# 5.1: About This Chapter

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**At Grade**Created by: CK-12
Engineering is the application of the principles of *mathematics* and *science* to the creation or modification of components, systems, and processes (which are often referred to as a product or an **artifact**) for the benefit of society. **Engineers** use a series of logical steps (the **engineering design process**) to create such artifacts which represent a balance between quality, performance, and cost. This chapter explores and examines the role and connections of math and **science** to engineering and the need to succeed in the study of those subjects for a professional career in engineering.

## Chapter Learning Objectives

After working through this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

- Explain the goals and the nature of the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering and the differences between them.
- Explain generally how the fields of math and science and engineering benefit from one another as well as need one another.
- Explain what engineers in different disciplines do and the math and science they use.
- Explain the role of science and math in each step of the engineering design process.
- Describe the types of science and math that might be used by engineers in the different engineering disciplines along with an example for the design of a product or a process.

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