Kids can get frustrated with doing math because they don’t see the point at times. I think that some of it comes down to how higher level math is taught and framed. Seeing the concept and the context of the equations and solutions that come about from problem sets makes math much more motivating.
For example, simply helping a person understand that calculus is the mathematics of change can go a long way to helping someone see why we use such equations, especially in real-life problems such as within mechanical engineering. Changing conditions require analysis and calculations to answer to performance, reliability and failure.
Essentially, figuring out calculations for pressure vessels, conducting stress analysis for lifting beams, or designing functional mechanical assemblies requires engineering tools. In our case, the knowledge, equations and standards we study and apply are our tools for determining the safety, performance and limits of engineered products and equipment.
We use software such as SolidWorks for designing products or to run simulations and stress analysis. We use Compress software for pressure vessel calculations and P.E. certifications. We reference ASME standards and apply equations to figure out failure, stress and material selections and thicknesses.
Depending on the engineering problem we are given by our clients, we approach the problem solving with a clear definition and then have to decide what tools we will use to solve for the unknowns.
The math becomes our daily tool to help get our clients answers to custom design and analysis solutions they provide.
Furthermore, we have to continually learn, grow and stay on top of new mechanical engineering information, tools and trends. It’s how we remain a strong partner for the wide variety of problems we solve in so many different industries involving machine design, material handling equipment and stress analysis.
For us, math becomes fun because it is relevant and used in highly targeted and practical ways to solve problems and help people. That’s where the meaning can be so powerful to make math come alive.