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Pursuing Passion

  1. Feb 22, 2010 #1
    My third job ever I worked with my brother who is qualified to get his masters liscense, at an electrical distributor. It was my time working with him, constructing and repairing surge protectors, that my passion for engineering was ignited. My brother had a deep fascination for Nikola Tesla and his work and has inspired me to study this great inventor and his discoveries. I can't think of anything else better to do with my life. I have a novice level of understanding about generally everything concerning electrical engineering, but deeply fascinated to the point to where studying the subject is a hobby, not a chore. That being said, I would like to know what seasoned engineers would recommend as far as reading material to a young initiate. Where do I start?
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  4. Feb 22, 2010 #3
    What sort of math background do you have?

    A good start for a serious engineer would be an intro to circuits. There is many books and textbooks on it. But one inexpensive is "Basic Circuit Analysis" by O'Malley.


    It is calculus based, and has many solved problems for easy self study. It also has nice sections on SPICE (electronic simulation).
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  5. Feb 22, 2010 #4
    I dropped out in the 11th grade. With terrible grades at that. Purely due to the fact that I didn't apply myself. Looking back now, im able to admit my potential to myself alot better. Truth be told I can do absolutley anything I want. It's not that I had an apathy about studying, its just I didn't know why I was doing it. No direction. Now that ive made my mind up on what I want to do, I can focus all my energy on that one thing.

    I bought a book called physics demystified awhile back and have been reading through that. The concepts are easy enough to get. Its just about having in mind what exactly your going to apply those concepts too that makes the whole learning thing work lol. For me atleast. I tend to ramble lol. But my math skills are pretty horrible as of now. But I tend to be mathimatically minded(much to my surprise) So when I do my studies now, things clicked like they never could in highschool.
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