# Thread: Mathematics of Moving Objects

1. ## Mathematics of Moving Objects

In terms of moving objects (amusement park rides, boats, cars, rockets, meteors, asteroids, etc), is it safe to say that physics is needed more than pure math courses? I can only imagine the level of difficulty of such physics topics and courses. Are you familiar with the mathematics of moving objects?

2. ## Re: Mathematics of Moving Objects

I thought you had decided to stick to basic algebra for now.

3. ## Re: Mathematics of Moving Objects

This is essentially what a mechanical engineer does for a living. There are courses taught in college and/or graduate school in the area of study called dynamics that focuses on moving objects in 3-D space. Typically the engineer must determine the forces acting on the object at each moment, and from that calculate the acceleration, velocity and position as functions of time. Finally s/he can work out the forces acting on the internal elements (the parts of the roller coaster car, for example) and on the track it rides on to determine what materials and dimensions to use to ensure that there is a wide margin of safety.

4. ## Re: Mathematics of Moving Objects

Originally Posted by DenisB
I thought you had decided to stick to basic algebra for now.
Yes, I am going to stick to basic algebra, algebra 2 at most. This is just a question. No where did I even hint to diving into physics and similar courses.

5. ## Re: Mathematics of Moving Objects

Originally Posted by ChipB
This is essentially what a mechanical engineer does for a living. There are courses taught in college and/or graduate school in the area of study called dynamics that focuses on moving objects in 3-D space. Typically the engineer must determine the forces acting on the object at each moment, and from that calculate the acceleration, velocity and position as functions of time. Finally s/he can work out the forces acting on the internal elements (the parts of the roller coaster car, for example) and on the track it rides on to determine what materials and dimensions to use to ensure that there is a wide margin of safety.
Interesting material which is too far above my current math level. I never will study physics. My interest is pure mathematics, particularly mastering, if that's even possible, word problems at the high school level.