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January 11th, 2017, 07:42 PM   #401
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Engineers focus on the math (eg. Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability, Maxwell's Equations, etc). Technicians focus on the breadboard and soldering. Does that sound about right?


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Engineers focus on the math (eg. Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability, Maxwell's Equations, etc). Technicians focus on the breadboard and soldering. Does that sound about right?


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Getting there.. But not quite. Engineers apply (semi-?)advanced mathematics to design situations in order to obtain the best possible solution given the design constraints and criteria etc.

As has been stated, a technician would be able to provide maintenance and fix any hardware based issues with the design, but does not necessarily require knowledge of why, say, some component operates in the way it does.

That's my take anyway, don't bite .
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Just to muddy the waters, when something under warranty breaks, an 'Engineer' is sent out to fix it. For the record, I don't like this version of the term. Service engineer at a push.
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How do I learn to use Maxwell's equation in practice, in everyday life?


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Just to muddy the waters, when something under warranty breaks, an 'Engineer' is sent out to fix it. For the record, I don't like this version of the term. Service engineer at a push.


Good point. Also, people who fix transmitters and satellites at radio and tv stations are called engineers.


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Neither of them have a meaning that could be agreed on in all parts of the world i think... Or even all parts of a given country...

One of my professors once told me about the difference between applied mathematics and pure mathematics. He was from Russia originally, finished his PhD in the U.S., and finally ended up working in an Australian university.

He said that each country had it's own definition of what 'applied mathematics' was. In America he was a mechanical engineer of sorts, in Russia, a physicist, and in Australia, a scientist.

Of course it's likely that even this perspective won't be agreed on. The point is, just worry about what interests you, and never mind playing the labeling game .
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How do I apply math to electronics?

I want to be able to use the math and physics that was taught in school. Sadly, there is no job out there that uses that stuff. That stuff is not used by electronics hobbyists either. When I talk to industry engineers, veterans, they tell me they forgot all that jazz. They never used it, and they're close to retirement.


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I want to be able to use the math and physics that was taught in school. Sadly, there is no job out there that uses that stuff. That stuff is not used by electronics hobbyists either. When I talk to industry engineers, veterans, they tell me they forgot all that jazz. They never used it, and they're close to retirement.


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Sure, but I'm a software engineer and I use:
i) a lot of knowledge I studied previously on a more or less daily basis;
ii) some of it every now and again; and
iii) sometimes things crop up and I'll think "Hang on a minute... I did this once..." then it's easier to learn the thing I forgot again because I did it already a long time ago.

So yeah... you might forget a lot of things... but if that stuff crops up again, it's really easy to re-learn it because you've done it before.

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