[racket] Math Guidance

From: David Yrueta (dyrueta at gmail.com)
Date: Thu Nov 4 13:17:23 EDT 2010

Hi Luke --

I just wanted to encourage you to work through the "mathier" exercises in
Section 27.  If I remember correctly, only Sierpinski and the exercises in
the Newton's Method section needed a bit of outside research (this from
someone whose last formal math course was high-school trig).   Also,
"find-root" is hard to test if you don't know how to properly find the root
of an equation in the first place.  Other than that, I think the all the
math you need to know is in HtDP.

If you suffer from a bit of math phobia, solving these exercises is great
boost to your self confidence.  They *are* doable if you dig in a bit.  As
you can see, the people on this list are a great resource, so if you decide
to tackle them, don't be afraid to ask for help.  The reward is, in my
opinion, worth the effort.

Good luck!

Dave Yrueta

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 9:38 AM, wooks . <wookiz at hotmail.com> wrote:

> On Nov 4, 2010, at 9:45 AM, wooks . wrote:
> Unless you are headed for CS grad school or  are Google/Microsoft material
> (by ability or by being in a brand name school) nobody really cares about
> your CS degree.
> I think this is an overly narrow perspective.
> NEU works with a lot of co-op employers (100s) and almost all of them care
> about high quality programming. Indeed, they forced NEU to re-train MS
> students when they enter because the typical NEU/MS co-op student wasn't as
> good as the undergraduates we produce.
> I am sure there are companies that don't care what kind of software they
> produce but there is a dearth of good programmers as far as our co-op
> employers are concerned.
> -- Matthias
> Everybody (including most companies, including me before I was exposed to
> the Design Recipe and FP) thinks the software they produce is good.
> Many companies are not enlightened enough to seek alliances with
> universities that are producing well trained programmers.
> I would absolutely agree that there is a dearth of good programmers etc but
> the response of many employers to this problem is to widen their recruitment
> outside (and often far far outside) of the discipline.
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