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Do Computer Engineers actually use Mathematics in everyday life?

I'm a high school student, and love math, but does the career I'm trying to pursue in actually even use it? #computer-science #computer-software #engineer #computer-engineering #computer-hardware

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Blade B. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

The short answer to this question is yes...there can be some variability on how much. Sharing that when I was in engineering school, my area of interest was in data communications. At that time, many of my studies had to do with understanding the fundamentals of IP (the internet protocol). In those fundamentals, I had to learn how IP addresses were generated. That understanding came with understanding factors from 0-255, how each of the four parts of an IP address (a.b.c.d) can get subdivided, IP address masking...these are just some examples of how I had to use math, as part of my studies to further my understanding in an area of engineering. (For the record, not sure how much of this level of detail is/will be taught in the curricula for your studies).

As for math in everyday life of your engineering career, when you are in the mode of problem solving, you are probably also doing lots of trial and error "studies". Many times that calls for doing even some quick math, to make sure the results of your trial and error are trending in the directions that you expect.

Hope you find this information helpful. Best of luck to you!
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Nayeem’s Answer

Hi Blade


You don’t need to be a math wizard but you do need to be good at math if you want to become a computer engineer.
If you are interested in becoming a computer engineer, start your math preparation in high school. Take math classes and beef up your knowledge in science, particularly physics, as well. With this kind of early preparation and continued interest when you enter college, you should be well on your way to graduating and eventually working as a computer engineer.

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dinesh’s Answer

yes they do. please check the links



  • http://www.crazyengineers.com/threads/do-engineers-use-math-at-their-jobs-a-question-that-every-student-has.60919/

  • https://www.maa.org/external_archive/devlin/devlin_10_00.html

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Davor’s Answer

Just to give you one example: predictable analytics of storage demand based on optimistic storage allocation with availability through single point of failure... Good luck!

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