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Becoming a teacher or lecturer
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:02:31 pm »

If you do an Engineering stream at Melbourne (and similar will apply to Monash) you are required to take Calculus 1, which is the equivalent to specialist mathematics. You also need to take Calculus 2 (which builds on Calculus 1), Linear Algebra (which is a bit more conceptual and geared towards a pure maths major), and Engineering Mathematics which is a second year subject that continues from both Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra.
These maths subjects are compulsory for all engineering streams.
I only took Methods in high school and when I took Calculus 1 I had been out of the academic game for 10 years. I was pretty good at maths, but I got by with a HD in Calculus 1 & just missed out on a HD in Calculus 2 & Linear Algebra.
Even if you aren't heaps maths inclined, it's definitely achievable if you're motivated. Don't underestimate the amount of maths required to complete a Chemical Engineering degree though. As you will know from VCE Chem, there is quite a lot of maths involved, and it gets more and more so - but it is incremental, and honestly if you do the work and enjoy Chem as a discipline you should be fine.
Sorry I know you asked Hancock but that's my 2c (I'm doing Biomedical Eng at UoM)

Thank you very much.

Would you know any possible pathways in becoming a university lecturer or a vce teacher? I just spent so much time looking at pathways to engineering and now it just seems like a waste of time.
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Re: Becoming a teacher or lecturer
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 05:11:29 pm »
Becoming a teacher in what exactly?
Investigating your options is not a bad thing. If you love physics, it really might be worth sucking up the maths subjects and taking an Engineering stream that, by the time you get to 3rd year, really embraces physics and integrated it with all the Maths you learned. If you really do love physics, you need to explore higher levels of maths, and whilst it might be boring laying the foundations, it could be really awesome in the long run? Just an idea. Don't be exasperated about wasted research, it's great that you are looking into options!
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