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Is Linear Algebra Useful for Structures?

sheltieownersheltieowner Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
My potential program does not require linear algebra for civil engineering, but my adviser said that it could help when I get to Structures. Is this because of matrices and lots of variables?

Replies to: Is Linear Algebra Useful for Structures?

  • DaedricSaiyanDaedricSaiyan Registered User Posts: 412 Member
    I'd say Linear Algebra is really useful for civil engineering, since you'll be dealing with changing coordinate systems, scaling problems, etc.
  • sheltieownersheltieowner Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Thank you for the response. Much appreciated.
  • umcoe16umcoe16 Registered User Posts: 699 Member
    A lot of engineering professors seem to wonder why linear algebra is not required. If you have room to take it, it is most definitely recommended.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,393 Forum Champion
    edited December 2016
    There's also the issue of linear algebra being absolutely fundamental to numerical methods. The concepts you will learn in it such as linear independence and orthogonality and eigensolutions are really quite applicable to many engineering topics as well. It's a really helpful class on many levels.
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