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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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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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The Definitive Math Book Guide and List [on hold]

This question attempts to collect the few pearls among the dozens of bad Math books that are published every year. And is based on ...
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What was the first bit of mathematics that made you realize that math is beautiful? (For children's book)

I'm a children's book writer and illustrator, and I want to to create a book for young readers that exposes the beauty of Mathematics. I recently read Paul Lockhart's essay "The Mathematician's ...
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What are the differences between mathematics courses taken by engineering majors and by math majors? [on hold]

I am curious to know what are the differences between mathematics taken by engineering students and by math majors. Let's say in terms of the approach, depth and in the topics covered. And even within ...
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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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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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“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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What is the most suitable function for a heart? [duplicate]

I have seen some codes to plot heart on matlab, e.g. first example second example How can I prove/find from the theory how to plot a perfect heart?
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one problem of creating table in latex [on hold]

Blockquote I want to creating a table in latex by this $\begin{table} \begin{center}‎‎‎‎ \begin{tabular}{‎c‎ | c | c | c | c ‎|c ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎{c}‎r}‎ ‎j/i‎ & 1:Tumor & 2:Envir ...
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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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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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Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain

Since I'm not that good at (as I like to call it) 'die-hard-mathematics', I've always liked concepts like the golden ratio or the dragon curve, which are easy to understand and explain, but are ...
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Equillibrium between Programming and Math Skills? [closed]

So I enjoy recreationally doing math and programming and am now at a stage where I will be pursuing them in University but I have found myself in a bit of a bind. My programming ability seems to lag ...
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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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Being mathematically critical: how should a student approach statements that appear to be obvious?

Very occasionally, I will read or hear a theorem, and think: isn't that obvious? Not in a contemptuous "I can immediately see how to prove this" way, but rather in a "I would have thought this was ...
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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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How to convince a math teacher of this simple and obvious fact?

I have in my presence a mathematics teacher, who asserts that $$ \frac{a}{b} = \frac{c}{d} $$ Implies: $$ a = c, \space b=d $$ She has been shown in multiple ways why this is not true: $$ ...
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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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Online Math Degree Programs

Are there any real online mathematics (applied math, statistics, ...) degree programs out there? I'm full-time employed, thus not having the flexibility of attending an on campus program. I also ...
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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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using induction to prove that the formula for finding the n-th term of the Fibonacci sequence is: [duplicate]

May someone help me? I am trying to use induction to prove that the formula for finding the $n^{th}$ term of the Fibonacci sequence is: ...
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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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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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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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Maths brain teaser. Fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock

Fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock. How many minutes is it to six o'clock..? I have got the solution online but have doubts in it : ...
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Line Drawing Using Bresenham Algorithm

Indicate which raster locations would be chosen by Bersenham’s algorithm when scan converting a line from screen co-ordinates (1,1) to (8,5). First the straight values (initial values) must be found ...
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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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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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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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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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Finding Multivariable Limits

Is there any good way to find a multivariable limit other than switching to polar coordinates? For example, students each year are inundated with problems like $$\lim_{(x,y)\to ...
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How to use point estimation on an interval? Statistics question

I got part a and part b just fine, but I am confused on how to do part (c), (d), and (e). I don't really understand what the question is asking, nor do I understand how to do that sort of interval ...
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How do you explain the concept of logarithm to a five year old?

Okay I understand that it cannot be explained to a 5 year old. But, how do you explain the logarithm to primary school students?
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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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Explain why perpendicular lines have negative reciprocal slopes

I am not sure how to explain this. I just know they have negative reciprocals because one one line will have a positive slope while the other negative.
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Should I do all the exercises in a textbook?

The problem sets that you usually get in a university course is a small fraction of the exercises in your textbook. Which raises a question: do you need to solve all the exercises from your textbook? ...
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Determine sin cos and tan from slope? NON CALCULator

I am used to finding this by drawing the triangle and knowing the angle measurement. With the angle measurement i can find sin cos and tan. But i dont have angle all I have is line. I have put a ...
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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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Are there contradictions in math?

Someone told me that math has a lot of contradictions. He said that a lot of things are not well defined. He told me two things that I do not know. $1+2+3+4+...=-1/12$ what is infinity $\infty$? ...
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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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Linear algebra and Multivariable calculus prerequisites for Stochastic Calculus

Which topics are considered "graduate-level" for the following subjects: Linear algebra Multivariable calculus On Internet, it is said that you need "graduate level" Linear algebra and ...
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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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What are some good math specific study habits?

What are/ were some of your good mathematician's study habits that you found really worked for you? I'm a CS major at a respected school and have a solid GPA... However, I definitely lack when it ...
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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 ...