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Question about structural engineeering

superbob26superbob26 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited June 2008 in Engineering Majors
I'm wondering about how hard it is in graduate school. I really want to learn how to build things, but I'm not exactly a genius. I've only taken Calculus I which I got a B in. I understood all the concepts well but had trouble with the word problems. I got better at doing the word problems in time though, but I'm not that great at critical thinking. I got a 650 on the SAT math if that tells you anything. Is structural engineering mostly memorizing concepts and formulas and applying them or is it full of really tough critical thinking problems. I'm definitely willing to put as much work is needed though, and I'm guessing my critical thinking skills will increase the more engineering and physics classes I take. Mostly, I want to know if its worth trying or if I should do business or computer science.
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Replies to: Question about structural engineeering

  • Blah2009Blah2009 Registered User Posts: 1,337 Senior Member
    Have you taken Solid Mechanics or any structural analysis class? its certainly not plug and chug and can be quite difficult. Not to sound pessimistic but if you have trouble in Calc I..its only going to get a lot harder later on in undergrad with calc 3 and differential equations. And eventually partial differential equations, tensor calculus, and nonlinear structural analysis will rear their ugly heads in grad school.
  • superbob26superbob26 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    okay thanks
  • Blah2009Blah2009 Registered User Posts: 1,337 Senior Member
    Try taking structural analysis I and decide for yourself at that point.
  • seesysseesys Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    Yeah, solid mechanics and structural analysis will challenge you. At least, that's what I'm seeing.

    Those 2 subjects form a large part of the backbone of structures.
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