Mathematical ability and C/C++

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    Question Mathematical ability and C/C++

    I was curious to know if C and C++ are very intense maths wise.
    I'm in year 10 and understand most web programming languages, but find them a little too easy, i was reading over some C++ text a while ago and saw that it looked much much harder than what i'm used to, is it possible to learn C/C++ without a very good knowledge of maths?

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    > is it possible to learn C/C++ without a very good knowledge of maths?
    Yes.

    Neither language has much inherent maths capability - just +,-,*,/ on integer and floating point types. All the advanced stuff is buried away in library files (which if you don't use, do not need to concern you (unless you're just curious)).
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    If you want to use complex mathematical processes with C++, you can. Strong math background is not a prerequisite for learning and using the language though. C and C++ are often used to solve complex math and scientific problems because it is reasonably efficient, and fairly easy to implement.
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    though math skills are not required to learn the language depending on what you want to do with it you may need them.
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    Thank you, it's just that my school cancelled IPT(information processes and technology-Programming) because they said " It reqiuires a VERY high degree of maths, you need to do upwards for 3 Unit maths".

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    as said before you need a basic grasp of maths, (counting, addition, basic concepts, basic algebraic concepts) but apart from that not at all. I fail to see how they can say it needs a high degree of maths. The maths required for basic programming is not complex, not even to a 10 year old (and i dont mean that to be an insult)
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    I believe it helps to be mathematically inclined.
    That's why so many people say it's required.
    In general, people that are good with math tend to think analytically, which is what programming requires. Beginning programming requires very little actual math skills. Everyone else has mentioned them. As you become a more advanced programmer, mathematics begins to play a larger role. For example: 3d graphics programming relies heavily on matrix math and linear algebra.
    If you can think logically, you'll be just fine.
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    Thank you, I am currently studying 2unit maths at school(intermediate) and in year 11 will be studying 3unit maths(advanced maths and extended maths), this should see me through the basics of C++(I hope:-)

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    I don't think you necessarily need lots of math skills to program C++ by itself. But lots of exercises in early programming courses are doing math problems.

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    Out of curiosity, what is 2 Unit and 3 Unit math? I am not familiar with that naming system.
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    It is the amount and speed and hardness of the maths course. For example, 3 unit maths is harder than 2 unit maths.
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    So with a higher number, the course moves faster, and more material is covered?

    Thanks.
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    Zach L. >> in years 11 and 12(australian high schools) there is 2unit(general), 2unit(advanced) and 3unit(advanced + extension).
    There is no maths "fundamentals" because the level of maths done is for people that are good at maths and for people that are very good at maths.


    thats all....

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    taylorguitarman >>> If you can think logically, you'll be just fine.
    You mean just the basic skills of problem solving?.

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    You mean just the basic skills of problem solving?
    Yeah - good logic skills are the hardest and most useful things to have in programming.

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