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Old 05-09-2008, 12:57 AM   #1
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To all the ME's on the board, I have a question for you.

What kind of math are you using in your every day tasks?

I'm wanting to be one, because I know there is always a need for them, and they get paid decent. I just need to know what math is involved.

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Old 05-09-2008, 02:15 AM   #2
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really mostly just trig, i use a few different equations from statics or dynamics.

are you going to school right now for mechanical engineering?

so with your screen name on here, do you drive a mustang, i have an 06 mustang gt, great fun

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Their personalities Sorry couldnt resist, old joke that doesnt get the opprotunity very often.

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really mostly just trig, i use a few different equations from statics or dynamics.

are you going to school right now for mechanical engineering?

so with your screen name on here, do you drive a mustang, i have an 06 mustang gt, great fun
I'm not in school yet, I'm still serving in the Active Duty Air Force.

And yes, I do drive a Mustang, I own a 07 Alloy Metallic GT. I love her to death.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:51 AM   #5
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Actually, the CAD/CAM software and other packages will do most of the math for you. I did use a lot of trig, but not any more.
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Like AutoCad? I used that in 3 years of high school, and in the college I took already.

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Old 05-09-2008, 01:12 PM   #7
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Although I'm not an ME (although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night ), it all depends on what you end up doing. Most likely though, you will probably need conceptual Calculus, obviously all Vector Mathematics should be second nature, conceptual Linear Algebra (so you can make Matlab work for you hehe). You'll probably be spared some of the Linear/and/or Discreet Signals/Systems, but you'd probably have to learn about LaPlace and Fourier transforms,etc..especially if you go into a hybrid discipline like Control Systems, or something like Vibrational Analysis.

To be honest, most of the Math will be localized to when you are in school. After that, it's a toss up...but you'd most likely need to have a conceptual understanding of many forms of Mathematics.

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My major was ME (06 grad) and I worked as one for a year. I used plenty of basic trig and the occasional basic calculus. I used more knowledge from classes like mechanics of systems. Never used any of the calc 2,3, or differential equations.

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im not a ME but im going to college to be one and i work with a lot of them. The math you will use really depends on what you're going to end up doing. Where i work we have tons of programs that do most of the math for you.

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Old 05-09-2008, 02:24 PM   #10
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Do you know what ME's use for Birth control?




















Their personalities Sorry couldnt resist, old joke that doesnt get the opprotunity very often.



HAHA.. That just got emailed to all my engineering buddies.
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