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Needing info on maths and physics for mechanical engineering

  1. Jul 23, 2008 #1

    ill try and keep this quick and easy..

    I'm trying to get all the info i can on what maths and physics is needed for mechanical engineering. im not the strongest in these areas and i kno i need to bust my arse.

    so please try and dot point if u can. what exact areas of maths and physics. i need to drill in to my head.

    cheers mecha
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  3. Jul 24, 2008 #2
    depends on the university you go to. ask the different universities you wish to go to for an outline of the courses, it may even be on their websites.
  4. Jul 24, 2008 #3


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    Math: Calculus sequence (I, II, III) and Differential equations (I, maybe II).
    Physics: Calculus based physics (I, II, maybe III), Thermodynamics, Statics, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics.

    That should hit all of the major areas (and keep you busy a while).

    Good luck.

  5. Jul 24, 2008 #4


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    That's a pretty good list of what would be required. Math would probably also require some Linear Algebra (Calc 4?) or maybe an intergrated Enginering Mathematics class that covers linear algebra and other specific topics. Also a Numerical Methods class may be required. Some other possible "physical science" requirements include Material Science, Mechanics of Materials, and Basic Circuits.

    And then of course there are senior-level technical electives of which you would have to choose a few. Things like Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics II, Vibrations, Fluids II, FEA, Control Systems, etc.
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  6. Jul 29, 2008 #5
    cheers for getting back to me guys. it was just what i was looking for.
  7. Jul 30, 2008 #6
    i like physics for dummies. it has some things that apply to ME
  8. Aug 1, 2008 #7
    Definitely put linear algebra and numerical methods on that list. I would also add mathematics related to optimization such as Lagrange multipliers although that does kind of fall under calc 3. What field of ME do you plan on practicing?
  9. Aug 5, 2008 #8
    not to sure yet as to what type of ME i plan on practicing. I'll be throwing my self in the deepend to find out. how many different feilds are there?
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