How important is math in programming? I know it's sizable but would it be really necessary for me to stay in honours? If anything should come up in programming I can always learn it through other means (like I got a book on algorithms now and algorithms won't be learned in class for another 3 or 4 years). I fairly average, in and around 50-70 percent, but the work is increasingly getting harder and even with the teachers and my parents help my grades are failing.
Honours is the "higher" maths and I'm in my second year in secondary education.
This post has been edited by abgorn: 20 April 2009 - 10:26 AM
It sounds like your a high school sophomore, so I'm guessing your in Algebra II honors having completed Geometry and Algebra I. In my school, if you stay in honors math from Algebra II, you go onto Precalc/Trig honors, then AP Calculus. If you drop out of honors afte Algebra II, add a year of regular trig before Precalc/Trig honors. From precalc/trig honors, you can also drop down to Calculus I (less than AP).
I would suggest staying in honors unless you're really not doing well in it. Good luck. And if you have math problems, post them in the Student Campus forum. Remember, there are more than 200k nerds on DIC to help!
If you are doing bad in honors math don't worry about it, I had terrible teacher and book so old it was missing important pages for honors math and resulted in a low b grade, then had to get a wavier signed for in order to take AP Calculus. Then in AP calc had a good book and teacher and so easily got an A+ in the class. It depends on the material available and the teacher if you should take it or not.
Honors math isn't all it is cut out to be, I am a senior in High school currently, and I wish I hadn't taken the highest level math class available to me this year. I am swamped with other college level classes and my math grade is going down because I don't have the time (and need to pass 2 other classes to graduate) so I don't spend all my time on math, but I need other things more.
I figure I will retake this year in college just so I can understand it enough to feel comfortable. Take it easy on the math, it isn't something that is totally required through life, and really depends on what you are going into with college and a job.
I've been in honors math ever since it was available to me, and i've always got high A's in it, so i've never really had a problem like this. In fact, where i come from you are actually kicked out of honors if you have less than a B average for a quarter grade. If you are struggling, well, dropping out might be good if you are failing, at least then you will be able to keep passing grades. The disadvantage is being in AP looks really good when you apply for colleges, and dropping out might mean you won't be able to get into as good of a school. It also doesn't look great if you are doing horrible in AP either, so it really comes down to the question of how determined you are to be in a high math class. Other than that, i really don't have much to say.
Do you really want to do maths? Do you think it would be a great deal of help in your job? This is something that you need to think about and not be influenced by other people's opinions.
But my opinion, nevermind if your grades are failing now. The chances of improving now are far greater than dropping even more. On the other hand, Maths is not of high importance in programming so I would also say demote levels to pass and ensure that you can suceed in the more important subjects.