How much do you need to know to be an Electrical engineer?

How much math do you need to retain when you graduate from college? does Electrical engineers use all the math skills of calculus 1 2 and 3 and trigonometry and physics? In school they teach you all that but how much of that do you really use in a job? what are the most common math skills EE use in a job. I'm asking this because i'm studying EE and I'm in college algebra level now, and I'm thinking how i'm going to retain all this information plus the coming math classes and physics. I would probably retain like 50% of what they teach me. Does EE use every single thing they teach you in math and physics? Please Help.

Asked By: r.cruz86 - 2/23/2007
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It really depends on the specific field of Electrical Engineering you pursue. If your a RF design engineer - all becomes very important. If your a controls engineer, some of it is important. Being an EE for nearly 30 years, I have worked in space physics, alternative energy, medical devices, controls, aviation... More
Answered By: mjh3056 - 2/23/2007
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Yes, an EE will need to be able to use all the maths taught to him, and more.
Answered By: Joe U - 2/23/2007
Well of course a lot of what they are teaching will not be dirrectly needed in your field. As in any trade or accedemic program they teach you much more than you will actually use. However even though you don't need all of the knowledge to be able to do your job, a good portion of the education is to teach you how to... More
Answered By: letsget_dangerous - 2/23/2007
Depending on the specific area of electrical engineering you enter, you will use most or all of the high level math (up to linear algebra, differential equations, and beyond) on a regular basis... More
Answered By: tlbs101 - 2/23/2007
u will apply a lot of DE in circuit, electronics, em, signal n sys n dsp. so calculus is essentual in DE. LA is also important. u may see the significant of it in nodal n mesh analysis by now. however, further on u will see that most math prob involving ee can be solve with laplace n z transform esp in control system n... More
Answered By: nieteni - 2/23/2007
You need to know a great deal of mathematics in the theory of electrical engineering and for exams. In practice it comes down to experience in a lot of fault finding cases.
Answered By: Tony A - 3/3/2007
It all depends on what field of EE you go into and what sort of industry, sort of company... More
Answered By: wimafrobor - 3/3/2007
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