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**DougDbug** The **good news** is that most programming doesn't involve much math... And, the computer can do the calculations for you if you know how to set-up the expression.

I've been programming (mostly as a hobby) for several years, and I've *never* needed any calculus or other "higher math". I may have used some trigonometry, and I have done lots of "simple math", number-manipulation, and bit-manipulation.

Most beginning C++ books require very little math. You'll need to understand Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT, XOR), which is a mathematical concept. And, you *do* need to know something about binary (base 2) for bitwise operations, and it also helps to know something about hexadecimal (base 16).

The **bad news** is that in order to become a professional programmer (or "software engineer") you will need *lots* of math. If you major in Computer Science in college, you will be required to take calculus just like any other science or engineering major. (I have a friend who has a job as a professional programmer, and he majored in math!)

The other **bad news** is that (good) programming requires logical/analytical/abstract thinking, and it requires accuracy & precision. So, people who are good at math can be good at programming, and people who are poor at math tend to have a hard time with programming.

If you really enjoy programming, you may develop new attitude toward math, and there is a good possibility of becomming much better at it!

I'd hate to see you "avoid" anything.... I'd rather see you "dig into" the math as-needed. *cpjust* mentioned encryption and compression... A couple of other math-heavy areas that come to mind are DSP (digital signal processing) and graphics, especially animation.

And most of the time, **you can find a pre-written library** for all of these areas. So, it's not always necessary to understand *all* of the math behind the functions you are using.