WandererGalv Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:20pm
I suck at math.. should I keep going for Computer Science?
I understand how math is about how things relate, not only number crunching. But I'm way behind the curve than everyone else sometimes.... for instance, my algebra sucks.. I basically have NO LIFE since I'm on Khan academy all the time, I barely finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I've got 400,000+ points on Khan academy. But I am in a intro to Java programming class and I feel like I'm out of my league. I spend all my weekends getting concepts that people understood on the day of lecture. I just want to learn how to program to make RPG games like my favorites Suikoden, Chrono Trigger, FF6, Secret of Mana. I don't want to learn how to program to work for the government and number crunch. I have visions and dreams but I don't think I have the skillset like other people bred for success.. what do you guys think?

BTW I failed Trigonometry and Statistics, getting a D for both classes. I am retaking Statistics now and I am actually one of the top students but still I feel inept at math.
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A Toasty Engineer (Banned) Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:25pm 
If you put all your effort into learning math with poor results, you're simply not that type of guy. Of course, it's my opinion on this.
Shasow Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:26pm 
It depends on what you want to do in computer science. Creating video games generally doesn't require as much math as logical thinking. I read this on the internet somewhere: computer science involves a lot of LoL. No, not League of Legends - lots of logic. Math is very useful for computer science, but it's not necessarily necessary to memorize every single algebraic equation and whatnot.
olde Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:36pm 
computer science?
hell yeah.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Banned) Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:36pm 
I don't recommend it, sorry buddy...
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Fork_Q2 (Banned) Apr 1, 2014 @ 3:52pm 
Sorry bud, but CS is pretty much applied mathematics. If you genuinely suck at maths no matter the effort you put in, give it up. It's not necessarily your or anyone else's fault:

http://blog.codinghorror.com/separating-programming-sheep-from-non-programming-goats/

No matter, CS is generally over-subscribed, has an extremely high drop-out rate and low student satisfaction. If your intentions was to program and not solve esoteric CS problems, you are better off taking MOOC courses and other online resources for free.
Carlsberg Apr 1, 2014 @ 7:08pm 
My boss can't spell, puts up signs with mistakes in them all the time. And he's been to university!!!
Captain Geech (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 8:05am 
Originally posted by Carlsberg:
My boss can't spell, puts up signs with mistakes in them all the time. And he's been to university!!!
That's because your boss probably was born in the no kid left behind era, when our education system became horrible.
Captain Geech (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 8:08am 
I wouldn't reccomend it.

Do what you love, but do it well.

For example, i'm top of my debate team, i can keep up an argument and research a topic well, meanwhile i minor in Biological science, but try to understand it as much as possible, because let's face it debate would only get me a political career and i hate feminists, MRA, politicians in general and hippies.
Kowai Apr 2, 2014 @ 9:43am 
If you do not get the concepts behind math itself when you really try, meaning 24/7 studying and trying your best. Then i woudn't recommend you to move on to any course untill you studied enough to understand at least fundamental math. Almost everything will have math the higher in education you get. If you do not understand now you don't have to worry. If it takes time, then let it take time.

So my recommendation to you is to apply for math courses before you apply for comp sci or something else. I'm not sure how your education system works though.

Sidenote: Trig can be really tough to understand sometimes for some students. But instead of online videos, which can be good sometimes but not all the time!, I would rather recommend you to try to study as much as you can and ask a teacher/professor your questions. Think of the way you want to solve things and correct yourself from the teacher/professor guidence.
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Dendrobates Tinctorius Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:21am 
Originally posted by †ᴭGeneral☭Lulzingtonϟϟ:
Originally posted by Carlsberg:
My boss can't spell, puts up signs with mistakes in them all the time. And he's been to university!!!
That's because your boss probably was born in the no kid left behind era, when our education system became horrible.
Why would his boss be no older than 13? Aren't there child labor laws?
Captain Geech (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:31am 
Originally posted by Dendrobates Tinctorius:
Originally posted by †ᴭGeneral☭Lulzingtonϟϟ:
That's because your boss probably was born in the no kid left behind era, when our education system became horrible.
Why would his boss be no older than 13? Aren't there child labor laws?
No kid left behind was in the early 70s-late 80s
Fork_Q2 (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:36am 
Originally posted by †ᴭGeneral☭Lulzingtonϟϟ:
Originally posted by Dendrobates Tinctorius:
Why would his boss be no older than 13? Aren't there child labor laws?
No kid left behind was in the early 70s-late 80s

R u shure?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind_Act
Fork_Q2 (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:36am 
Well, that was a strange word it censored out.
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Captain Geech (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:51am 
It seems i was mistaken.

Oh well, i think i meant Barney Generation, but that would imply his boss is a manchild and never learned to grow up...
A Toasty Engineer (Banned) Apr 2, 2014 @ 2:09pm 
Originally posted by †ᴭGeneral☭Lulzingtonϟϟ:
It seems i was mistaken.

Oh well, i think i meant Barney Generation, but that would imply his boss is a manchild and never learned to grow up...
Do you even history bro...
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