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 08-07-2007 #1 Bryan G Guest   Posts: n/a Are there any engineers out there who have actually used calculus at work? (Software engineers don't count). Real life examples would be great.
 08-07-2007 #2 civil_av8r Guest   Posts: n/a I use more Linear Algebra than anything.
 08-07-2007 #3 philbertpheinstein Guest   Posts: n/a Someone once told me of someone who once did but I doubt if it's true..
 08-07-2007 #4 mentat314 Guest   Posts: n/a Yes. In fact, many do. In Aerospace, you need calc to figure stress from things such as cantilever wings and such. However, the formulas are sometimes already known and so it might not appear to be calc.
 08-07-2007 #5 minorchord2000 Guest   Posts: n/a I use it all the time when calculating shear and moment diagrams.
 08-07-2007 #6 John F Guest   Posts: n/a Yes, mostly integrals and derivatives. These are usually computed numerically.
 08-07-2007 #7 Mike J Guest   Posts: n/a I needed it once to calculate the rolling moment of inertia of a paper roll going down a ramp off a winder.Had a graph for water usage, needed numerical integration to get the total volume of water for the day from the graph.
 08-07-2007 #8 College Guy Guest   Posts: n/a So often you don't even think about it.Admittedly, most of it is pretty simple stuff for the aforementioned shear, moment, deflections, etc.Every now and then I even break out the DiffEQ!
 08-07-2007 #9 Dee B Guest   Posts: n/a I have been an EE for 10 years and can't think of a time when I ever used it. Like a previous poster, I use linear algebra quite a bit, as well as some trig functions in equations.
 08-07-2007 #10 Stan the Rocker Guest   Posts: n/a The principle of calculus is used to compute earthwork quantities. For open channel flow, calculus principles are used to compute flow profiles.

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