follow, even when turning to trusty K.A Stroud Engineering Mathematics to try and work out what these missing steps were.

The PSpice software and mathcad examples had some promise but since this seems to be out of print I was unable to obtain working software from the second hand reseller, and the softeware may now be a bit dated. PSpice is still available to download from Microsim but without the examples.

All in all, it is a worthwhile purchase for the price but should have been reissued with a corrections which would have lifted the rating to four to five stars. I think that the shortcomings are not so bad to merit the 1 star review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of errors in solved-problems 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Very difficult to follow. He didn't give the detailed explanation of the formulas being used. There are quite a few errors in the solved problems that obviously contradict to each other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful resource for cramming the course 9 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
This book covers the basics (and some detail) of the Electronics module I'm doing at University. It is great as an aid to the lecture notes, and it explains things well in a clear manner.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as Textbook 25 July 2001
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I have thoroughly read a few introductory textbooks on electrical engineering, but none of them really comes close to Schaums Electric Circuits in terms of helpfulness or clarity. This book can be used as an independent textbook because of the clarity of the presentation and the completeness of the material. Great attention has been paid to signs and polarities in the circuits, unlike some other textbooks which are sometimes frustratingly vague about polarities in their circuit explanations. As a result, some subtle things have been clarified for me, e.g. about transformers. The solved problems are especially helpful because some of them develop the theory further. The attention to precision, as well as its helpful intuitive explanations and a good selection of problems, makes this book a best buy. After buying this book, I no longer need one or two other bestselling textbooks, whose titles I would prefer not to mention. Even now, as a full-time electrical engineer, I keep on referring to this most helpful book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplemental textbook on circuit analysis and design topics 22 July 2006
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent study guide for electrical engineering students that will serve them well in their two-semester DC circuits sequence, linear circuits, electronic circuit design sequence, and power circuits. It is another one of those Schaum's outlines that is clear and complete enough to double as a textbook on the topic of circuit analysis and design. It starts out defining basic electric circuit concepts and terms such as potential, charge, current, resistance, capacitance, and inductance. It then moves on to circuit laws and then circuit analysis methods. It then explains the amplifier model in terms of components that have already been defined, and from there describes the operational amplifier and shows how to design using this device. The chapter on waveforms and signals is an excellent one, and is a topic often overlooked and shortchanged in most electrical engineering textbooks. The chapters on first-order and higher-order circuits do an excellent job of venturing into the world of linear RLC circuits and shows how to use calculus and differential equations to solve for the voltage and current equations of these types of circuits. Included also are more direct methods of analysis including complex frequency and pole-zero plots. The next major topic to be broached is that of analysis and design of power circuits. This is an often ignored subject in the electrical engineering curriculum, and the two chapters are good foundations on the topic. Besides just explaining polyphase power circuits, the outline actually takes the time to explain why such circuits are desirable when power generation is the goal. The next three chapters do some clean up on miscellaneous circuit analysis and design topics - frequency response, two-port networks and their characteristics, and mutual inductance and transformers, which is the basis of courses on electromechanical machines. The chapter on mutual inductance is the weakest chapter in the book, with less explanation than in the rest of the outline. There is a good chapter on using the industry standard Spice and PSpice software for circuit design. The final two chapters are applied chapters on the Laplace and Fourier transforms and their use in circuit analysis and design. For those whose basic mathematics may be rusty, the appendices cover basic matrix algebra and the mathematics of complex numbers.

I used the first edition of this outline in the late 70's to help iron out concepts that were not clearly presented in my undergraduate textbooks. I kept it around over the years to serve as a reference. I just recently upgraded to the current fourth edition, and the subject matter and organization of material has changed over the years but not the high quality of the content. I highly recommend this outline to undergraduate electrical engineering students who want a high quality supplemental textbook that will serve them from their sophomore year until graduation. One reviewer lamented that there were quite a few errors in the solved problem sections. However, this review was very old - 1999 I believe - and was written before this current fourth edition was written. I have not found any errors in the solutions so far, so apparently this latest edition has cleared up that past problem.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a "keeper". 10 Nov 1998
By riclyons@ix.netcom.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought Prof. Edminister's earliar Electric Circuits book when I took his class in college over 20 years ago. I learned far more from his book than any other book on electric circuits. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every practicing electrical engineer. I've referred to Edminister's book more often than any other engineering book I own. The clear exposition and the terrific depth of solved example problems make this book a "keeper". -Rick Lyons- author of "Understanding Digital Signal Processing"
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good supplement 28 Dec 2001
By Eds - Published on Amazon.com
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This is book is a very good supplement for a class in introductory circuit analysis. The techniques are explained in a clear and concise manner. The examples and exercises provided are very appropriate and serve to provide a good understanding in the subject matter. My only complaints about the book are that some areas are not covered as thoroughly as I would have liked (for example, the section on Thevenin and Norton Equivalents) and that some techniques of circuit analysis were left out. However, many other things that were not clearly explained in textbooks were made comprehensible with the help of this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As clear as crystal. 16 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book utilizes the Schaum's method, wich i personally think is one of the best: read the thory in two pages, take a look at a thousand examples, and go ahead and solve a thousand more problems... Excelent for beginers.
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