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When I took myPE exam, it was the first time in a long time when it had no problem on symmetrical components in a long time. In many ways, that is now passe. At UCLA now, for example, AFIK, there is not even a mention of symmetrical components or even three-phase in the EE course.

Undergraduates now get at least one intensive course in linear systems which includes much of linear algebra and matrices. The symmetrical components reduces to a subspecialty of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions using complex functions including the operator corresponding to the cube root of -1.

Is this a good trend. I do not know. It may be a good mathematical background with much application. On the other hand, most of the students are not likely to know how to use a soldering iron. Color code--what is that. Being a radio amateur these days would seem to be unrelated to be preparation for electrical engineering. Figuring out what to dow with a wound rotor induction motor is not going to be a career enhancer.

Bill

When I took myPE exam, it was the first time in a long time when it had no problem on symmetrical components in a long time. In many ways, that is now passe. At UCLA now, for example, AFIK, there is not even a mention of symmetrical components or even three-phase in the EE course.

Undergraduates now get at least one intensive course in linear systems which includes much of linear algebra and matrices. The symmetrical components reduces to a subspecialty of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions using complex functions including the operator corresponding to the cube root of -1.

Is this a good trend. I do not know. It may be a good mathematical background with much application. On the other hand, most of the students are not likely to know how to use a soldering iron. Color code--what is that. Being a radio amateur these days would seem to be unrelated to be preparation for electrical engineering. Figuring out what to dow with a wound rotor induction motor is not going to be a career enhancer.

Bill

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An old man would be better off never having been born.

An old man would be better off never having been born.