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User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2578 posts, RR: 29
Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1349 times:

Why do Computer Engineers have to take a full year of discrete math?????? I mean, I've never applied what I learned in those courses in other courses. Such a waste of time and energy. Discrete math sucks.

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Saludos desde Caracas,

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User currently offlineAircraft From France, joined Jan 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 1344 times:

When you're working with computers, you can never get enough math. That's what makes computers so interesting. But then again, I do agree with you, math can be such a b*ch. Keep your chin up; you'll get there and it will be worth it.

User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4909 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

In the business world, 90% of IT applications don't need it. However, in computationally oriented software development it is very important.

For example, the highest paying jobs in NYC are for quants - people who can model risk and complex financial structures, which require a strong understanding of numerical methods.

There will always be subjects you don't like, but they will make you a confident, well rounded engineer when you graduate. You will be entering a very competitive work place, and the more you know, the better.

Good luck!

User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

I went to the same computer science M.A. courses than those who mastered in Math. I passed them all the same, so either I'm a special case or then there's no pressing need for discerete math. Unless you are planning to stay at your 'puter awk'ing and grep'ing for the rest of your adult life, a user interface course or any human science course will be far more useful.

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