Math and Programming

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    Math and Programming

    I have noticed alot of math topics recently, and being as i am not nearly the best in math it makes me wonder if going for my CS degree is going to work out, opinions?

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    Don't let math scare you...

    To tell the truth, I started doing much better with math in parallel with programming; Both will teach you to think logically, and they can be analogous to each other.

    When I began reading about C/C++ I was a pretty average/sub-average math student; Now, I've found that understanding math is no harder than understanding logic! Programming opened that door up for me!

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    I've never had any problems in math so I couldn't realate. ANyways... BMJ, what happend to your bannana?

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    Homer ate him

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    damn that homer!

    hmm, well i barely skated by in buisness math (percents and fractions **** me up).

    I failed the math section for 12th grade state exam by like 6 points...

    And i'll probably have to take trig and such in college. I am also worried because due to my lack of math skills i was never placed in algebra 1 or up and almost every college i want requires that...

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    Originally posted by Ride -or- Die
    damn that homer!

    hmm, well i barely skated by in buisness math (percents and fractions **** me up).

    I failed the math section for 12th grade state exam by like 6 points...

    And i'll probably have to take trig and such in college. I am also worried because due to my lack of math skills i was never placed in algebra 1 or up and almost every college i want requires that...

    If you don't like math, you're not going to like programming much either.

    You don't need great math skills to program, just because you don't know calculus well doesn't mean you can't program. Just means you can't program using calculus in your algorithms.

    But that's what programming is- building algorithms.

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    See thats what gets me, i can program fine(most of the time), and i LOVE programming, but i h8 math. I like prog'n enough to bite the bullet and try and survive college, i just don't know if i will be able to hang with the college class.

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    Originally posted by Terrance11
    If you don't like math, you're not going to like programming much either.

    Sorry, not to discourage you.

    I shouldn't say that. But programming is based on building building algorithms.

    I find learning programming very similar to learning math.

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    Originally posted by Ride -or- Die
    See thats what gets me, i can program fine(most of the time), and i LOVE programming, but i h8 math. I like prog'n enough to bite the bullet and try and survive college, i just don't know if i will be able to hang with the college class.
    If you like programming you'll be fine. But to me, math and programming are very similar (learning it).

    But you don't need to have excellent math skills to program. Arithmitic is needed, and maybe a decent uderstanding of algebra.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to discourage you.

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    well programming has made math easier for me, i understand it better, and when i dont i just try to think of it as a program then i understand it. math isn't hard, if u can program well and can memorize the sets required to answer problems then you should be able to do fine.

    note: i'm in grade 12 right now so i may not be the best person to give you advice; i usually get 80-90's in math, not bragging or anything just a fact.
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    You are born with a specific math potential

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    I find learning programming very similar to learning math

    As do i, computers just come natural to me.
    Last edited by RoD; 10-07-2002 at 02:25 PM.

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    well if your not good at math and dont enjoy it i dont know why you would go for a CS degree

    since you going to be doing a fair bit of calculus and linear algebra in the first year... you will do as many programming courses as math courses...

    why not look into certifications or something of that nature?

    im currently studying software engineering and have to say that if you dont want to do so many math courses it might be a better way to go...

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    Math didn't click with me until I was 18

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    Well i want to major in CS and get my degree, guess i'll just have to learn to get it huh.

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