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Dissertation Presentation

This presentation is for my dissertation topic "Why do Electrical Engineers need Mathematics?"

Heather Tattrie

on 3 March 2013

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By Heather Tattrie
(Supervised by Anthony Croft) Mathematics for Electrical Engineers The Beginning The End Plan of Action Thank you for listening to my presentation.

I will be happy to take any questions. Background Information Literature Review Research Questions Methodology Analysis Report Engineering modules which include a lot of mathematics Communications Mathematics A Mathematics B Electronics
A Electromechanical
Systems Control Systems
design Aircraft Design Electronics
B Electotechnology Electrical powers
and Machines Principles of
Digital Communications Electromagnetism
C Advanced control Circuits Signals and
Systems Electromagnetism
A Research Questions Should maths be
taught in a particular context? Are Electrical
minded? What mathematics
is actually needed
in the work place
and modules? Why are Electrical Engineers required
to study
mathematics? Do Electrical Engineers actually enjoy mathematics? Do Electrical Engineers
and Mathematicians
share the same
qualities? What are Electrical Engineers at Loughborough University learning now?

Look at the overview of the compulsory mathematical modules for Systems Engineers BEng and MEng and identify the maths which is being taught at the moment

What are the entry requirements for Electrical Engineers at Loughborough University? My research questions need to be accurate and clearly written. Choosing the research questions is the central element of my project

I produced these research questions after my background research. I'm going to develop ideas that I have found through my research, e.g. Maths GCSEs and A-Levels are not as high as expected for Electrical Engineers To analyse the data from my questionnaires, I have had to learn a new software, named SPSS.
SPSS is especially effective for Factor Analysis.

I have decided to learn two mathematical concepts used frequently by Electrical Engineers. I have not learnt in my degree; Fourier Transform and Laplace Transform.

I will analyse two examples from the work place to find out what math techniques are required. I have decided how to collect my data.

Who do I want to collect data from?

First Year Students
Second Year Students
Electrical Engineers in the work place
Lecturers for various modules My project is called 'Mathematics for Electrical Engineers'.

Mathematics is known as the language of engineering and science. It develops logical thinking and reasoning skills. It also provides a set of transferable problem solving skills that can be put to good use when tackling unfamiliar engineering problems. Some of the mathematical techniques that electrical engineers are taught at Loughborough University are not relevant in their modules.

The aim of my project is to develop the mathematical support for Electrical Engineers
at Loughborough University. DSP First Year Modules
Second Year Modules
Third Year Modules These are a sequence of steps that I will follow to succeed in the development of my project. The steps before analysis will be completed before the Christmas, then the other steps will be completed before Easter. Mathematics A:
Complex Numbers
Areas and Volumes
First Order Differential Equations
Simultaneous Equations
Stationary Points
Logarithms Mathematics B:
Laplace Transform
Fourier Series
Fourier Transform
Second Order Differential Equations
Partial Differentiation
Graph Sketching
Vector Operations
Time Intervals
Hypothesis Testing The topics highlighted in blue are the topics which I so far have found are important for the work place or their modules Look at headlines from newspaper articles about the image of engineers in society

Read about how engineering and maths are related in history (this includes looking at famous engineers who used maths in their discoveries) Newspaper Headlines;
OAP who wanted to see council electrical writing report told she couldn't have it - because it was written in Polish

Britain loses its knack for engineering

Warning over shortage of engineering graduates

Science graduates 'lack skills needed by business'

Engineering graduates 'taking unskilled jobs'

Britains engineers blow a fuse after Sir Alan Sugar brands them business failures I will finally write up my results and apply them to the research I have found Requirements for Electrical Engineers at Loughborough University MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time and
MEng (Hons) DIS/DintS 5 years full-time sandwich
A-Level: AAB-AAA including Maths and at least one science subject

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time and
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich
A-Level: ABB including Maths and at least one science subject (Digital Signalling Processing) Advanced Engineering Mathematical Concepts Fourier Transform Laplace Transform Fourier Series Articles:
What do you mean when Electrical Engineers 'use' mathematics

Characteristics of Engineering graduates

How maths should be taught to Undergraduate Engineers

Engineers in the UK are not English...

Maths is important in Engineering

Education system under questioning
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