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 (jeremyley.com) and video production guru Nick Parker (lightcreative.com.au).
The Simplest Impossible Problem
A 7-year-old can understand this problem which completely baffles mathematicians.
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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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…”
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.
Mathematicians and Engineers
This video is a short example of the difference between a mathematician and an engineer and how they approach problem solving. Both use math but in different ways. While looking at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in a high school environment, I like to look at how that works in a more practical way.
What Math Classes Do Engineers (and Physics Majors) Take?
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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The Best Movies For Mathematicians
The best movies available for mathematicians
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 :)
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
Career using maths: Structural engineers
Career using maths
Mathematical Relevance to Mechanical Engineering
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)
Ignite Phoenix #10 - Why is math cool?
Presenter: Ben Morin
Biography: I'm a PhD candidate in the Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences program at ASU, a father and a rabid fan of mathematical modeling. I spend my research time on the boundary of the ivory tower of mathematics and epidemiology, culture formation and ecological behavior models. I spend my free time watching Dora and drinking coffee.
Description: Most people hate math. I think this is because it is taught as drills and memorization. My talk will detail how math, tempered with imagination, is the pure science, and really neat. I want to tell people everywhere that math isn't a homework problem but a way of conceptualizing the world, breaking it apart, and finding out why it comes together.
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10 Surprisingly High Paying Jobs
We did the math on the grunt-to-grat ratio for you, with 10 jobs you wouldn't expect to be well-paying, and the details on what it takes to land the position, in this episode of The Infographics Show, 10 Surprisingly High Paying Jobs. ⭐SUBSCRIBE: ⭐
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The Math behind Chemical Engineering
Wouldn't it be cool if... you could engineer a better world?
Inventor Saul Griffith asks whether engineers fully realize how big their influence on the world can be. He challenges all engineers, designers and makers to stretch their notions of what is possible, and to tackle environmental challenges with rigor and ingenuity. He encourages us all to treat everything in life as a little engineering problem: to keep moving, thinking, and dreaming up big ideas.
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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Scientific notation tutorial by Vikram. Learning is cool, math is fun !
Learn how to convert numbers into scientific notation. Learning is cool, math is fun !
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