How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study?
What I want to do
: I want to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in order to qualify to sit for the USPTO Registration Exam (aka, the "patent bar"). Fortunately, MI and NH allow non-science majors to sit for the FE exam, so there's definitely a route for me to do this, which, f*ck yeah, I plan on doing.
What I need to know in order to do that
: All the stuff listed here
. Holy hell. I'll probably go for the "Other Disciplines" tack unless the consensus is that it's better to focus on a single area.
: Liberal arts degree, 12 years out of college. I'm a practicing lawyer and recently passed the Customs Broker exam, so I'm not a complete dummy. Back in college I barely scraped by with a C in the most basic algebra class that my university would give credit for, but that's because I was being a lazy dick. I've worked through all
of algebra, geometry, trig and most of pre-calculus on Khan Academy and feel pretty comfortable with the material so far (fully conscious that he's not covering everything in those topics), and I'm increasingly motivated with my studies. In about three months I've gone from struggling with basic division to chuckling at references to Bill Cosby with regard to sin(a+b).
I can comfortably fit 25 hours of study a week into my schedule and I'm giving myself one year to do this, so please let me know if I'm crazy for thinking that's enough time.
What I'm asking
: Since my math skills today are about those of a reasonably smart high schooler, how do I best synthesize/sequence the remaining topics I need to study? Like, when do I start paying attention to physics; during or after my pre-calc? Should I do statistics before or concurrently with biology? That sort of thing. I'm not expecting anyone to have a single comprehensive answer, but if anyone thinks I should learn topic a
from subject b
before I study topic c
in subject d
, I'd really love to hear your advice.