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Productive struggle is important for learning. There are lots of detours and wrong turns along the way to understanding electrodynamics. I’ve never seen anyone who gets electromagnetics concepts right the first try, so don’t try for the first time on the test! If the only points that count in your favorite sport are made in a game, why practice? Phyllis R. Nelson (Cal Poly Pomona) How to Succeed in this Class ECE 302 - Spring 2018 3 / 5 Frustration You will get stuck, and you will get frustrated. When you have tried the very same approaches for the third time and they still don’t work, you need to find a way to get out of the rut! Skip to the next problem Ask a friend for a hint Email me or come to office hours Take a break so that you can come back with a fresh perspective. It’s important to work hard, . . . but it’s even more important to work SMART! Phyllis R. Nelson (Cal Poly Pomona) How to Succeed in this Class ECE 302 - Spring 2018 4 / 5
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The math is essential! Some of the math we will use was invented to develop electromagnetics theory. Vector calculus is the natural language for Maxwell’s equations. Trying to use some other language means that Some meaning will be lost It will be more difficult to say what you mean. Translations of poetry don’t convey all the subtleties of the original. Neither do simplifications of vector calculus. I will give simple examples, often by using symmetry to reduce the dimensionality. The discussion of orthogonal curvilinear coordinates in the first week is designed to help you understand how to apply symmetry and pick the best coordinate system for such problems. Phyllis R. Nelson (Cal Poly Pomona) How to Succeed in this Class ECE 302 - Spring 2018 5 / 5
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