Engineering students must complete long chains of prerequisite courses to proceed through their curriculum. Prerequisite chains of mathematics courses must be completed to proceed into core engineering coursework. How necessary are these prerequisite chains? How much of this mathematics that is taught in a mathematics course reaches application in the following engineering course? This study examines how mathematics is applied in Statics. We apply the mathematics-in-use technique to examine which calculus skills and concepts are applied in this core engineering course. In a way that is surprising giving their dense prerequisites, the amount of calculus needed in statics is just 8% of the course. Despite having long prerequisite chains full of advanced calculus, require just a little bit of basic freshman calculus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Jun 23 2018|
|Event||125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States|
Duration: Jun 23 2018 → Dec 27 2018
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