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Do you have to be good at math to learn to code?

In this blog, we debunk the myth that one needs a high-level understanding of complex math formulas and equations to succeed in their coding career.
2.35 minutes read
Kyler B. Finnell


Kyler B. Finnell
Codeup Marketing Specialist
2.35 minutes read

A career in tech can appear to some as unattainable for a variety of reasons. Individuals who may be unfamiliar with the industry can associate it with preconceived notions that may not always be accurate. One of the most common is that coding requires a knack for extremely high-level math, and specialized knowledge in complex equation solving.

So you may be wondering, “do I have to be good at math to learn to code?” In short, no. Do not count out a career in coding because you may not enjoy complicated math problems or solutions. In reality, the amount of math needed to be successful in a tech career is sometimes dramatized.

What type of math will you  need to know?

When programming, you will more than likely be using pre-created algorithms to find solutions. People believe that since lines of code look similar to math equations, you’ll need to be a mathematician to succeed.

In essence, the only math skill you will need to start coding is basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc. Most projects do not rely heavily on math. You will however need to be able to think logically.

Conceptual thinking

As a programmer, you should have an interest in critical thinking and building applications for practical use. You will create instructions for your computer to follow and execute to accomplish the task you have intended. The following are roles that would require basic math, yet problem-solving abilities.

Front-End Web Developer

This role requires a basic understanding of algebra and geometry. A strong front-end developer should be comfortable with  working with formulas. This is because some projects require programmers to make calculations and solve problems.

For instance, if you are creating a web page, you may be expected to calculate the sizes of forms or images going onto this page.

Back-End Web Developer

Back-end developers mostly work on the code for databases. These programmers should be comfortable with basic arithmetic as well as trigonometry and calculus.

Back-end developers could be expected to calculate simple addition and subtraction or averages.

If these roles sound intriguing to you or have eliminated fear tied to beginning a career in tech perhaps you should give it a try!



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