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    I am applying for a junior java internship and the recruiter told me there is going to be a math based interview question that I must code. What can I expect from this math based question? Are there general math questions that you can provide me so that I will have a good understanding of what to expect?

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    I doubt anyone can really say. But for the described position, I wouldn't expect it to be too advanced. It has been my experience that most programming requires no more than a basic understanding of Algebra.

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    Look, either you know math or you don't. If you don't know math, you're going to have a hard time no matter how many example assignments you get.

    More likely, you'll do fine.
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    I see, I was expecting that I had to write a complex algorithm but if it's just a basic math question then I am sure I will do fine.

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    I was worried because I was looking at this site: Math & Computation Interview Questions | CareerCup

    And the questions given in that site felt more like my combinatoric class.

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    Default Re: Interview Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Robben View Post
    I see, I was expecting that I had to write a complex algorithm but if it's just a basic math question then I am sure I will do fine.
    Interesting site. Most of the problems are fairly straight forward and a few require some thought. It took me a while to understand the first question and the expected output for the guard problem.

    And this question is a very old riddle:

    "There are two coins that make 55 cents. If one of them is not a nickle [sic] then what are the two coins?"

    Answer, a fifty cent piece and a nickel (One is not a nickel, but the other one is). Not much of a programming question.

    I never realized that companies actually ask job applicants to solve programming problems as part of the interview.

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