Chemical engineers Description: Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/Complete Job Profile: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htmSalary: \$50,001 or more per yearComments:I am an Analytical chemist at a biopharmaceutical company. I use it to calculate concentrations for buffers and sample preparation. I use it to calculate the kinetic energy and heat imparted to drug components during formulation to determine the effects of heat inactivation based on different rotational speeds. I use to process data. But most importantly, I use it to when devising investment schemes to make a profit off the money I set aside for a future retirement to have a seven figure 401K and savings/stocks. Explain that to your students. Or they can be ignorant and calculate how much time they can take off their sentence by good behavior. Math is important to everyone. It is the very foundation of all true science!

There are 59 math topics Chemical engineers need to know.
 Basic Math / Algebra
Fractions
Decimals
Ratio and Proportion
Percent
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Powers and Roots
Other Number Bases
Negative Numbers
Scientific Notation
Basic Problem Solving
 First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Operations with Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Rational Expressions
Coordinate Graphing 2D
Linear Systems
Algebraic Representation
 Geometry
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Similarity
Geometric Mean
Pythagorean Theorem
Right Triangle Trigonometry
Circles
Constructions
Area
Volume
Transformations
Make/Use 3D Drawings
 Second-Year Algebra / Trigonometry
Functions
Variation
Polynomial Equations
Logarithms
Matrices
Coordinate Graphing 3D
Trigonometric/Circular Functions
Graphs of Trigonometric Functions
Trigonometric Identities
Trigonometric Equations/Inverses
Polar Coordinates/Graphs
Vectors
 Other Topics
Calculus and Higher Math
Basic Calculator Use
Scientific Calculator Use
Computer Use
Computer Programming
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
Math Communications
Mathematical Modeling