1. I'm guessing applied Maxwell equations in 3D. Fun for the whole family

2. Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
I'm guessing applied Maxwell equations in 3D. Fun for the whole family
I'd like that.

3. Originally Posted by Spark
what does it involve
Lots of abstract thinking. Mechanical and civil engineering math is relatively easier if you are a visual thinker because after reading the equation you can immediately visualize what is happening (heat entering the system and etc.).

4. Originally Posted by vcs
Electrical engineering math is ridiculously hard, mainly because of the insane variety. Covers pretty much every branch of math you can think of.

I am glad I took CS, where you can mostly get by with just discrete math, linear algebra and probabiiity/statistics.
CS math is pretty hard too right? Very abstract and impossible to visualize.

5. Originally Posted by Kirkut
Lots of abstract thinking. Mechanical and civil engineering math is relatively easier if you are a visual thinker because after reading the equation you can immediately visualize what is happening (heat entering the system and etc.).
Is visual thinker the same as a spatial thinker?

6. Originally Posted by SillyCowCorner1
Is visual thinker the same as a spatial thinker?
I'd say that spatial thinking is a sub category of visual thinking. Visual thinking could be a very broad topic. An example of visual thinking in mechanical engineering would be: let's say there is a simple equation of a thermodynamics problem or a heat transfer problem, by looking at the variables and boundary conditions in the equation you can easily draw a picture in your mind as to whether the heat is entering the system or leaving it (if you are good at visualising things).

An electrical engineering math problem would be too hard to visualize, because you cannot visualize circuits. It's the same for computer science math.

7. Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
I'm guessing applied Maxwell equations in 3D. Fun for the whole family
Nooooo! that gave me a real hard time!

8. Originally Posted by Kirkut
I'd say that spatial thinking is a sub category of visual thinking. Visual thinking could be a very broad topic. An example of visual thinking in mechanical engineering would be: let's say there is a simple equation of a thermodynamics problem or a heat transfer problem, by looking at the variables and boundary conditions in the equation you can easily draw a picture in your mind as to whether the heat is entering the system or leaving it (if you are good at visualising things).

An electrical engineering math problem would be too hard to visualize, because you cannot visualize circuits. It's the same for computer science math.
you don't need to be a strong visual thinker to solve such problems imo. a strong grasp of pde theory relies more on a deep understanding of the structure of the solutions themselves, which may or may not need be visual.

9. Originally Posted by Spark
you don't need to be a strong visual thinker to solve such problems imo. a strong grasp of pde theory relies more on a deep understanding of the structure of the solutions themselves, which may or may not need be visual.
Yes, you don't necessarily need strong visual thinking but most mechies I know want to get the feel of a problem statement to make an estimate. You cannot do this with Opamps and etc.

11. Originally Posted by Kirkut
Yes, you don't necessarily need strong visual thinking but most mechies I know want to get the feel of a problem statement to make a guess. You cannot do this with Opamps and etc.
Explaining once again why engineers and physicists are not the same thing....

12. Originally Posted by Kirkut
CS math is pretty hard too right? Very abstract and impossible to visualize.
CS math is not too bad, at least at the undergraduate level.

13. Technically a physics problem, but w/e:

14. Originally Posted by Spark
Technically a physics problem, but w/e:

This is so cool.

15. When it got to 3.14 I audibly shouted WHAT at the screen

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