Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course is a required course for Electrical Engineers at Clemson. I would recommend taking it with Dr. Baum because the workload is not too difficult. His lectures and old tests are all online and the TA is extremely helpful in helping you understand the concepts taught in class. The pre-requisite courses are more than enough to get you ready for the math required in the problems. Nothing specific is needed, just knowledge of calculus and a willingness to grind out the difficult math until you understand it and can do it easily.
This course gives an introductory look at why certain techniques are used and what common problems are associated with electrical signals and systems. A lot of theory is taught in this class, leaving the more practical learning for later courses and job training in the field. I learned about filters and why they are needed as well as how signals work and different methods to compare and categorize them in ways we can visualize and understand.
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Advice for students:
Absolutely watch all of the online lectures, notes are not exactly necessary but I found taking notes to be helpful. Attendance is mandatory and there is an attendance-based grade boost, so go to class every day! I recommend going to class and watching the video lectures before class because Dr. Baum can move through the notes quicker than some people can effectively follow if they have not seen the material before. It is extremely important that you do the homework and not copy the posted solutions. The solutions are helpful if you are stuck, but the test questions are all harder than the homework problems. A firm foundation in those concepts is critical. The tests in the course are challenging, but not terribly difficult. The questions are written to confuse you, but the process required for the problem is straightforward. Recognizing what operations you need to complete is absolutely necessary if you want to finish the exams in time, this is why doing the homework is helpful. Dr. Baum posts old tests (without solutions, but with answers) which are extremely helpful in getting you used to his testing style. The TA held review sessions of the most recent test that were incredible for answering questions. I highly recommend that you do the old tests before attending the review session so any questions can be cleared up. Finally, the Academic Success Center has tutoring sessions for this course, check your syllabus or the ASC for hours and location. You should take advantage of that resource if you need.