RE: Why learn to code?

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.

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  1. So true! I’ve seen this described a lot. Add to that there’s a lot of dismay over the type of math taught at the K-12 level. Most of it – algebra, trigonometry, calculus – are not the types of math used by programmers or basically anyone!

    There’s a great Freakonomics podcast 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.

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