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How can I prove the equation has unique positive real solution?

Without using derivative, prove that the equation $$x^5-2x^4-3x^3-4x^2-5x-6=0$$ has unique positive real solution. I tried, consider function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with ...
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How to create a custom scale for a range of values

I'm utterly sorry for the very non-specific question, but I'm not even sure what I am looking for. Any pointers and terminology so I can document myself would be helpful. Because I do not know how to ...
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Relationship of radius of sphere to an inscribed right circular cylinder for max and min values

I cannot seem to find the correlation between having an interval of a radius of a sphere with finding the greatest lateral surface area of a right circular cylinder inscribed in it. The question goes ...
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Three dimensional spherical excess formula

We all know the spherical excess formula: in a unit sphere, the area of a geodesic triangle is equal to the exceeding from $\pi$ of the sum of the three angles of the triangle. Is there a similar ...
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Ideas for solving this IVP

I am curious how to approach solving the initial value problem: $\begin{cases} y'(t) = 5t - 3\sqrt{y} \\ y(0) = 2 \end{cases}$. The equation isn't separable, and more generally it is not an exact ...
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Ideas for solving this nonlinear IVP

I am curious how to approach solving the initial value problem: $\begin{cases} y'(t) = 5t - 3\sqrt{y} \\ y(0) = 2 \end{cases}$. The equation isn't separable, and more generally it is not an exact ...
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Lambert W function with natural log

I need to solve the next equation x: $d-x+yln[\frac{d}{x}]=b$ I inserted this into Wolfram Alpha and it returned: $x = y \Bbb{W}[\frac{e^\frac{d-b}{y}d}{y})]$ y, d, b, and x are all real, ...
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Find the basis for the kernel, for a linear mapping

Let $T : R^4 \to R^3$ given by $$T(x, y, z, t) = (x−y+z+t, x+2z−t, x+y+3z−3t)$$ Using Gauss-array and reducing the system of equations to row echelon form I got: $\{(1,1,1),(-1,0,1)\}$ as basis for ...
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Probability Riddle

I was told a puzzle recently, and I can't figure out how to solve it. It went like this: You are a prisoner. You play a game with the guard many times a day. This game has a unique probability ...
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The Number of Two-digit Primes Which the Sum of their Digits is 6

Problem: Find the number of two-digit primes which the sum of their digits is six. We had this problem in a mathematic examination. The problem can be solved by testing all two-digit primes, but ...
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calculus book recommendations [duplicate]

i want to learn single variable calculus i completed schooling and i love calculus for now i am focusing on single variable calculus i tried many books like Calculus - "A Complete Course 7th ed - R. ...
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Question about invariants.

There is a list of $n$ numbers. We pick any two numbers, $u$ and $v$ and replace them by $uv + u + v$. Does the final answer after $n-1$ operations, depend on the initial choice. I noticed that if ...
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Why isn't $-2$ solution for $x$?

I came across an logarithm problem recently. I don't know why solution to this problem cannot be $-2$. Now, don't downvote now because you don't know why I'm asking this. I know that logarithms' ...
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Generating functions, problem solving. Distribute distinguishable balls to people

The problem reads: How many ways are there to distribute $26$ of $34$ distinguishable balls to $5$ people if Lucy gets at most $4$ balls? The generating function to distribute distinguishable balls ...
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How can you solve for s in this very complex problem?

I recently stumped across a problem, which I need to solve. Of course, I used an calculator and I got $s=3$, but I want to know how to do it step by step. The problem is kind of complex: ...
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Pink Kangaroo Maths Challenge: Ria Bakes Six Raspberry Pies

I have been doing some practice papers for an upcoming UKMT Maths Challenge. There's one question I can't seem to grasp. I'm not sure entirely sure where to start. I'm open to any ideas. Thank you ...
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Find the basis for the kernel and the image, for a linear mapping

Let $T : \Bbb{R}^3 → \Bbb{R}^3$ given by $$T(x, y, z) = (x + 2y − z, y + z, x + y − 2z).$$ Using Gauss-array and reducing the system of equations to row echelon form I got: $\{(3,-1,1)\}$ is a basis ...
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A unit square contains 1 million rectangles without any common points. Show that the total area of rectangles is less than 1.

"A unit square contains 1,000,000 rectangles without common points. Show that the total area of rectangles is less than 1." This statement is somewhat imprecise. Let's say that these are closed ...
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The Diophantine Equation: $x^3-3=k(x-3)$

I wish to know how to resolve the diophantine equation: $x^3-3=k(x-3)$ ? The problem is: Find all integers $x\ne3$ such that $x-3\mid x^3-3$. - From 250 Problem's in Elementary Number Theory, by ...
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One tap fills a pool. The other one empties it. It's a word problem.

In a pool there are two taps, one for filling and one for emptying. Once, when the pool was empty they opened the filling tap for $4$ hours. Afterwards, they opened by mistake the emptying tap and ...
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What type of functional equation is this?

I'm trying to solve the following functional equation $f\left(x\right)=A\mbox{ exp}\left\{ \int\frac{1}{f\left(x\right)x^{2}+Bx}dx\right\}$ where ...
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How do you work out the angle in this square?

I have labelled all the angles that I can work out. But I can't think of any other way to find the other angles without being 100% sure. Thank you! P.S. I have attached the official question - ...
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Coin flipping problem

Suppose that you are flipping a coin endless times. what's the expected round where you would get the same side $3$ consecutive times? I'm guessing it would take $7$ flips to see either ...
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Let $1 + 2^m = 3^n$. What the max value of $(m+n)$?

How do I determine the maximum value of $(m+n)$ if $m$ and $n$ are natural numbers if $1 + 2^m = 3^n$ holds? I have got $\text {max} (m+n)$ to be $5$ so far, but I do not know how to determine whether ...
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Work and time problem

I came up with this problem: $150$ workers were employed to do a particular work. On first day, $150$ workers worked. On second day, $146$.. and each subsequent day, workers kept on decreasing by 4. ...
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Smallest number of groups to sniff

The question given: The sniffer dog at the airport stops beside a trolley piled high with 60 suitcases. One of the suitcases contains contraband peanuts. The dog can tell whether peanuts are hidden in ...
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$n$-couples of people in a row.

For the following problem, I feel my reasoning is something wrong, so I would like if it is in the right direction or if it needs to be rephrased/corrected. The problem reads: How many ways are ...
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Solving two variables with one equation

I have been trying to solve the following equation, but I am still stuck after trying many different methods. I have been given this equation to solve: $$(1 + z^{-1})^4 (a + bz^{-1} + az^{-2}) - (1 ...
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How does one establish a path of least resistance when solving equations?

For certain systems of equations, it is obvious what the easiest way to organize and manipulate the equations should be. For instance, $$y = 10x + 5$$ $$2x + y = 125$$ So you take the first ...
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solving an equation $x^x= c$ [duplicate]

I would like to find a solution $x$ for $x^x = c$ where $c$ is a positive constant. Firstly I'm looking for an approximative solution when $c$ tends to infinity. Thank you in advance
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Find a succinct problem whose solution requires methods from many sub-branches of mathematics

Some mathematical problems require solution techniques from a single branch (sub-discipline) of mathematics. For instance, most problems in formal logic can be addressed by the methods of formal ...
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What is the optimal strategy when playing `head or tail` per team

Introduction Once a week, we are playing head or tail in my favorite bar. There are $N$ people in the room and each person is guessing whether ...
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Solving a polynomial with modular arithmetic.

$x^5+ax^4+bx^3+cx^2+dx+e=0$ Assume that $a,b,c,d,e$ are not arbitrary and that they are known. I was wondering if it were possible to reduce or 'simplify' this using some modular arithmetic. It ...
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is A an even number?

Let $a,b,c,d$ be positive integers such that $(3a+5b)(7b+11c)(13c+17d)(19d+23a)=2001^{2001}$ hence, prove that $a$ is even. I tried to approach this problem reducting it modulo 6. From which we ...
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How long would it take Mustafa to do the job alone? [closed]

Murat and Mustafa can do a job together in fifteen days. After they have worked together for five days, Mustafa leaves the job. Murat completes the job in sixteen days. How long would it take ...
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Solving for $x$ in $x + \frac{s}{s^2+4} = \frac{2x}{s^2+4}$

How would I go about solving for $x$ in this equation? $$x + \frac{s}{s^2+4} = \frac{2x}{s^2+4}$$
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Is my intuition about this statistics problem sensible?

I'm trying to improve my knowledge of statistics and develop my intuition for solving statistical problems. While doing so I've worked on the following exercise: There are 20 players in a checkers ...
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Related Rate of Cylindrical Cone (Filling + Leaking)

So, we are only told of how to solve related rates with one underlying problem. Either a cone is leaking or Being filled up at some point $x$ but I never encountered both working at the same time. ...
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Explain the thought process to a given solution for $ \frac{1+n}{2^n} =\frac{3}{16} $ please

Part of the given solution to a question leaves me baffled: "...solve the equation $$ \frac{1+n}{2^n} =\frac{3}{16} $$ We can check (simply by plugging in values of $n$) that if $ \leq n \leq 5$, ...
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How can I prove this equation has no solution?

Solve the equation $$-x^3 + x + 2 =\sqrt{3x^2 + 4x + 5.}$$ I tried. The equation equavalent to $$\sqrt{3x^2 + 4x + 5} - 2 + x^3 - x=0.$$ $$\dfrac{3x^2+4x+1}{\sqrt{3x^2 + 4x + 5} + 2}+x^3 - x=0.$$ ...
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How this type of equation is solved? [closed]

I'm solving a relative and ends when the function (x²+y²)²-4x² derive out this equation, but not that I have to do to get resolve it $$f'x = 4x³+4y²x-8x$$ $$f'y = (4x²+4y⁴)y$$ How solve this ...
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Simple exercise in differential geometry

Problem: Prove the identity $V=\sum V[x_i]U_i$, where $x_1, x_2, x_3$ are the natural coordinate functions. (Hint: evaluate $V=\sum v_i U_i $ on $x_j$) Elementary differential geometry written by ...
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How would one solve the following equation?

This equation is giving me a hard time. $$e^x(x^2+2x+1)=2$$ Can you show me how to solve this problem algebraically or exactly? I managed to solve it using my calculator with one of its graph ...
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There exist three consecutive vertices A, B, C in every convex n-gon with n≥3, such that the circumcircle of triangle ABC covers the whole n-gon

From Problem Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel: Problem to prove: There exist three consecutive vertices $A$, $B$, $C$ in every convex $n$-gon with $n \ge 3$, such that the circumcircle of triangle ...
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$n = a^2 + b^2, \; p^3 = a^3+b^3, \; m^3+2p^3 = 3mn$ then prove that $m = a+b$

If $a$ and $b$ both are positive integers then $m = a+b, \;n = a^2 + b^2, \; p^3 = a^3+b^3$ Then show that $ m^3+2p^3 = 3mn$. This is a easy problem to solve. Just substitute those values and ...
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Mixture & Alligation problem

In what ratio must a person mix three kinds of wheat costing him 1.20,1.44 and 1.74 dollars per kg., so that the mixture formed is worth 1.41 dollars per kg? a)11:77:7 b)12:7:7 c)ratio other than a ...
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Simple ratio problem

I am currently working through some tests for graduate schemes and I am finding the maths tests relatively okay despite the time restrictions. However, I have come across one basic ratio question that ...
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Explanations for why someone cannot divide by $x-4$ for $x(x-4)=x(x-4)(x-5)$

A student divides both sides by $x-4$ and lost a solution $x=4$. How could you explain to the student that they are not allowed to divide by $x-4$ Here is the problem: $x(x-4)=x(x-4)(x-5)$ I am ...
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What is the speed of the car given the time taken to receive an echo?

I am trying to solve this question- The driver of an engine produced a whistle sound from a distance $800m$ away a hill to which the engine was approaching.The driver heard the echo after ...
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Is there another way to solve this equation?

My problem is Solve the equation $$2 \left(\sqrt{x^3-7 x^2+17x-14}+\sqrt{x^4-7 x^3+23x^2-37 x+28}\right)=4x^2-17 x+25.$$ And my solve. We have $$\sqrt{x^3-7 x^2+17x-14}= \sqrt{(x-2) \left(x^2-5 ...