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November 20th, 2009, 05:01 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2009 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0  Practice pure maths
Hi, my name is daniel and I've just joined this group hoping to get some tips for getting into maths. I was never good at math, scored average in high school... Now I've developed a passion for it but don't know where to start. I'm a computer science student and my further aim to route towards computational sciences and such field require extensive knowhow of mathematics and algorithms in analysis and modeling. My concepts of math are not that much clear, i have a basic understanding of calculus. So what do you recommend me to start from ... discrete math? calculus? number theory? abstract math? What do you think can be my starting point? Thank You! 
November 20th, 2009, 06:50 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0 
If you've developed some passion for mathematics, then make sure you have good knowledge in calculus, and move on to advanced mathematics (e.g. differential equations, number theory, complex analysis, set theory). As you study mathematics, you should be able to study computer science with no problem. Programming generally takes only good amount of high school algebra, and basic computer science curriculum don't expect too much advanced mathematics. As you get into advanced computer science (e.g. theoretical), you should start thinking about learning set theory and such.

November 20th, 2009, 07:23 AM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3  Re: Practice pure maths
Starting from a CS background, I would recommend starting with basic discrete math. Depending on your interests, branching from there into combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, or set theory/logic. And from there, you'll slowly learn what else you'd like to see.


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