• I'm not quite sure what you're asking, but if these were things you saw listed as job requirements.... I would say "mechanical aptitude" would infer some kind of ability to figure things out and fix things. It may not have to do directly with machines per se, but general knowledge, the ability to disassemble & reassemble things, and to figure out what is wrong with something. It doesn't imply an expert in any certain type of mechanics unless it's taken out of context here. Practical math is just that... the ability put math to use in practical situations... can you figure out change? Can you measure & add measurements, can you divide to see how much of something you will need? It may mean a little more than this, but in general it's APPLYING math... usually basic math, maybe some algebra... and actually putting it to use to figure things out. This all depends on the context you're seeing these definitions in. If you're looking at a job listing for an engineering position... well, yeah, it's going to be much more than I mentioned above, besides they'd probably list something more specific.
  • I would still say it has to do with the definitions I mentioned, although you may be able to determine a little more by researching as much as possible for the coast guard position... Such as... what type of mechanical things do you need to have an aptitude for(lol, sorry to be redundant) and what type(s) of math would be used on a daily basis that would need to be applied. Essentially, the two terms are pretty general.
  • Mechanical aptitude is being interested in how things work. Would this site hold an interest for you : ? Practical math means what you use in everyday situations, like he said, making change, figuring MPG, using recipes, measuring tape.

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