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ROLE AND APPLICATION OF MATHEMATICS AS A TOOL

IN SOLVING ENGINEERING PROBLEMS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract 2

Introduction 3

Historical Development 4

Role and Application of Mathematics as a Tool in

Solving Engineering Problems

Euclid of Alexandria 7

René Descartes 10

Pythagoras 11

Conclusion 13

Bibliography 14

ABSTRACT

The objective of this project is to determine the role and application of mathematics as a tool in solving engineering problems. In other words, the goal is to prove the importance of mathematics and its benefits when applied to challenges that may arise out of everyday engineering activities. To do so, the history and origin of mathematics and its uses will be observed. Also, situations outlining the application of mathematical theorems and principles will be analyzed to make a conclusion.

INTRODUCTION

The central focus of the engineering profession is the application of scientific knowledge to meet society’s needs. These needs are resolved by solving engineering problems through the use of mathematical concepts. Mathematics is essential in the everyday applications of routine engineering; from calculations of heat and air flow in steam powered plants and car radiators to calculations resolving the strength of materials and structures. Applied mathematics plays a fundamental role in engineering analysis and design.

Without calculations engineering science would only be a study of theories without any mathematical proof. According to Albert Einstein, “there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.”

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT

The earliest [pic]development of mathematics is closely tied to the [pic]evolution of counting and numbers. Ancient societies used a variety of methods to either estimate...