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So being an engineer is not all fun and games. Personally I think engineers are wired up a little different from others, and our social skills don’t quite fit with what some call normal. I may be talking totally from a personal viewpoint, but as a child at school I think this odd wiring and way of thinking can seriously hamper your abilities. I think that from an early age we are all wired to enjoy and understand different things in different ways. So what did I struggle with – Humanities. So for people who have not come across the high school lesson from hell that is Humanities then I can only explain it as follows. Basically, the school needed to cover a number of subjects and noted that having a set lesson for any one of these may cause a break down in the space time continuum and therefore…

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Two weeks ago, the authors at Engineer Blogs opined about their favourite engineering classes. This week, it’s all about their worst. For me, there are many classes that come to mind where the professor would have been well-advised to attend a remedial teaching course. There was that 2nd year circuits course, where the frequency response of a circuit network was represented using the Laplace s-domain. The problem was that nobody in the class knew had ever seen the s-domain and the professor insisted on not teaching the math to us. A fifth of our class got weeded out by this course. Then there was the 3rd year statistics class, where I’m pretty sure I failed the final exam, but still ended up with 99% on my transcript due to the bell curve. Asking students to write the proof to an obscure, never-taught theorem on the final and making it worth…

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Sometimes we go through an experience that makes us wonder if it’s really worth it to continue on our current path. I had one such experience when I was nearly done with my master’s. If I hadn’t been so close to finishing, I would have quit. That experience was a class. The worst part was that it was an undergraduate class. Going into engineering from physics, there are, as in any field, a few core classes I was lacking. I was not prevented from taking any grad classes due to this deficit, but I was required to take about four undergraduate classes before I could graduate. The third one of those was one that I felt reasonably good about. I had taken a couple upper-level math courses that were relevant. With that sort of preparation, significantly more than most undergrads in the course, I felt like the class shouldn’t be…

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