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Foundations of Electric Circuits, 1st edition

  • JR Cogdell
Foundations of Electric Circuits

ISBN-13: 9780139077425

Includes: Paperback

1st edition

Published byPearson (December 21st 1998) - Copyright © 1999

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$113.32 $90.66

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  • Paperback

    You'll get a bound printed text.


Extracted from the highly successful Foundations of Electrical Engineering by the same author, this book designed for a non-major, one-semester course with coverage of electric circuits, introduces concepts and vocabulary that are defined clearly and accurately, key unifying ideas in electric circuits are identified with icons in the margins, and problem solving techniques are presented in the many examples.

The book presents basic circuit analysis techniques, first and second-order transient analysis, AC circuit theory, transient and steady state circuit analysis based on complex numbers, and an introduction to electric power systems.

The presentation assumes knowledge of basic physics and calculus and is ideal for electrical engineering students with one course in circuits. Used with Foundations of Electronics, this book is ideal for a one-semester course in circuits and electronics for physics, engineering, or computer science students.


  • Emphasis is placed on clear definitions of concepts and vocabulary.
  • Problems are offered at three levels: "What if" problems extending examples in the text, with answers; "Check our understanding" problems after each major section, with answers, and extensive end-of-chapter problems identified with chapter sections, with answers for odd problems.
  • Full pedagogical tools: chapter objectives, marginal aids, chapter summaries, chapter glossaries tied to context, and a complete index.

Table of contents

1. Basic Circuit Theory.

Introduction to Electrical Engineering. Physical Basis of Circuit Theory. Current and Kirchhoff's Current Law. Voltage and Kirchhoff's Voltage Law. Energy Flow in Electric Circuits. Resistances and Sources. Series and Parallel Resistances. Voltage and Current Dividers.

2. Analysis of DC Circuits.

Superposition. Thevenin's and Norton's Equivalent Circuits. Node-Voltage Analysis. Loop-current Analysis. Controlled Sources.

3. The Dynamics of Circuits.

Theory of Inductors and Capacitors. First-Order Transient Response of RL and RC Circuits. Advanced Transient Analysis.

4. The Analysis of AC Circuits.

Introduction to Alternating Current. Representing Sinusoids with Phasors. Impedance. Phasor Diagrams for RL, RC, and RLC Circuits.

5. Circuit and System Analysis Using Complex Frequency.

Complex Frequency. Impedance and the Transient Behavior of Linear Systems. Transient Response of RLC Circuits. Filters and Bode Plots. Systems.

6. Power in AC Circuits.

AC Power and Energy Storage in the Time Domain. Power and Energy in the Frequency Domain. Transformers, including Electrical Safety.

7. Electric Power Systems.

Three-Phase Power. Power Distribution Systems. Introduction to Electric Motors.

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