Table of Contents

1. Basic Electricity

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Electricity and magnetism
1.3 Current
1.4 Voltage
1.5 Energy and power
1.6 Resistors
1.7 Ohm’s Law
1.8 Voltage sources
1.9 Current sources
1.10 Switches
1.11 Simple circuit examples
1.12 Capacitors
1.13 Inductors
1.14 Nonideal voltage sources
1.15 Nonideal current sources
1.16 Electrical safety

2. Resistor Networks

2.1 Conductance
2.2 Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
2.3 Series and parallel combinations
2.4 Voltage divider
2.5 Kirchhoff’s Current Law
2.6 Current divider
2.7 Maximum power transfer
2.8 Delta-wye (pi-tee) transformations
2.9 Nonlinear resistors
2.10 Practical resistors
2.11 Variable resistance

3. Network Analysis

3.1 Superposition and linearity
3.2 Node analysis
3.3 Mesh analysis
3.4 Thevenin equivalent
3.5 Norton equivalent
3.6 Source transformations

4. Time-Domain Analysis

4.1 Capacitor constitutive law
4.2 Inductor constitutive law
4.3 RC circuit first-order response
4.4 RL circuit first-order response
4.5 Singularity functions
4.6 First-order circuit response
4.7 Second-order circuits
4.8 Second-order circuit response

5. Op-amps

5.1 Dependent sources
5.2 Ideal op-amp
5.3 Feedback
5.4 Inverting amplifier
5.5 Noninverting amplifier
5.6 Integrator and differentiator
5.7 Practical op-amps
5.8 Multiple op-amp circuits

6. Frequency-Domain Analysis

6.1 Sinusoidal steady state
6.2 Resistor impedance
6.3 Capacitor impedance
6.4 Inductor impedance
6.5 Admittance
6.6 First-order circuit frequency response
6.7 Logarithmic frequency response plots
6.8 Second order circuit frequency response
6.9 Practical capacitors and inductors
6.10 Phasors
6.11 RMS voltages and currents
6.12 Reactive power
6.13 Complex power
6.14 Power factor correction

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This zyBook provides an exceptionally-interactive introduction to Circuits, intended for a typical “Circuits 101” course required for electrical engineers, computer engineers, and others. This zyBook teaches the basics of linear circuit analysis using Algebra. About 100 animations powerfully convey key concepts. About 1,000 learning questions keep students engaged. As with other zyBooks, a key benefit of such interactivity is that students learn more, and come to lecture more engaged when points are given for completing activities beforehand. Instructors can see students’ activity completion. This zyBook replaces a traditional textbook, and is modular so can be rearranged by instructors and combined with other zyBooks like MATLAB.

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