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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 (

The Simplest Impossible Problem

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

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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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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.

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 :)

Engineers are cool

A short film created to support Arup Group Deputy Chairman Andrew Chan's presidency of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, 2009.

From buildings to airports, lighting design and acoustics, Arup engineers do everything! Engineers are cool, watch the video to find out how.

The Best Movies For Mathematicians

The best movies available for mathematicians

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson- Why Would-be Engineers End Up English Majors

Examining the obvious failures in US professional education system. All rights to CNN and partners. This video is for educational purposes. EXPAND INFO.

P.S. Title IS misleading, this is verbatim, the same title editorialized from CNN. If you are complaining, you did not listen to the video.

Also, as I stated awhile ago, I don't think some of you taking personal insult to this understand the message Neil is trying to convey. He's not setting a benchmark to say more calculus equals higher pay. He's saying that the pursuit of higher education in mathematical logic can benefit on a subconscious level. Just the act of trying gives you a leg up in multitudes of your daily comprehension within life. Understanding the complexity of a subject--much like calculus--paves way for the ability to diffuse less complex issues more effectively. Learning calculus teaches you to think differently, expansively even, so that your pursuits in art/science/business whatever excel. Neil is encouraging scientific literacy for all human studies.

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.

The Math behind Chemical Engineering


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

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

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…”

Career using maths: Structural engineers

Career using maths

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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It's usually assumed that to study civil or environmental engineering, you need Maths & Physics A-levels. But at UCL that isn't always the case, as Professor Nick Tyler and Rachel Smith (an MEng graduate from 2011) explore...

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