All in the form of cheat sheets

Date: 07/12/2015

I was recently cleaning one of my bookshelves and came across a folder containing what I consider to be a gem. Out of all the work that I produced in my four years at Cornell, the pages presented in this post are probably some of the most important of them all. I hold a great deal of importance to them because I spent so much time carefully putting them together and using them as study material for my exams. The process of going through my notes and textbooks and pulling the important information to put in these cheat sheets helped me revise and learn the material that proved to be crucial. For the most part, I did not even use the cheat sheets all that much during the exams (there simply wasn't enough time, and the professors were more interested in testing whether you could apply the concepts), but the exercise of writing them was part of the learning process. Only a few classes allowed the use of cheat sheets, and those are the ones I'm posting here.

NOTE: if you are a college student reading this page and are tempted to copy these cheat sheets instead of making your own, just be aware that you are shooting yourself in the foot! If you want to really learn the material, trust me, make your own!

ECE 2100: Introduction to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers

This was a weed-out class the semester that I took it. Four of my friends switched majors as a result of this class and many other people dropped the class. My graduating class probably shrank as a result of it. The material wasn't overly difficult to understand, but the way it was taught made it so that it became extremely tough to follow. This was my first experience with a class where the professor made the whole difference. I ended the semester a bit shaken down and worried that all other ECE classes were going to be the same way, but I'm glad that wasn't the case...

MATH 2930: Differential Equations for Engineers

I really enjoyed taking Differential Equations. The material was dense but a lot of it made sense to me. I had a lot less difficulty understanding how to solve differential equations than I did with some of the more advanced topics covered in Linear Algebra.

ECE 3030: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

This was one of those classes where the first exam was easy (my first perfect score in an ECE class) and the subsequent ones were significantly tougher! I remember enjoying the material and working in groups on the problem sets with some of my friends.

ECE 3100: Introduction to Probability and Inference for Random Signals and Systems

This class was an emotional roller-coaster (by far some of the toughest tested exam questions). The mean on the first exam was in the 30's... I remember handing in my exam and feeling depressed that I wasn't confident I had answered half of the questions. Then I talked to some of my friends an realized we were all on the same boat. In the end I got a B+ on the class and was decently happy with the outcome.

ECE 3150: Introduction to Microelectronics

At the same time that I was taking this class I was also taking ENGRD 2620: Electronic Materials for the Information Age from the Material Sciences department which covered most of the same material. Prof. Thompson, who taught ENGDR 2620 is an amazing professor and was able to really explain semiconductor physics at a level ECE 3150 simply couldn't. I did well in ECE 3150 entirely thanks to ENGRD 2620. Goes to show how important the professor's role is in teaching the concepts.

ECE 4450: Computer Networks and Telecommunications

The cheat sheets for this class are definitely the ones I reference the most as an Embedded Systems Developer (when I need to look into some of the details of the OSI model, or specifics of a communication protocol).

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