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Old 05-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #2711
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Random question for you. How much calculus do you actually use? Just wondering, because I'm having a hard time seeing how I could even use it. I know it's useful for some physics, but is it really better than just doing physics the regular way?

I plan on designing stuff for aircraft (Bell, Martin Lockheed, and I think even Boeing all have facilities in DFW), or maybe even getting into firearm design (my dream job)
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Going on my limited experience I found Calculus to be a convenient short cut to doing Algebra in working out Economic and Finance models. Same may apply to Engineering where using integral or differential formulation cuts the steps required to solve the same problem using Algebra. YMMV
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Actually I scare my fellow workers, many of whom are recent grads. Before I went for Engineering, I got two degrees in Math. Used to teach calculus, actually everything from remedial arithmetic to astrophysics (school of natural science & math tutor). I still remember most of the calculus and the parts I don't remember I can usually work out without the book.

Going through the process with Calculus helps you see what's behind the equations. Understanding the concepts behind the formulae helps you know how to apply them when you have a strange problem. Numerical Analysis is especially important in this age of spreadsheets. Don't blow off the math!
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^^^ What he said...

Actually I scare my fellow workers, many of whom are recent grads. Before I went for Engineering, I got two degrees in Math. Used to teach calculus, actually everything from remedial arithmetic to astrophysics (school of natural science & math tutor). I still remember most of the calculus and the parts I don't remember I can usually work out without the book.

Going through the process with Calculus helps you see what's behind the equations. Understanding the concepts behind the formulae helps you know how to apply them when you have a strange problem. Numerical Analysis is especially important in this age of spreadsheets. Don't blow off the math!
When I was in college, I had a roommate who was taking calculus and physics at the same time, and acing both. I couldn't make heads nor tails of calculus. I've never needed it in my career as a CPA and tax accountant.
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When I was in college, I had a roommate who was taking calculus and physics at the same time, and acing both. I couldn't make heads nor tails of calculus. I've never needed it in my career as a CPA and tax accountant.
Not all fields need it. Fields that don't need it are no less challenging than those that do.
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I couldn't make heads nor tails of calculus.
Nor could I. And I really, really tried to.
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The beancounter me thinks a printable voucher to send in with the check might be a good idea, maybe with a print date and serial number that could be tied to an autogenerated email alert to notdku to expect a payment from this user who just printed a voucher to snailmail with their payment to reup.
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