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Will these majors help me in the future?
« on: May 02, 2010, 04:33:10 pm »
ok guys, Im doing mechatronics eng and science at monash. I picked a double degree because I was really interested in computer science and astrophysics. Right now Im doing three science units, physics, maths and computer programming ( PHS1011, MTH1030, FIT1002). I was planning to major in computer science and physics, as I lost interest in astrophysics. but now, I absolutely hate computer programming and Im thinking of majoring in Maths and Physics.

here is the problem, how important are maths and physics majors for engineers? I know computer science/programming  would be pretty helpful, but its boring as fuck and I can stand it. Will maths and physics majors make me a cut above the rest? I was going to major in applied mathematics, as pure looks unbelievably hard.

If anyone knows, please help :)
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Re: Will these majors help me in the future?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 06:12:35 pm »
It depends on what engineering you're doing. Physics would help a bit in mechatronics engineering. But I don't know about maths. Computational/Applied maths might help a bit.


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Re: Will these majors help me in the future?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 06:23:52 pm »
Thing is, in the double degree, you have to complete a Maths Minor anyway. Plus, if you intend to do 3rd year physics/a physics major, then you would definitely want to major in maths. 3rd year physics is basically really complex maths (not complex numbers, though complex numbers are used). One of my mates doing Sci/Eng is in 4th year doing 3rd year physics subjects and most of his lectures are just deriving equations. Also if you are still kind of interested in computer science, you may want to do a computational mathematics major. Also I've looked at the subject guide and it's possible to actually complete 4 different maths majors with only overloading for 2 semesters.

To be more specifically in mechatronics engineering, my 4th year mate is using a million or so matrices in his thesis so Linear Algebra which you have to do anyway is rather useful. Plus because mechatronics is pretty much a combination of mechanical, electrical and computer systems engineering, completing Complex Analysis would be very very useful
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