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1088 pp.
62 photos, 741 Figures, 26 Tables, 8.5" x 11"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Introduction to Electric Circuits

Tenth Edition

The late Herbert W. Jackson, Dale Temple, Brian Kelly, Karen Craigs and Lauren Fuentes

Clear, practical, complete
The classic introduction to electric circuits with an abundance of new problem sets

Acclaimed for its clear, concise explanations of difficult concepts, its comprehensive problem sets and exercises, and its authoritative coverage, Introduction to Electric Circuits has set the standard for introductory circuit resources in Canada and is the most accessible, student-friendly text available.

Readership : Introduction to Electric Circuits is a core text for introductory circuit analysis courses taught primarily in college electronics and electrical engineering technology programs.


  • "A magnificent book. . . easy to follow, clear, practical, complete."
    --Mihai Antonescu, John Abbott College

  • "The general layout and structure of the text is conducive to autonomous learning. The shorter chapter design provides a 'mentally digestible' quantity of learning that is more likely to fit in a student's available schedule, thus helping them avoid the perils of procrastination."
    --Denard Lynch, University of Saskatchewan

  • "The organization of the book allows the reader to gradually acquire concepts. It is visually appealing, and the concepts are easily found throughout."
    --Laura Curiel, Lakehead University

  • "The major strength of Electric Circuits is the variation in difficulty level of the assigned problems at the end of each chapter section."
    --Terry Moschandreou, Fanshawe College

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Key Terms
- Learning Outcomes
- Summary
- Problems
- Review Questions
- Integrate the Concepts
- Practice Quiz
Part I: The Basic Electric Circuit
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 Secondary Cells
4-5 Capacity of Cells and Batteries
4-6 Fuel Cells
4-7 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 Colour 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
Part II: Resistance Networks
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
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 Mesh Analysis
9-8 Kirchhoff's Current-Law Equations
9-9 Nodal Analysis
9-10 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 Multimeters
Part III: Capacitance and Inductance
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 EMF Equation
16-11 The DC Motor
16-12 Speed and Torque of a DC Motor
16-13 Types of DC Motors
16-14 Speed Characteristics of DC Motors
16-15 Torque Characteristics of DC Motors
16-16 Permanent Magnet and Brushless DC Motors
17. Inductance in DC Circuits
17-1 Conductors
17-2 Current in an Ideal Inductor
17-3 Rise of Current in a Practical Inductor
17-4 Time Constant
17-5 Graphical Solution for Inductor Current
17-6 Algebraic Solution for Inductor Current
17-7 Energy Stored by an Inductor
17-8 Fall of Current in an Inductive Circuit
17-9 Algebraic Solution for Discharge Current
17-10 Transient Response
17-11 Characteristics of Inductive DC Circuits
17-12 Troubleshooting
Part IV: Alternating Current
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 Using 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
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
Part V: Impedance Networks
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 Practical Application of Filters
26-10 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 Power in an Unbalanced Three-Phase System NEW
29-11 The AC Generator
29-12 Three-Phase Induction Motor
29-13 Three-Phase Synchronous Motor
29-14 Single-Phase Motors
29-15 Sequence and the 30 degree Difference between Delta-Wye Configurations NEW
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 Maximum 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
Photo Credits

Ancillary Resource Center:
Interactive Exercises, Animations, and Videos:
- Indicated by an in-text icon, these interactive circuit examples, animations, and videos help students see and interact with the concepts they are learning in the text
- Over 100 Multisim circuit simulations directly related to problems and examples in the book
Instructor's Manual:
- Sample course outlines and lesson plans
- Hints for conducting labs
- Suggestions for creating assignments and exams
- Additional information on key topics
PowerPoint Slides:
- Lecture outline slides with summaries, key equations, illustrations, problems, and graphics taken from the text
Test Generator:
A wealth of additional questions suitable for tests and exams
- Multiple choice questions
- True-or-false questions
- Short answer questions
Instructor Solutions Manual:
- Available to instructors on the ARC
- Solutions to all end-of-chapter problems, including Integrate the Concepts exercises, as well as theoretical lab results and solutions to the exercises in the Lab Manual
Lab Manual
ISBN 9780199031467
- Free with a new copy of the text or can be purchased separately
- With enough labs to cover a typical semester, this indispensable resource gives students hands-on experience through experiments carefully linked to the chapter material
E-Book ISBN 9780199031474
Looseleaf ISBN 9780199034703

Herbert W. Jackson was an instructor of electronics and electrical engineering technology at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. He is known as the "father of the Ontario college system."

Dale Temple is formerly an instructor of electronics engineering technology at the College of the North Atlantic.

Brian Kelly is formerly an instructor of electronics engineering technology at the College of the North Atlantic.

Karen Craigs is an instructor of electronics engineering technology.

Lauren Fuentes is an instructor of electronics engineering technology at Durham College and serves as the coordinator of Durham College's Electronics Engineering Technician program.

Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences - Margot Northey and Judi Jewinski

Special Features

  • Comprehensive problem sets - over 1500 problems throughout - give students many opportunities to apply and test their knowledge. All problems and exercises have been carefully checked to ensure accuracy and relevance.
  • - Circuit Check problem sets ask students to test their understanding of one section before moving on to the next one.
  • - Icons indicate level of difficulty for problem sets - beginner, intermediate, and advanced - so that students can build upon their understanding gradually.
  • Answers to selected problems at the back of the book allow students to check their work.
  • A classic for over 50 years - this text has been praised by generations of instructors and students for its clear presentation of fundamental concepts and key examples that help simplify complex subject matter.
  • Numerous worked examples throughout each chapter show students how to perform the calculations that are essential to circuit analysis.
  • Meets industry standards by covering 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.
  • Integrate the Concepts exercises help students to apply the concepts covered in each chapter to solve real-life problems.
  • Practice quizzes at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity 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 introduce students to the practical applications of theoretical concepts.
  • Multisim coverage throughout, including examples, problems, an appendix, and an in-text icon that directs students to over 100 circuit simulations available on the companion website.
  • A vibrant full-colour design with over 60 colour photos throughout draws students into the material.
  • Accompanying online activities, visuals, and animations on the Ancillary Resource Center are indicated by in-text icons throughout each chapter.
New to this Edition
  • Hundreds of problems, exercises, and examples - about 30% of them new to this edition. All problems carried over from previous editions have been thoroughly checked and revised for accuracy.
  • Expanded coverage of key topics, including breadboards, resistor colour codes for 5-band resistors, digital multimeter, nodal analysis, and three-phase systems.
  • New figures throughout help students visualize key concepts.