PREFACE Part I: Discrete Systems In the early 1950's the option structure was abandoned and a common core curriculum was instituted for all electrical engineering students at M.I.T. The objective of the core curriculum was then, and is now, to provide a foundation in mathematics and science on which a student can build in his professional growth, regardless of the many opportunities in electrical engineering from which he may choose. In meeting this objective, core curriculum subjects cannot serve the needs of any professional area with respect to nomenclature, techniques, and problems unique to that area. Specialization comes in elective subjects, graduate study, and professional activities. To be effective a core curriculum subject must be broad enough to be germane to the many directions an electrical engineer may go professionally, yet it must have adequate depth to be of lasting value. At the same time, the subject must be related to the real world by examples of application. This
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