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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 02:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Can you be a great programmer without being good at Calculus? How much math/calculus is used when programming?
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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 02:55 PM
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Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of maths involved in programming. I started an introductory course and dropped it when I found out how much was involved. My understanding of Maths is bad though, so you may want to check it out . There are some free courses here that might interest you and you could try without having to pay or invest too much time: https://www.coursera.org/category/cs-programming
I tried 'Learn to program the Fundamentals'


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post #3 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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mathematics is not necessary for programming..

programming is basically applied logic..

You don't need calculus..

If someone says that math is important they are referring to the critical thinking required for math..not math itself
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You need to be good at logical thinking and reasoning (which is essentially a large part of Maths) and some fundamental Mathematical concepts but you don't need Calculus as such, unless you're actually working on a Calculus related programming project.
But, obviously, being good at Calculus wouldn't hurt.


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Calculus is not needed for general programming. Even trig is a stretch.

You do need a strong understanding of how variables work and a very strong understanding of logic and applied logic. Math and programming go together because the thought processes are similar. They are exact sciences. You'd probably be better off taking a time management course or other planning course than calc though.

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I get asked similar questions almost on a daily basis... The kids I tutor in Math (from HS Geometry through Calc II in college) always ask me questions along the lines of: What on earth am I going to need Calculus for in real life? My answer is almost always the same... Even if you don't ever use the stuff you learn today; you'll still need it so that you can graduate HS/College and get your degree.

So is calculus needed for programming? Not intrinsically, but if you plan on getting a Bachelors degree in computer programming; Calculus will be part of your core classes and without it you won't be able to graduate. biggrin.gif So, in a way, you do need it.
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I actually need programming to do math. Go figure.
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I actually need programming to do math. Go figure.
I'm in the same boat. Not that I think it's a bad thing.

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