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Introduction to Electric Circuits

Ninth Edition

Herbert W. Jackson, Dale Temple, and Brian Kelly

Publication Date - May 2012

ISBN: 9780195438130

1056 pages
8.5 x 11.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $174.40

A classic introduction to electric circuits offering comprehensive problem sets and coverage of the latest developments in the field


Acclaimed for its clear and concise explanations of difficult concepts, its comprehensive problem sets and exercises, and its authoritative coverage, Introduction to Electric Circuits, Ninth Edition, provides students with the latest developments in the field.


Praised by generations of instructors and students for its clear presentation of fundamental concepts and key examples, the text helps students easily grasp complex subject matter.

Authoritative. Written by experts, this classic text has enjoyed more than fifty years of proven success and offers students an eminently reliable introduction to the field.

Comprehensive problem sets. With more than 1600 problems, this book gives students many opportunities to apply and test their knowledge. All problems and exercises have been carefully checked to ensure accuracy and relevance. Answers to selected problems can be found at the back of the book, allowing students to check their work.

Engaging design. A vibrant full-color design--which includes more than thirty color photos-- draws students into the material.

Demonstrative examples. Numerous worked examples throughout each chapter show students how to perform the calculations that are essential to circuit analysis.

"Integrate the Concepts" exercises. These exercises require students to apply the concepts covered in each chapter to solve real-life problems.

Meets industry standards. This book covers the current use of SI metric units, with careful attention to the accuracy of all calculations in accordance with the latest engineering and scientific practices.

New to this Edition

  • A free Multisim Circuit Simulation CD. Packaged with each copy of the text, this free CD includes more than 150 circuit simulations directly related to problems and examples in the book.
  • A new appendix. A new in-text appendix offers students a brief introduction to Multisim software and tips for working with the circuit simulations on the accompanying CD.
  • Multisim examples, problems, and icons. In-text Multisim examples and problems are marked with an icon that directs students to relevant material on the accompanying CD.
  • A new chapter on filters. Covering high-pass, low-pass, band-pass, and band-stop filters, this brand-new chapter (Ch. 26) offers students the information that they need in order to understand this important topic.
  • New problems and examples. Hundreds of new problems, exercises, and examples have been added to this edition; all problems carried over from previous editions have been thoroughly checked and revised.
  • Additional coverage of AC and DC motors and generators. In response to user feedback, this edition adds extensive new material on AC and DC motors and generators.
  • Problems graded according to difficulty. Each end-of-chapter problem includes an icon indicating its level of difficulty, allowing students to build upon their understanding gradually.
  • "Circuit Check" problem sets. Found throughout each chapter, these problem sets allow students to test their understanding of one section before moving on to the next one.
  • Practice quizzes. Found at the end of each chapter, these mini quizzes enable students to test their knowledge of chapter material. A complete answer key for each quiz is provided at the back of the book.
  • "Practical Circuits" boxes. This pedagogical feature introduces students to the practical applications of theoretical concepts.
  • Additional student and instructor resources. A comprehensive package of ancillary resources includes a Lab Manual for students (9780195438147), and an Instructor's Manual, solutions manual, PowerPoint slides, and test generator for instructors.

About the Author(s)

Herbert W. Jackson published the first edition of Introduction to Electric Circuits in 1959. Known as "the father of the Ontario college system", Jackson taught electronics and electrical engineering technology for more than forty years. In addition to authoring Introduction to Electric Circuits--a text that would become the industry standard and shape curricula for years to follow--Jackson was a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education, where he oversaw the creation of the province's community colleges.

Dale Temple teaches electronics engineering technology at the College of the North Atlantic, where he has served as coordinator of the electronics program. Prior to working on Introduction to Electric Circuits, Temple contributed as a coauthor to the Canadian editions of Boylestad and Nashelsky's Electronic Devices and Theory and Tocci's Digital Systems: Principles and Applications.

Brian Kelly is formerly an instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, where, in addition to teaching, he served as coordinator for the introductory circuit analysis course. In addition to coauthoring Introduction to Electric Circuits, Kelly created the lab manual and solutions manual that accompany the text.

Previous Publication Date(s)

June 2008

Table of Contents

    Each chapter opens with Learning Outcomes and Key Terms and concludes with a Summary, Problems, Review Questions, "Integrate the Concepts" exercises, and a Practice Quiz.

    From the Publisher
    From the Preface to the First Edition (1959)
    From the Authors of the Eighth Edition


    1: Introduction

    1-1 Circuit Diagrams
    1-2 The International System of Units
    1-3 Calculators for Circuit Theory
    1-4 Numerical Accuracy
    1-5 Scientific Notation
    1-6 SI Unit Prefixes
    1-7 Conversion of Units

    2: Current and Voltage
    2-1 The Nature of Charge
    2-2 Free Electrons in Metals
    2-3 Electric Current
    2-4 The Coulomb
    2-5 The Ampere
    2-6 Potential Difference
    2-7 The Volt
    2-8 EMF, Potential Difference, and Voltage
    2-9 Conventional Current and Electron Flow

    3: Conductors, Insulators, and Semiconductors
    3-1 Conductors
    3-2 Electrolytic Conduction
    3-3 Insulators
    3-4 Insulator Breakdown
    3-5 Semiconductors

    4: Cells, Batteries, and Other Voltage Sources
    4-1 Basic Terminology
    4-2 Simple Primary Cell
    4-3 Carbon-Zinc and Alkaline Cells
    4-4 Other Commercial Primary Cells
    4-5 Secondary Cells
    4-6 Capacity of Cells and Batteries
    4-7 Fuel Cells
    4-8 Other Voltage Sources

    5: Resistance and Ohm's Law
    5-1 Ohm's Law
    5-2 The Nature of Resistance
    5-3 Factors Governing Resistance
    5-4 Resistivity
    5-5 Circular Mils
    5-6 American Wire Gauge
    5-7 Effect of Temperature on Resistance
    5-8 Temperature Coefficient of Resistance
    5-9 Linear Resistors
    5-10 Nonlinear Resistors
    5-11 Resistor Color Code
    5-12 Variable Resistors
    5-13 Voltage-Current Characteristics
    5-14 Applying Ohm's Law

    6: Work and Power
    6-1 Energy and Work
    6-2 Power
    6-3 Efficiency
    6-4 The Kilowatt Hour
    6-5 Relationships Among Basic Electric Units
    6-6 Heating Effect of Current


    7: Series and Parallel Circuits
    7-1 Resistors in Series
    7-2 Voltage Drops in Series Circuits
    7-3 Double-Subscript Notation
    7-4 Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
    7-5 Characteristics of Series Circuits
    7-6 Internal Resistance
    7-7 Cells in Series
    7-8 Maximum Power Transfer
    7-9 Resistors in Parallel
    7-10 Kirchhoff's Current Law
    7-11 Conductance and Conductivity
    7-12 Characteristics of Parallel Circuits
    7-13 Cells in Parallel
    7-14 Troubleshooting

    8: Series-Parallel Circuits
    8-1 Series-Parallel Resistors
    8-2 Equivalent-Circuit Method
    8-3 Kirchhoff's Laws Method
    8-4 Voltage-Divider Principle
    8-5 Voltage Dividers
    8-6 Current-Divider Principle
    8-7 Cells in Series-Parallel
    8-8 Troubleshooting

    9: Resistance Networks
    9-1 Network Equations from Kirchhoff's Laws
    9-2 Constant-Voltage Sources
    9-3 Constant-Current Sources
    9-4 Source Conversion
    9-5 Kirchhoff's Voltage-Law Equations: Loop Procedure
    9-6 Networks with More Than One Voltage Source
    9-7 Loop Equations in Multisource Networks
    9-8 Mesh Analysis
    9-9 Kirchhoff's Current-Law Equations
    9-10 Nodal Analysis
    9-11 The Superposition Theorem

    10: Equivalent-Circuit Theorems
    10-1 Thévenin's Theorem
    10-2 Norton's Theorem
    10-3 Dependent Sources
    10-4 Delta-Wye Transformation
    10-5 Troubleshooting

    11: Electrical Measurement
    11-1 Moving-Coil Meters
    11-2 The Ammeter
    11-3 The Voltmeter
    11-4 Voltmeter Loading Effect
    11-5 Resistance Measurement
    11-6 The Electrodynamometer Movement
    11-7 Digital Meters


    12: Capacitance
    12-1 Electric Fields
    12-2 Dielectrics
    12-3 Capacitance
    12-4 Capacitors
    12-5 Factors Governing Capacitance
    12-6 Dielectric Constant
    12-7 Capacitors in Parallel
    12-8 Capacitors in Series

    13: Capacitance in DC Circuits
    13-1 Charging a Capacitor
    13-2 Rate of Change of Voltage
    13-3 Time Constant
    13-4 Graphical Solution for Capacitor Voltage
    13-5 Discharging a Capacitor
    13-6 Algebraic Solution for Capacitor Voltage
    13-7 Transient Response
    13-8 Energy Stored by a Capacitor
    13-9 Characteristics of Capacitive DC Circuits
    13-10 Troubleshooting

    14: Magnetism
    14-1 Magnetic Fields
    14-2 Magnetic Field around a Current-Carrying Conductor
    14-3 Magnetic Flux
    14-4 Magnetomotive Force
    14-5 Reluctance
    14-6 Permeance and Permeability
    14-7 Magnetic Flux Density
    14-8 Magnetic Field Strength
    14-9 Diamagnetic, Paramagnetic, and Ferromagnetic Materials
    14-10 Permanent Magnets
    14-11 Magnetization Curves
    14-12 Permeability from the BH Curve
    14-13 Hysteresis
    14-14 Eddy Current
    14-15 Magnetic Shielding

    15: Magnetic Circuits
    15-1 Practical Magnetic Circuits
    15-2 Long Air-Core Coils
    15-3 Toroidal Coils
    15-4 Linear Magnetic Circuits
    15-5 Nonlinear Magnetic Circuits
    15-6 Leakage Flux
    15-7 Series Magnetic Circuits
    15-8 Air Gaps
    15-9 Parallel Magnetic Circuits

    16: Inductance
    16-1 Electromagnetic Induction
    16-2 Faraday's Law
    16-3 Lenz's Law
    16-4 Self-Induction
    16-5 Self-Inductance
    16-6 Factors Governing Inductance
    16-7 Inductors in Series
    16-8 Inductors in Parallel
    16-9 The DC Generator
    16-10 Simple Generators
    16-11 Simple DC Generators
    16-12 EMF Equation
    16-13 The CD Motor
    16-14 Speed and Torque of a DC Motor
    16-15 Types of DC Motors
    16-16 Speed Characteristics of DC Motors
    16-17 Torque Characteristics of DC Motors
    16-18 Permanent Magnet and Brushes of DC Motors

    17: Inductance in DC Circuits
    17-1 Current in an Ideal Inductor
    17-2 Rise of Current in a Practical Inductor
    17-3 Time Constant
    17-4 Graphical Solution for Inductor Current
    17-5 Algebraic Solution for Inductor Current
    17-6 Energy Stored by an Inductor
    17-7 Fall of Current in an Inductive Circuit
    17-8 Algebraic Solution for Discharge Current
    17-9 Transient Response
    17-10 Characteristics of Inductive DC Circuits
    17-11 Troubleshooting


    18: Alternating Current
    18-1 A Simple Generator
    18-2 The Nature of the Induced Voltage
    18-3 The Sine Wave
    18-4 Peak Value of a Sine Wave
    18-5 Instantaneous Value of a Sine Wave
    18-6 The Radian
    18-7 Instantaneous Current in a Resistor
    18-8 Instantaneous Power in a Resistor
    18-9 Periodic Waves
    18-10 Average Value of a Periodic Wave
    18-11 RMS Value of a Sine Wave

    19: Reactance
    19-1 Instantaneous Current in an Ideal Inductor
    19-2 Inductive Reactance
    19-3 Factors Governing Inductive Reactance
    19-4 Instantaneous Current in a Capacitor
    19-5 Capacitive Reactance
    19-6 Factors Governing Capacitive Reactance
    19-7 Resistance, Inductive Reactance, and Capacitive Reactance

    20: Phasors
    20-1 Addition of Sine Waves
    20-2 Addition of Instantaneous Values
    20-3 Representing a Sine Wave by a Phasor Diagram
    20-4 Letter Symbols for Phasor Quantities
    20-5 Phasor Addition by Geometrical Construction
    20-6 Addition of Perpendicular Phasors
    20-7 Expressing Phasors with Complex Numbers
    20-8 Phasor Addition by Rectangular Coordinates
    20-9 Subtraction of Phasor Quantities
    20-10 Multiplication and Division of Phasor Quantities

    21: Impedance
    21-1 Resistance and Inductance in Series
    21-2 Impedance
    21-3 Practical Inductors
    21-4 Resistance and Capacitance in Series
    21-5 Resistance, Inductance, and Capacitance in Series
    21-6 Resistance, Inductance, and Capacitance in Parallel
    21-7 Conductance, Susceptance, and Admittance
    21-8 Impedance and Admittance
    21-9 Troubleshooting

    22: Power in Alternating-Current Circuits
    22-1 Power in a Resistor
    22-2 Power in an Ideal Inductor
    22-3 Power in a Capacitor
    22-4 Power in a Circuit Containing Resistance and Reactance
    22-5 The Power Triangle
    22-6 Power Factor
    22-7 Power Factor Correction


    23: Series and Parallel Impedances
    23-1 Resistance and Impedance
    23-2 Impedances in Series
    23-3 Impedances in Parallel
    23-4 Series-Parallel Impedances
    23-5 Source Conversion

    24: Impedance Networks
    24-1 Loop Equations
    24-2 Mesh Equations
    24-3 Superposition Theorem
    24-4 Thévenin's Theorem
    24-5 Norton's Theorem
    24-6 Nodal Analysis
    24-7 Delta-Wye Transformation

    25: Resonance
    25-1 Effect of Varying Frequency in a Series RLC Circuit
    25-2 Series Resonance
    25-3 Quality Factor
    25-4 Resonant Rise of Voltage
    25-5 Selectivity
    25-6 Ideal Parallel-Resonant Circuits
    25-7 Practical Parallel-Resonant Circuits
    25-8 Selectivity of Parallel-Resonant Circuits

    26: Passive Filters
    26-1 Filters
    26-2 Frequency Response Graphs
    26-3 RC Low-Pass Filters
    26-4 RL Low-Pass Filters
    26-5 RC High-Pass Filters
    26-6 RL High-Pass Filters
    26-7 Band-Pass Filters
    26-8 Band-Stop Filters
    26-9 Troubleshooting

    27: Transformers
    27-1 Transformer Action
    27-2 Transformation Ratio
    27-3 Impedance Transformation
    27-4 Leakage Reactance
    27-5 Open-Circuit and Short-Circuit Tests
    27-6 Transformer Efficiency
    27-7 Effect of Loading a Transformer
    27-8 Autotransformers
    27-9 Troubleshooting

    28: Coupled Circuits
    28-1 Determining Coupling Network Parameters
    28-2 Open-Circuit Impedance Parameters
    28-3 Short-Circuit Admittance Parameters
    28-4 Hybrid Parameters
    28-5 Air-Core Transformers
    28-6 Mutual Inductance
    28-7 Coupled Impedance

    29: Three-Phase Systems
    29-1 Advantages of Polyphase Systems
    29-2 Generation of Three-Phase Voltages
    29-3 Double-Subscript Notation
    29-4 Four-Wire Wye-Connected System
    29-5 Delta-Connected Systems
    29-6 Wye-Delta System
    29-7 Power in a Balanced Three-Phase System
    29-8 Phase Sequence
    29-9 Unbalanced Three-Wire Wye Loads
    29-10 The AC Generator
    29-11 The Three-Phase Induction Motor
    29-12 The Three-Phase Synchronous Motor
    29-13 Single-Phase Motors

    30: Harmonics
    30-1 Nonsinusoidal Waves
    30-2 Fourier Series
    30-3 Addition of Harmonically Related Sine Waves
    30-4 Generation of Harmonics
    30-5 Harmonics in an Amplifier
    30-6 Harmonics in an Iron-Core Transformer
    30-7 RMS Value of a Nonsinusoidal Wave
    30-8 Square Waves and Sawtooth Waves
    30-9 Nonsinusoidal Waves in Linear Impedance Networks


    1: Determinants

    2: Calculus Derivations
    2-1 Maxium Power-Transfer Theorem
    2-2 Instantaneous Voltage in a CR Circuit
    2-3 Energy Stored by a Capacitor
    2-4 Instantaneous Current in an LR Circuit
    2-5 Energy Stored by an Inductor
    2-6 RMS and Average Values of a Sine Wave
    2-7 Inductive Reactance
    2-8 Capacitive Reactance
    2-9 General Transformer Equation
    2-10 Maximum Transformer Efficiency

    3: Multisim Schematic Capture and Simulation

    Answers to Selected Problems

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