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Math required for nuclear engineering?

  1. Apr 13, 2015 #1
    What are some standard math courses that nuclear engineers take in college? Do they do more math than calculus 2? Do they use a lot of geometry? What are some standard math books that they will read during their math studies? In general I am referring to the nuclear engineers that work in the power area.
     
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  3. Apr 13, 2015 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Here's a sample curriculum so you can judge for yourself:

    http://catalog.tamu.edu/09-10_ug_catalog/look_engineering/nuclear_eng.htm [Broken]
     
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  4. Apr 14, 2015 #3

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    Nuclear engineering makes heavy use of advanced calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. While not part of the college curriculum, in the real world, engineering/analytical statistics is extremely important as well.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2015 #4
    As an engineer of any type, you can almost be guaranteed that almost every one of your technical classes will be mathematically based. Some more than others, but you will definitely be exposed to mathematics from day 1 to day n.
     
  6. Apr 14, 2015 #5
    I did not know that nuclear engineers use a lot of linear algebra and engineering statistics, thank you for letting me know friend. Do you know if nuclear engineers use much geometry?
     
  7. Apr 14, 2015 #6

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    Linear algebra is used for solving systems of equations. Statistics is used for many purposes, particularly related to radiation detection, shielding, sampling, monte carlo, etc. Geometry is used incidentally as part of other disciplines.
     
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