I asked CC students to define some engineering terms, and the results were…interesting
Hey CC students! So you took LitHum and a Global Core, and you think you understand other people’s cultures and communities. But how much do you know about the culture and practices smallest and most elusive school on campus – SEAS? I asked a group of CC students some engineering questions, and here are their answers.
Question 1: Operations Research is one of the most popular majors in SEAS. What is it?
A lot of people had no clue:
Some got pretty close:
There was this hot take:
But the real answer is: “the application of scientific principles to business management, providing a quantitative basis for complex decisions” – Google
aka using algorithms to optimize businesses and systems
Question 2: Another popular major is Financial Engineering. What is that?
Some people hated on finance:
A lot of people thought it had to do with…building banks?
But the real answer is: “Financial engineering is the use of mathematical techniques to solve financial problems.” – Google
aka using algorithms to figure out investment
Question 3: What does an Applied Mathematician do?
A lot of people simply didn’t know:
They knew it related to pure math…somehow?
But the real answer is: “the professional specialty in which mathematicians work on practical problems by formulating and studying mathematical models” – Wikipedia
aka turning things from the real world into solvable equations
Question 4: What is the difference between Computer Engineering and Computer Science?
Yes, @ this person, there is a distinction:
A lot of people thought it was hardware vs software, which is…basically it. Good job!:
But actually: Essentially it’s hardware vs software, but a little more complicated than that. CompSci is a science, meaning they work on the theory of programming and discovering new ways of using logic. CE is more focused on applying the concepts CompSci people develop to real machines.
Question 5: When you “tolerance a hole” what are you doing?
First of all, you are all dirty dirty people. Some highlights include
A few thought it had to do with filling a hole:
But really the answer is: A tolerance is the range of precision in which a machine will operate. A tight tolerance means the machine has to be very precise (for example, +/- 1mm on a 1 meter hole), whereas a loose tolerance means the machine can be quite imprecise (for example +/- 1mm on a 1cm hole). So when you “tolerance a hole” you tell a machine how precisely you want to manufacture the hole.
Question 6: What color wire typically represents ground?
It’s a bit of a trick question, because it can be one of two things, black or green, depending on your system. Regardless
Question 7: What does CAD stand for?
Seemingly simple, but after giving them a bunch of made-up options,
Question 8: Which of these programming languages is fake?
After giving them a number of real languages,
In conclusion, nobody actually knows what SEAS does (us included). Jury is still out on if the school itself actually exists, because some of the majors (maybe) don’t.
NoCo via Bwarchives