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Confused about EE

  1. Aug 24, 2008 #1
    I am going to be going into college in a year, and I am definetly interested in becoming an engineer. I am not sure though, what type. I do not actually know alot about what electric engineers do, and am interested in learning more. I tried to look on the forums about them, but most of the posts were about problems and topics of electrical engineering, that i didn't understand at this point. I would like to point out that I am very advanced in math and physics, and to be honest really enjoy both of them studies. I was considering going to college for math, but see little future in that. I am a firm believer of doing what you love over doing what makes more money, but in the end of the day, one's job must pay for bills, and be able to provide for a family and so on. I am not sure what type of careers there are in math, so I see engineer being a close substitue. So, with that being said, is electrical engineering the most math/physics based of the engineering specialties?

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  3. Aug 25, 2008 #2


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    dunno if it's the most math/physics based. civil engineering has classical mechanics, but there is some elegant math regarding structures like bridge trusses and the like. mechanical engineering also has classical mechanics with statistical mechanics (like thermodynamics which is mathy) tossed in. unless you get into material science, not much modern physics (like the physics of atoms and smaller particles or quantum mechanics or relativity). chemical engineering has chemistry and that has "pchem" which can be pretty sophisticated.

    EE can take you to semiconductor physics, which is heavy on the math and in modern physics. other EE disciplines get mathy (like communications, control theory, or analog or digital signal processing).

    you can do some nice and elegant applied math in electrical engineering, but what it really is about is designing electrical or electronic systems that really work and accomplish some desired task.

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  4. Aug 25, 2008 #3


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    Welcome to the PF, lax1113. Yes, EE is a great match for folks with talent in math and physics, and offers a good stable source of income. There are also many different specialties in EE, which makes it relatively easy to find areas that you enjoy working in. There is also a lot of overlap between different specialties, which adds variety to your work. Like, it's not unusual for a chip developer to also write a fair amount of software, in support of their chip design and validation tasks. And it's not unusual for a network transceiver hardware developer to also write some MatLAB or other simulation code as part of their transceiver optimization work.

    I did some searching and dug up some threads that touch on topics that may help you in your decision making. They don't directly answer your questions, but they do discuss related topics. Good luck!





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    Those are very handy, berkeman.
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