# Tagged Questions

Linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions, conic sections, binomial, surds, graphs and transformations of graphs, equation- and system-solving, and other symbolic-manipulation topics.

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### Inequality: $(x + y + z)^3 \geq 27 xyz$

Edit: $a,b,c$ and $x,y,z$ are positive, real numbers. Since $(a-b)^2 \geq 0~$, $a^2 + b^2 - 2ab\geq0~$ and $a^2 + b^2 \geq 2ab~$. Similarly, $a^2 + c^2 \geq 2ac~$ and $b^2 + c^2 \geq 2bc~$. ...
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### Can a finite sum of square roots be an integer?

Can a sum of a finite number of square roots of integers be an integer? If yes can a sum of two square roots of integers be an integer? The square roots need to be irrational.
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### How to answer a student objection to the use of “of” in pronouncing f(x)?

Once upon a time in elementary school, a student learned how to translate certain English words into math. For example, 'and' usually means 'plus' such as "If John has 3 oranges AND 5 apples, how ...
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### An oddity in some linear equations

Okay, so I've started Algebra I this year, and i've always had a love for math. And at one point in the course we were presented with an equation similar to this one: $5x + 3 = 8x + 3$ And so I ...
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### A problem V.I. Arnold solved as a primary school student

According to a 1995 interview that Vladimir I. Arnold gave to the Notices of the AMS, his primary school teacher I.V. Morozkin gave in 1949 (when Arnold was 12 years old) to a Soviet classroom, most ...
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### Significance of $\displaystyle\sqrt[n]{a^n}$?

There is a formula given in my module: $$\sqrt[n]{a^n} = a \text{ if n is odd }$$ $$\sqrt[n]{a^n} = |a| \text{ if n is even }$$ I don't really understand the differences between them, ...
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### Find $f(x)$ where $f(x)+f\left(\frac{1-x}x\right)=x$

What function satisfies $f(x)+f\left(\frac{1-x}x\right)=x$ ?
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### Find $x$ such that $\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+7}}\in \mathbb{N}$

Find $x$ such that $$\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+7}}\in \mathbb{N}$$ I tried many ways: $$\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+7}}=n$$ $$\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+7}}^2=n^2$$ $$x+\sqrt{x+7}=n^2$$ then solve for $x$ but didn't do with success....
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### hand evaluate $\sqrt{e}$

I have seen this question many times as a example of provoking creativity. I wonder how many ways are there to evaluate $\sqrt{e}$ as accurately as possible. The obvious way I can think of is to use ...
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### What is the best way to solve an equation involving multiple absolute values?

An absolute value expression such as $|ax-b|$ can be rewritten in two cases as $|ax-b|=\begin{cases} ax-b & \text{ if } x\ge \frac{b}{a} \\ b-ax & \text{ if } x< \frac{b}{a} \end{cases}$, ...
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### Weird E letter? (sigma) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the math notation $\sum$ mean? My school's prescribed book uses the weird letter E character without explaining what it is in the first chapter when it talks ...
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### On the “funny” identity $\tfrac{1}{\sin(2\pi/7)} + \tfrac{1}{\sin(3\pi/7)} = \tfrac{1}{\sin(\pi/7)}$

This equality in the title is one answer in the MSE post Funny Identities. At first, I thought it had to do with $7$ being a Mersenne prime, but a little experimentation with Mathematica's integer ...
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### High school algebra textbooks for gifted students

Cross-posted to Math Educators Stack Exchange. (link) I am looking for high school algebra/mathematics textbooks targeted at talented students, as preparation for fully rigorous calculus à la Spivak. ...
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### Not quite Fermat's Last Theorem

Prove that the equation $n^a + n^b = n^c$, with $a,b,c,n$ positive integers, has infinite solutions if $n=2$, and no solution if $n\ge3$.
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### Kid's homework: 4 equations 5 unknowns? Going crazy!

I'm new here, and I'm hoping someone can help out. My 10 year old son has been set a maths problem, which I can't solve. I've got a PhD in neuroscience and do a fair amount of matlab stuff (data ...
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### What skill do I lack to factor multivariate polynomials?

Ok so I can factor easily regular quadratic polynomials, i.e. $5x^2+7x+9$ (I'm not sure whether that's prime, just made it up), and I was working on solving $y^2+(x^2+2x−2)y+(x^3−x^2−2x)$ by ...
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### Interesting Question on Ants

A horizontal stick is one metre long. Fifty ants are placed in random positions on the stick, pointing in random directions. The ants crawl head first along the stick, moving at one metre per minute. ...
This question arose when I was going to determine the domain for $f \circ f(x)$. Let $f(x) = \dfrac{1-x}{1+x}$. $f \circ f(x) = x, \quad$ But the domain is not $\mathbb{R}$ because $f(x)$ is undefined ...