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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...
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    Electrical Circuits 1 and Electrical Circuits 2

    Pretty generic name that could cover alot. For instance I had two course called Electronic Circuits 1/2 that covered Diodes and transistors and various circuits built using them (Filters, opamps, amplifiers, etc). I also had Circuit Analysis I/II that covered passive components, KVL/KCL...
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    Can I Become An Engineer With a Family?

    I'm an EE and it seems like half of my class is former military. One guy has 3 children and a wife and is still in the Marines. Another is married and just had a baby girl. Its not easy but its certainly not impossible. I see it being done by multiple people everyday. These people aren't...
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    Schools Advice on taking ODE without calc III (goal is math grad school)

    You don't need calcIII for ODE but you should take Calc III for your future goals. There were a few things from calc III in ODE but they were quite simple and you probably already know them since you dealt with some PDEs.
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    Frustated by the lack of mathematical rigour in physics topics

    I kinda understand the OP point but theres usually a large amount of material that needs to be covered and mathematical rigour is usually pretty low on the priority list. Most of the time it serves no purpose in a physical sense. I'm an EE/Math dual major but I'm much farther ahead in my EE...
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    Programs EE Majors: Should I take Electric Circuits or Digital Logic?

    Ah I see now. This is a misunderstanding of course titles. What you describe is taught in a course called Circuit Analysis II. That class is not simple and is something I was excelled at (heavy math classes = good time for me). What I was talking about are a set of courses called Electric...
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    Programs EE Majors: Should I take Electric Circuits or Digital Logic?

    I consider them simple because (at least for me), the material wasn't very hard to grasp and not very "abstract", I guess. I failed at them because I wasn't very interested in them and never really had a good intuition for it. I noticed some people had a feel for those classes while other had a...
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    Programs EE Majors: Should I take Electric Circuits or Digital Logic?

    The key factor would lie in the prereqs for the next semester. For instance the first Circuit Analysis course is a prereq for a second course as well as one in electronics. Those 2 are then prereqs for most everything else (signals, EM, power, etc) On the other hand, the first course in...
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    Post Your Summer/Fall 2012 Class Schedules

    Summer: Optical Fiber Communications Digital Signal Processing Probability and Statistics (also had a class on State-Space controls but they canceled it due to insufficient enrollment, was really bummed about that) Fall: Intro to Power Systems Linear Control Systems w/ Lab...
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    Programs Majoring in Engineering what is the sacrifice like?

    This is completely true. However if you're good at time management you can still have a social life but it does depend on if you have a job. I quit my job about a year ago and made up that time by taking 17-20cr each semester. Now this next year is down to 13-15 and Im going to start looking for...
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    Will 5 classes for a semester be doable?

    I dunno how yours are but labs are a killer for me. Last week I spend everyday working in my lab trying to finish up, and thats not counting the hours spend actually writing up reports. So replacing 3 labs with 1 class seems like less work not more. I can't really say how much time I spend...
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    Will 5 classes for a semester be doable?

    Depends on you and what other responsibilities you have but 5 classes is fairly normal for me. I did 6 w/ 1 lab last semester and the hard part were test times where I had multiple tests occurring at the same time (4 in one week). I'm doing 5 w/ 2labs this semester and its going decently with...
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    Programs Probability from EE or Pure Math department? EE major

    If its taught by the EE department then I would take that one. Especially since there are many topics in EE that are heavy on statistics (i.e. communications) so it would nice to see that connection as you are learning the stats. I took a stats class for engineers that was taught by the math...
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    Mesh ( Do you really need it)

    Mesh and Nodal analysis are just algorithms to solve circuits using KCL/KVL. I think teaching wise, its helpful early on to help build some intuition. Supermesh type stuff are just little tricks to help solve problems. I don't even remember exactly what they entail. After that first half of...
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    Programs Which engineering degree that makes a difference

    Wherever you are sit and look at everything around you. From that computer, to the building you are in. Pretty much all types of engineers created that world so I can't say one is more beneficial to others. For example EEs have created all this technology that makes our world so comfortable but...
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    Programs Minor math mistakes? Engineer

    I find that the more problems you do the less minor mistakes you make. I remember making tons of mistakes in circuit analysis (all tiny sign errors or calculation errors), after dong a ton of problems I noticed I rarely made mistakes. Either way, if you make mistakes often then check your...