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How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Computer Engineer?

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RE: How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Computer Engineer?

Deepak Rana
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To start with - Yes, it does matter and there are quite a few reasons for that.

I believe there is a correlation between understanding mathematics and being able to think algorithmically. That is, to be able to think abstractly about quantity, processes, relationships and proof.

However, I strongly believe the formal methods of thinking that mathematics demands careful reasoning, searching for counter-examples, building axiomatic foundations, spotting connections between concepts has been a tremendous help when you tackle large and complex programming projects.

Consider the way athletes train for their sport. For example, footballers no doubt spend much of their training time on basic football skills. However, to improve their general fitness they might also spend time at the gym on bicycle or rowing machines, doing weights, etc.

Studying mathematics can be likened to weight-training or cross-training to improve your mental strength and stamina for programming. It is absolutely essential that you practice your basic programming skills but studying mathematics is an incredible mental work-out that improves your core analytic ability.

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RE: How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Computer Engineer?

Rahul Shinde
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Greeting's for the day!!!

Computer engineers are responsible for designing, developing, implementing and testing computer based hardware and software, including the componenets that are found inside computer equipments. as well as actual devices that contain the computers and the softwares that runs on those machines. They may also design network that connects computer systems, and work on integrating software programs with computer hardware.

To become Computer engineer, you will typically require a bachelor of science degree with Mathematics as a compulsory subjects in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering. Thus, to get ahead in "Computer Engineering", sound understanding of mathematics is important it initial stages of studies.

Required Technical Skills /Responsibilities:
Since the computer engineering field is quite broad, the required technical skills listed in the job postings you may come across will vary, depending on whther the job is more hardware or software focused, which industry the employer belongs to. Typically, you will need to have the followings:

1. An understanding of the particular computer hardware architecture you will be working with.
2. Experience designing, coding and testing softwares.
3. Familiarity with software test procedures and scripts
4. Experience building your own PC systems.
5. Understanding of the different operating systems, including Windows and Linux, and how certain types of software will work with them.
6. Experience with Device Drivers
7. Understanding of the Networking and Security
8. Understanding of the (Sometimes specialized) software that is typically used in a particular industry.
9. Knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, Java and otheer object-oriented languages.

Computer engineers usually use computer-assisted software engineering, or CASE, tools to automate the process. They also test, debug and update programs.

Other Crucial Skills:
Since computer engineers work closely with programmers, designers, product developers, and testers, they really need to have strong interperonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team.

Fields employing Computer Engineers:
1. Telecommunications
2. Manufacturing
3. Transportation
4. Product Development

Here are some intersting "Niche" areas of Computer Engineering:
1. Working with Radar and Communications Technology
2. Supporting high performance and embedded computing systems for nuclear medicines
3. Military Software Support
4. Designing new motors and sensors for robotics equipments.

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.


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RE: How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Computer Engineer?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD

Dear Aspirant,

Once a student gets into Science stream and then into a career option relating to science, Maths is an integral part of any course.

Engineering, Medicine or any other science field requires maths competence.

Therefore, a computer engineer definitely requires command over Maths. Engineering without maths does not exist and cannot survive.

Best wishes

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