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XcKyle93

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I am currently enrolled in an introductory Systems & Signals Processing course.

The problem is, this has thus far turned into a series of lectures on the nuances of the Fourier Transform, i.e. special cases and difficult problems.

Why am I complaining? Well, in his syllabus, he lists a general order of topics. They make sense. They go along with the two texts provided to us (one of which is his own!), as well as other reference materials I've consulted.

According to his syllabus, we've jumped right into week 7/8. That was about 2 weeks ago, week 2 of the semester. Now we're at about week 10 (according to his syllabus), but we're really only 4 weeks into the semester.

This is making learning unnecessarily difficult for me. The course material is tough enough to begin with, but it's hard for me to learn anything when all of the external resources that I've consulted assume I have knowledge of the previous chapters in the textbook. I don't, because my professor has jumped right into the middle.

It's not like I'm not solid on my pre-reqs; the only two pre-reqs are a programming course and Calculus II. I know my integration techniques & improper integrals. Unfortunately, four weeks into this course, I still don't know a thing about systems and signals.

I am particularly frustrated because another professor at my university is teaching the same exact course, and they're actually going in order! I know this because I've looked at their assignments and lecture notes. They are easily understandable because he actually introduced signals and systems, basic linear algebra, complex number theory, etc. without jumping into applications of the Fourier transform.

He's a really nice guy; he'll even let you turn in homework late at no cost. I know he's bright and a decent entrepreneur as well. The problem is, I feel like he doesn't know how to teach this material to students who know absolutely nothing about this subject matter. I don't want to come off as rude, but I'm really interested in learning this material. I wouldn't want an A or a B if I didn't come out of this class learning a thing or two about systems and signals.

The problem is, this has thus far turned into a series of lectures on the nuances of the Fourier Transform, i.e. special cases and difficult problems.

Why am I complaining? Well, in his syllabus, he lists a general order of topics. They make sense. They go along with the two texts provided to us (one of which is his own!), as well as other reference materials I've consulted.

According to his syllabus, we've jumped right into week 7/8. That was about 2 weeks ago, week 2 of the semester. Now we're at about week 10 (according to his syllabus), but we're really only 4 weeks into the semester.

This is making learning unnecessarily difficult for me. The course material is tough enough to begin with, but it's hard for me to learn anything when all of the external resources that I've consulted assume I have knowledge of the previous chapters in the textbook. I don't, because my professor has jumped right into the middle.

It's not like I'm not solid on my pre-reqs; the only two pre-reqs are a programming course and Calculus II. I know my integration techniques & improper integrals. Unfortunately, four weeks into this course, I still don't know a thing about systems and signals.

I am particularly frustrated because another professor at my university is teaching the same exact course, and they're actually going in order! I know this because I've looked at their assignments and lecture notes. They are easily understandable because he actually introduced signals and systems, basic linear algebra, complex number theory, etc. without jumping into applications of the Fourier transform.

__How should I address this professor?__He's a really nice guy; he'll even let you turn in homework late at no cost. I know he's bright and a decent entrepreneur as well. The problem is, I feel like he doesn't know how to teach this material to students who know absolutely nothing about this subject matter. I don't want to come off as rude, but I'm really interested in learning this material. I wouldn't want an A or a B if I didn't come out of this class learning a thing or two about systems and signals.

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