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Numerical value


I strongly support Duncan Michael's view that not all good engineers need A Level maths. I managed to get into university with an E in A Level maths.

The maths which I have used in the subsequent 25 years has been primarily algebra and trigonometry and I would not deny that the A level course developed my skills in this area.

Just about everything I managed to learn in the university maths class has long since been forgotten, with the exception of numerical maths which provided a grounding in computer programming.

My other two A Levels were in physics and geography, both of which provided a much better grounding for my subsequent career.

John Ratsey (M), 4th Floor, House 16/B, Road 126, Gulshan, Dhaka

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