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ROI Forumla for this scenario

I couldn't come up with a proper formula for the scenario below. I'm not so good at Maths. With, $X$ - monthly gains in percentage $C$ - Initial capital $N$ - number of years $M$ - Amount ...
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Converting 16bit float to Base10 and vice versa

Hi! I have some difficulties understanding how I'm supposed to calculate this 16bit float to base10. This is something that is coming up on a test so I would be pleased to learn how this is supposed ...
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rationalize the complex number multiplication rule

For a middle school student without previous knowledge of complex number, how do one introduce the multiplication rules of complex number? i.e., if we have two real number pairs of $(a,b)$ and ...
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Going Back to Grad School After Being Away from Math

I graduated with a degree in Math-Computer Science(dual degree) from a college in the US in 2012, and have been working in the Software industry ever since. From 2012 to mid 2014 I was a software ...
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Good Reference for Justifying (less well-known fields of) Math?

How do we as mathematicians justify the study of math to students? Or, indeed, how do we justify it to the general public? How do you justify your particular field? I'm particularly interested in ...
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Mathematics - The big picture

My knowledge in math sums up to several university level courses and a lot of self-study. Sometimes it feels like Mathematics is a huge subject with a lot of different areas which some of them ...
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The steps to becoming a Pure Mathematician

I'm a college freshmen intending to major in Mathematics. I started college with not so great grades in my calculus courses. However, I realized that to get the grades I just have to practice. I ...
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“Real world” applications of rational functions

I need a rational function/equation beyond the contrived d=rt and work problems typically given in beginner algebra. I am teaching such a class and would like to motivate the study of techniques for ...
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Writing solutions of inequalities: $3<x$ versus $x>3$

My son wrote a solution to a number line graph as 3 < x instead of what his teacher said was the correct answer of x > 3. When he brought his paper back in to bring it up he was told that the ...
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Is tutor essential for success in mathematics? [closed]

Everyone in my Pre-Calc - Calc I class is failing, except the kids who go tutor. They get top percentile ranks in the class. Should I drop maths all together so I don't have to invest in a tutor? I ...
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What sequence should I study these topics in?

I will shortly list a series of topics that amount to what is essentially the first two years of an undergraduate degree. I'd like to know what is considered best order in which to study these ...
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Maths C sum and series

The quality of the waste water from a manufactory contains 500g pollution per 1OL of waste water. Each time the water passes through a filter, 18% of pollutant are removed According to NHMRC ...
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Maths C Proving fibonacci sequence (induction)

Given the recurrence relation of the Fibonacci sequence: F(n) = F(n-1) + F(n-2) Knowing that F(1) = 1 and F(2) = 1, solve for x, name the two solutions as $x_1$ and $x_2$. The particular values ...
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Math enthusiast wants to learn math

I'm an english major with a vivid interest in mathematics,I've read and enjoyed What Is Mathematics? by Courant and Robbins (does this count as some background?),and I've decided to begin a serious ...
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Prove withoui calculus: the integral of 1/x is logarithmic

It was known in the 17th century that the function $$ t \mapsto \int_{1}^{t} \frac{dx}{x} $$ is logarithmic: a geometric sequence in the domain produces an arithmetic sequence in the codomain. This ...
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Computing of the Gamma Function

I have stumbled upon Gamma functions when dealing with Gamma distributions on my studies with basic statistics. However, I have not understood how its computation expands factorials to real and ...
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(translated)Russian mathematics books?

Most russian mathematician(generally) are known to do and teach mathematics in a very original manner,they do in a very intuitive yet rigorous way, with/through wonderful connection to physics. ...
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Gilbert Strang's books on calculus and linear algebra?Are they for math majors?

I would to know what are the best resources to use to teach and learn elementary subjects (calculus,linear algebra),I remember when learning calculus, I used Spivak's book which had wonderful ...
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Can i calculate velocity at a point P without using calculus in this case

I actually wanted to understand calculus. And read many a times, that concept of differentiation is about splitting the path into infinitesimally small divisions. In most cases the such division is ...
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Explaining multiplication of fractions

The best way I've been able to describe multiplication is as $$ a\times b = \sum^a_{i=1} b$$ But my definition does not account for things such as $2.99792458\times8.987551787$ and ...
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Teaching the Concept of Infinity to Children.

I was recently out with the family and we left it up to the children where we ate lunch (11 and 9 years old). They couldn't agree and were going back and forth calling each other names. This ...
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Alternative to using greater than operator for comparing numbers on a number line

The sign greater than "$>$" represents the quantity of one number more than another number. However the same sign is used to know the direction of a number on the numberline ( with respect to an ...
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A question from an engineering undergraduate

My question primarily concerns the necessary transition from an undergraduate program in electrical engineering to graduate program in applied mathematics or pure mathematics. I'm an electrical ...
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Where does the “Visual Multiplication” technique originate from?

There is a geometric technique to perform multiplication of numbers. But as the internet goes, it is hard to figure out who deserves the credit. What I've heard is A mayan technique From Vedic ...
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How many bit strings of length 15 have exactly three 0s?

I need help with this question: How many bit strings of length 15 have exactly three 0s?
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Research scopes in Computational Geometry

I have taken a short a course on Computational Geometry and at present I want to do some research works of my own. Can anybody tell me about the research scopes on it? I mean, what are the active ...
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Prerequisites of Vector Calculus for Freshman

I'm doing BSc as Physics major, i had studied Calculus and Vectors in 12th grade. For now i want to study Mathematical physics myself, i had decided to follow Arfken but it starts from the topics ...
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What math have I missed as an Engineeering graduate? [closed]

To explain, I have a Master's in Engineering from a well known university. We did a wide variety of mathematical topics, vector calc, perturbation methods, numerical methods, linear algebra, discrete ...
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How would Johann Bernoulli have tutored Euler?

Early in Euler's life (when he was still a child/teenager), the Euler family friend Johann Bernoulli would tutor Euler in mathematics. Do we know how Johann Bernoulli would have tutored the young ...
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Able to adjust a Function/Formula with Weighted Variables to correct for changes in a variable?

I apologize for the somewhat cryptic title as I don't quite know how to word it. I have a somewhat abstract question that may have a simple answer. But I am wracking my mind all over this! So ...
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Markup and Margins

My question is if I can have 80% margins with 180% markup of operating costs? For instance if I have an operating cost of 300 dollars and I mark it up by 180% I would charge the customer 540 dollars. ...
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“Full”-Simplification of arbitrary mathematical expressions

I've come across many (classroom) problems, like Roy did, whereby the solution to a problem, $$−3(7−2x)^2−5(1+x)^2$$ is the result of simplifying that expression as much as is possible, i.e. ...
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How much math is there? [closed]

Among other things I teach high school-level math, and one question that often comes up is: "How long would I have to study math in order to know all of it?" I usually tell them that it's like ...
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Is it necessary to know all the details in proofs of theorems you study in PDE's?

I've been studying PDE from the book by L.Evans for some time now. I came across some statements in the proofs which I couldn't justify. But to complete the exercises I didn't need to know all these ...
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On which occasions will the intelligent layperson fail to recognize a mathematics problem?

Suppose an intelligent lay person is ignorant of mathematics and believes all the crap taught in classrooms to the effect that mathematics consists of believing dogmas, obeying instructions, and ...
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Which Universities in US should I apply to study for a Masters in Statistics?

I've decided that I want to join a masters programme that prepares graduates for industry work as opposed for a phd. At the same time, I also want to really understand the theory behind the ...
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Misunderstanding the Theorem of Bayes

Saw this problem in an article on bbc.com (6 July 2014, "Do doctors understand test results?," by William Kremer BBC World Service; link below, slightly modified): A 50-year-old woman, with no prior ...
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Is it correct to write gcd(a,b) if a<b?

While creating an algorithm to compute the greatest common divisor of two numbers I saw that — on various websites/books — when you have "gcd(a,b)" a is superior to b ; is it an obligation or am I ...
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Science Fair project ideas? [closed]

It the summer for me right now, and I'm approaching my junior year. I'm attending a very rigorous high school in Florida in the Math, Science and Engineering program. The program requires that I ...
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Mathematical field theory Application in real world and other branches of Mathematics

I need to write work about applications of Mathematical field theory in real world and in other branches of Mathematics. Can someone guide me to an appropriate book, resource? Thanks, Denis.
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Imaginary roots and Real values when using Newton-Raphson Values

I am studying Newton-Raphson Method but I am facing questions in my head. How do I know if I have an imaginary number or imaginary numbers? and What to do when I have them when using Newton Raphson ...
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Soft question — I need books and exercise books that will be working on my fundamental skills.

I need help, urgently. I acquired a book called: Mathematics, Its Content, Method and Meaning. Now the problems is the book doesn't provide me with any exercises. I was searching for a book that would ...
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A lab worker needs $5$ litres of $20\%$ alcohol solution.

A lab worker needs $5$ litres of $20\%$ alcohol solution. A $10\%$ solution is mixed with a $60\%$ solution. How many litres of the $60\%$ solution will be required?
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Find point in 3D plane

I have four points in a 3D space, example: $$(0,0,1),\ (1,0,1),\ (1,0,2)\ \mbox{and}\ (0,0,2).$$ Then I have a 2D position on that square plane: $$x = 0.5,\ y = 0.5.$$ I need to find out the 3D ...
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The fourth pillar of mathematics? (analysis, algebra, geometry and …) [closed]

Many universities claim that there are three general areas in mathematics: analysis, which deals with continuous aspects of mathematics; algebra, which deals with discrete aspects; and geometry. If ...
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What are the topics taught in Pennsylvania for the Algebra 1 course?

I am entering 8th grade and I recently took a placement test. I am hoping to get into the 11th grade mathematics course (Algebra 2), but I am not sure whether or not I will qualify. The school that I ...
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Masters' thesis in group theory [closed]

I would like some ideas on topics in group theory which would be suitable for a masters' thesis. What sort of problems would be suitable for this level? Because it is at masters' level, no original ...
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What is the meaning of calculating sine of a number?

When we calculate sine/cos/tan etc. of a number what exactly are we doing in terms of elementary mathematical concept, please try to explain in an intuitive and theoretical manner and as much as ...
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Why it is always circle to represent a Set?

When we draw a Venn diagram, we use circle to represent a Set. We can use any closed plane figure but most of the time it is a circle. Why? are there any specialty about that?
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What's after undergrad? Advice needed.

I'm currently a rising senior at a small, yet well ranked liberal arts college studying Pure Mathematics. I've taken multiple high level mathematics courses and plan on doing a few more independent ...