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  • What Math do I need in order to become a better programmer?
    Hey folks, What are the principles of Mathematics that I need in order to become a better programmer? Most of the people are saying that it's important to be so good at Math in order to be good at programming, so any helpful ways, tips, share your perspective.
    AyaAbdelmoghith posted this question on 7/9/18 | math, coding
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  • I've been graduated from college for 29 years now (which on a side note cost me a total of about $20,000 -- for ALL FOUR YEARS). I graduated with a BA in a combined major of Math/Computer Science. I found that most of my CS classes were ALL the same (They all required you to "Write a payroll progam..." or "Write a grade book program..."). I learned very litte from writing programs like that. Then in my junior year, I took two classes -- "Numerical Analysis I & II". These were the BEST classes I ever had for programming. If you don't know what Numerical Analysis (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_analysis) is, it's basically, using algorithms to solve algebra and calculus problems (things like solving systems of linear equations, differentiating, integrating, or connecting two line segments with a smooth curve). Implementing the algorithms required a lot of critical thinking, and it really helped in understanding basic data structures like looping, recursion, and array manipulation, in ways that were never exercised with the overly simplified programming problems given in the basic CS classes. Solving many of the challenges here on Coderbyte reminded me a lot of the work I did in Numercal Analysis. I think that's why I like doing the challenges so much :)
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  • Good afternoon, I will just share my thoughts, not considering that is an imperative knowledge among the programming community. I think that having the knowledge of Mathematics concepts (advanced or not) it's very important for programmers, but it's not a necessity. It's more important to track and manipulate objects and variables as they are sorted, incremented or sent by a service than it is to apply advanced Mathematics. If you focus you're programming skills to Mathematics programs, I think you have to study some principles of Mathematics. That's a easy one. I've developed Fatorial programs, implemented Pythagorean Theorem, and other Mathematics related programs. In that way, I can see it's effective to have knowledge about the topics. But only in that case. People keep saying it's important to be good at Math because Math trains your brain to deal with numbers. You will deal with numbers in almost every thing you do in programming, even if it's a simple for loop or an array of strings of digits. As I have mentioned before, it's just my thoughts. I don't think everyone have the same opinion. It depends of the experience of the person.
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