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Problem Definition

A problem is a challenge needing a solution in engineering design. For example, making a race car faster.

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Engineering Design Process

Fun Facts

  • Engineers solve problems like how to reduce pollution.
  • Engineers often try to improve problems in our society, such as how to make a machine to help doctors perform surgery.
  • Environmental engineers solve problems related to the improvement and protection of the environment.

Why Do We Need To Know About Problem

Learning about problem-solving in engineering helps you see how science, math, and creativity work together in real life. This is key because engineers use what they know to fix things we deal with every day, like slow internet, bad transportation, or even big issues like pollution.

There are different types of engineering jobs, like working with machines, electricity, or chemicals, that focus on these problems. Engineers work on solving problems like making cars use less gas, building robots, or finding ways to reuse plastic. They help make technology better, improve how we live, and take care of the planet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the engineering design process?
The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers use to help come up with a solution to an engineering problem.
What are some things you need to know in order to solve a design problem?
You must define the problem, including listing all of the criteria and constraints.
How might you go about developing possible solutions to a design problem?
You could brainstorm, research, test materials, sketch, diagram, develop a CAD (computer-aided design), or build a model or prototype.
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