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Math Used in Civil/Structural Engineering?

monkeycloudmonkeycloud Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2008 in Engineering Majors
What type of math is used in civil or structural engineering? Does anybody have any specific equations or formulas that contain precalculus level math topics like limits, trig, natural logs, etc? I was thinking along the lines of calculating something like the curing time for cement or the resistance of material/wind or something.

This is for a math project career problem which I am in desperate need of as we have to develop a problem in this field (by tomorrow). I have looked everywhere for this but everything I've found is too difficult or doesn't relate to the field. Please help if possible and thanks in advance!
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Replies to: Math Used in Civil/Structural Engineering?

  • aibarraibarr Posts: 4,248Registered User Senior Member
    1) This isn't a homework help forum. <end scolding>

    2) Since it's of potential interest to people, the math involved in structural engineering hits either simple algebra and geometry or it plunges deep into the terrifying depths of calculus and differential equations and whatnot... Hard to find a happy medium... Most of the things you talk about are pretty linear.

    Lots of trig, though. Check out vibration, which we use a lot when we figure out what sorts of forces rotating machinery (engines for factories, some medical equipment, etc) applies to structures, how people jumping up and down in stadiums and walkways vibrate the things they're jumping on, and how earthquakes affect structures.

    Vibration - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Wikipedia is your friend, and starts out fairly simply.
    Good luck with your project!
  • TheAnomaly101TheAnomaly101 Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    The engineering curriculum usually requires about 4 or 5 semesters of calculus. Most importantly, differential equations.
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