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You should also consider getting a second textbook, such as Nilsson and Riedel. Neither of these textbooks is adequate by itself, but their strengths and weaknesses are often complementary, so what you don’t understand in one text may be better explained in the other.

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"Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, 2e" is intended for use in the introductory circuit analysis or circuit theory course taught in electrical engineering departments. The main objective of this book is to present circuit analysis in a clear, easy-to-understand manner, with many practical applications to interest the student. Each chapter opens with either historical sketches or career information on a sub-discipline of electrical engineering. This is followed by an introduction that includes chapter objectives. Each chapter closes with a summary of the key points and formulas. The authors present principles in an appealing and lucid step-by-step manner, carefully explaining each step. Important formulas are highlighted to help students sort out what is essential and what is not. Many pedagogical aids reinforce the concepts learned in the text so that students get comfortable with the various methods of analysis presented in the text.

I recently had to review electric circuits 20+ years after taking my circuits courses in college, and began working my way through this book (4th edition). I soon found that it was not enough, and had to buy a second textbook (Nilsson and Riedel, “Electric Circuits,” 8th edition) to understand concepts which were not well-explained in FEC. The Nilsson & Riedel text is less rigorous and 150 pages shorter with no support for Pspice or Matlab, but the explanations are sometimes better; also the chapter organization is nearly identical, so that you can easily switch between the two texts. I also used Shaum’s “Basic Circuit Analysis (2nd edition),” which has brief but very understandable explanations of circuit concepts along with well-explained worked examples.

Although excellent in its integration of Pspice and Matlab techniques, including lengthy appendices which show how to apply Pspice and Matlab to AC circuits, FEC is not enough if you are studying electric circuits on your own, for two reasons. One reason is that explanations can often be minimal, with the result that you have to read the text very carefully (and maybe many times) to decipher what the authors are saying; in particular, the authors skip steps both in derivations and in solved problems, and it can be very difficult to figure out what has been done. The other reason is that many of the practice problems within the chapters are overly difficult and leave you with a feeling of frustration and discouragement, rather than confidence that you understand the preceding material. (Nilsson and Riedel’s “Assessment Problems” are almost as bad in this regard.) It would probably be fine as a classroom text where you have an instructor or TA to answer questions.

FEC is organized so that each section of text is followed by a worked-out example problem and then a practice problem with the answer provided. About half of the practice problems are straightforward applications of the methods in the preceding text and the example problem. However, a third to a half of the practice problems require a technique different from the example problem, are more difficult than the practice problem, and sometimes provide an incorrect answer (which is really unforgivable).

If you’re studying circuits with FEC on your own, I’d advise at least getting a copy of Shaum’s “Basic Circuit Analysis (2nd edition),” which is is indispensable for solving more complicated circuit analysis problems, although it does not cover Laplace and Fourier transforms. You should also consider getting a second textbook, such as Nilsson and Riedel. Neither of these textbooks is adequate by itself, but their strengths and weaknesses are often complementary, so what you don’t understand in one text may be better explained in the other. (One exception: the chapters on the Fourier series and the Fourier transform are very hard to follow in both books because of unexplained steps in explanations and worked examples, so if you need to study these topics, you’ll be better off using a Signal Processing textbook.)
This is a classic book and when I found the kindle edition for such a reasonable price, I was very excited.

My excitement was quenched very quickly when I found the formulas and non-photo diagrams to be fairly useless. The formatting is completely corrupted for essential parts of the book. Photograph and most text is fine, but I can’t make heads or tails of the more important bits of the book.

Stick with the print version until they fix this one.
Coverage of elementary circuit theory is encyclopedic. For someone who needs a quick refresher here and there, this is great. Sections are relatively short without long chains of reasoning-easily digestible bites. You'll get most of the needed framework in the first four chapters which cover Kirchoff's Laws (mesh or loop and nodal or junction analysis), superposition for linear circuits, source transformation, Thevenin and Norton theorems. Later on in a.c.circuit theory these same ideas hold since linearity holds for a fixed frequency. Complex impedances take the place of resistances and everything goes the same. The linearity of a circuit will allow you to Fourier analyze an arbitrary input voltage into a sum of a.c. voltages at various frequencies, solve for output voltage at each frequency, and sum these results to get your output-you can compare on an oscilloscope. Topics nicely build on previous results. After the basics you can just about jump anywhere and get the gist of the discussion.
Since the reviews for most of the other first Circuit Analysis books I could find were fairly uniform in their negative opinion on the understandability of those books, I was worried about this book. But, since the reviews of the previous version were very good, I thought I'd give it a try. Basically, I'm very impressed with it. Since I'm working through the book on my own without any peers or professors available to clarify things, the book I use HAS to be readable. This one is. The authors clearly explain almost everything (there are a few minor omissions of (non-core) material that the authors consider to be Intuitively Obvious to the Most Casual Observer (i.e., stuff they thought everyone would have run into from everyday life)). Within each section of each chapter, they immediately follow every concept with several Examples showing how to work with the material and Practice problems for the reader to do. So, if you don't immediately understand the theory, there are several applications available to help you along. At the end of the chapter, the book includes:

- A Summary of the material covered.

- Answered Review Questions.

- About 100 Exercises. These are broken up into sections so you know which ones require what material. The odd ones are answered at the back of the book.

- Comprehensive Exercises which use all the material covered.

In the Preface, the authors describe the book as:

"...[W]ritten for a two-semester or three-quarter course in linear circuit analysis.... It is broadly divided into three parts. Part 1, consisting of Chapters 1 to 8, is devoted to dc circuits.... Part 2, which contains Chapter 9 to 14, deals with ac circuits.... Part 3, consisting of Chapters 15 to 19 is devoted to advanced techniques for network analysis.... [T]he main prerequisites... are physics and calculus. A very important asset of this text is that ALL the mathematical equations and fundamentals of physics needed by the student are included in the text."

From what I can see, that's a very good description of the book.

The only negatives I can find in the book are all minor. Occasionally, there's a wrong answer (AFAIK). There are also a couple of cases where the authors put new information into the exercises instead of covering it in the text. Slightly more serious is that in some cases the Example and Sample problems focus on problems with certain attributes. But, the Exercises will then focus on problems with entirely different (unexplained) attributes. It takes some work to translate these into the material covered in the section. Also, I'd have preferred having Exercises at the end of each section instead of clumped together at the end of the chapter. The end-of-chapter Exercises should be limited to the Review Questions and Comprehensive Exercises. It would also have been nice if McGraw Hill had provided a PDF version of the book on their web site (ARIS) for registered users (there's a registration code in the front of the book).

My biggest complaint is probably regarding the tools used in the book: PSpice (a circuit simulator), KCIDE (an integrated design environment for circuit analysis), and MATLAB (a symbolic manipulator and solver). PSpice 9.1 used throughout the text of the book. Unfortunately, KCIDE uses PSpice 10.0. From what I can find on the web, the two PSpice versions don't play nicely together. So, you really have a choice of using the version of the tool used in the book or using the version required by another tool used in the book. MATLAB, unlike PSpice and KCIDE, doesn't have a free student version. As a replacement for it, I used Maxima (available from SourceForge).

Still, all the complaints are minor. I found the book to be very readable and rate it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.