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Mathematics Content In Computer Science

  1. Aug 30, 2011 #1
    Ok so in a couple of weeks I am going to be doing a computer science degree at the university of west england. I want to prepare as much as I can. Now, I'm worried about the mathematics content in the course. I can't consider myself as a mathematics wiz, but of course I'm willing to work really hard. In terms of mathematics requirements, the course only requires a C or above in mathematics at GCSE level. The course structure is linked below.

    My plan is to continue using Khan Academy and practice writing programs in python. What else can I do? Any advice would be much appreciated.

    http://www.cems.uwe.ac.uk/exist/studentprogrammestructure.xql?code=G400


    thanks in advance
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2011 #2

    chiro

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    Hey there Monster92 and welcome to the forums.

    I would recommend you look at topics in Discrete Mathematics.

    In terms of advice for programming, always remember that computation involves analyzing both the state of a system and the flow control of its computations. Realizing this will make your life a lot easier if you see how both work alone and with each other. If you do any non-procedural subjects, you will see this directly and it may be hard for you to move to new paradigms if you think of all code as simply a linear progression like you find with C or BASIC.

    Good luck with your degree and I hope you enjoy it.
     
  4. Aug 30, 2011 #3

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    Hi Monster92!

    Being worried about the mathematics is a good thing. That means that you're taking your taking your education seriously.

    Keep watching Khan academy and make a lot of exercises. You'll get the hang of it eventually. Perhaps pick up Schaums outline in calculus and make the exercises. If you can do all of them, you're prepared.

    You'll also going to do discrete mathematics. This might be tough because it's nothing unlike you've seen till now (that was the impression with me at least). So I suggest that you perhaps take a look at the free books at http://hbpms.blogspot.com/2008/05/stage-1-introductory-discrete.html and work through one of them...
     
  5. Sep 5, 2011 #4
    So I didn't know I was going to get into this university. I just found the reading list for summer ) efore the first year. I'm concerned as I didn't do it. I would have, however, I had no idea I would get into this uni untill a week ago.

    But, I haven't just done nothing. Like I said I have been learning python (although python is on the course material) and learning maths...am I screwed before I started?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2011 #5
    So I didn't know I was going to get into this university. I just found the reading list for summer ) efore the first year. I'm concerned as I didn't do it. I would have, however, I had no idea I would get into this uni untill a week ago.

    But, I haven't just done nothing. Like I said I have been learning python (although python is on the course material) and learning maths...am I screwed before I started?
     
  7. Sep 5, 2011 #6

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    Of course you're not screwed monster. You already studied python and math. That means you've been actively engaged in your studies. I doubt many of your co-students can say that!!

    You're very well prepared!
     
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