I'm decent at math, I would say in the B range. Is engineering impossible for me? Or does the effort and time I put into it dictate my success in engineering coursework?
It's not being decent at math but are you good at the APPLICATION of math to solve problems. Can you use the application of math for use in your physics or chemistry courses.
Just being good at math won't cut it because is you are good at math and s-u-c-k at Physics then you won't succeed. That goes for other engineering courses like computer science, statics, statistics, etc.
Engineering is one of those disciplines where you have to give it a try and see. I cannot say I am an undergrad engineering expert because technically I did not major in engineering as an undergrad (I did in grad school). I was a math/cs major and if you cannot apply the math concepts, engineering will eat you up.
The good thing about engineering is even if you try for the first two years and change majors, you would have already went through more challenges academically and would be prepared for other majors.
all I know is that if I focus and dedicate most of my time to it, I'll understand it. Idk if I can apply math to solve problems yet. I know that I'm decent at math. I'm going to go for it and succeed.
I think this is why some schools have 3+2 programs. After 3 years you get a Bachelors degree and after another 2 you get an engineering degree. If you're not cut out for engineering you at least have something to fall back on.
You will do fine. I was not a good math student in high school and I did terribly in high school physics. But once I got to college all it took was dedication and I have gotten through calculus 1 and calc 2 3 , physics 1 2. With As and Bs. You just need to be devoted to becoming an engineer. Nothing is impossible. Hardwork pays off!
Will you be able to survive engineering? No idea. But you can prepare yourself now in order to increase your chances of survival. The mathematics you will find in an undergraduate science and engineering program will be mostly intuitive and application-based; in other words, it will be used to mathematically represent the physical world as accurately as possible but it will never be 100% exact/accurate. It will not be as rigorous as the kind of mathematics studied by pure mathematicians, who are mostly concerned with inflexible accuracy.
What you can do now is review your algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Focus on developing your intuition and problem-solving skills. At the same time, make sure you understand the fundamental concepts of algebra. Developing a study plan, challenge yourself, and focus on things you can control now. You want to gain the ability to use the mathematics you learn to solve problems in the physical world. Go and prepare yourself, good buddy. Now.
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Just being good at math won't cut it because is you are good at math and s-u-c-k at Physics then you won't succeed. That goes for other engineering courses like computer science, statics, statistics, etc.
I haven't taken physics since high school, when I took it I did pretty good in it. Never took AP physics either.
seems like you guys are just being discouraging.
The good thing about engineering is even if you try for the first two years and change majors, you would have already went through more challenges academically and would be prepared for other majors.
all I know is that if I focus and dedicate most of my time to it, I'll understand it. Idk if I can apply math to solve problems yet. I know that I'm decent at math. I'm going to go for it and succeed.
1) Yes, engineering is possible for you.
2) Yes, the effort and time I put into it dictate my success in engineering coursework.
What you can do now is review your algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Focus on developing your intuition and problem-solving skills. At the same time, make sure you understand the fundamental concepts of algebra. Developing a study plan, challenge yourself, and focus on things you can control now. You want to gain the ability to use the mathematics you learn to solve problems in the physical world. Go and prepare yourself, good buddy. Now.
what are some good self teaching books to build my math skills? i already have taken calc 1 and got a B in it.
and I might also pick up a self help book on physics as well.