Jordy... wrote:Well, advanced I really mean anything above ehm, something like chance calculation. I really suck at math, but am amazed at the size of the universe and want to learn more about it and find a job that has to do with the universe.
Calculations rarely occur in higher mathematics. I haven't had to add two numbers together in years, except by way of instruction.
If you want to do any kind of science, which includes astronomy, you are going to have to get familiar with some concepts from higher mathematics. A couple of semesters of calculus, plus a strong course in probability and statistics will probably be a necessity. It is not so much that you need to learn to perform the calculations (computers do that), but that you need to understand the concepts. For instance, statistics is all about understanding and quantifying how likely it is that a given set of data is random. It is not entirely necessary to master all of the calculations because, again, computers are better at them, but rather that you understand what random data look like and how poor humans are at understanding randomness. You should also be able to read and understand the output given by a computer.