Math Thread - Off topic
berk
Hey! This is a math thread. If you want to;

* cheat on your math homework
* ask a question about mathematics
* write something interesting about mathematics
* etc.

just do so here.

Useful links:

* Interactive LaTeX Editor, you can write equations there and send the link here
* /r/math if you need to reach larger masses
* MathSE where people get awards by helping you, in case you need something beyond the abilities of the nixers
yrmt
I have a pretty big math exam coming in august, so I might post here :)
delucks
Anyone know of a good intro to elliptic curve crypto?
yrmt
kirby
I had all my Maths exams recently and 2/3 went horribly, huzzah.
berk
(16-06-2014, 05:31 PM)kirby Wrote: I had all my Maths exams recently and 2/3 went horribly, huzzah.

Level of discipline? High school? College?
kirby
UK equivalent to last year of high school.
venam
(16-06-2014, 04:38 PM)yrmt Wrote: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/...ptography/

Good article, it is well explained.
Houseoftea
Things have been quiet around here so I poked around for some old threads and found this one.
Let me ask some questions to those of you who may know more.

I've always been a little better than average at math, this year I was thrown head first into AP calc
It's tough but I'm working through it.

Here are my questions:

- How much math is really needed in computer science / computer engineering ?
As far as my limited expirence can tell programming is mostly abstracted algebra
besides of course certain things that require specialized math such as physics engines, etc.

- Is being gifted at math something you are born good at or something that can be learned/practiced to competence.
I have a fear that I will not be able to stick with high level math classes the way that I have been able to thusfar, is this fear something that should be disregarded or is it a chance.
ShedYourSoul
(06-09-2015, 12:25 PM)Houseoftea Wrote: Here are my questions:

- How much math is really needed in computer science / computer engineering ?
As far as my limited expirence can tell programming is mostly abstracted algebra
besides of course certain things that require specialized math such as physics engines, etc.

I have found that a lot of theory computer science courses use things such as Linear Algebra, as well as Probability and Statistics. I think the amount that you use any of this in real life programs just depends on the application, but I won't try to appear as I know more than some of the other people on this forum that might be more knowledgable. Calculus is also used some, but it doesn't seem as prevalent, at least in my experience.

(06-09-2015, 12:25 PM)Houseoftea Wrote: - Is being gifted at math something you are born good at or something that can be learned/practiced to competence.
I have a fear that I will not be able to stick with high level math classes the way that I have been able to thusfar, is this fear something that should be disregarded or is it a chance.

I don't think it is something you are born good at, although some people seem to be just naturally good at it. I do believe that it can be learned/practiced to competence, and don't worry about having fear about upper level classes, just know that a lot of math classes build upon things you learned or were supposed to learn in previous classes. This is something that I came to discover a little too late. Just continually practice, and look at videos online if your textbook or teacher is not good enough. Good luck with AP Calc!




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