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# Is it possible to be a good programmer without being good in math?

Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:36 PM

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:52 PM

The only reason not being great at Calculus would cause you direct trouble as a programmer would be if your boss wanted you to create a program to find the area under a curve or to find the most effective way to fence a plot of land or something like that. (Integration is lovely stuff!)

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:58 PM

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:35 PM

Dankwansere, on 12 April 2011 - 12:36 PM, said:

Slashdot actually did a good article about this.

http://developers.sl...In-CS-Education

It basically says that Cs has generally been taught as a mathematical discipline. I have noticed schools moving away from this trend i.e. offering more technology based programs that are more technical intensive and less focused on mathematics.

Don't get me wrong, I think math is a great tool, I do have to question if I need 3 levels of calculus however for a CS degree versus the applied calc. for a CIS or tech degree.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:55 PM

AlbuquerqueApache, on 12 April 2011 - 08:35 PM, said:

I agree with this. Also, I find it odd that to earn a BA in Programming Theory here in AZ, that one would take as many upper-level math courses as a Mathematic Theoretician would.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:01 PM

Brewer, on 12 April 2011 - 03:52 PM, said:

The only reason not being great at Calculus would cause you direct trouble as a programmer would be if your boss wanted you to create a program to find the area under a curve or to find the most effective way to fence a plot of land or something like that. (Integration is lovely stuff!)

Integral calculus was what i actually flunked in...I liked Differential calculus but Integral calculus just upsets me argggg...I don't know if it was because i had a bad prof or what...but I plan to do a lot of review on on it this summer so i can retake it.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:15 AM

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:19 AM

creativecoding, on 14 April 2011 - 10:15 AM, said:

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LOL hahah you're just like me, I'm very dependent on my calculator. so when one of my calculus started and the prof said we wont be using any calculators i was like wtf??? felt like my life turned upside down..with that said i'm trying to get out of the calculator dependent habit

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:38 AM

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Programs solve problems. They're very very simple, requiring little more than logic and organization. In any program, these are the challenges. Some applications require higher math, like game engines and CAD systems. Most programs barely rise to the level of basic algebra.

I must admit, as a non math geek, I fear that mathematics is used more as a discouragement, keeping potentially brilliant programmers out of the field. Clearly, math is a discipline that challenges reasoning skills. But so is programming and not entirely in the same way.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:16 AM

Check out this blog pots by macosxnerd101.

While we can code a program to output the nth number in the Fibonacci Sequence, macosxnerd101 shows us a much, much quicker way of doing so. Now the math that he is doing is rather simple algebra (he solves his problem using the quadratic formula) -- although he does reference differential equations at one point -- but the point is that having studied advanced math, he has a different way of thinking about how the problem should be approached.

That is one of the fundamental reasons for taking math. As baavgai said, programming and math both challenge your reasoning and problem solving skills, they just do so in different ways.

Consider math to be the syrup on your pancakes. Of course you can eat pancakes without syrup, but eating them with syrup makes it a much more pleasant experience.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 06:30 AM

Supposedly in the coming semester the same will hold true for Calculus I.

I really think this is a good thing. You would be surprised how many people can't do simple long division.