I suck at math...

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    I suck at math...

    Hi, im new to c++ and I was just wondering if there is any chance of me becoming a good programmer (opengl or directx) if im pretty bad at math. It's kind of depressing... anyone else with the same problem?

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    Have faith! Many things are possible if only you apply the effort! Advanced Opengl and Direct x work require a good deal of math, but that doesn't mean that you can't work with either.

    Also, you may always improve your math skills by the time you get to the point where you need them. If you don't give up, you are certain to suceed! ^_^

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    "Hi, im new to c++ and I was just wondering if there is any chance of me becoming a good programmer (opengl or directx) if im pretty bad at math."

    Unfortunately, the answer is no.

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    Ouch, thats what I thought. Well, ill find something else.

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    the answer is no.
    Oooo feel the burn!
    Dude, I'm right there with ya buddy. I'm really struggling in math (even though I'm in an advanced match class at school ^_^). The problem for me is, I forget everything once we move onto a new subject. It really sucks...
    Last edited by funkydude9; 08-13-2003 at 08:57 PM.
    Well, there are a few things wrong with your code:

    1) It does not work.
    2) It does not work.
    3) It does not work.

    Hope this helps.

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    Don't give up! You'll never know what you can do until you try. Truly, it is difficult to do many things without good math skils, but that doesn't mean you can'd do SOMETHING. You'll never know what you can do until you TRY! Most people on this forum are quite willing to help when you get stuck, so you'll always have a place to ask questions. ^_^

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    Most people on this forum are quite willing to help when you get stuck, so you'll always have a place to ask questions. ^_^
    Yup, I feel right at home Seriously, though, you guys are really nice here. *wipes tear* Ok, I'm not going to get all emotional.
    Well, there are a few things wrong with your code:

    1) It does not work.
    2) It does not work.
    3) It does not work.

    Hope this helps.

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    Ouch, thats what I thought. Well, ill find something else.
    You sure you weren't looking for an excuse to quit?

    Programming is SO hard when you first start, but as hard and FRUSTRATING as it is, I always had/have great fun, except with DirectX, the SDK sucks!
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    Maybe a neighbor is tossing leaf clippings on your lawn, looking at your woman, or harboring desires regarding your longboat. You enslave his children, set his house on fire. He shall not bother you again.

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    GOOD NEWS <---> BAD NEWS

    GOOD NEWS -
    1- You can do a "ship-load" of programming without any advanced math. I've used algebra alot, some trigonometry, no calculus ...yet. (I don't do lots of graphics.)

    2- It's a lot easier, and more fun, learning the math when you have an enjoyable use for it. "People are good at what they enjoy". Or, is it "People enjoy doing what they are good at"?

    3- Computers are really good at doing the caluclations for you... once they are programmed.

    BAD NEWS -
    1- Some programming does require math.

    2- C++ isn't good at "solving" (re-arranging) equations. The programmer has to get the equation in the correct form (with the "unknown" on the left).

    3- Programming is often like a math "word-problem". You are given the facts, and you have to come-up with a method (or algorithm) of getting the answer or result.

    4- You have to take a fair amount of math to get a computer science degree (or any science / engineering degree). A friend of mine who is a programmer (actually a programming manager) has a math degree.

    [EDIT]
    And, if you are going to work with hardware or do any low-level, or embedded programing (hardware related), you will have to work with hexadecimal and binary.
    Last edited by DougDbug; 08-14-2003 at 05:02 PM.

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    Originally posted by 7stud

    Unfortunately, the answer is no.
    There is never a no. I was horrable at math but im going at a progressave pace. If you really want to do something you work on it untill you can. Have hope, do homework, work hard and youll always suceed

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