Applied Mathematics

Appliedmathematics Basics

How has applied mathematics changed over the past few decades?

In the past few decades, applied mathematics has made tremendous strides in explaining our world. In particular, with the advent of more powerful computers and their mathematically driven software—from linked computers over a network to supercomputers—many disciplines that use applied mathematics have greatly advanced. For example, the use of giant wind tunnels to examine wind flow over aircraft only a few decades ago has been replaced by computer simulation. Now the design and testing of aircraft is accomplished by these simulations, making the expense of building physical prototypes a thing of the past because it is now merely a matter of mathematically “drawing” the aircraft on the computer in order to test new designs.


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