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Electric Circuits, Eighth Edition features a new design,a four-color format, and 80% of chapter problems have been updated. In the midst of these changes, the book retains the goals that have made it a best-seller: 1) To build an understanding of concepts and ideas explicitly in terms of previous learning; 2) To emphasize the relationship between conceptual understanding and problem solving approaches; 3) To provide readers with a strong foundation of engineering practices. Chapter topics include Circuit Variables; Circuit Elements; Simple Resistive Circuits; Techniques of Circuit Analysis; The Operational Amplifier; Inductors, Capacitors, and Mutual Inductance; Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits; Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits; Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis; and more. For anyone interested in circuit analysis.
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A textbook for electrical engineering students that assumes a background in electrical physics and elementary differential and integral calculus. Material covered includes operational amplifiers, balanced three-phase circuits, sinusoidal steady-state analysis, the Laplace transform, frequency selective circuits, and the Fourier transform. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130770790
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1018
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Examples
Ch. 1 Circuit Variables 1
Ch. 2 Circuit Elements 27
Ch. 3 Simple Resistive Circuits 65
Ch. 4 Techniques of Circuit Analysis 109
Ch. 5 The Operational Amplifier 189
Ch. 6 Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance 229
Ch. 7 Response of First-Order RL and RC Circuits 277
Ch. 8 Natural and Step Responses of RLC Circuits 351
Ch. 9 Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis 409
Ch. 10 Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations 489
Ch. 11 Balanced Three-Phase Circuits 541
Ch. 12 Introduction to the Laplace Transform 585
Ch. 13 The Laplace Transform in Circuit Analysis 629
Ch. 14 Introduction to Frequency Selective Circuits 699
Ch. 15 Active Filter Circuits 771
Ch. 16 Fourier Series 833
Ch. 17 The Fourier Transform 885
Ch. 18 Two-Port Circuits 925
App. A The Solution of Linear Simultaneous Equations 961
App. B Complex Numbers 987
App. C More on Magnetically Coupled Coils and Ideal Transformers 993
App. D The Decibel 1003
App. E An Abbreviated Table of Trigonometric Identities 1007
App. F An Abbreviated Table of Integrals 1009
App. G Answers to Selected Problems 1011
Index 1023
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The sixth edition of Electric Circuits is an incremental revision to the most widely used introductory circuits text of the past fifteen years. Importantly, the underlying teaching approaches and philosophies remain unchanged. The goals are:

  • To build an understanding of concepts and ideas explicitly in terms of previous learning. The learning challenges faced by students of engineering circuit analysis are prodigious; each new concept is built on a foundation of many other concepts. In Electric Circuits, much attention is paid to helping students recognize how new concepts and ideas fit together with those previously learned.
  • To emphasize the relationship between conceptual understanding and problem-solving approaches. Developing the students' problem-solving skills continues to be the central challenge in this course. To address this challenge, Electric Circuits uses examples and simple drill exercises to demonstrate problem-solving approaches and to offer students practice opportunities. We do so not with the primary aim of giving students procedural models for solving problems; rather, we emphasize problem solving as a thought process in which one applies conceptual understanding to the solution of a practical problem. As such, in both the textual development and in the worked-out examples, we place great emphasis on a problem-solving process based on concepts rather than the use of rote procedures. Students are encouraged to think through problems before attacking them, and we often pause to consider the broader implications of a specific problem-solving situation.
  • To provide students witha strong foundation of engineering practices. There are limited opportunities in a sophomore-year circuit analysis course to introduce students to real-world engineering experiences. We continue to emphasize the opportunities that do exist by making a strong effort to develop problems and exercises that use realistic values and represent realizable physical situations. We have included many application-type problems and exercises to help stimulate students' interest, in engineering. Many of these problems require the kind of insight an engineer is expected to display when solving problems.


We have come to regard each revision of Electric Circuits as an opportunity to make improvements in the book, many of which are based on suggestions from our colleagues and our students. The sixth edition of Electric Circuits continues to support the major learning styles of students in the 1990s as well as to support the major teaching challenges these students present. We increased our focus on motivating the students with examples of practical circuits they have encountered and may have been curious about, and provide more explicit direction in the text for using computer tools such as PSpice and MATLAB to support the study of circuit analysis. The major areas of change are as follows:

Content and Organizational Changes

The most significant change to the sixth edition is the elimination of a separate chapter on mutually coupled coils, with the material being integrated into other chapters. This allows us to present the time-domain equations for mutually-coupled coils as a simple extension of the time domain equations for single inductors in an attempt to "de-mystify" mutually-coupled coils. The applications of mutual coupling, namely linear and ideal transformers, come later, once phasor techniques have been presented. The modifications are summarized as follows:

  • The introductory material on mutually-coupled coils, including the time-domain equations and a presentation of the dot convention, has been moved to Chapter 6, which is now entitled "Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance".
  • The Practical Perspective relating to mutual inductance has been moved to Chapter 8, as this material can be presented once the natural and step response to second-order circuits has been covered.
  • The material on linear and ideal transformers has been added to Chapter 9, after the phasor techniques have been developed. Chapter problems exploring transformers have been added to Chapter 9, while problems dealing with power and transformers have been added to Chapter 10.
  • Chapters 13-19 in the fifth edition have been renumbered as Chapters 12-18 in the sixth edition.
  • The material describing the design of active broadband bandpass and bandreject filters using combinations of active low-pass and high-pass filters in Chapter 15 has been revised and expanded.
  • The material pertaining to pi- and tee-equivalent circuits for mutually-coupled coils and the need for ideal transformers in certain equivalent circuits has become Appendix C. The material covering circuit topology, which was in Appendix C in the fifth edition, has been eliminated.

Practical Perspectives

The fifth edition of Electric Circuits introduced six Practical Perspectives that offered examples of real-world circuits, taken from realworld devices such as telephones, hair dryers, and automobiles. The sixth edition doubles the number of Practical Perspectives, adding them to Chapters 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 15. Now, a total of twelve chapters begin with a brief description of a practical application of the material to follow. Once the chapter material is presented, the chapter concludes with a quantitative analysis of the application. Several problems pertaining to the Practical Perspective are included in the chapter problems and are identified with a diamond icon. The Practical Perspectives are designed to stimulate students' interest in applying circuit analysis to the design of useful circuits and devices, and to consider some of the complexities associated with making a working circuit.

Integration of Computer Tools

Computer tools cannot replace the traditional methods for mastering the study of electric circuits. They can, however, assist students in the learning process by providing a visual representation of a circuit's behavior, validating a calculated solution, reducing the computational burden of more complex circuits, and iterating toward a desired solution using parameter variation. This computational support is often invaluable in the design process.

The sixth edition merges the support for two popular computer tools, PSpice and MATLAB, into the main text with the addition of icons identifying chapter problems suited for exploration with one or both of these tools. The icon (P) identifies those problems to investigate with PSpice, while the icon (M) identifies problems to investigate with MATLAB. Instructors are provided with computer files containing the PSpice or MATLAB simulation of the problems so marked.


We continue to support the emphasis on design of circuits in several ways. First, several of the new practical perspective discussions focus on the design aspects of the circuits. The accompanying chapter problems continue the discussion of the design issues in these practical examples. Second, design oriented chapter problems have been explicitly labeled with a four-diamond icon, enabling students and instructors to identify those problems with a design focus. Third, the identification of problems suited to exploration with PSpice or MATLAB suggests design opportunities using one or both of these computer tools.

Text Design and Pedagogical Features

The sixth edition continues the successful design introduced in the fifth edition, including the following features:

  • Practical Perspective introductions are located opposite twelve chapter opening pages and are highlighted with a second-color background.
  • Practical Perspective examples at the end of these twelve chapters are set apart in an easy-to-identify separate section.
  • Practical Perspective problems in the Chapter Problem sets are indicated with a diamond icon for easy reference.
  • Key terms are set in boldface when they are first defined. They also appear in boldface in the chapter summaries. This makes it easier for students to find the definitions of important terms.
  • Design problems in the Chapter Problem sets are indicated with a four-diamond icon for easy reference.
  • PSpice problems in the Chapter Problem sets are indicated with a (P) icon for easy reference.
  • MATLAB problems in the Chapter Problem sets are indicated with a (M) icon for easy reference.


Solved Numerical Examples

Solved numerical examples are used extensively throughout the text to help students understand how theory is applied to circuit analysis. Because many students value worked examples more than any other aspect of the text, these examples represent an important opportunity to influence the development of student's problem-solving behavior. The nature and format of the examples in Electric Circuits are a reflection of the overall teaching approach of the text. When presenting a solution, we place great emphasis on the importance of problem solving as a thought process that applies underlying concepts, as we discussed earlier. By emphasizing this idea – even in the solution of simple problems – we hope to communicate that this approach to problem solving can help students handle the more complex problems they will encounter later on. Some characteristics of the examples include:

  • encouraging the student to study the problem or the circuit and to make initial observations before diving into a solution pathway;
  • emphasizing the individual stages of the solution as part of solving the problem systematically, without suggesting that there are rote procedures for problem solving;
  • exploring decision making, that is, the idea that we are often faced with choosing among many different solution approaches; and
  • suggesting that students challenge their results by emphasizing the importance of checking and testing answers based on their knowledge of circuit theory and the real world.

Drill Exercises

Drill exercises are included in the text to give students an opportunity to test their understanding of the material they have just read. The drill exercises are presented in a double-column format as a way of signaling to students that they should stop and solve the exercises before proceeding to the next section. Nearly half of the drill exercises are new or revised.

Homework Problems

Users of Electric Circuits have consistently rated the homework problems as one of the book's most attractive features. In the sixth edition, there are nearly 1000 problems. The problems are designed around the following objectives (in parentheses are the corresponding problem categories identified in the Instructor's Manual and an illustrative problem number):

  • To give students practice in using the analytical techniques developed in the text (Practice; see Problem 4.7)
  • To show students that analytical techniques are tools, not objectives (Analytical Tool; see Problem 4.2)
  • To give students practice in choosing the analytical method to be used in obtaining a solution (Open Method; see Problem 4.49)
  • To show students how the results from one solution can be used to find other information about a circuit's operation (Additional Information; see Problem 4.76)
  • To encourage students to challenge the solution either by using an alternate method or by testing the solution to see if it makes sense in terms of known circuit behavior (Solution Check; see Problem 4.52)
  • To introduce students to design oriented problems (Design; see Problem 10.66)
  • To give students practice in deriving and manipulating equations where quantities of interest are expressed as functions of circuit variables such as R, L, C, co, and so forth; this type of problem also supports the design process (Derivation; see Problem 9.27)
  • To challenge students with problems that will stimulate their interest in both electrical and computer engineering (Practical; see Problem 3.68)


In writing the first twelve chapters of the text, we have assumed that the reader has taken a course in elementary differential and integral calculus. We have also assumed that the reader has had an introductory physics course, at either the high school or university level, that introduces the concepts of energy, power, electric charge, electric current, electric potential, and electromagnetic fields. In writing the final six chapters, we have assumed the student has had, or is enrolled in, an introductory course in differential equations.


The text has been designed for use in a one-semester, two-semester or a three-quarter sequence.

  • Single-semester course: After covering Chapters 1-4 and Chapters 6-10 (omitting Sections 7.7 and 8.5) the instructor can choose from Chapter 5 (operational amplifiers), Chapter 11 (three-phase circuits), Chapters 13 and 14 (Laplace methods), and Chapter 18 (Two-Port Circuits) to develop the desired emphasis.
  • Two-semester sequence: Assuming three lectures per week, the first nine chapters can be covered during the first semester, leaving Chapters 10-18 for the second semester.
  • Academic quarter schedule: The book can be subdivided into three parts: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-12, and Chapters 13-18.

The introduction to operational amplifier circuits can be omitted without interference by the reader going to the subsequent chapters. For example, if Chapter 5 is omitted, the instructor can simply skip Section 7.7, Section 8.5, Chapter 15, and those problems and drill exercises in the chapters following Chapter 5 that pertain to operational amplifiers.

There are several appendixes at the end of the book to help readers make effective use of their mathematical background. Appendix A reviews Cramer's method of solving simultaneous linear equations and simple matrix algebra; complex numbers are reviewed in Appendix B; Appendix C contains additional material on mutually-coupled coils and ideal transformers; Appendix D contains a brief discussion of the decibel; Appendix E is devoted to an abbreviated table of trigonometric identities that are useful in circuit analysis; and an abbreviated table of useful integrals is given in Appendix F.

On page xvii there is a comprehensive list of the examples with titles and corresponding page numbers.


We have put effort into the development of supplements that capitalize and extend the many strengths of the sixth edition. Students and professors are constantly challenged in terms of time and energy by the confines of the classroom and the importance of integrating new information and technologies into an electric circuits course. Through the following supplements, we believe we have succeeded in making some of these challenges more manageable.

PSpice for Electric Circuits

This supplement is published as a separate booklet, to facilitate its use at a computer. It has been revised extensively from the fifth edition, most importantly to eliminate the "programming language" aspect of the original Spice. Now, circuits are described to PSpice using a circuit schematic, and techniques for developing such schematics are presented in the supplement. This supplement continues to present topics in PSpice in the same order as those topics are presented in the text, so the content has undergone minor revision to reflect the revisions in the text.

Instructor's Manual

The Instructor's Manual enables professors to orient themselves quickly to this text and the supplement package. For easy reference, the following information is organized for each chapter:

  • a chapter overview
  • problem categorizations
  • problem references by chapter section
  • a list of examples

Solutions Manual

The solutions manual contains solutions with supporting figures to all of the 900-plus end-of-chapter problems in the sixth edition. Volume I covers Chapters 1-9, and Volume II covers Chapters 11-18. These supplements, available free to all adopting faculty, were checked for accuracy by several instructors. The manuals are not available for sale to students. A disk containing files for PSpice solution and MATLAB solution for all indicated problems is attached to the solutions manual.


We continue to express our appreciation for the contributions of Norman Wittels of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His contributions to the Practical Perspectives greatly enhanced both this edition and the previous one.

There were many hard-working people behind the scenes at both of our publishers who deserve our thanks and gratitude for their efforts on behalf of the sixth edition. At Addison-Wesley, we would like to thank Paul Becker, Anna Eberhard Friedlander, and Royden Tonamura, and hope that they are proud of the finished product. At Prentice Hall, we thank Tom Robbins and Scott Disanno, who eased the transition to our new publisher with humor, graciousness, understanding, and a ton of really hard work.

The many revisions of the text were guided by careful and thorough reviews from professors. Our heartfelt thanks to Bill Eccles, Rose-Hulman Institute; Major Bob Yahn, US Air Force; Thomas Schubert, University of San Diego; Norman Wittles, WPI; Mahmoud A. Abdallah, Central State University; Nadipuram (Ram) Prasad, New Mexico State University; Terry Martin, University of Arkansas; Belle Shenoi, Wright State University; Nurgun Erdol, Florida Atlantic University; Ezz I. El-Masry, DalTech Dalhouise University; John Naber, University of Louisville; Charles P Neuman, Camegie Mellon University; David Grow, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Dan Moore, Rose-Hulman Institute.

Susan would like to thank Professor James Nilsson for the opportunity to share the work and the rewards of Electric Circuits. She doesn't know a more patient, gracious, and hard-working person, and she continues to learn from him in the process of each revision. Thanks also to her team teachers and colleagues, Susan Schneider and Jeff Hock, who help her to stay focused and sane. Thanks to the sophomore classes of 1997-98 and 1998-99 in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University who helped her rewrite many of the Chapter Problems, often unknowingly. Most important, she thanks her sons David and Jason, who continue to tolerate the long hours and the late meals, and give her hugs when she needs to be re-energized.

James would like to thank Susan for accepting the challenge of becoming a coauthor of Electric Circuits. Her willingness to suggest both pedagogical and content changes and at the same time graciously accept constructive criticism when offered has made the transition to the fifth and sixth editions possible. She brings to the text an expertise in computer use and a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for teaching.

James also thanks Robert Yahn (USAF) and Stephen O'Conner (USAF) for their continued interest in the book. He thanks Professor emeriti Thomas Scott and C. J. Triska at Iowa State University who continue to make valuable suggestions concerning the content and pedagogy of the text. Finally, he acknowledges the cooperation of Jacob Chacko, a transmission and distribution engineer at the Ames Municipal Electric System.

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