Looking through the subreddit’s wiki on “common concerns and fears” and “questions about learning“, I came across a lot of information that I didn’t think I would ever need to know when diving into coding.

There are a lot of assumptions when it comes to wanting to achieve the ability of coding, step by step. One of them is having to be good in math. To be honest, I thought this was apart of the truth. Personally, I am not that good in math. As I came to terms with what I wanted to major in, I was nervous that this would be a problem for me. Once I keep reading the discussion thread, I found out that it isn’t that serious. The only things you need to know are the basics — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Some algebra may be required, but not anything so complex. Most programmers have had to do hardly any maths in their entire career.

So true! I’ve seen this described a lot. Add to that there’s a lot of dismay over the

typeof math taught at the K-12 level. Most of it – algebra, trigonometry, calculus – are not the types of math used by programmers or basicallyanyone!There’s a great

Freakonomicspodcast about math education that talks about this issue a lot. There’s a ton of advice about how much more data analysis and statistics would be much more practical for everyone.