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Please let me where you are going to school, what your major might be, why you chose it, and who might you know who is doing what you think that you want to do. Also, what is it you want to do in your career and why?
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Math is important in most engineering careers and it is not difficult to be good at it. You have to be patient and devote adequate time. While pursuing the subject, you will develop analytical and problem-solving skills which are so useful to succeed in life too. It is important to practice mathematics over and over again and that will give you a good base to continue engineering.
Most engineering disciplines, including mechanical, require about 4 to 5 semesters of higer level math ( Calculus/ differential equations/ matrix algebra/ etc) to graduate. As an engineer, I rarely use any math higher than algebra as most of the formulae are provided for you. However, it is imperative that you understand the concepts and theory discuvered in the higher level math.
Math is critical to all aspects of Engineering. Math is required to demonstrate that your invention is feasible; both technically and to build a business case so that you can get funding, or sell it.