## Practical uses of mathematics

**Tim Prentice – BSc (Chemistry, Computer Science), NZCE Int (Engineering)**

Whilst I enjoyed mathematics in school, it wasn’t until I could see the application in real world scenarios that I started to fully appreciate it. Learning about second derivatives to calculate the curvature of car panels or using the wavelength of sound and speaker dimensions to calculate the ideal speaker box were things I would never think of at school. Until I did a University Engineering Mathematics paper that is. I would’ve been much more interested in mathematics if I knew its application from an earlier date.

My career was to eventually fall into computer software development. Where maths and logic takes a crucial role between what is good written software and what is not.