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EE Professors -- Textbook recommendation needed, please!

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Steven O., Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. Steven O.

    Steven O. Guest

    Background: I am posting this inquiry on behalf of a slightly
    overworked EE professor at the local community college. I am
    currently taking a distance learning class on circuit fundamentals,
    and the professor is planning to offer a distance learning class on
    basic transistor and amplifier theory in the near future -- as soon as
    this Spring, if possible. Among the holdups is that she needs to find
    the right textbook, ASAP. (And for my part, I am hoping to take the
    class this Spring, which is why I am helping her in her textbook

    Obviously, she needs a decent textbook in basic transistor and
    amplifier theory, something at roughly the level of "Electronic
    Devices" by Floyd (Prentice Hall).

    The kicker, however, is this: The way she runs her distance learning
    classes, she wants to be able to give her students fairly detailed
    solutions to all the homework problems, and she doesn't always have
    time to work out all those solutions herself (she is running multiple
    distance learning classes). Therefore -- she needs a textbook where
    the publisher will provide, to faculty members, detailed, worked
    solutions to the homework problems in the text, preferably in
    electronic form (such as .pdf), so she can send these solutions out to
    the students.

    The way my current class is working is, we first try to work the
    homework problems on our own; but then compare our own efforts to the
    solved solutions (sorry, I guess that phrasing is redundant), both so
    we can see if we've done it correctly; and so if we have not done the
    problem correctly, we can learn how to do it right. For this class on
    circuits, we are using "Engineering Circuit Analysis" by Hayt, and
    apparently they do provide her with the solutions in .pdf form, so she
    can send them to us. Apparently, she has so far been unable to find a
    similar text for transistor theory and applications.

    I've checked the Web site for "Electronic Devices" by Floyd myself --
    I happened to pick up the text a few years ago -- and I cannot tell
    from that site whether or not the publisher provides detailed
    solutions for the HW problems at all, let alone provides them in .pdf
    format or similar.

    Anyway, bottom line: I (we, actually) appreciate any recommendation
    for a good sophomore/junior level textbook on transistor theory/basic
    applications, plus appropriate related topics -- basics of op-amps,
    oscillators, you probably know what else applies -- where the
    publisher will provide, to the instructor, .pdf or similar files with
    detailed, worked-out solutions to the homework problems presented in
    the textbook.

    Please be kind enough to send leads my way, via this newsgroup or the
    e-mail (slightly mangled, below), and I will forward them to the

    Steve O.
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  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Steven,

    If I'd have to start out again I would certainly pick Horowitz, Hill:
    "The Art of Electronics". Winfield Hill is actually an active
    participant in this newsgroup (

    A source that might help in distance learning would be MIT. AFAIK they
    placed most if not all of their courses online. But I have no idea how
    this can be handled from a copyright point of view. Best would be to
    talk to them about it.

    Regards, Joerg
  3. So are all of us overworked EE professors at the community college level.
    Comes with the territory. If she doesn't understand that now, god help her
    in the years to come.

    The first time you offer an on-line course, you had best be prepared to
    spend five to ten times the time you spend in a B&M (bricks and mortar)
    class setting the sucker up and doing all the detailed explanations that you
    can do in the classroom with chalkboard. You don't have that luxury on

    The upside to that is that once you have the course "canned" it is about ten
    percent of the work of a B&M class for years to come.

    If your instructor doesn't understand this, gently inform her of the way the
    real world works.

  4. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

  5. Richard

    Richard Guest


    One option is Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits by Paynter
    (Prentice Hall). The companion site is at

    Your professor should check with professors at other colleges that offer
    distance learning in the EE field. They may be her best source for textbook
    recommendations and to educate her about what is required to set up a useful
    distance learning course and the virtual labs that may go with it. Among
    others, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) offers several distance
    learning courses.

  6. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    My experience is that "turnkey" solutions never are turnkey. Just the same
    the Malvino texts are usually pretty good, rarely excellent, more about
    practical, less about deep theory.
  7. JosephKK

    JosephKK Guest

    The University of Wyoming is big into distance learning including GE and
    Surveying. Try looking at their offerings.
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