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    Space elevator on Mars

    I've seen analysis that shows we could build a space elevator on the moon today, as in right now, with Kevlar. The only issues are getting that much Kevlar and supplies TO the moon (along with the fact that you would have to get TO the moon in order to "launch" on the space elevator FROM the...
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    Compression gun

    Or you could do it the simpler way... more powder and a longer barrel... Cheers...
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    WW2 era German 88 mm anti aircraft gun

    ... and it did it so wonderfully well... Cheers...
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    Designing a three wheeler

    You may want to check local laws... Three wheelers of ANY kind are not street legal in some US states (which I found out by being pulled over on a back road). Cheers...
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    What exactly is engineering?

    I could try my best to try and explain what engineers do, but I have found that in most cases when trying to explain something, someone else has done it much earlier and much more elegantly. So here it is: - Sir Eric Ashby As for what classes you'll be taking, I'll draw from the two...
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    Starting out with Aerodynamics?

    IMHO... the best book on aerodynamics... not just from an air vehicle perspective (as the title may imply). The first few chapters really cover the basics as good as any text I've ever seen. (And as an Aero Eng I've read PLENTY.) Introduction to Flight by John D. Anderson ISBN...
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    GPS does great horizontally

    How GPS works... Well... let's go... here's the boiled down version of how GPS works... The GPS satellites send basically 3 pieces of information... an almanac message, a broadcast message, and a precision message. So, your receiver basically contains a glorified timex as its internal...
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    IT guy for a major company?

    For what you stated... IT guy or computer game designer... I'd definitely go with Computer Engineering. Cheers...
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    IT guy for a major company?

    Computer Engineering is probably your best bet... However, if you really want to know HOW a computer works and not just WHAT a computer can do... go for a degree in Electrical Engineering with focus in Digital Electronics or Computing... Cheers...
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    Finite element analysis alternative?

    You could also try energy methods... I recommend: Galerkin's Method Rayleigh's Quotient Rayleigh-Ritz Method Assumed Modes Method Any good structures or vibrations text will give you what you need. Cheers...
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    Diesel engines.

    Additionally, the loss of energy... It's much more economical to convert chemical energy in the fuel to mechanical energy in an engine to the wheels than to convert chemical in the fuel to mechanical in the engine to electrical in the generator to mechanical in the motor to the wheels. Small...
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    Physics or engineering, which one is better

    For your application, it really doesn't matter which degree you have... In general: The Engineer cares what, but not necessarily how... The Physicist cares how, but not necessarily what...
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