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The cool maths behind engineering


The cool maths behind engineering

Who cares about maths?

Lisa’s too busy wiring her micro-computer, Jack’s obsessed with extreme sports and Hannah wants to save the environment. Sometimes it’s hard to see how useful maths is in the real world.

This animation brings to life the math and engineering behind: the New York Times Square fireworks display, a parachute jump from space and generating renewable energy in Denmark.

We get a glimpse of the equations and calculations involved in determining mass, launch velocity, terminal velocity, drag coefficient, wind resistance and power generation capacity.

In addition to mathematics, it touches on the applications of aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics engineering and software engineering.

This short educational STEM video is about maths and engineering. It is targeted at high school students – especially those who are looking to study engineering at university.

Note: this video was made by the University of Newcastle in collaboration with illustrator Jeremy Ley ( and video production guru Nick Parker (

Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) - Numberphile

How do 3D animated characters look so smooth? Pixar researcher Tony DeRose explains - with mathematics.
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The Simplest Impossible Problem

A 7-year-old can understand this problem which completely baffles mathematicians.

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What Math Classes Do Engineers (and Physics Majors) Take?

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This is a more technical video that describes the calculus classes you will take as an engineering (and physics major) in undergrad.

Regardless of what type of engineering discipline you choose, you will take mostly the same math classes. The first two calculus classes are the same as calculus AB and BC in high school respectively. Then you go on to multivariable calculus. Lastly you'll take a class on differential equations and some linear algebra.

Different engineering disciplines all see different levels of high level math in their engineering classes. This video doesn't cover how much of this you will use in an actual engineering job. But rather shows but you can expect to see in your engineering curriculum in terms of math support classes.

Calculus 1 - 0:45
Calculus 2 - 4:22
Calculus 3 - 8:25
Differential Equations - 11:30


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Cool Math: The Lambert W Function Introduction

This function comes up as a solution to equations ranging from pure math to quantum physics to biology. In this video, I introduce the concepts behind the function and give some sample calculations. There's lots more to this function, so explore it on your own if you're interested.

How Much Math is Used in Engineering?

Is there a lot of math in Engineering, is the math hard? how many math classes do I need to take to become an engineer?

I answer those questions in this video

The program I show at the end is called Abaqus

Mathematical Relevance to Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

An overview of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering featuring interviews with professors Mary Silber and Dirk Brockmann

Maths in Science & Engineering

Presented by Rachel Riley and produced by the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (IMA) as part of the National HE STEM Programme by

Maths needed in Chemical Engineering (E02)

The Mathematical Tools required in Chemical Engineering
This is a series of videos describing the SYLLABUS of a Chemical Engineer.

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Overview of the Math Needed for Engineering School

Hi friends! :)

Dr. Brad here with a new talk for today!

This is only a semi-technical talk, where I will discuss the mathematics background needed for engineering school. I also suggested several helpful books and resources along the way.

I repeatedly saw in school students struggle with and feel cheated by the enormous amount of mathematics in engineering school, almost as if they had been bait and switched. This video aims to clarify this situation. Indeed, there is a tremendous amount of mathematics involved in engineering. The more you know and understand, the better off you will be.

Hope you enjoy the video, and all the best friends! :)

-Dr. Brad :)

The Best Movies For Mathematicians

The best movies available for mathematicians

Mathematical Relevance to Civil Engineering

The Math behind Chemical Engineering

Engineering Mathematics Introduction Lecture 1

Engineering Mathematics is one of the highly crucial subjects in technical exams. in gate it covered alone a sure shot of 15 marks and still have maintained a consistent appearance.
Recently UPSC has mentioned this in ESE paper 1 syllabus which makes it more important to retain and excellence for high score..

Making Math Cool: Alex Kajitani at TEDxVillageGate

Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. Seeking a way to connect with his at-risk middle school students, Alex began to integrate rap music with the math he was teaching. Now known around the country as The Rappin' Mathematician, his CDs are being used in classrooms and homes around the world, and he has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Alex now runs He is on a mission to Make Math Cool, speaks cross-country, and writes a bi-monthly column for teachers of at-risk students.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Robert Conquered Math and Became An Engineer

Meet Robert. College was tough in the beginning for Robert, especially getting through math. After taking his placement exam, Robert learned he had to start in Pre-Algebra, unlike many of his peers who were in the engineering program who started in Calculus. Instead of stressing out, he knew that it was a process and was willing to be patient and take it one step at a time. He finally got through Pre-Calculus, then Calcalus 1 and so on. He later caught up with his math requirements and earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T University. Robert’s advice for students, “…go home, eat and sleep, it’s going to be okay…”

Engineering Maths 1-15: How to do a harder question from the algebra section

Victoria University (Melbourne) lecturer Dr Ian Gomm, answers questions about his unit, Engineering Mathematics 1.

SPMS Research - Mathematics

Mathematical Relevance - Civil Engineering

This animation explains where first year mathematical concepts are used in the construction of a building/car. It was produced by Swinburne University engineering and multimedia students.



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