## How do petroleum geologists use higher level math?

I’m interested in becoming a petroleum geologist, but I was just wondering how they use higher level math in their daily jobs.

I have been researching well log data analysis, and I noticed that most of the equations used to break down or to determine accuracy of well log data is mostly in the form of algebraic equations. Are most of these equations derived using calculus?

And do you have any examples of how petroleum geologists use higher level math such as calculus?

Thanks.

February 7th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

If you are analyzing flow beneath the surface, you will need to apply Darcy’s Law using the groundwater flow equation which is calculus based. Computer models use linear approximations to solve these types of values. I doubt you would ever use calculus as a well logger though. To answer your question about most of these equations derived using calculus, they’re all derived using calculus.

February 7th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I have forgotten just about all of my advanced calculus. I don’t use those equations in everyday situations. Computers do the computations. Maybe there are some geos that do but I don’t.