Very much so – in fact, I am currently using trigonometry to solve an ultrasound problem! Also, I would have thought statistics is part of almost all scientific experimentation.

Yes! Maths is very important for epidemiology – most of what we do is statistics stuff and so is all based on maths.

I’m not great at maths though, I really struggled with maths A-level so I have to ask the statisticians about the complicated maths and get them to explain it to me in words.

Yes, maths is pretty important to my job. I don’t need really advanced maths, but I do use at least some maths every day – figuring how much of certain chemicals to use in experiments, analysing data… Do you like maths? Even if you don’t, it’s worth working at it, because it’s very important for lots of jobs!

Its very important in my work. That doesn’t mean that I’m particularly good at it though. There are some scientists who are very mathematical. They can develop sophisticated mathematical model using very tricky math. There are scientists like me who use mathematical equations all the time, but mostly just plug numbers into formulas. Then, there are other scientists who do very little maths, apart from the odd bit of statistics.

Depending on which area of Science you are in, you may need more or less maths, but I think that you need a little bit of it in every area. In my case, the bit that I use a lot, is to help me calculate concentrations of drugs that I can put on the cells or to prepare solution; simple equations to do conversions (for example from molarity to grams/ml).
I also need statistics, to calculate if the differences that I see between samples are important (significant) or due to chance.
It may not look like a lot, but in the end I couldn’t do any work without using a bit of maths.

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sallyrozbuncommented on :i am interested in science, but im really not good at maths.

Iaincommented on :Thats OK Sally, not all areas of science are maths intensive, and maths isn’t too tough once you get used to it.