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Career in electronics

  1. Nov 18, 2005 #1
    Hi dudes, sorry if this is the wrong area for this post.

    I am doing a career in electronics. I realize that math classes are of a very poor quality (Algebra an Calculus I) Lots of topics were discarded cause lack of time, so i decided to study them on my own.

    The question is, what topics in algebra and calculus I (and II) are by far most applied in electronics? (besides complex numbers, trigonometry, equation systems, matrixes & determ. ) Any special theorems?

    what about other subjects as numerical analysis, statistics, differential equations for example?

    Any clue is really welcome. I am seriusly thinking enrollying in physics career due of its hardcore math classes.

    Best regards.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2005
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2


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    >I am doing a career in electronics.

    Can you be a little more specific? Are you thinking of becoming an electronics technician, or a full EE? If EE, what kind of specialty are you thinking of? In my own experience, it is very difficult to learn calculus and the other EE math subjects on your own with self-study. Why do you say that your math classes are of poor quality? What country and what school are you at now?
  4. Nov 18, 2005 #3

    Hi Berkeman, thanx for your prompt reply. Just a technician. Unfortunately I do not have the time to make a full engineering degree (full time job, wife, etc.)

    Do not take me wrong. I just finished Algebra an Calculus I, but topics very poorly covered, or just NOT covered at all are spaces, vectorial spaces, integral applications (solids, archs), riemann, cauchy, lagrange, taylor series, hyperbolics among others.

    The career in physics is at the same technical institute, but it has a more serious and complete math curricula.
  5. Nov 18, 2005 #4


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    For an electronics technician, you will not need as complete a math background as for a full EE. Being good with electronics equipment, and doing good prototype work and testing are the most important, at least for the technicians that we have here at my work.

    I'm not sure exactly what the differences would be for a physics technician, except the need to be very good with mechanical things in addition to electronics. If that degree path has more math, then they must be preparing folks for some kind of specialized technician work. You might see if you can find an extra class or a tutor or something, to help you with understanding the coursework that wasn't covered very well.
  6. Nov 19, 2005 #5
    Hi bekerman, thanx a lot for your advice!
    best regards.
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