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Professor Michael P. Collins, of the Department of Civil Engineering, often said that there are only three rules of engineering that an engineer needs to learn (and remember):

  1. F = ma
  2. You can't push on a rope
  3. To find the answer, you must know the answer

See alsoEdit

  • Michael P. Collins, "In Search of Elegance" (Lecture filmed for TVO's Best Lecture Competition series in 2005).