Why do I need to know how to do this?
When am I going to actually use this?
These are the couple of questions that I used to ask my high school math teachers every
time I would start a new section in my math text.
Maybe I really didn’t know when I
would actually use the lesson that I was learning, or maybe I did, but just didn’t care.
Whatever the reason was, I now see it fit to think before I ask.
Quite a few years have
passed and I have not asked the fore mentioned questions.
Maybe it is because I have
grown just a little wiser, and think of applications to the material that I am learning.
Probability is a course that I am currently enrolled in, and it is also a course that I try to
apply to my everyday life. Surprisingly, probability is a topic that I will encounter every
day for the rest of my life.
Little did I realize, but when I started college every course that I enrolled in dealt
with probability from the very first day of class.
If it wasn’t the teacher telling the
student the drop, withdraw, fail, (a.k.a. “DWF”) rate of the class as a percentage, it was
Circuits I, L.S.U. course number EE2120, was a “weed-out” course for
The “DWF” rate was given the very first day of class.
said that seventy percent of the class would drop the course, withdraw from the course, or
fail the course.
Basically he said only three tenths of the class would survive the course
with a passing grade.
Before taking probability I would have never thought of Dr.
Aravena’s statement as a reference to a probability of passing or failing.
Now I can see
clearly that it was a direct correlation to probability, and how probability will have a
massive impact on my future.
Probability and other fields of math will be such a huge part of my life, I have
decided to talk to someone who once worked in the field that I plan to pursue, integrated
circuit design and fabrication.
Mr. John D. Scalzo, of Louisiana State University, once a
engineering manager for Sawtek Semiconductor, out of Orlando FL, which is now a
subsidiary of TriQuint Semiconductor, worked in the field of integrated circuit design.
Sawtek, the company that Mr. Scalzo worked for, designed and built filters and
microprocessors for communication equipment ranging from high end, high tech satellite
communications to cable boxes which we use everyday.
It may not be apparent, but a
huge amount of work has been put into your ability to change the channel on your