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Mathematics Suggestion

  1. Oct 19, 2011 #1
    Hello all,
    I am an EE student exceptionally interested in specializing in Electromagnetics, RF and microwaves. Can anyone suggest a mathematics course that is not a required course at my University. For example. the requred courses are Calculus I, II, III and IV. I want to ensure that I have capable background.
    Regards, Sandy.
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  3. Oct 20, 2011 #2
    If your calc classes were light on vector calculus then take a course on that. I dunno what Calc IV is or how far you went in in it.
  4. Oct 20, 2011 #3


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    Almost any type of mathematics would be an asset, the trouble is limited time.
    Of particular interest would be
    -linear algebra
    -ordinary differential equations
    -partial differential equations
    -greens functions
    -transform methods
    -numerical methods
    -boundary value problems
    -complex analysis
    -real analysis
    -harmonic analysis
    -Fourier analysis
    -vector analysis
    -tensor analysis
    -differential forms
    -differential geometry
    -algebraic topology
  5. Oct 20, 2011 #4
    You are doing EE and they don't require basic Complex Analysis or Linear Algebra? Wow.

    Hopefully, one of your Calc courses listed was actually a differential equations course. Otherwise, that is very important as well.

    Is it intrusive to ask which school this is?
  6. Oct 20, 2011 #5
    I go to USask, in Canada. I'll provide a little description of each class.

    Calc I: A review of basic algebraic concepts, trigonometry and functions. An introduction to limits and differential and integral calculus, max-min problems, curve sketching, related rate problems. Specifically for students in the College of Engineering.

    Calc II: Differentiation and integration of inverse trigonometric functions, exponential, hyperbolic and logarithmic functions with applications. Techniques of integration; applications to work, pressure, moments and centroids. Polar co-ordinates and parametric equations of plane curves; complex numbers.

    Calc III: Vectors and coordinate geometry in 3- space; vector functions and curves; partial differentiation; applications to partial derivatives; multiple integration.

    Calc IV: Vector fields; vector calculus; ordinary differential equations; sequences, series, and power series.

  7. Oct 21, 2011 #6
    Interesting. Here in BC it seems that more math is the norm:

    Here is UVic base engineering requirements:

    Here is UBC first year:
    http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/current_students/undergraduate/first_year/index.php [Broken]
    And further for EE:

    Both require separate courses in linear algebra, ODEs, Numerical Methods and Stats but I was wrong about Complex Analysis being common.

    I am not an engineer but, hopefully your Calc IV covered enough ODEs. Other EEs will be able to tell you more about what is most useful to your interests.
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