This is the last week
going to spend in college nagging the professors for their precious signature
in the project reports which were record note books in previous three years. In
the whole engineering life as usual I felt irritating at the beginning and
liked as the days passed on (Stockholm Syndrome). Towards the end of the
journey of engineering, I wish to share few things which remind me about the
engineering for the rest of my life. As a mechanical engineer there are some terms
that keep lingering in the mind. The first and foremost word is “Assume”.

Mechanical stream has
lot of problems. Not only the general problems we face in life but the
mathematical problems and the problematic subjects. These problematic subjects
have the problems which is the greatest problem for us to tackle. In most the
problems we need to assume some datas in order to travel in the righteous path
to get the answer. I said righteous path as the path leads to the salvation of
getting the KEY. The Key answer sometimes makes sense and other time doesn’t
make any sense at all. So the salvation path to reach the Key is assumption of
the data. The right assumption leads to the salvation path and the wrong
assumption leads to the Hell.

Now one may wonder why I
am using the word salvation to mention the right answer which is just a simple
one. The Anna university results are something which cannot be taken as just an
exam results. Even in school board exams all the students will be pretty sure
of the marks they will score and their expectation will be fair, but in the
case of Anna University it is entirely different. You cannot guess the result,
even Sherlock Holmes can’t predict, deduce or Find the result. The results are
always like Abbas – Mustan movies, they have unthinkable twists but everyone
knows that there will be twist pe twist. So the result without an arrear,
completing the course without any backlog is not an easy task, although people
have tried to find as much of patterns in the exams no is near to deduce the
pattern of the results. This made me to say the results as Salvation and it is worth
mentioning it in that way.

So now back to the term
“assume”, what it does really other than helping in the righteous path leading
to the salvation or simply passing the exams. Assumption in the initial stage
was just a step to attain the required answer and later it changed the entire
thinking of all the problems. Now let as assume that we have a problems and we
have ‘n’ number of variables and has been asked to find ‘X’. To find X we need
n+1 variables and the one variable which is not mentioned has to be assumed,
this is how the assumption started. Then the assumption reached the second
stage that we have n and we need to find X, so assume Y so that we don’t even
need n no. of variables and few variables can be left unused. The second way of
assumption saves you a lot of time. Now comes the third and the most important
assumption category. We have n variables and we need to find X, instead of
assuming Y, assume X and change the variables from n to n – 1 and bring in the term
Y which is also an assumption. This method of assumption may sound similar like
the second one but the point is enigma, you should never allow the person who
corrects your paper to know that you assumed anything at all. This assumption
has to be shown as the given data. Just like Roger Kint says, “The Greatest
trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist”.

So the power of the
word assumption is best known to the Mechanical engineers in tackling the
problematic problematic subjects. The assumption creates a reality distortion
field in the real world which may not work for everybody just like the
righteous path to the salvation. The righteous path in reality is different
from the assumed righteous path which may not lead to the salvation. But in the
assumed world the salvation itself can change.

By reading this, I can only understand one thing. You must do your MBA and sit on a manager's desk. Probably in a manufacturing unit. You have the prowess of saying something interesting and difficult in a way that only Mechanical engineers understand. I am gonna re-read and may be comment again :-).

ReplyDeleteHa Ha... Thank you very much, I take it as a compliment. Ella Pugazhum Anna university ke...

Deleteenaku antha n, n+1,X,Y problem ipa varaikum puuriyavae ila... may be im still weak in maths.:(

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