is it better to have a good understanding in math to do great in computer science?

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- anonymous

is it better to have a good understanding in math to do great in computer science?

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- anonymous

yes i belive so

- osanseviero

Well...i asked a similar question some months ago. Depending on what you want to be, you will need different levels of math. If you want to be a game developer, for example, you will need little math levels.

- anonymous

thanks.>math is challeging though.its hard for me to grasp preliminary algebra..

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- anonymous

Knowing mathematics is always a powerful tool to use in the field of Computer Science. For an eg: While troubleshooting, you can easily solve the problems with the Math knowledge base. However, it's not mandatory, but a wonderful skill to implement and develop your expertise. And when you are a full time developer, the most of the problems you face will be solved by you more efficiently with Math knowledge. I recommend it the most..!!

- anonymous

I'm currently in my 4th year of my CS degree and I can say that math is VERY important. no offense to Osanseviero but game design actually requires a TON of math. Understanding how to render a complete 3-d world takes a ton of mathematical description. As for just pure CS you need to do a lot of calculus and discrete mathematics, which deal with algorithm analysis and optimization.

- anonymous

Yeah, Math is escentian in CS, in some cases more than the others. It just depends how much math you need in different types of scenarios, that is all.

- anonymous

To throw a different spin on this, I finished a Computer Science degree last year in the UK for which I received a 1st honours, which is the highest degree classification we have.
My primary focus towards the end was in 3D motion capture and I worked in graphics at various times and I would suggest to you that if your maths isn't that strong you don't necessarily need to be overly concerned. I would consider maths one of my weak points, but never really struggled with any of the content on the degree. It can depend on your focus, however. For example, I focused more in forensic analysis than say, AI, towards the end. But in terms of algorithms and optimisation, certainly within the first or second year it shouldn't be that big a deal. If you're capable of simple Calculus currently, then you ought to be able to find a route through the degree that doesn't cause you a huge amount of problems maths-wise.

- anonymous

yes. since math exercise your analytical skill which is very useful in CS.

- anonymous

I agree that having a good understanding in math is important for computer science. However, I think that having a good understanding of logic is essential as well. Especially in programming.

- anonymous

I am new to programming and my maths is poor. When I was doing the Java course (which I didn't finish for irrelevant reasons) I didn't need maths. What I am doing now, I am struggling with some maths.
I assume the more I do, the more maths I will need. I am studying maths as well as CS for that reason, at the moment I do it through Khan Academy because it is at my level.
The type of maths you need will depend on what you want to do, but I recommend at least being good at turning worded problems into algebra and being able to manipulate that algebra, as a starting point to study, because I find this relates pretty directly often to turning a problem into a program.

- anonymous

http://www.khanacademy.org/ that is a link to where I study. Scroll down to see the library and find what you are up to. Include this study as part of your computer science study.
I find this very understandable. I watch one and then google practise problems, and I do a bunch until I'm satisfied with the concept, before I move on.

- anonymous

just know the Calculus, Linear Algebra (for algorithms and advanced logic) and may be calculus II

- anonymous

If your math is good that is really great for your future in CS. But, if you are weak in math it doesn't mean that you don't have a future in CS. you still can be great. I'm doing Ph.D. in CSE, and I am weakest in MATH.

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