I didn't actually have the AoE, I only had LTAoE. So I bought it and it came yesterday.

The differential equations for capacitors and inductors are in the first 50 pages. We are up to complex impedances (vectors in the complex plane) in the first chapter and, BTW, the integral equations for capacitor and inductors are also in the first 50 pages. In fact, the first chapter alone covers both DC and AC circuits much faster and perhaps deeper than any textbook I have ever had. It's like they're in a hurry to get on to switches, knobs and dials. So far, I haven't seen much time spent on mesh and nodal analysis.

I had heard how this was a 'math free' book but I'm not quite buying it. OTOH, the equations are just thrown out there with not much tying things together. But it's early times, I'm just in Chapter 1.

A couple of days ago I posted re: wxMaxima. Seriously, get it installed. It will do everything you can ever need for electronics and after a brief warm-up, you won't have any trouble at all.

You clearly have the math background, same curriculum as I had, and you'll do fine. A few cobwebs need to be cleared away and, truthfully, helping my grandson with Calc I has sharpened my pencil quite a bit.

So far, the book has been a bunch of dV/dt and integral(i(t)/dt) and it's not very difficult at all.

For giggles, I attached the wxMaima code and graph for a capacitor charging through a resistor. Pretty straightforward except that the charging function is traditionally in terms of time 't' seconds and I want the chart in terms of 'Tau', the RC time constant. The point is, we get to 63% charge in one time constant and are essentially at the applied voltage in 6 time constants. Somehow, this seems important to me...

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Khan Academy. I spend a LOT of time over there trying to keep up with my grandson. They have some electrical engineering videos as well.

Hit the "Learn" tab at Digilent. The "Real Analog" is very good but more time is being spent on mesh and nodal analysis.

For general graphing, desmos.com. For everything else, symbolab.com.

Otherwise, post questions here and let some of the more talented (than me) folks take a look. You can find out who really knows the stuff in this thread for Simon's homework problem on mesh and nodal analysis. Ignore my posts...

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/beginners/mesh-analysis/ Orolo nails this stuff!

The question comes down to "How much do I need to know as a hobbyist?". That's hard to answer because on one end it can be a little as Ohm's Law and on the other end the speed of light is the limiting factor. Which part of the sandbox is interesting?

With your background, I wouldn't sweat AoE. It'll work out fine!