How Engineers Have Shaped Our World Essay

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Take a look around the room and at all the items that surround you. What do you see? Probably some chairs, or maybe even some books or probably even a television. Engineers have shaped our world as we know it. An engineer helped make all of these everyday items. Engineers solve practical problems by applying mathematical and scientific knowledge. The word engineer comes from a Latin word meaning ‘cleverness’. The actual definition of an engineer is “A term applied to the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied to the efficient use of the materials and forces of nature”(Funk and Wagnalls). The golf ball was engineered from a nonworking wood ball to the working one we have today. Not many people know that golf balls are actually made up of plastic and rubber. The new and improved ball we have today was designed by engineers that made it possible for the ball to travel longer than the wooden ball. Dimples on a golf ball create a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that clings to the ball 's surface. This allows the smoothly flowing air to follow the ball 's surface a little farther around the back side of the ball, thereby decreasing the size of the wake. There are over 200 different types of engineering. They all specialize in their own subject, yet they are still connected to each

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