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The author's guiding philosophy in writing this book has three elements: to present basic concepts to readers in a general setting, to show how the principles of electrical engineering apply to specific problems in their own fields, and to remove frustration from the learning process. Emphasizing the basic concepts of the field, this book covers circuit analysis, digital systems, electronics, and electromechanics. This book develops theoretical and experimental skills and experiences in the following areas: basic circuit analysis and measurement, first- and second-order transients, steady-state ac circuits, resonance and frequency response, digital logic circuits, microcontrollers (68HC11), computer-based instrumentation, diode circuits, electronic amplifiers, field-effect and bipolar junction transistors, operational amplifiers, ac and dc machines, and more. For engineers or any other professionals who need a solid foundation in the basics of circuits, digital systems, analog electronics, and electromechanics.
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Surveys electrical engineering for non-majors in their third or fourth year of study. Chapters proceed through the basic concepts of electrical circuits, electronics (analog and digital), and electromechanics. Each chapter includes a statement of objectives, worked examples, exercises with answers, an end-of-chapter summary, and homework problems. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131470460
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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As in the first edition, my guiding philosophy in writing this book has three elements. The first element is my belief that in the long run students are best served by learning basic concepts in a general setting. Second, I believe that students need to be motivated by seeing how the principles apply to specific and interesting problems in their own fields. The third element of my philosophy is to take every opportunity to make learning free of frustration for the student.

This book covers circuit analysis, digital systems, electronics, and electromechanics at a level appropriate for either electrical-engineering students in an introductory course or nonmajors in a survey course. The only essential prerequisites are basic physics and single-variable calculus. Teaching a course using this book offers opportunities to develop theoretical and experimental skills and experiences in the following areas:

  • Basic circuit analysis and measurement
  • First- and second-order transients
  • Steady-state ac circuits
  • Resonance and frequency response
  • Digital logic circuits
  • Microcontrollers (68HC11)
  • Computer-based instrumentation, including LabVIEW
  • Diode circuits
  • Electronic amplifiers
  • Field-effect and bipolar junction transistors
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Transformers
  • Ac and dc motors
  • Computer-aided circuit analysis (PSpice)

While the emphasis of this book is on basic concepts, a key feature is the inclusion of short articles scattered throughout showing how electrical-engineering concepts are applied in other fields. The subjects of these articlesinclude anti-knock signal processing for internal combustion engines, a cardiac pacemaker, active noise control, and the use of the Global Positioning System in surveying, among others.

I welcome comments from users of this book. Information on how the book could be improved is especially valuable and will be taken to heart in future revisions. My e-mail address is arhamble@mtu.edu


Two CDs are included with this book. One contains the evaluation version of LabVIEW 6I which is briefly discussed in Section 9.4. LabVIEW has become the industry standard software package for engineering instrumentation and testing. The intention is to make students aware of how LabVIEW coupled with a personal computer and a data acquisition board can be used to rapidly create special-purpose instrumentation and control systems. Later when they have the need to design such systems, they will have enough knowledge to establish a proper direction for further development of their computer-aided instrumentation skills.

The second CD contains Orcad Family Release 9.2 Lite Edition. This is a powerful suite of programs produced by Cadence Systems for circuit analysis and design. In Appendix D, we show how to use Capture for entering circuit diagrams and setting up analyses, PSpice for analyzing the circuit, and Probe for viewing results. A number of circuits selected from throughout the book, starting in Chapter 2, are taken as examples. Students find computer-aided analysis to be an effective method for extending their "feel" for circuits and for checking some of the answers obtained through traditional analysis.

Besides the evaluation programs, the virtual instruments (LabVIEW programs) and circuit files discussed in the book are included on the CDs. Furthermore, solutions to the in-chapter exercises, answers for selected end-of-chapter problems, and summaries of key equations for each chapter are included in pdf files on both CDs.


  • New chapter entitled Computer-Based Instrumentation Systems (Chapter 9)
  • Extensive revision of the chapter on microcontrollers now featuring the 68HCll (Chapter 8)
  • Earlier treatment of digital systems (Part II)
  • Extensive revision of the chapter on field-effect transistors to emphasize MOS devices (Chapter 12)
  • New section on digital signal processing (Section 6.9)
  • New section on stepper motors (Section 17.5)
  • Minor revisions of the remainder of the book
  • Approximately 20% more end-of-chapter problems
  • Revision and consolidation of the computer-aided circuit analysis material (Appendix D)
  • Inclusion of a CD containing the evaluation version of LabVIEW 6I and the virtual instruments discussed in the book
  • Inclusion of a second CD containing the evaluation version of Orcad Lite 9.2 and the circuit files discussed in the book
  • Complete solutions to the in-chapter exercises (in pdf files on both CDs)
  • Answers to selected end-of-chapter problems (in pdf files on both CDs)
  • Summaries of key equations for each chapter (in pdf files on both CDs)
  • Revision of the entire solutions manual
  • New web site http://www.prenhall.com/hambley that contains the pdf files mentioned above, updates, instructor resources, and links to interesting sites related to material discussed in the book


The essential prerequisites for a course from this book are basic physics and single-variable calculus. A prior differential equations course would be helpful but is not essential. Differential equations are encountered in Chapter 4 on transient analysis, but the skills needed are developed from basic calculus.


The book includes various pedagogical features designed with the goal of stimulating student interest, eliminating frustration, and engendering an awareness of the relevance of the material to their chosen profession. These features are:

  • Statement of learning objectives open each chapter
  • Comments in the margins emphasize and summarize important points or indicate common pitfalls that students need to avoid
  • Short boxed articles demonstrate how electrical-engineering principles are applied in other fields of engineering. For example, see the articles on active noise cancellation (page 253) and electronic pacemakers (starting on page 348).
  • Step-by-step problem solving procedures. For example, see the step-by-step summary of node-voltage analysis (on pages 70-71) or the summary of Théevenin equivalents (on page 86).
  • Complete solutions to the in-chapter exercises included as pdf files on both of the CDs provide students with help
  • Answers to approximately one-third of the end-of-chapter problems, provided as pdf files on both CDs, build student confidence and indicate where additional study is needed
  • Summaries of important points at the end of each chapter provide references for students
  • Key equations highlighted in the book and provided as pdf files on both CDs provide quick and convenient references for students


Courses based on this book provide excellent opportunities to meet many of the directed outcomes for accreditation. The Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (for evaluations during the 2001-2002 accreditation cycle) require that graduates of accredited programs have "an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering" and "an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems." This book, in its entirety, is aimed at developing these abilities.

Also, graduates must have "an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data." Chapter 9, Computer-Based Instrumentation Systems, helps to develop this ability. If the course includes a laboratory, this ability can be developed even further.

Furthermore, the criteria require "an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams" and "an ability to communicate effectively." Courses based on this book contribute to these abilities by giving nonmajors the knowledge and vocabulary to communicate effectively with electrical engineers. The book also helps to inform electrical engineers about applications in other fields of engineering. To aid in communication skills, end-of-chapter problems that ask students to explain electrical-engineering concepts in their own words have been added in this edition.

The LabVIEW and Orcad PSpice software packages distributed with this book contribute to developing "an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice."


Students can find solutions for the in-chapter exercises and answers (without solutions) for selected end-of-chapter problems on both of the CDs included with the book and on the web site. The web site also contains many links to interesting sites related to topics covered in the book.

Any corrections that may be needed for the book or solutions manual will be posted on the web site as they are found. The home page for this book is located at http://www.prenhall.com/hambley


The web site also contains resources for instructors including:

  • PowerPoint slides of key figures from the book
  • Syllabus Builder
  • Instructor's Manual

Furthermore, a complete solutions manual is available from the publisher to instructors who have adopted the book.


Part I Circuits

Chapter 1 defines current, voltage, power, and energy. Kirchhoff's laws are introduced. Voltage sources, current sources, and resistance are defined.

Chapter 2 treats resistive circuits. Analysis by network reduction, node voltages, and mesh currents is covered. Thévenin equivalents, superposition, and the heatstone bridge are treated.

Capacitance, inductance, and mutual inductance are treated in Chapter 3.

Transients in electrical circuits are discussed in Chapter 4. First-order RL and RC circuits and time constants are covered followed by a discussion of second-order circuits.

Chapter 5 considers sinusoidal steady-state circuit behavior. (A review of complex arithmetic is included in Appendix A.,) Power calculations, ac Thévenin and Norton equivalents, and balanced three-phase circuits are treated.

Chapter 6 covers frequency response, Bode plots, resonance, and filters. The basic concept of Fourier theory (that signals are composed of sinusoidal components having various amplitudes, phases, and frequencies) is qualitatively discussed. A section on digital signal processing has been added in this edition.

Part II Digital Systems

Chapter 7 introduces logic gates and the representation of numerical data in binary form. It then proceeds to discuss combinatorial and sequential logic. Boolean algebra, De Morgan's laws, truth tables, Karnaugh maps, coders, decoders, flip flops, and registers are discussed.

Chapter 8 treats microcomputers with emphasis on embedded systems using the Motorola 68HCll as the primary example. Computer organization and memory types are discussed. Digital process control using microcontrollers is described in general terms. Finally, selected instructions and addressing modes for the 68HCll are described. Assembly language programming is treated very briefly.

Chapter 9, which is new in the second edition, discusses computer-based instrumentation systems including measurement concepts, sensors, signal conditioning, and analog-to-digital conversion. The chapter ends with a discussion of LabVIEW including an example virtual instrument that students can duplicate using the evaluation version on their own computers.

Part III Electronics

Chapter 10 presents the diode, its various models, load-line analysis, and diode circuits such as rectifiers, Zener-diode regulators, and wave-shapers.

In Chapter 11, the specifications and imperfections of amplifiers that need to be considered in applications are discussed from a users perspective. These include gain, input impedance, output impedance, loading effects, frequency response, pulse response, nonlinear distortion, common-mode rejection, and dc offsets.

Chapter 12 contains a totally revised treatment of the MOS field-effect transistor, its characteristic curves, load-line analysis, large-signal and small-signal models, bias circuits, the common-source amplifier, and the source follower.

Chapter 13 gives a similar treatment for bipolar transistors. If desired, the order of Chapters 12 and 13 can be reversed. Another possibility is to skip most of both chapters so more time can be devoted to other topics.

Chapter 14 treats the operational amplifier and many of its applications. Non-majors can learn enough from this chapter to design and use op-amp circuits for instrumentation applications in their own fields.

Part IV Electromechanics

Chapter 15 reviews basic magnetic field theory, analyzes magnetic circuits, and presents transformers.

Dc machines and ac machines are treated in Chapters 16 and 17, respectively. The emphasis is on motors rather than generators because the nonelectrical engineer applies motors much more often than generators. In Chapter 16, an overall view of motors in general is presented before considering do motors, their equivalent circuits, and performance calculations. The universal motor and its applications are discussed.

Chapter 17 deals with ac motors starting with the three-phase induction motor. Synchronous motors and their advantages with respect to power-factor correction are analyzed. Small motors including single-phase induction motors are also discussed. A section on stepper motors has been added.


I especially want to thank Michigan Technological University President Curt Tompkins and the Chair of my department, Dr. Tim Schulz, for their support. I also wish to thank my colleagues, past and present, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University, all of whom have given me help and encouragement at one time or another in writing this book and in my other projects.

I have received much excellent advice from professors at other institutions who reviewed the manuscript in various stages. This advice has improved the final result a great deal, and I am grateful for their help. The reviewers for the first edition were:

– Edwin L. Gerber, Drexel University;
– Belinda B. Wang, University of Toronto;
– Edgar A. O'Hair, Texas Tech University;
– Phil Noe, Texas A & M University;
– Joseph A. Coppola, Syracuse University;
– Rodger E. Ziemer, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs;
– Len Trombetta, University of Houston;
– Carl Wells, Washington State University;
– Zoran Gajic, Rutgers University;
– Richard S. Marleau, University of Wisconsin;
– Robert Collin, Case Western University;
– W.T. Easter, North Carolina State University;
– John Pavlat, Iowa State University;
– Edward Yang, Columbia University;
– Ibrahim Abdel-Motaled, Northwestern University;
– Clifford Pollock, Cornell University;
– Victor Gerez, Montana State University;
– William Sayle II, Georgia Institute of Technology;
– Michael Reed, Carnegie Mellon University;
– D. B. Brumm, Michigan Technological University;
– Sunanda Mitra, Texas Tech University;
– Elmer Grubbs, New Mexico Highlands University.

I also thank Professor A1 Wicks of Virginia Tech who reviewed the manuscript for the second edition and supplied excellent suggestions for improvement.

Over the years, many students and faculty using my books at Michigan Technological University and elsewhere have made many excellent suggestions for improving the books and correcting errors. I thank them very much.

I am indebted to Tom Robbins, my editor at Prentice Hall, for keeping me pointed in the right direction and for many excellent suggestions that have improved my books a great deal.

Also, I want to thank Tony for his continuing encouragement and valuable insights. I thank Judy for many good things too extensive to list.

Allan R. Hambley

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Table of Contents

Practical Applications of Electrical Engineering Principles vi
Contents vii
Preface xi
Part 1 Circuits 1
1 Introduction 2
1.1 Overview of Electrical Engineering 3
1.2 Circuits, Currents, and Voltages 7
1.3 Power and Energy 15
1.4 Kirchhoff's Current Law 18
1.5 Kirchhoff's Voltage Law 21
1.6 Introduction to Circuit Elements 24
1.7 Introduction to Circuits 33
Summary 36
Problems 37
2 Resistive Circuits 43
2.1 Resistances in Series and Parallel 44
2.2 Network Analysis by Using Series and Parallel Equivalents 48
2.3 Voltage-Divider and Current-Divider Circuits 52
2.4 Node-Voltage Analysis 57
2.5 Mesh-Current Analysis 72
2.6 Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits 80
2.7 Superposition Principle 93
2.8 Wheatstone Bridge 96
Summary 99
Problems 100
3 Inductance and Capacitance 109
3.1 Capacitance 110
3.2 Capacitances in Series and Parallel 119
3.3 Physical Characteristics of Capacitors 120
3.4 Inductance 124
3.5 Inductances in Series and Parallel 130
3.6 Practical Inductors 131
3.7 Mutual Inductance 133
Summary 135
Problems 136
4 Transients 142
4.1 First-Order RC Circuits 143
4.2 DC Steady State 147
4.3 RL Circuits 149
4.4 RC and RL Circuits with General Sources 154
4.5 Second-Order Circuits 161
Summary 175
Problems 176
5 Steady-State Sinusoidal Analysis 181
5.1 Sinusoidal Currents and Voltages 182
5.2 Phasors 187
5.3 Complex Impedances 193
5.4 Circuit Analysis with Phasors and Complex Impedances 198
5.5 Power in AC Circuits 204
5.6 Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits 217
5.7 Balanced Three-Phase Circuits 223
Summary 235
Problems 237
6 Frequency Response, Bode Plots, and Resonance 244
6.1 Fourier Analysis, Filters, and Transfer Functions 245
6.2 First-Order Lowpass Filters 254
6.3 Decibels, the Cascade Connection, and Logarithmic Frequency Scales 259
6.4 Bode Plots 264
6.5 First-Order Highpass Filters 267
6.6 Series Resonance 271
6.7 Parallel Resonance 277
6.8 Ideal and Second-Order Filters 280
6.9 Digital Signal Processing 286
Summary 297
Problems 298
Part 2 Digital Systems 307
7 Logic Circuits 308
7.1 Basic Logic Circuit Concepts 309
7.2 Representation of Numerical Data in Binary Form 312
7.3 Combinatorial Logic Circuits 320
7.4 Synthesis of Logic Circuits 329
7.5 Minimization of Logic Circuits 336
7.6 Sequential Logic Circuits 339
Conclusions 351
Summary 351
Problems 352
8 Microcomputers 356
8.1 Computer Organization 357
8.2 Memory Types 360
8.3 Digital Process Control 363
8.4 The Motorola 68HC11/12 366
8.5 The Instruction Set and Addressing Modes for the 68HC11 372
8.6 Assembly-Language Programming 381
Summary 386
Problems 387
9 Computer-Based Instrumentation Systems 390
9.1 Measurement Concepts and Sensors 391
9.2 Signal Conditioning 396
9.3 Analog-to-Digital Conversion 402
9.4 LabVIEW 405
Summary 417
Problems 418
Part 3 Electronics 421
10 Diodes 422
10.1 Basic Diode Concepts 423
10.2 Load-Line Analysis of Diode Circuits 427
10.3 Zener-Diode Voltage-Regulator Circuits 429
10.4 Ideal-Diode Model 434
10.5 Piecewise-Linear Diode Models 436
10.6 Rectifier Circuits 440
10.7 Wave-Shaping Circuits 444
10.8 Linear Small-Signal Equivalent Circuits 450
Summary 456
Problems 457
11 Amplifiers: Specifications and External Characteristics 465
11.1 Basic Amplifier Concepts 466
11.2 Cascaded Amplifiers 472
11.3 Power Supplies and Efficiency 475
11.4 Additional Amplifier Models 478
11.5 Importance of Amplifier Impedances in Various Applications 482
11.6 Ideal Amplifiers 484
11.7 Frequency Response 486
11.8 Linear Waveform Distortion 491
11.9 Pulse Response 495
11.10 Transfer Characteristics and Nonlinear Distortion 499
11.11 Differential Amplifiers 502
11.12 Offset Voltage, Bias Current, and Offset Current 506
Summary 512
Problems 512
12 Field-Effect Transistors 521
12.1 NMOS and PMOS Transistors 522
12.2 Load-Line Analysis of a Simple NMOS Amplifier 530
12.3 Bias Circuits 533
12.4 Small-Signal Equivalent Circuits 536
12.5 Common-Source Amplifiers 541
12.6 Source Followers 545
12.7 CMOS Logic Gates 550
Summary 554
Problems 554
13 Bipolar Junction Transistors 559
13.1 Current and Voltage Relationships 560
13.2 Common-Emitter Characteristics 563
13.3 Load-Line Analysis of a Common-Emitter Amplifier 565
13.4 pnp Bipolar Junction Transistors 572
13.5 Large-Signal DC Circuit Models 574
13.6 Large-Signal DC Analysis of BJT Circuits 577
13.7 Small-Signal Equivalent Circuits 584
13.8 Common-Emitter Amplifiers 588
13.9 Emitter Followers 593
Summary 599
Problems 599
14 Operational Amplifiers 607
14.1 Ideal Operational Amplifiers 608
14.2 Summing-Point Constraint 610
14.3 Inverting Amplifiers 610
14.4 Noninverting Amplifiers 617
14.5 Design of Simple Amplifiers 620
14.6 Op-Amp Imperfections in the Linear Range of Operation 626
14.7 Nonlinear Limitations 630
14.8 DC Imperfections 635
14.9 Differential and Instrumentation Amplifiers 640
14.10 Integrators and Differentiators 642
14.11 Active Filters 645
Summary 650
Problems 651
Part 4 Electromechanics 661
15 Magnetic Circuits and Transformers 662
15.1 Magnetic Fields 663
15.2 Magnetic Circuits 673
15.3 Inductance and Mutual Inductance 679
15.4 Magnetic Materials 683
15.5 Ideal Transformers 686
15.6 Real Transformers 695
Summary 699
Problems 700
16 DC Machines 708
16.1 Overview of Motors 709
16.2 Principles of DC Machines 718
16.3 Rotating DC Machines 724
16.4 Shunt-Connected and Separately Excited DC Motors 731
16.5 Series-Connected DC Motors 736
16.6 Speed Control of DC Motors 740
Summary 746
Problems 747
17 AC Machines 753
17.1 Three-Phase Induction Motors 754
17.2 Equivalent-Circuit and Performance Calculations for Induction Motors 762
17.3 Synchronous Machines 772
17.4 Single-Phase Motors 785
17.5 Stepper Motors 789
Summary 790
Problems 791
A Complex Numbers 797
Summary 805
Problems 805
B Nominal Values and the Color Code for Resistors 806
C Preparing for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam 808
D Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis 814
D.1 Analysis of DC Circuits 814
D.2 Transient Analysis 823
D.3 Frequency Response 827
D.4 Other Examples 830
E Software Installation 833
Index 835
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    takeing a electrical class now with this book

    I work in a group of about 5 in my study group for my electrical class at the university useing this book. All five of us are haveing a difficult time understanding it. And not having the solutions to the homework problems at the end of the chapter make it extreamly hard to see if you are doing it right. Examples are a bit hazy in the text.

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