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Engineering Maths - difficulty.
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:19:46 pm »
I haven't done Specialist Maths, but am doing Methods. I'm not going very well (I did well on my first SAC, but then it went average-downhill scores from there) however I'm willing to put in the effort to get a SS of 30-35 In Methods. I've realized that the main reason for not doing well in Maths because I haven't focused on it. But I am willing to put in the effort to self-study maths in my spare time to get to a decent level if I get into Chem Engineering @ RMIT with a low Methods score (having met the prerequisites)

So my question was.. how difficult is Engineering Maths in general? Is the gap between Methods to 1st year Engineering Maths huge?
Since Specialist isn't a prerequisite do we learn everything in Spec in first year for those who haven't done Spec?



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Re: Engineering Maths - difficulty.
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 02:48:31 pm »
First year engineering mathematics is generally Specialist maths. The students that have done Spec move onto Second Semester mathematics. If you go to monash, you'll do a course called "Foundation of Mathematics" or something like that, which is essentially Specialist Maths. If you go to Melbourne, you'll to a course called Calculus 1, which is again, Specialist Maths. If you put in some work, you'll be fine :), just study hard to get your Methods score as good as possible.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 04:02:43 pm »
My brother's doing civil eng, but only did methods in yr 12. He received quite average scores (cs, ds) in sacs, however scored well in the exam to get an SS of 35. His math in uni probably would have started off with some content from spesh and then got harder.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 08:35:47 pm »
Personally, I didn't do spesh in year 12 and i didnt do so well in methods either scoring around mid 30's.  If you do engineering at monash without spesh, you'll take ENG1091  Foundation mathematics which is generally the spesh theory and is a little bit more inclined to engineering problems ( if not, none). The maths theory is easy with a few arithmetic involved and contains no probability and extended response questions like you see in Methods cas exam 2.  I ended up getting a HD from the subject, got the credit points (meaning you're not worse off in the duration of your degree compared to those who have done spesh), since methods 3/4 was honestly much more demanding. good luck
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Re: Engineering Maths - difficulty.
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012, 12:06:22 am »
I did methods in Year 12 and only got a very average SS (i think about 32 raw?).
I did Engineering Maths and it was difficult but I managed to survive :) - I think everyone does anyway when they study engineering in general :)