Newcastle Engineering knows what's cool about math

27 February 2015

The team behind the University of Newcastle‘s highly successful ‘What is Engineering?’ video has now created ‘The cool maths behind engineering’ to encourage higher participation in mathematics.
This short educational STEM video is targeted mainly at high school students—especially those who are looking to study engineering at university.
The animation brings to life the math and engineering behind: the New York Times Square fireworks display, a parachute jump from space and generating renewable energy in Denmark.

We get a glimpse of the equations and calculations involved in determining mass, launch velocity, terminal velocity, drag coefficient, wind resistance and power generation capacity.
In addition to mathematics, it touches on the applications of aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics engineering and software engineering.
This is the latest in a line of ‘explainer’ videos created by the Newcastle Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, available on their YouTube Channel.

About the University of Newcastle School of Engineering

The Newcastle School of Engineering is dedicated to research and training in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Surveying. The engineering school’s programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council 2012 research excellence ratings, the school received a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

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