EECE 506

EECE 506 Mathematical Methods In EE

Selected topics in the advanced engineering mathematics, with a special focus on their electrical engineering applications. Topics include linear algebra, matrix theory, numerical methods, optimization, probability, statistics and basic algorithm development. Prerequisite: calculus and differential equations.

A big portion of grades is based on the group project. Some good project examples:

Here is the project description from previous class:

EECE 506 Project Information 2014

1)     Introduction

a)     A good portion of the grade in this class is determined by your project. The reason of this are:

i)     I don’t like exams.

ii)    In general, presentation skills are very important in both industrial and academic settings (much more important that “taking exam skills”).

iii)   This is a good opportunity to develop your presentation skills, it is okay to make mistakes in school.

iv)  You need presentation skills when you looking for jobs, in 1.5 years!

v)   One of the best ways to solidly learn something is to try to apply it on a real problem.

b)     I short, you need to find an engineering problem and apply your math skill to solve it. And try to “sell” your work to your audience through the presentation.

i)      This setup is almost identical in the real engineering world.

2)     Tasks

a)     Task 1: Form a team before 9/23

i)     Task reward: 1 points (1% of your grade)

ii)    Each team should have 3~4 people

iii)   If you don’t have a team on 9/23, you don’t get this 1 point, but you still need to join a team for your project.

iv)   EngiNet students don’t have to form a team, you will get this 1 point automatically.

v)    Bonus task: Diversity team

(1)  Bonus task reward: 5 points

(2)  Know how to working with people from different culture and background is extremely important. If you plan to find a job in the USA, this skill is required.

(3)  If your team is a diversity team (which means your team members didn’t get undergrad degrees from the same country), your team will get bonus reward.

(4)  This task is not required, the 5 point reward is outside of the normal 100 point.

b)     Task 2: One-page project proposal

i)     Maximum task reward: 4 points

ii)    Identify an engineering problem for your project, with your team. You can pick any topic, but be careful about the difficulty of the project. If it is too simple, you won’t have a high grade; but if it is too hard, then you won’t finishes it on time.

iii)  For project idea, it can be from the textbook, lecture, …

(1)  I will provide some example topics later

(2)  Or you can simply google: project idea +  “the name of your interested math technique”

iv)   The one-page project proposal should include:

(1)  The engineering problem you want to solve

(2)  Why this problem is worth to solve?

(3)  What kind of math techniques have been used to handle this problem?

(4)  Font size: 12; Line space: 1.5

c)     Task 3: project report

i)     Maximum task reward: 15 points

ii)    Team member should clearly divide the workload, and put the workload information in the report and presentation.

iii)    Do not “cut & paste”! The originality of your report will be checked by Turnitin.

iv)   Report template will be provided on Blackboard later.

d)     Task 4: Group presentation

i)      Maximum task reward: 20 points

(1)  10 points will be from me and the TA

(2)  10 points will be from your peers

(a)   Presentation evaluation form will be provided on Blackboard later.

(b)  The median (not mean) from the class will be used for this 10 points

(c)   When you are evaluating others, consider yourself as a rich investor, you are giving out your money (not free points) to the team you think is good.

(d)  I will use evaluation form as attendance check, if you miss evaluating one team you will lose 1 point.

ii)    Each group has 15~20 mins to talk + Q&A. Everyone should present equal time. E.g., a three people group, everyone should talk 1/3 of the total presentation time.

iii)    A PowerPoint template will be provided on Blackboard later.

e)     Task 5: Teammate evaluation

i)      Maximum task reward: 5 points

ii)    This 5% is provided by your teammates, so be professional and responsible when you are working together.

iii)  I will provide the survey/grading information later if you don’t grade your teammates’ contribution, yourself will lose this 5%.

3)     EngiNet Students presentation: For EngiNet students, you have two options:

  • Do the presentation as described. And have the presentation played to the class. Your grading will follow the “in-class students” scale described in the syllabus.
  • Skip the presentation (you still have to do the project). Then develop a homework style problem and solution in a topic, and send it to me.  In that case, your grading will be on the ‘reduced presentation’ scale described in the syllabus.