Rizzoni provides a solid overview of the electrical engineering discipline that is especially geared toward the many non-electrical engineering students who take this course. The hallmark feature of the text is its liberal use of practical applications to illustrate important principles. The applications come from every field of engineering and feature exciting technologies such as Ohio State’s world-record setting electric car. The appeal to non-EE’s is further heightened by such special features as the book’s Focus on Measurement sections, Focus on Methodology sections, and Make the Connection sidebars.
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New Methodology Boxes throughout the text enumerate and highlight the steps involved in using various methods of analysis. This will help remind students to use the procedures for analysis properly, and will help to highlight the methods (through the use of a shaded box)for easy look up.
An increased emphasis on design is evident in the third edition. Rizzoni has added a brief section on engineering design to chapter one and has added homework problems and examples that address design issues in an introductory way.
Computer tools are introduced and their use is encouraged in the text's examples and problems. Students are given the opportunity to solve problems with a variety of computer tools such as MathCad, MatLab, Electronics Workbench, etc. Learning these computer tools now will help students to cut out the plug and chug calculations and more easily solve analysis and design problems. Also, a new boxed feature called Focus on Computer Tools is found in each chapter.It contains additional computer-related tools such as Electronics Workbench problems, password-protected solutions for instructors, an additional chapter on Communications for schools that cover this material, important web links, etc.
Also, throughout the book a section called "Find it on the Web" has been added. These sections provide web links to global companies that manufacture the devices mentioned in the text. Students will be able to quickly look up manufacturer's data sheets and other useful information for use in design problems.
Rizzoni's experience as an electrical engineer teaching in a mechanical engineering department makes him the ideal author for an EE book for non majors. Through the use of a wide variety of applications and interesting problems, Rizzoni stimulates the non-majors audience to learn. This is consistently rated as the best feature of the Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering.
Giorgio Rizzoni teaches at the Ohio State University.
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