– Do you need to be good at
math to become a programmer? Let's find out. (uplifting music) Welcome back, my name is Tim Buchalka and yes, this is the
programming tip of the day, and a question I often get from people, is do I need to be good at math to succeed or become a good programmer? And the short answer to that is no, but it does depend on which part of programming you want to get into.
And as a general rule, having some basic arithmetic
knowledge is great, but keep in mind that the computer does a lot of the work for you. So what is more important is to understand how to tell a computer
to perform arithmetic and how to perform the various functions, like calculating Pi and so forth. There's normally in-built functions that do a lot of that stuff for you, so you don't need to memorise or be fantastic at math to succeed. Now, the situations depending on where you want to get into, if you start getting into 3D programming or 3D games programming, then depending on the
framework you're using, yes, you might need to know some basic trigonometry or some more advanced math. But, as a general rule, getting into programming, no, you don't need to be
fantastically good at math. If you've just got some basic math skills, you'll be good to go.