This text is an introduction to the basic principles of electrical engineering. It is the outgrowth of
lecture notes prepared by this author while teaching for the electrical engineering and computer
engineering departments at San José State University, DeAnza college, and the College of San Mateo,
all in California. Many of the examples and problems are based on the author’s industrial experience.
It can be used as a primary text or supplementary text. It is also ideal for self-study.
This book is intended for students of college grade, both community colleges and universities. It
presumes knowledge of first year differential and integral calculus and physics. While some
knowledge of differential equations would be helpful, it is not absolutely necessary. Chapters 9 and 10
include step-by-step procedures for the solutions of simple differential equations used in the
derivation of the natural and forces responses. Appendices B and C provide a thorough review of
complex numbers and matrices respectively.
There are several textbooks on the subject that have been used for years. The material of this book is
not new, and this author claims no originality of its content. This book was written to fit the needs of
the average student. Moreover, it is not restricted to computer oriented circuit analysis. While it is true
that there is a great demand for electrical and computer engineers, especially in the internet field, the
demand also exists for power engineers to work in electric utility companies, and facility engineers to
work in the industrial areas.