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Circuit Analysis Demystified by [McMahon, David]
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About the Author

David McMahon has worked for several years as a physicist and researcher at a renowned national laboratory. He has an educational background that includes advanced degrees in both math and physics. He is also the author of Quantum Mechanics Demystified, Relativity Demystified, Signals and Systems Demystified, and Linear Algebra Demystified.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8658 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (22 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071510869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071510868
  • ASIN: B00122I21Y
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,096,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a good volume, provided you have the mathematical background to start with. The main weakness is that there is nothing at the beginning of the book which explicitly states the level of mathematical knowledge required to tackle the material. Provided you have the necessary background in Calculus, the book will do what it says on the tin.
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handy book and great price
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1.0 out of 5 stars Circuit Analysis Abstracted 15 Jun. 2009
By Ivor Bowden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are mystified don't expect this book to help much, you may end up more confused. Gratuitous and excessive math dominates, at the expense of intuitive explanations. It is inconsistent and unclear, appears hastily composed without a lot of review. Written more from a physic professor's point of view rather than an electrical engineer's - examples mostly have little relation to real circuits and often have contrived values that don't make much sense. Many examples are too abstract to actually set up and measure in a lab.

Note, the examples below are from the 2008 version, perhaps may change in later editions.

Example 1: In Fig 1-7 "an example of how to add up voltages in a circuit" the random values do not add to zero, in direct contradiction to Kirkchoff's voltage loop law. This example is entirely invalid, so is Fig 1-14.

Example 2: The first sentence about Thevenin's Theorem says "..replaced with a single resistor and a single current source". Huh? That's Norton, Thevenin is a voltage source. Obviously a typo, but a blatant one.

Example 3: Basic Series and Parallel networks are not covered until AFTER voltage dividers, current dividers and Kirchoff's laws. Really they should be covered first.

Example 4: Gratuitous use of math - page 7 "...example will be... painful..." followed by two pages of integration by parts. This is excessive, there are other books for math review.

Example 5: Fig 2-11 Ground reference signal completely out of context with a brief paragraph and no examples.

I could go on, but my bottom line is that while there is a lot of information here, the presentation could be significantly improved. It's a fair review book if you already know this stuff, and could be a useful alternate viewpoint book for the beginning student, but not recommended as a sole learning vehicle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Circuit analysis complicated 25 Sept. 2009
By laser_mechanic - Published on Amazon.com
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I really tried to like and work with this book but gave up due to the fact that the math gets in the way of learning (I am capable of the calculus and diffeqs but in spite of that, it did not simplify understanding). A better book for reviewing and lots of extra problems is the Basic Circuit Analysis Schaums outline by O'Malley. Stay away from this book.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this in college 9 Oct. 2008
By KB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had to comment when I saw the only other (and very negative) review on this book. It looks like the reviewer is punishing this author because he was unable to take a short-cut on the PE exams by using this book.

I picked this up as a refresher to help my wife with her electrical engineering studies. When I was getting my degree, I suffered through expensive, dry, poorly written and error-prone texts written and required by my engineering professors. I supplemented with even drier, but more useful, Schuam's outlines.

Circuit Analysis DeMystified is a refreshing change. The author writes in a straight-forward friendly style and the material is a quick-read. I picked up more with this book in a four hour plane flight than I did in a semester long university class.

This probably isn't a replacement for your college texts, but if you want a quick refresher or overview, this is well worth the $15. I plan on buying the rest of the books from this author.

... And if you're studying for the PE exams, lay out the extra dollars and get a comprehensive study guide instead.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good potential but watch for errors 9 Oct. 2011
By Adi Oltean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Summary: the book gives a good set of "mental tricks" that could help you visualize circuit behavior. It also abounds in simple, practical examples that help the user go slowly from one step to another. I liked the focus on understanding circuits behavior intuitively and deriving quick/useful "rules of thumb". Beware: there are many typos/errors.

From a cohesiveness POV, I fel that the book, IMHO, should be studied only after (or in parallel) with another, more serious course for circuit analysis. There are things introduced out-of-order, or mathematical calculations which could appear hard to grasp at first sight if you don't know what are they about.

Last, the biggest issue: there are numerous errors, typos that you should watch for constantly, that you can start to see right from the first example. So, if something doesn't make sense, it might not be your fault necessarily. Look for erorrs and typos.

That said, I still enjoyed the book despite its many errors. It's like participating in a course about electrical engineering with a fun professor, but a bit absent-minded. Plus, certain tricks I learned in the book are invaluable. For example the Karni method is cool stuff that I haven't seen exposed anywhere else.

I would really like a next edition that eliminates all errors/typos so it could join the list of "serious books" about circuit analysis.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try A Different Book 25 Sept. 2010
By G. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not for the novice and isn't simple either. Not nearly as good as the "For Dummies" books. I would not recommend this book for those desiring the "basics".
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