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13th Feb 2011

It's not an introductory text in Signals and Systems, Communications Systems, and Linear Control Systems. If you've already had those courses, maybe a short review book such as Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple could help to clarify the core ideas.

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30th Jan 2012

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17th Oct 2012

Multivariate calculus is important for EM work (so, radios, antenna design, propagation, etc). Your Electromagnetic Fields I will want you to be a ninja at this stuff.

The Laplace, Fourier, and Hilbert transforms are all really important - especially Laplace! You'll want to be comfortable with improper integrals in one dimension. The Laplace transform is useful for solving differential equations algebraically; Fourier is used similarly (both involve transforming your problem from the time domain into the frequency domain) - it looks like you'll be using them in your Circuits II course, as well as Signals and Systems. By the way, I used Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple for my school's version of your S&S course - don't bother buying it, but definitely check it out from the school's library.

Incidentally, I'm a little confused that you don't take linear algebra until the end of your junior year. Matrix algebra is supremely useful for engineering (try solving a 5-loop circuit by hand without it - I'll wait) and the proofy side of linear algebra gives a tremendous amount of intuition as to why certain things are the way they are. If you're feeling unnaturally motivated, you might want to investigate it a little yourself.

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29th Apr 2011

I used this book to get a high level overview of my signals class:

http://www.amazon.com/Signals-Systems-Made-Ridiculously-Simple/dp/0964375214

Much less math then the much used Oppenheim books, I'd read a bit in that book then check the Oppenheim books if I needed more detail /something specific.

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