Why in God's name is there such a pervasive prevalence of mathematics in just about every mechanical engineering curriculum in the world? It strikes me as profoundly useless for 99% of the engineering community in industry today. It's easy to teach. Historically it was the only language with which to solve engineering problems. It's an arbitrarily difficult subject to fail and scare students on. All of the above reasons are the real reasons, in my eyes. And none of them are particularly good ones!