17 Mar '13, 7am

Why engineers are awesome | EDN

Why engineers are awesome | EDN

Engineers are > at math than most Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division seem pretty elementary, right? But with the New York Times printing op-eds like "Is Algebra Necessary? " and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2011 showing that only 7% of US students reached the advanced level in 8th-grade math, such basic skills are diminishing. Factor in that every smartphone, iPod, and tablet has a calculator on it and the amount of folks who actually do math in their heads on a daily basis decreases and – use those math skills or lose those math skills – with that so does the overall population’s ability to do math. Why is algebra necessary, NY Times? Because math makes you think. It makes you figure things out. It makes you chew on a problem until it’s solved. Be proud of the fact that you, engineers, not only know that 2+2=4 but that you und...

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