Math in Engineering

Electrical Engineeringand Materials Science

How is mathematics important to electrical engineering?

There are many branches of mathematics that are important to electrical engineering. For example, abstract math is used in communication and signal processing. Complex differential equations—solving equations involving derivatives—are used in circuit theory and systems design; also in circuit theory, engineers need to know algebra and trigonometry. Engineers who deal with electromagnetism need to know calculus, especially Maxwell’s equations. (For more about Maxwell, see “Math in the Physical Sciences.”)


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