Is there any point in studying computer science if math bores the shit out of me?

Is there any point in studying computer science if math bores the shit out of me?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you good at it?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      At programming? Yes and I enjoy the problem solving that comes with it. But I can't fricking stand math problems and I can't read more than a line from a math textbook without wanting to immediately blow my brains out.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you be me broski
        >web programmer
        i know that feel, math comes with the territory of advanced programming and it's importance cant be overstated - mainly i think it's through the lens you view it. i have to do math through the university curriculum and im underdeveloped since i hardly touched it in highschool

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        web dev is the place for you

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I hate web dev though. I'm way more interested in low level c and assembly. Why is math of any relevance for that?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >robotics, automotive, cnc, anything that moves
            need to know servo position and calculate outputs in 3d space to move servos to a precise location smoothly and that takes a lot of math
            routers, phones and the like don't really need math (to my non existent knowledge), I can't really think of anything else embedded

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I can't really think of anything else embedded
            I work with EV battery software and the math is mostly simple.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I meant good at math

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Behold! the cure.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that only works if you actually have adhd

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Doing math can fix your adhd

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        which is extremely likely if the troglodyte can't even make it through one line in a book without immense suffering

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          that's very true.

          Doing math can fix your adhd

          >Doing math can fix your adhd
          meth*

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          this is something i find interesting
          >cognitively understand it's importance and the silliness of being unable to focus for a literal span of five minutes on equations
          >despise the idea of needing headmeds to sort myself out, not even sure if it would solve the underlying problem - perhaps it's just lack of willpower or legitimate desire to get good at math
          it makes me want to throw my arms up in frustration, i did out of curiosity try modafinil and it did not help really in any way, ive never tried adderal or ritalin and im not really keen to as everything ive heard of them seems to drain the colour of its users

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    there's basically zero math in the actual work of software engineering

    if you actually want to do computer science then yeah you need math

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, if you want any credibility in our current day and age, you need to go to a R1 school at the minimum, which almost certainly has you doing math until the Calculus III level. So just quit while you're ahead and take a couple bootcamp courses and the CKA exam and learn on the side.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >if you want any credibility in our current day and age
      Credibility for what?

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, I got a degree in CS in spite of the fact that I struggle with math. I found it super interesting and am very glad that I saw it through.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    To solve arbitrary problems you might need it
    Think of a hypothetical product you're trying to make and one hurdle you have to overcome involves getting frequencies from a signal. If you learned no math you wouldn't know about the fourier transform and you'd be stuck and fail. Possibly you wouldn't even know that there is a problem to solve because you don't know about signals and that they can be split into a sum of individual signals and simply give up on your product.
    Point being that your toolbox will be missing some tools that can be applied in uncommon situations

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Part of me knows you're right, but another part just says "I'm sure I could google my way out eventually".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's what the internet, reading other people's code, and ChatGPT are for.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's not worth studying CS anymore. It's a dying field. Especially if you're not into math, because the math turbo autists will be among the last programmers working.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    lorry

    I can't imagine finding computer science interesting but mathematics boring.
    Both are exciting in similar ways.

    If you do find mathematics interesting but can't concentrate on solving math problems then you will absolutely struggle writing computer software.
    If solving math problems is like running 400 meters then writing software is like running marathons.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I think there's something different about the two, at least in terms of how it feels. Maybe fundamentally you're correct, but programming feels more like building stuff even if you're in fact just solving stuff. I don't know if I'm explaining it right, but for me at least there's more satisfaction to it somehow.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Math is boring because you're not ever actually "solving" anything. You're just doing problems that have been solved and repeated a million times by other people for hundreds of years. With programming you can create things that have never been done before, like writing an original game, or creating a new programming language, or some kind of utility software that helps you do something better. The possibilities are endless.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Math is boring because you're not ever actually "solving" anything
        Right, cause there's never a single new formula put forward to solve for something previously unexplained

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Take an abstract algebra class

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        undergrads should be lynched on sight

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you hate math because math = arithmetic and rote memorization whereas computer science = problem solving you are incorrect and will probably like compsci (and higher math) just fine. If you hate math because it's complex/finicky and you have no desire to spend time wrapping your head around it, then computer science is not for you.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What if I just find computer science more fascinating than "real" math?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        High level math teaches you to think in different contexts, and how to develop and use tools within those contexts. And very often those tools are directly connected to the computer science domain through the problems you encounter and the solutions they have. Simply put, you'll never be able to do anything interesting in computer science if you don't dip your toes into math. You can do that completely in the context of programing if you want, but there's no avoiding it.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    well if you hate all math, no. I'd say the compsci math is more interesting than the stuff you learned in high school though.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    computer science degrees are so oversaturated these days that universities are splitting the program off into dedicated colleges, something like 60% of new applicants are for computer science instead of any other major.
    if you're only getting the degree to get a job you're doing it wrong
    if you're getting the degree to become a researcher then yeah

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For the love of god listen to this anon
      Take college programs for jobs
      Get university degrees for academia/research

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        College and university is the same thing in America.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          in america the difference they're trying to point out would be an AS in computer programming instead of going for bachelors in computer science or masters or whatever.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The degree "Computer Science" yes, most software engineers use almost no complex math me included. The field "Computer Science" no, that involves a lot of math.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    math is just a way to sharpen the mind almost nobody actually uses it at their jobs.

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