For many unacquainted with the engineering field, maths and engineering have some connection but it is often misconstrued as to what extent.

Some people question whether maths and engineering are related at all or if engineering is an entirely different branch of formulas and calculations.

The short answer to this is that yes, they are related. The long answer is that there would be no engineering without mathematics which should give you an idea just how related they are.

What is mathematics?

Before we can determine how entwined maths and engineering are, we must look at what each field of study entails. Mathematics is much more than just adding and subtracting. It is the foundational language of science, medicine, architecture, astronomy, and many other fields of study.

Without maths, we couldn’t possibly have advanced as far as we have as a species. So, anything that involves the application of numbers, angles, and formulas needs mathematics to make sense of things. Engineering is no different.

What is engineering?

If you ask the average person, they would say engineering involves the design and science of machines, buildings and any other complicated structure. Even using the words “science” implies a large amount of mathematics involved in the field.

In short, engineering mathematics is a branch of mathematics that’s commonly applied in the field of engineering.

Do I need to be good at maths to be an engineer?

Yes and no. Obviously, the primary drive through becoming an engineer is the desire to see how things work and try and do this through your own means. However, you will need to demonstrate some skill in maths in order to become an engineer. That’s just the reality.

Algebra in particular is favoured above all. But don’t fret! Algebra and maths are merely the language in which you express your ideas. Once you get your head around it, it isn’t so bad.

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