May 5th, 2004


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Somewhat surprised by a mention in a link from Slashdot about how much maths a Computer Science degree needs - "Second, calculus is the upper-crust of high school math." and talking about calculus and trigonometry as options that one might or might not take.

Is the US really that ...different... in the approach of teaching maths? I was doing basic integrals in 5th form, and Further Maths A-level covered a fair amount of (linear) differential equations, integrals of transcendental functions, and other stuff I can't remember how to do anymore.

It's not just the computer scientists that puzzle me, but how do US mathmos catch up from that sort of start?