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Maximum vertical distance between the line $y = x + 30$ and the parabola $y = x^2$ for $−5 ≤ x ≤ 6$

What is the maximum vertical distance between the line $y = x + 30$ and the parabola $y = x^2$ for $−5 ≤ x ≤ 6$? This is what I did but didn't work: Set $y_1=x+30$ and $y_2=x^2$, plugged ...
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Getting stuck on difficult problems.

First, a little background: I hope to go to graduate school in mathematics, but for financial reasons I will be unable to go back to school any sooner than the fall of 2016. However, since I feel ...
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Conditional expected value of a product of poisson processes

For $0<s_1<s_2<t$ evaluate conditional expected value $$E[N\left( s_1 \right) N\left( s_2 \right)|N\left(t\right)],$$ where $N\left( t\right)$ is Poisson process. Here is what I've got. By ...
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How can I solve the system of equations?

How can I solve the system of equations? $$\begin{cases} x^2 y^2+12 x y^3-18 x y-18y^4-4 y^2+27=0,&\\ x^2 y^2-3 x y^3-3 x y+5 y^2=0. \end{cases}$$ I have not any idea to solve.
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Chess board combinatorics

STATEMENT: A dolphin is a special chess piece that can move one square up, OR one square right, OR one square diagonally down and to the left. Can a dolphin, starting at the bottom-left square of a ...
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Find the probability that event $A$ is right before $B$.

Problem: Let $S$ be a sample space of an experiment and $S = \left\lbrace A,B,C\right\rbrace $, where $P(A)=p$, $P(B)=q$, and $P(C)=r$. The experiment is repeated infinitely, and it is assumed that ...
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To find two sides of a triangle when it is circumscribed a circle

A triangle ABC is drawn to circumscribe a circle of radius 4 cm such that the segments BD and DC into which BC is divided by the point of contact D are of lengths 8 cm and 6 cm respectively. Find the ...
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switch the colour until only one black square is left

Consider a standard chess board (8 × 8 squares). In each move, you pick one row or one column and switch the colours of all 8 squares (from black to white or from white to black). Is it possible to do ...
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Minimize sum of squared error

I have an array of real numbers, I want to partition them into k sets. In each set, I calculate the sum of squared error. Then, I add up all the sum of squared error for all the set. I want to ...
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Getting 90 degree coordinate of 2 coordinates that you know

I have 2 coordinates and I need to find the third with a 90 degree angle. How could I do this? ...
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Partition partition with constraint of equal size

I see the problem here Polynomial complexity algorithm of partition problem with sets of equal size This is the well know partition problem but with constraint that the size of both sets must be ...
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Where is the fixed point? — Matlab is cluless too

Consider the differential equation $$\dot{k}(t)=f(k)-(r+t_1)k-f(1-k)+(r+t_2)(1-k)$$ where $k,t_1,t_1\in[0,1]$, $r\in\mathbb{R}$ and $f:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}_+$. I'd like to solve for the fixed point ...
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Quadratic Equations GRE Quants

It would be very useful if someone can give me an answer to this question with a proper explanation. One of the factors of the equation $x^2 +9x + c$ is $(x+11)$, where $c$ is a constant. Which of ...
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How can I solve an exponential equation of the following type?

I have an equation of the form $$ \frac{a^x}{d_1^x} + \frac{b^{x/2}}{d_2^x} = 1, $$ which I have already rewritten to $$ a^xd_2^x+d_1^xb^{x/2}-d_1^xd_2^x = 0. $$ However, I seem to be stuck here. ...
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How to deal with long and tedious logic problem? [closed]

I am always pretty bad at logic problems. Because most of the logics used aren't really logical (to me)So, as you might think, a long logic problem only adds to it already boring nature. The ...
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Give the number of solutions of $x+y+z = 30$, for $4 \leq x \leq 14$, $3 \leq y \leq 17$, $10 \leq z \leq 25$.

How would I find the number of solutions with both upper and lower bounds? Can anyone give a step by step way to solve this problem? This is question is in preparation for my discrete math final, so ...
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Shortlist of problems in linear algebra

A while ago I remember seeing a very nice shortlist of problems in linear algebra. It was a list of about 40-50 problems. The idea was that if you solve them, you learn linear algebra very well and ...
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Finding the convergent value of a recursion similar to Arithmetic-Geometric Mean recursion

The sequence is defined as follows : Start : $(x_0,y_0)$ with $ 0 < x_0 < y_0 $ Step : $x_{n+1} = \frac {x_n+y_n} {2}$ , $y_{n+1}= \sqrt{x_{n+1}y_n} $ Find $\lim_{n\to \infty}(x_n,y_n)$ . ...
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Using Sticks and Stones for Counting number of Ways

From the first twenty positive integers, how many ways can we select 6 integers so that no two integers from the six chosen ones are consecutive? I tried using sticks and stones, but my thought ...
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Find all positive solutions of the system of equations

Find all positive solutions of the system of equations $x_1+x_2=(x_3)^2$ , $x_2+x_3=(x_4)^2$ , $x_3+x_4=(x_5)^2$ , $x_4+x_5=(x_1)^2$ , $x_5+x_1=(x_2)^2$ What i have done : ...
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When setting up a probability problem, when is it appropriate to use conditioning?

I understand the principles of conditioning and its rules, but when do I decide if a problem will be easier using conditioning versus determining through other methods? I'm teaching myself probability ...
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Use of Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Diagram to find alpha shape using Edelsbrunner's algorithm

I am learning how to find the shape of a set of points in 2-D. I understand that Alpha Shape method is a good way to find the shape of a set of points. Alpha Shape was originally introduced by H. ...
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The Jugs of Water Problem - with constraints

Given three jugs containing any amount of water such that a1 <= a2 <= a3 and each jug is large enough to contain all the water, show that it's possible (or not) to empty one jug. Only ...
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Does an elegant solution exist for this trigonometric equation?

I'm trying to solve this: $\cos ^{-2}x + A\tan{x} = B$ Wolfram alpha spits out an incredibly long and convoluted solution for x. Is there no simple, straightforward analytical way to solve this?
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Is this proposition posible? [duplicate]

In a board, you have $13$ White round pieces, $15$ Black round pieces, and $17$ Red round pieces. In each round you can choose two different color pieces and change them with two other pieces of ...
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How do you figure out the formula to convert between units?

I know that to, for example, convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius you subtract 32 and then divide by 1.8. I'm interested in how this type of formula can be developed. So, given two different sets of ...
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Modular arithmetic and using in well-ordering principle

I need to prove the following, but I do not know how to go about it. If $$ (*)\:\:\: x^{3} - y^{3}= 3^{n} $$ Then $$ x \equiv 0 (mod 3) \:\: and \:\:\: y \equiv 0 (mod 3)$$ In addition, ...
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Solve equation with two unknowns (maybe modulo)

Given the following equation: $$ x^{2} - y^{2}=17, \quad 0\neq x,y\in \mathbb N$$ I know for example that one solution is $x=9$, $y=8$, but I do not know how to get it.
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Find a seven digit number which describes itself

Find a seven digit number which describes itself. The first digit is the number of zeros in the number. The second digit is the number of ones in the number, etc. For example, in the number 21200, ...
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Question about “linear programming problem” in reference to joint pmf

I'm working on a homework problem and I'm not totally sure what the question is asking... The question reads: "Consider the linear programming problem: maximize $Ax_1+Bx_2$ subject to $x_1+x_2\leq ...
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Finding roots of a quartic

How do I find the roots of the equation $$(x+3)^5-(x+1)^5=7$$ I tried opening it up, it turns into a ugly quartic which doesn't factor. I don't know what to do next. Please help me out.
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Fundamental Matrix

Determine $\phi(x,0)$ for $A(x)=\begin{pmatrix} -1 & \cos(x) \\ 0 & -1\end{pmatrix}$, where $\phi(x,0)t_{0}$ is a solution of $\frac{d}{dx}t(x)=A(x)t(x)$. I am not entirely sure as to ...
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Set of vectors to span.

Find a set of vectors that span the subspace $W$ of $V$: 1) $V = P^3(\mathbb{R})$ (polynomial degree 3) $W = \{p|p(1) = p(3) = 0\}$ 2) $V = \text{span}(\{\sin x, \cos x, \sin 2x, \cos 2x\})$ ...
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Possible values of $\gcd(a+b, a\times b)$

Main Question: Let $N \in \mathbb{N}$. What are the possible values of $\gcd(a+b, a\times b)$ given that $\gcd(a,b) = N$? Fact 0. If $\gcd(a,b) = N$, then $N \leq \gcd(a+b, a\times b) \leq ...
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Simple probabilistic expression

For the following expression: $$ \prod_{i=0}^{n-1} \frac{2n-i}{3n-i} $$ I'm trying to get a simple expression, unsuccessfully. Many thanks, Jonathan
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Efficient method to calculate passes (rises and sets) for satellites

There is a function describing the characterisic elevation of ISS seen from an observers horizon. Calculating of an elevation at one time is pretty expensive. So I wanna try to avoid naive iterating ...
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Number of unique Team parings given 10 players and 2 teams

I yammer a wee bit too much, feel free to skip to TLDR unless you want more background as to why I care about this problem. I was just thinking that it would be a fun to figure out the best 5 players ...
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Is there a solution to the equation x^x^x^x^x^x^… = 2?

I have been asked the following brainteaser, is there a solution to the equation: $$ x^{x^{x^{...}}} = 2$$ (x to the power of itself an infinite number of times) I am not sure about how to approach ...
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How to solve trigonometric equations with a domain involving negative values of $x$?

I don't seem to understand the concept of a negative domain when solving trigonometric equations on "another interval" For example: Solve $\cos x=-\sqrt{3}/2$ given that the domain is $-\pi \le ...
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$y = ln(p+qe^x)/x$, solve $x$

$y = \ln(p+qe^x)/x$ $p$ and $q$ are constants. Express $x$ in terms of $y$. I believe I have to use Lambert W function, but I'm stumped. Thinking help is needed. Thank you very much!
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If $9\sin\theta+40\cos\theta=41$ then prove that $41\cos\theta=40$.

I tried it this way: $$ 40\cosθ+9\sinθ=41 $$ $$ 9\sinθ=41-40\cos\theta $$ Squaring both the sides: $$81\sin^2\theta=1681+1600\cos^2\theta-2\cdot 40\cdot 41 \cos\theta$$ $$81-81 ...
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Mgf of double exponential RV

In class the other day we were talking about a double exponential RV $X$ with a pdf $f(x)=\frac{1}{2}e^{-|x|}$ for $-\infty<x<\infty$. The professor noted that the mgf was $M(t)=\frac{1}{1-t^2}$ ...
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Normal distribution - how to solve P(-b<X<b)=0.95

$X\sim N(2,3^2)$ How do you find $b$ where $P(-b<X<b)=0.95$ other than trial and error? You can't directly transform to $z$ because if you find an appropriate $z$, transforming back will give ...
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Examples where it is easier to prove more than less

Especially (but not only) in the case of induction proofs, it happens that a stronger claim $B$ is easier to prove than the intended claim $A$ (e.g. since the induction hypothesis gives you more ...
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How to solve a algebraic equation?

My maths teacher gave me this equation and I really don't know how to solve this: $$\overline{abc}+\overline{ab}+\overline{bc}+\overline{ac}+a+b+c=29,$$ where $a$, $b$, $c$ are digits. I need to ...
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Do you have a specific method to solve logiqual sequences or do you rely on intuiton?

I'm preparing a presentation on Logical Sequences. Here's one : $2, 6, 12, 20, 30,42, [?]$ The goal is to find the following number in the sequence. In this particular case, a possible answer is ...
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How to find expected value of a portion of the normal distribution?

$X\sim N(67,4)$ What's the expected value of the portion of the curve $(X>72)$? I tried to use the definition of expected value ($\int xf(x) \mathrm{d}x$), but my integral was far too complicated ...
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How to solve this integer equations?

Conditions $$\begin{array}{ll} 1. \quad&1\le i<j\le n\\ 2. &p=i\cdot n-n-\frac{i^2}2+j-\frac i2, 1 \le p\le\frac{n(n-1)}2 \end{array}$$ given $p$, is there a way to solve for $i, ...
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Represent probability with multiple distributions. Archer shooting bullseyes problem.

The goal is to come up with two ways to represent this probability: An archer shoots a bulls-eye with probability $0.4$. If the archer shoots ten arrows, what's the probability that at least 3 are ...
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Does almost every whole number integer contain any of the digits zero through nine?

For example, how many whole numbers contain an eight? Well, for whole numbers less than ten, it's just eight itself, so that's 10% and for whole numbers less than 100, there are 8, 18, 28, 38, 48, ...