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After attending an open day at AIE for games programming, I am more resolved than ever to do something about my (lack of) maths skills.

I am finding it so, so frustrating... I was top of my class in high school, amongst the top handful in my year level, at maths... but I forgot everything! Not using maths for 15 years does that.

The indication was that I really need about year 11 maths, plus be well versed in matrixes, vectors, geometry and the beginnings of calculus.

Also physics but I think I'll deal with that later.

The maths seems like I need too much but I guess if I don't start now I'll never get there. One step at a time.

And as it happens, I still have my year 11 maths book, so I'm working from that.

As to the programming side, I have been working a little on that, despite being exhausted all week, although nothing worth blogging about.



5 blog comments below

what game?
90dota on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:25 am
My maths have certainly slipped since I dropped out of engineering to pursue my BSc 12-13 years ago. I haven't really needed it, but I've meant to pull out my old calculus books and start down the path... mind you, I've meant to do this for about 8 years now Razz I applaud you actually doing it.

I'm planning to teach myself to use R in the new year to publish some aspects of my MSc research that I didn't tackle in my thesis, so I'm going to need to brush up on my basics, as well as learn some new to me statistical maths. Should be an interesting journey Razz
Ankhanu on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:22 pm
Yeah, I have to deal with matrices and vectors too when I started studying DirectX. Though it was only about 4 years since I studied vectors and matrices in school, I was still forced to review them. But 15 years? wow. And to think that I was also in the top of my class, even joined interschool math competitions in my highschool. Although that's probably understandable because I also sort of have a very faulty memory. I'm good in logic but not quite good in memory. Maybe there's an inverse correlation between the two? I dunno.

Anyways, I'm glad to know that you're also into game programming. I only touched an introduction with DirectX since I was so impatient and started learning how to write my own game engine. But then became too impatient and instead decided to study using a game engine. I'm currently working on Ogre3D. I just couldn't wait to create my first demo. But that is also because I am learning web programming at the same time. Also have to spend time on my websites and doing some SEO work. And on top of that I could not help not seeing frihost everyday. Plus, doing research in Philosophy, Science, and Religion takes a hell lot of time.

I just wonder when will I be able to create my first demo? I just have to wonder. Confused
loremar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:01 pm
I've been there (and still am to a large extent).
I wanted to study physics a few years ago - I'm a nerd, I don't need a reason Smile I quickly found that my maths was nowhere close to adequate.
I bought 'Road to Reality' by Roger Penrose, started at Ch1 and worked through. It's a big book and I'm just about 60% through. I can now deal with some of the maths needed to get a grasp of modern physics. I'm still MILES away from being able to understand the maths behind M-theory, and the field equations still tax me to my limits....
Bikerman on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:05 pm
Thanks guys Smile I feel supported and not quite so ashamed to get it out in the open and that other people have needed to brush up (or re-learn) their maths too...

loremar:
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I'm good in logic but not quite good in memory. Maybe there's an inverse correlation between the two? I dunno.


I'm with you there, not sure if there is co-incidence or not...

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Plus, doing research in Philosophy, Science, and Religion takes a hell lot of time.


ROFL if you mean, to keep up with Frihost LOL

You sound a lot like me, wanting to learn everything at once...

Ankhanu:
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mind you, I've meant to do this for about 8 years now I applaud you actually doing it.


Yeah, it's the need impetus... I know that a programmer worth his or her salt needs better maths than just what you need to operate a cash register...

Anyways it is fun once you get stuck into it, good luck in the new year Smile

+1 @Bikerman for being a nerd... Geeks shall inherit the earth, isn't that what they say? lol.
Hello_World on Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:48 am



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