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Find some probabilities given the probability tree

i've been practicing probability since it's not my strength, but i am doing that without a tutor or an official course, just books and videos. I was reading a problem, and i was capable of draw the ...
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Is this polynomial equation solvable? $ \alpha x^{n+2} + \beta x^{n+1} + \gamma x^3 + \delta x^2 + \epsilon x + \zeta = 0 $

I have an equation I wish to solve. I was going to solve it numerically but maybe there is a way to handle it analytically? $ \alpha x^{n+2} + \beta x^{n+1} + \gamma x^3 + \delta x^2 + \epsilon x + ...
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Simplifying nested/complex fractions with variables

I have the equation $$x = \frac{y+y}{\frac{y}{70} + \frac{y}{90}} $$ and I need to solve for x. My calculator has already shown me that it's not necessary to know y to solve this equation, but I ...
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I'm not understanding this puzzle [on hold]

At first, I was thinking, mininmum amount of sticks it takes to create the figure, and then how many draw strokes it takes to create the boxes without crossing paths...but I can't figure out what's ...
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Dominance Network Worded Problems

What are some methods to solve this? Normally for dominance I do as such: Write a matrix for one step dominance, then find total dominance by = D+D^2 - then sum each row of the matrix. Using this ...
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Problem solving: Counting and probability

i am a little bad at probability, i'm studying to overcome this lack. Since i'm not with a tutor i need some help on the correct way to approach a basic probability problem. I would appreciate your ...
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How do i solve this to find PMT?

I know this may seem like a stupid question but i've been up late working on this math assignment and this question just isn't working when i transpose it. So this is the formula to find Present ...
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Problem Solving - Project Crashing Time

My working out: (EST,EFT) times for the activities: A: (0,0) B: (0,8) C: (3,3) D: (10,38) E: (10,18) F: (18,18) G: (25,33) H: (58,58) I: (25,33) J: (45,53) K: (118,118) Finish: (133,133) ...
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The use of Weighted arithmetic mean to determine the extent to which the data correspond

I don't know when I can ask such question, because it is not a completely mathematic question. I have a text and a topic (single word). I want to check how much this text corresponds to the topic. ...
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How to solve $\int \frac{\tan^{-1}x}{(1+x)^2}dx$?

I know how to solve the following integral $$\int \frac{\tan^{-1}x}{(1+x^2)}dx$$ . We have to substitute $\tan^{-1}x$ as $t$ and we will be done. After this one, I tried to find out $$\int ...
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Solving for $\theta$ in a circle

Let's say you have a pendulum hanging straight down and touching the ground at the lowest point. The pendulum has length $l$. If you pull the pendulum back so that the end is height $h$ above the ...
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Series representation for $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}+6 \pi ^2 A^2+3 W^2}}{\sqrt{2}}$

My question is, is there a series representation or other function of $L$ and $A$ I can use when I solve the following equation for $W$? $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 ...
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first order linear PDE solving

$$\dfrac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{i}}=0$$ $$\dfrac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{v}}=E-v-i R_0$$ Where E,$R_0$ are constants. How do I solve these kind of PDE's.
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Represent math problems as Markov chains [on hold]

The step by step that takes to solve a math problem (algebra, calculus, etc.) could be seen as a Markov chain? When solving a problem, the next math rule that you are going to apply only depends of ...
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Derivation of the “Combined Work Formula”

Before I get to my question, some background: Person $A$ can paint a fence at the rate $9 \frac{hour}{fence}$ (or equivalently $\frac{1}{9} \frac{fence}{hour}$) Person $B$ can paint a fence at the ...
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Finding distance using rates of change — best approach?

The question: A man drives from state $A$ to state $B$ going $60 \frac{miles}{hour}$. Then he returns from state $B$ to state $A$, driving $45 \frac{miles}{hour}$. His total driving time is $2.5 ...
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Problems that become easier in a more general form.

When solving a problem, we often look at some special cases first, and then try to work our way up to the general case. It would be interesting to see some counterexamples to this mental process, ...
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Consider the following system of linear equations..

Story cut short, I have an exam in a weeks time and this is a question off a previous exam paper - I'm unsure as to how I should go about it as there are 4 variables with only three linear equations.. ...
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How to find natural solutions of an equation?

When I'm solving problems, I'm often confronted to solving equations, and when I'm solving equations, I'm often confronted to find the natural solutions of these equations. My actual personal ...
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Slicing through a cuboid containing spheres, how many are exposed to the surface and what is their combined volume

So I place spheres of radius chosen at random from a normal distribution of known mean and standard deviation in a cub or cuboid at random (not overlapping) until a known density of the entire cube is ...
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Russian Old Merchant Problems

Anybody know where I can find more of these old merchant problems: Lui: Please tell us a little bit about your early education. Were you already interested in math- ematics as a child? ...
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Problem involving pseudomonotone mappings on Banach space

I have the following question regarding mappings on a Banach space $X$. If anyone has an idea or hint as to how to resolve this question it would appreciated. Let $X$ be a Banach space, $X^{*}$ its ...
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Die Probability Question + Basics of Conditional Probability

A die is rolled twice. What is the probability of observing: a) a four and a three P (obtaining a four and a three) or P(obtaining a three and a four) therefore P(obtaining a four)* P(obtaining a ...
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A simple repartition problem

Suppose the following conditions exist: A and B together own two values, X and Y; X > Y; A buys X for a value of X1; B buys Y for a value of Y1; X1 > Y1; X > X1; Y > Y1. We need to calculate how ...
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Solving awkward quadratic equation to obtain “nice” solution.

I would like to solve the following quadratic equation to get a "nice" analytic solution for $\rho$. $\rho^2(r\sin\theta-2nr^2)+\rho(2nr^3-2r^2\sin\theta-2\sin\theta+2nr)-2nr^2+3r\sin\theta=0$ where ...
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How far away is that cloud?

A few weeks ago I was on an airplane and to pass the time started thinking about this problem. Using the following information, I wanted to know how far away a cloud I could see was. Under some ...
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Exponential Diophantine: $2^{3x}+17=y^2$

Is there a way of solving the following equation, in integers $(x,y)$, by hand? : $2^{3x}+17=y^2$. You can also try: $2^{2x}+17=y^2$ or more generally $2^x+17=y^2$; each of these has at least 1 ...
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$\sum$ of binomial coefficients inequality

Let $m,n$ be positive integers with $m>n$. When is it true that $$m\cdot 5^{m-1}\cdot 3+\binom{m}{3}\cdot 5^{m-3}\cdot 3^3\cdot 2+\cdots +\binom{m}{2k+1}\cdot m^{m-2k-1}\cdot 3^{2k+1}\cdot ...
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Comparing $\pi^e$ and $e^\pi$

Comparing $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$ I read the answer there but I didn't understand one thing. How I should know to put $\dfrac{π}e-1$ instead of $x$? If I had this question on a test, I had no idea ...
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Problem of bodies in motion in circles.

Consider two circles of radii $4\;cm$ and $8\;cm$, respectively, both circles have the same center $C$ and is two bodies $A$ and $B$, so that $A$ is smaller circumference of the trajectory at a ...
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How to find $f$ and $g$ if $f\circ g$ and $g\circ f$ are given?

The question is: Let $f:\mathbb R\rightarrow \mathbb R$ and $g:\mathbb R\rightarrow \mathbb R$ be two functions such that $(f\circ g)(x)=4x^2+4x+1$ and $(g\circ f)(X)=x^2+2x+2$. Find $f(x)$ and ...
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Prove that $\sqrt{n} \le \sum_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{\sqrt{k}} \le 2 \sqrt{n} - 1$ is true for $n \in \mathbb{N}^{\ge 1}$

I'm trying to solve these induction exercises proposed by the department of mathematics of Oxford University. I don't know how to give a valid proof for the third one which says the following: ...
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Fermat pseudo primes

Is it possible for a number of the form $2^p-1$ with $p\in \mathbb{P}$ (the primes) to satisfy $3^{2^p-2}\equiv 1\pmod {2^p-1}$ and not be a prime? In other words, can a Mersenne number be a Fermat ...
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Can't solve this trignometric equation, why am I wrong?

There is this trig equation: $$ 5\tan x - 2\tan 2x = 0 \text{ for 0 < 0 < 360 } $$ So far I've gotten $$\tan x = \text{0, 180}$$ and all I have to solve now is $$\tan ^2x = 0.2$$ which gives ...
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Best approach or algorithm to solve equation with multiple variables?

I have an equation : $A^6x_1 + A^5x_2 + A^4x_3 + A^3x_4 + A^2x_5 + A^1x_6 + x_7 = B$ What can be the best algorithm/approach I can use to crack this? $A$ and $B$ are constants. $x_1,x_2...x_7$ are ...
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If one plays $132$ games in $77$ days, there is a span of consecutive days with exactly $21$ games

This is a high school contest question. Simple answers are required A chess player has $77$ days to prepare for a tournament. During this time he wants to have a match everyday and to have $132$ ...
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(What is the formula to find) What is the probability that the sum of the numbers on the tickets chosen is at least 7?

Senario: Box A contains four equal-sized tickets, numbered 1, 2, 3 ,4 Box B contains three tickets of the same size, numbered 4, 5, 6 An experiment consists of selecting one ticket from the box A ...
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How can I solve this puzzle using equations?

There's a hall with 100 seats. I want to fill up these seats with men, women and children; they're going to purchase seat positions. The cost per seat for men is 5 USD, women 1 USD, and children 0.05 ...
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How to find plane that's equidistant from the origin

Objective: Give the equation of a plane that crosses the axes at points equidistant from the origin. How do I make sure that the points $A(1,2,-2)$, $B(-5,1,1)$, $C(4,-3,1)$ are equidistant from the ...
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Calculate $\frac{1}{5^1}+\frac{3}{5^3}+\frac{5}{5^5}+\frac{7}{5^7}+\frac{9}{5^9}+\cdots$

I'm an eight-grader and I need help to answer this math problem. Problem: Calculate $$\frac{1}{5^1}+\frac{3}{5^3}+\frac{5}{5^5}+\frac{7}{5^7}+\frac{9}{5^9}+\cdots$$ This one is very hard for me. It ...
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How to know when a line is parallel to the xz-plane

What are some features of the equations of a line that is parallel to the xz plane, but does not lie on the plane, and is not parallel to any of the axes? So far all I got: -dot product of plane's ...
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Difficult generating function

Define a beautiful number to be an integer of the form $a^n$, where $a\in\{3,4,5,6\}$ and $n$ is a positive integer. Prove that each integer greater than $2$ can be expressed as the sum of pairwise ...
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Last 7 digits of 7th powers

Alice and Bob play the following game. They alternately select distinct nonzero digits from $1$ to $9$, until they have chosen seven such digits. Consider the resulting seven-digit number by joining ...
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How to see 4th dimension? [closed]

Anyone has tricks or methods? Great help, thank you. P.S.: Abstractly of course, not actually seeing 4D, which I don't think is possible.
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Re professional mathematicians working on several problems at once. Source needed.

Recently I read a quote from a working mathematician where he pointed out that professionals have to get used to carrying around several unsolved problems at once. Can anyone help me with the source ...
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Inequalities, when does the sign change here?

I have encountered a problem with inequalities. I have been looking at examples provided by two websites which 'solve' inequalities, however when I try using my own method, the extremely simple ...
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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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Coming up with short “magical” proofs

I was reading the solution to this problem: Prove that $f(n) = 2n$ is the only non-constant solution to $2f (m^2 + n^2 ) = (f (m))^2 + (f (n))^2 .$ The solution used these identities, pulled out of ...
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How could I improve this approximation?

In a computer application, I need to solve trillions of times an equation which can be reduced to $$f(x)=\sin(x)-a x=0$$ Newton methods (quadratic and higher orders) are used for the solution. ...
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Basic Mixture question [closed]

Let's say that I have 50 ounces of 100% sugar water solution. If I add 50 more ounces of pure water to that solution. What percentage of sugar water solution would I have left?