January 11th, 2017, 06:42 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? Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk 
January 11th, 2017, 09:13 PM  #402  
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,533 Thanks: 513 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  Quote:
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 .  
January 11th, 2017, 11:11 PM  #403 
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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.

January 12th, 2017, 12:06 AM  #404 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,533 Thanks: 513 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  
January 12th, 2017, 03:33 AM  #405 
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January 12th, 2017, 09:13 AM  #406 
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How do I learn to use Maxwell's equation in practice, in everyday life? Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk 
January 12th, 2017, 10:37 AM  #407  
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Good point. Also, people who fix transmitters and satellites at radio and tv stations are called engineers. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk  
January 12th, 2017, 06:49 PM  #408 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,533 Thanks: 513 Math Focus: Yet to find out. 
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 . 
January 14th, 2017, 11:56 AM  #409 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2015 From: Los Angeles Posts: 283 Thanks: 7  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. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk 
January 18th, 2017, 08:42 AM  #410  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,090 Thanks: 701 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions  Quote:
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 relearn it because you've done it before. Last edited by Benit13; January 18th, 2017 at 08:44 AM. Reason: speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelling  

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