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Which branch of engineering is the most mathematical?

  1. Jan 13, 2008 #1
    Mechanical or Electrical?

    Also, is a course in optimization useful? This does not necessarily pertain to engineers. If so, in what other fields? Besides applied mathematics/numerical analysis.
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  3. Jan 13, 2008 #2
    They are both mathematical to the extent that there isn't much difference between them. At my university EE's take one more calc course than do the rest of the engineering fields (vector calc), but so what? The others probably learn it on a more 'introduce it as we go along' kind of basis.
  4. Jan 13, 2008 #3
    i like engineering because its very mathematical.
  5. Jan 13, 2008 #4
    I have friends from both majors. Couldn't tell who learns more mathematics. But they learned (as far as undergrad curriculum at our institution) different mathematics. ME guy seemed to know more of ODE,PDE,Vector Calculus, and so on. EE guy seemed to know more of Fourier Analysis, Complex Analysis and so on. Seriously, there's no way of telling who learns more. I think this extends to include math majors as well.
  6. Jan 13, 2008 #5
    I love calculus mostly, well basic and some of the advanced theories. But during my first year in university (this year) I have finally noticed that it probably is not a field I would like to go in. I think it would just take too much of my time, which I do not like.

    BTW Nusc, I have a friend and he told me they are basically all the same. It is just that some specialize in a specific field of mathematics, but usually all the same in terms of amount of mathematics courses.
  7. Jan 13, 2008 #6
    PDE (Partial differential equation) and vector calculus would be the highest for both fields, undergrad-wise. Depending on your specialization, you might take higher maths courses.

    Some brave computer science majors read homology these days to devise different graphics algorithms.
  8. Jan 13, 2008 #7
    you'll be doing lots of PDE's in chemical engineering, and there are a ton of graphs to use (though may be familiar, the psychrometric chart). I love problem solving and every minute of cheme!

    EE's come across fourier analysis, and perhaps unfamiliar to some, laplace transforms.
  9. Jan 14, 2008 #8
    I'm an EE. You will use tons of laplace transforms, and fourier analysis is also used ubiquitously. You will see lots of prob/stats in comm systems. You will also see lots of vector calc in fields. Of course you will use some linear algebra too. Obviously DE is important too. I've never had a full PDE course though, but PDEs come up a lot, particularly in fields.

    I'm a double major in EE and physics, and I would say the scope of the mathematics I have used was broader for EE than it was for physics. I can't comment on ME though.
  10. Jan 14, 2008 #9
    thats a nice package, a double in physics and electrical engineering.
  11. Jan 15, 2008 #10
    For my physics major, I have to take Cal I-III, Linear Algebra, Diff. Eq., Intro. to Partial Diff. Eq., and Vector Analysis. I'm also taking Intro. to Complex Analysis to better prepare for graduate school.
  12. Jan 16, 2008 #11
    hi , i like maths
    and i would also like to know about civil engineering as well
    how broad is the maths there?

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  13. Jan 16, 2008 #12
    who in the world doesn't want to take as many math classes as possible?
  14. Jan 17, 2008 #13
    Someone who wants to stay sane. ;)

    I've taken calc 1-3, Multivariable, Diff EQ, Linear Algebra, and then whatever else was thrown in to my physics classes, like calc of variations and more Diff EQ stuff.

    I like it for being able to do the physics, not in and of itself.
  15. Jan 17, 2008 #14
    I feel the same way; I'm currently in Cal III. I like being able to use the math to solve physics problems.
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    weirdos. (-:
  17. Jan 17, 2008 #16
    At our school, everyone takes the same basic math program....but beyond that, I'm guessing its probably the Aero E's that have the most math.
  18. Jun 20, 2009 #17
    i want to know which engineering branch is more mathematical???please give me information about the branch bcoz i should opt my branch.
  19. Jul 1, 2009 #18
    Is automation a part of mechanical? and wat is the difference between them?can one change branch in 2nd year. also please suggest whether petroleum engineering is well scoped. how is rajiv gandhi inst. of petroleum technology at rae bareli? please please reply as soon as possible?
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