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Old 05-02-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've taken physics and gotten As, I'm in accounting and getting As. I think you have to be able to think the right ways for these classes...if you can't deal with some abstracts you're in for a tough time. And innate skills helps a lot of course. I'm naturally good at all things medical/science or numbers.

I've fought to hold on to the A in my management class and really don't know if I will manage, final is Monday, so tomorrow is cram day for it. It was kind of depressing to earn As in physics, calculus, chemistry, only to struggle to earn an A in management.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:10 PM
 
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Accounting has little to do with math, but with concepts, and understanding the laws and rules of the profession( like any other discipline). One must invests the time and energy. If he/she does that , then it will not be as difficult as one may thinks. I had a very difficult time in college, majoring in Accounting. Pretty much blew the CPA the first time around. However, after much persistent, I passed the exam(it took many, many, many hours to pass) and now I am a CFO for a very large company. Stay encouraged! BTW, I am a AA, which made my journey very lonely.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: midwest
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I've taken physics and gotten As, I'm in accounting and getting As. I think you have to be able to think the right ways for these classes...if you can't deal with some abstracts you're in for a tough time. And innate skills helps a lot of course. I'm naturally good at all things medical/science or numbers.

I've fought to hold on to the A in my management class and really don't know if I will manage, final is Monday, so tomorrow is cram day for it. It was kind of depressing to earn As in physics, calculus, chemistry, only to struggle to earn an A in management.
Accounting is a difficult as they want to make it. I have a $100 accounting book that doesn't explain the basic accounting equation until page 48. The equation is about 3rd grade level.

Double-entry accounting is 700 years old. It isn't really that complicated. But European culture has defined it has a PROFESSION therefore it must be difficult to join and designed to exclude people. If they just taught everyone how to do the math and what they are likely to encounter in real-life then very few people would be impressed by the Profession, which would probably not be so lucrative once everyone understood.

A 100 year old accounting book is free:

Accounting Theory and Practice (1917) by Roy Kester
https://archive.org/details/accountingtheor00kestgoog

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Old 06-10-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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Interesting question even though it is an old original post. As many have stated, the math involved in accounting is t hard, but the concepts and rules can be tricky, even for very smart people. I’m in an Ivy League MBA program right now and there are plenty of people with masters and PHDs in engineering from top schools who are struggling in accounting.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Interesting question even though it is an old original post. As many have stated, the math involved in accounting is t hard, but the concepts and rules can be tricky, even for very smart people. I’m in an Ivy League MBA program right now and there are plenty of people with masters and PHDs in engineering from top schools who are struggling in accounting.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's all about your aptitude. Some people are wired to be able to throw all the segments together into the big picture and it makes sense. Others (Me included) aren't. It's not even an intelligence thing. I took many courses in the "B" school (statistics, business law, and econ. as the best examples) where I got better grades than many of the accounting majors, yet I had to bust my butt to even get a C in Intermediate Accounting.


As you stated, it's not the math as it's actually pretty basic. It's the concepts and making everything fit neatly together.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Interesting question even though it is an old original post. As many have stated, the math involved in accounting is t hard, but the concepts and rules can be tricky, even for very smart people. I’m in an Ivy League MBA program right now and there are plenty of people with masters and PHDs in engineering from top schools who are struggling in accounting.
They probably just find it terribly boring.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Tree
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Accounting is similar to law. It has no math. You look at a chart to find the time value of money numbers to value a bond.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I vote with the ones who say it is boring...then there were people like me who couldn't squeeze her numbers into the little boxes. I'm assuming it's all electronic these days.

But, why would you want to major in something you know little about? Even if it paid well, could you see yourself doing something for the rest of your life that you aren't too enthused about?
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:02 AM
 
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Accounting is similar to law. It has no math. You look at a chart to find the time value of money numbers to value a bond.
It has no math?

You got to be joking...
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Tree
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It has no math?

You got to be joking...
I never saw algebra, trigonometry or calculus in a P&L Sheet.
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