Old 03-6-2015, 11:48 PM   #21
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Yeah so, try it, see what you think. I'm in love with math, and have yet to be challenged by it in a class setting, but I use it all the time to do stuff here on FFR (literally my job description is "Design and Math"). If you do what you want to do, and give yourself the chance to try things, you'll end up happy in the end. It's not as big a decision as you think it is.
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Project Euler ftw

Not that I'm biased or anything. ;P

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Old 03-7-2015, 06:39 PM   #23
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yeah, I plan on doing two years full time student and then transfering to unlv as a part time student while working
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i'm currently doing a masters degree in maths and i hate it (even though i loved undergrad). let me know if you have any questions about studying maths. i might make another post in here later if i can ever be bothered
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math

spend ya day calculating shit!

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spend ya day calculating shit to make a calculater that calculates math calulation shit for you!
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well with my experiences in math, good things to check out are:

numberphile is "popular" math that's supposed to appeal to the masses. doesn't really help you learn too much, it's mostly just to inspire an interest imo

project euler is really nice for those who take math a bit more seriously and want to truly learn something. while there are a lot of cool theory things to learn, the vast majority of the first like 50 problems you'll be doing are going to be related to programming algorithms

the most elegant math problems i've ever seen imo come from the AMC and putnam. a large majority of the problems can be found from here. there's a massive range in difficulties but they're all designed to challenge you and really push your problem solving skills


as for career choices, I'd say listen to rubix and lurker as they'll probably know what they're talking about
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spend ya day calculating shit to make a calculater that calculates math calulation shit for you!

Calculating things isn't the only goal when it comes to math :P

Also, there are some limitations to what a computer can do. For example, you can't compute functions that aren't Turing computable. Also, computers are good at doing some math things, but a computer lacks intuition to be able to do certain things efficiently such as theorem proving.
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the more I do freelance IT work and just general computer work for friends and family, the more I start to think about doing math lol

I guess an issue would be that, if I stayed in the IT field, I'd still continue to work alongside people who have nearly no knowledge of computers, even on a basic level.

I've also thought about teaching but only briefly, I think I'd be good at that, maybe.

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okay so, I've decided what I'm going to do, after having researched my va benefits, financial aid, and the programs that unlv has to offer. this is all full time because while I only get 70% post 9/11 gi bill, I still get full housing if I do full time school. I can also use government financial aid to supplement what the gi bill doesn't cover. the gi bill only covers a total of 36 months of classes, so I'll be able to get the associates in math with very little in the way of debt.

associates of science in mathematics at csn
use that to transfer to unlv, since unlv guarantees acceptance if I have an associates from any other accredited college in nevada.

the only issue now, is whether I want to do the BA or the BS program for computer science, but I think that's a decision for when I get there.

thoughts on how well this would work? I don't think I see anything wrong with it but I'm an idiot about college

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disregard, I'm just biased
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no if I'm doing something blatantly wrong I'd like to know so in the inevitable case that I fail I'll know what I did wrong

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This topic will get you many different opinions from different people, but this is mine:

In short, I don't think there's anything necessarily *wrong* with it, but I feel like if you want to combine math with CS, go big or go home -- or go with some kind of dedicated applied math thing if you can.

While that math program posted earlier is versatile enough to get your feet wet, I don't think it's enough even if you combine it with a bachelors. It's not really specialized enough to be useful when it comes to things like job interviews or applied skills or whatever. Most of that stuff you can literally read off a website. It might be nice for getting your mind used to thinking about certain problems in a certain way, but that's a skill you can pick up by doing the same thing on your own time while putting your school hours to better use.

If you can't go heavy into both somehow, then go heavy into the CS side of things (IMO). CS programs tend to call for a lot of math that you'll pick up along the way by default.





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This topic will get you many different opinions from different people, but this is mine:

In short, I don't think there's anything necessarily *wrong* with it, but I feel like if you want to combine math with CS, go big or go home -- or go with some kind of dedicated applied math thing if you can.
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lmao

but yeah I would agree, go with the BS
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I've done research on the BS program for Computer Science at UNLV; I'd only need two more math classes at UNLV to meet that side of the requirements
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I'm going to bump this because I just received my Post 9/11 GI Bill certificate of eligibility, and I spoke to the VA today about benefits. I get 60% tuition paid for by the VA, the remaining 40% I have to pick up with federal aid. But I also get 60% book stipend ($600/yr for books), and 60% housing allowance, billed as an E-5 with dependents, which ends up being $808/mo for my zip code.

With Post 9/11, I get 36 months of benefits, and I have until 2026 to use all of them.
So I'm going to be double majoring in Network Security and Mathematics, staggered (so I will start Network Security one semester before Mathematics), and then will transfer to UNLV to finish a BS in Computer Science. I'm doing it like this so, in the event that my benefits arent' able to cover my BS costs, I can use my AAS in Network Security to get a job and I'll just finish up going to school part-time.

I'm so fuckin happy right now you don't even know.
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that's great to have everything all sorted out, congrats~
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