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Buzy bee

For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petar; an't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.

   - William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 3, Scene 4

Textbook: A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2008)

Author: Louis Scharf
Textbook URL: http://cnx.org/content/col10685/latest
Reviewer: Michael M. Hsieh, PhD - Senior Engineering Manager, Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner

*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this book as a "required primary textbook." This text attempts to lower the barriers for students that take courses such as Principles of Electrical Engineering, Circuit Theory, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, and Signal Processing. It can do a wonderful job preparing students for further studies while knowing beforehand why the complex mathematics would matter.

Textbook: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I

Author(s): Don Johnson
Textbook URL: http://cnx.org/content/col10040/1.9/
Reviewer(s): Dr. Pramod Gupta, Director of Research Analytics, FieldDay Solutions, Inc.
Review Date: January, 2012

fundamentals-of-elec-eng-i-graph*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is currently not recommended for community college-level courses, but is intended for electronics major programs and may be appropriate for more advanced study. The subject matter extends into electronics and communications, so attempts to cover more than is suggested by the title. Because of the broad scope, coverage is spotty. The author frequently fails to explain some basic concepts (e.g. RMS and peak values, Ohm’s law) before jumping to advanced topics. This text would benefit from a more structured approach, with more examples to explain the concepts. Despite the uneven coverage of the topic, there is useful information here and this book may be useful as a supplementary text.

Textbook: Lessons in Electric Circuits, Volume I - DC

Author(s): Tony R. Kuphaldt
Textbook URL: http://www.ibiblio.org/kuphaldt/electricCircuits/DC/index.html
Reviewer (s): Dr. Pramod Gupta, Director of Research Analytics, FieldDay Solutions, Inc.
Review Date: January, 2012

lessons in electric circuits vol 1 chart*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is recommended for Community College, trade school and practitioners. It is appropriate for Electrical, Power, Electronics and Communications majors. Overall the text is good although overly wordy. The author explains the subject in detail but there is considerable redundant information. In addition, the author includes explanations of things that are not really required (e.g. how to use a calculator), which diminishes focus and clarity. There are no exercises or problems, which may preclude use of this book as a primary text for students. In summary, the subject is well-covered, but potential adopters may want to consider tightening up the text before use.

Textbook: Mechanics of Materials - Introductory

Author: Madhukar Vable
Textbook URL: http://madhuvable.org/books-2/introduction/
Reviewer: Robert Gerlick, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Eastern Washington University

Review Date: February, 2017
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Mechanics of Materials chart Reviewer's Comments
This is an excellent text with outstanding coverage of the material. With a few exceptions, the coverage is extensive enough that no other reference should be required for an introductory course. The material is presented very appropriately to the undergraduate student. Finally, the author has provided excellent ancillaries, including a syllabus, slides and practice exams. Highly recommended.

Textbook: Project Management for Engineers and Scientists

Author(s): Merrie Barron and Andrew Barron
Textbook URL: http://cnx.org/content/col11120/latest/
Reviewer(s): Rekha Ramen, Lalit Sabnani, Linda J. Williams

*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
This easy-to-follow text is recommended for all levels. It is appropriate for Management, Business, Engineering, and Science programs, as well as trade schools. It has good definitions and simple, clear text, with illustrative examples. The first two thirds of the book discusses the basics of project management, including characteristics of projects, participants and stakeholders, and various areas of expertise. A high point is the treatment of project politics, including a fresh look at how stakeholders can derail a project. The final third focuses on project lifecycle, with discussion of the Initiation, Planning, Execution, and the Closeout phases.