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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    I'm guessing applied Maxwell equations in 3D. Fun for the whole family
    I'd like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    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.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyCowCorner1 View Post
    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.

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

    Even Khan academy was not very helpful for this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    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.
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    Technically a physics problem, but w/e:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Technically a physics problem, but w/e:

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