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    Professor is a nice guy, but he is not teaching well. Thoughts?

    First half of that syllabus seems to be straight mathematics, a bit odd. My signals course was Laplace, Z, Fourier Transform as well as time domain stuff (ODE, convolution) (mostly CFT a bit on DFT) and using them to talk about various properties of signals. Stability, frequency response, etc...
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    Math classes for fun

    Also foundations (if its like mine and teaches proof techniques) is also a good class to take. Not directly applicable but teaches you a different mind set as well as some set theory and other tidbits of math. Helps in general. Also a really helpful one that you didnt mention is a good course...
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    Math classes for fun

    It might be helpful to take Fourier Analysis before you start your EE classes. I dunno what they teach in such a class but you'll be doing Fourier in so many classes. So far 4 of my EE classes have been heavy on Fourier and I'm doing alot of Fourier Series in my PDE class right now. Perhaps a...
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    What's the use of breaking my brain over long problems of higher order derivatives?

    Proof type questions might not be directly applicable to anything but they develop a mental muscle that helps everywhere, especially engineering. Working with high-order derivatives builds some intuition when working with lower order ones. I see many people in my class plugging and chugging...
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    Engineering Do Electrical Engineers have to be good programmers?

    You'll prolly be using matlab a good amount in your courses so it'll be good to practice it a bit more. I rarely write elaborate programs in it, in generally boils down to knowing some prebuilt functions and how to use them correctly. Your books will be covered in sample code and such so I...
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    Does attending lectures make much of a difference?

    That depends on you and your professors styles. Unless you use that time extremely well I can't imagine it'll hurt to go to lectures. If you are well disciplined and the professor does not rely on his own notes you should be fine. The only problem is when things are changed and announced in...
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    How to recognize series versus parallel paths in complex schematics

    my professor had us color each node in a different color in our intro circuits class. Actually kinda helped lol if two components have the same two colors on both sides then they are in parallel since each color would represent the same potential difference.
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    I have been out of school for years, can I still pick up where I left off ?

    If you retake your calc courses and physics courses then you should be in a good position to be successful. You might not even have to retake the courses formally. Open up a textbook and start working through some things, if it comes back easily then it might be more efficient to just...
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    Cal 3 question. Desperate need of advice!

    Yea not everyone learns the same way either. I for one can barely listen to lectures so a bad prof isn't the end of the world for me. Others rely heavily on lectures and professor office hours and need a good prof.
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    Schools What to do after algebra? For entry into college

    You need to learn calculus in either of the fields you are planning on entering. A solid foundations in Algebra and Trigonometry is need to begin learning calc. If you havent done any trig then that should be next. Typically they have classes called precalculus that are generally a combination...
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    DSP Project Idea

    So I'm taking an intro DSP class this summer and I need some ideas for a term project. I'm also taking a class on statistics and I'd like something that incorporates the two. The project will be implemented soley on matlab so no hardware ideas. I'm having problems coming up with things...
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    Amount of math covered in a typical undergraduate engineering program?

    As an EE I took math classes on Calculus (I-III), ODE, Prob/Stat, and a bit of numerical methods (taught by engineer). In actual engineering classes I've learned bits and pieces of transforms (laplace, fourier, Z), linear algebra, vector analysis. Hard to remember what stuff i learned where...
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    Calculus 1 (I'm taking the class in a week.)

    Yea most of the time in Calc 1, the easy part of the problem is the calculus (taking a derivative), the rest of the problem is more or less algebraic simplification. People who struggle with calc 1 are the ones who are bad at algebra. (This actually goes for alot of subjects)
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    My class schedule, question about Circuit Analysis

    If you do circuit analysis in the time domain for RLC circuits then you'll encounter a linear differential equation. The good thing is that there will only be 2 forms of this equations and the method of solving them is pretty simple and could be taught easily. Laplace and Fourier Analysis is...
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    My class schedule, question about Circuit Analysis

    The first course in Circuit Analysis is quite easy. Its very systematic in solving things. You take a circuit and apply KVL/KCL rules which result in a system of equations which you can solve using whichever method you like best. You'll learn some other tricks and such to maybe simplify this...