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What's the best way to compute $\frac{a^4 + b^4 + c^4}{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}$

So, my teacher gave us this to compute yesterday, and I'm completly confused on how should I proceed : $$\frac{1^4 + 2012^4 +2013^4}{1^2 + 2012^2 + 2013^2}$$ I've tried several ways, but most of ...
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Right Triangle Angle problem

So I know that this can be easy, but I found it a bit difficult so maybe someone can just explain or give a hint to me... I cant post image due to no reputation (this is my first post) so theres the ...
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How to do complicated problem without messy mind?

I have trouble when doing complicated problem, when I look at a problem with so much information. (e.g. deal with some concrete example such as proving a 'ugly' space is homeomorphic to another 'ugly' ...
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How to debug math?

May seem strange as I'm good in programming, but I just started diving into math. ATM I'm learning combinatorics at Khan Academy, and here's an example of a question that I struggled with (that's not ...
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Solving Trig Equation with Unknown Inside and Outside of Function

In my physics course, we're covering physical pendulums, and we are to essentially analyze the range of angles within the interval $\left[0, \frac{\pi}{6}\right]$ to show that $\sin\theta \approx ...
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Three screw problem

There are three identical screws with diffrent amounts of nuts and disks on them. Here is the problem picture: How do you calculate the weight of a screw, the nuts and the disks?
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Minimizing log-likelihood function

Below is a problem I'm currently working on. I am having trouble seeing how I can obtain the wk and wko values for equation (1). I cannot see how one would solve the negative log-likelihood function ...
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Solve transport equations by using Laplace transform

I'm trying to solve rather formally one-dimensional transport equation: $$ u_{t}+cu_{x}=0\quad\text{in $(0,\infty)\times(-\infty,\infty)$} $$ with an initial data $u_{0}$, which is bounded and ...
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Find the perimeter of the given trapezoid

Find the perimeter of the given trapezoid (The diagram is not drawn to scale) I thought I could use the pythagorean theorem, but I have two unknow sides. What do I do now?? Thank you
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When will all the flowers blossom?

The title is not actually correct, but I chose appeal over correctness ;) I'd like to model a flower blossoming cycle, and these are the assumptions: 1) The instant $T$ in which each flower starts ...
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Calculate the amount of hours in $x$ minutes, and the amount of minutes left over.

I was recently given the following question, and I'm unsure how to go about solving it. Help would be appreciated. Using only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; and only the ...
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Dynamical Systems problem

I have a problem that have been trying to solve but it's not going so good. I would like some guidelines on how to work myself around this problem: Two neighboring countries spy on each other and ...
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Number of ways to get from a point to another one in the plane

I was trying to solve the following problem related to "counting cases": Consider the point $(0,0)$ in the plane and another point $(m,n)$ with $m,n>0$ integers. Suppose you want to get from the ...
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Laplace, Legendre, Fourier, Hankel, Mellin, Hilbert, Borel, Z…: unified treatment of transforms?

I understand "transform methods" as recipes, but beyond this they are a big mystery to me. There are two aspects of them I find bewildering. One is the sheer number of them. Is there a unified ...
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Time and distance problem

A train starts from Jammu for Srinagar at 13:30 and reached at 17:30.Another train starts from Srinagar at 15:30 and reaches Jammu at 19:00.At what time both train will meet??. I have solved this ...
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What's the value of $x$ in the following equation?

So this is how I approached this question, the above equations could be simplified to : $$a = \frac{4(b+c)}{b+c+4}\tag{1!}$$ $$b = \frac{10(a+c)}{a+c+10}\tag{2}$$ ...
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Solving a cubic equation

Solve $y=ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$ I need $x$ in terms of $y$ . I do not need the roots of the cubic equation . I need to express $x$ in terms of $y, x>0$
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right circular cylinder inscribed in a sphere

Find the dimensions of the right-circular cylinder of greatest vloume that can be inscribed in a sphere with a radius of 6 $in$ I think I need help visualizing, and maybe the solution. I've ...
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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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Solve $4 A (L^{3/4}) - wL (((24 - L) w)^{-3/4}) = -(((24 - L) w)^{1/4})$ for L? Using Mathematica

I'm trying to solve $$4 A (L^{3/4}) - wL (((24 - L) w)^{-3/4}) = -(((24 - L) w)^{1/4})$$ for $L$ using Mathematica, and it spits the following out: ...
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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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What are some ways to check if a the information given is enough to solve a problem related to euclidean geometry? [closed]

To know if a the data given produces a unique answer is something important because if you know the data is insufficient to yield a unique answer you can stop looking for one. Example: $\triangle ...
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Showing that a function is not $(d,d)-$ continuous at a point.

Let $d: \mathbb R \times \mathbb R \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a metric: $$ d(x,y) = \begin{cases} 0 & x = y \\ |x| + |y| + 3|x-y| & x \neq y \end{cases} $$ Show that the function $f: \mathbb R ...
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Dividing 100% by 3 without any left

In mathematics, as far as I know, you can't divide 100% by 3 without having 0,1...% left. Imagine an apple which was cloned two times, so the other 2 are completely equal in 'quality'. The totality ...
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Solving problems involving powers

How to reach from $1+𝐸𝐴𝑅= [1+𝑇×𝐴𝑃𝑅]^1/​t $ the power is (1/T) to $$APR = \frac{\ (1+EAR)^T - 1 \ }{T}$$ $$1+EAR=[1+T\times APR]^{1/T}\\ APR=\frac {(1+EAR)^T-1}T$$ and the same goes ...
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Recurrence relations, trouble understanding the statement

I have been struggling with the English in some recurrence relations problems, since I am studying it on my own and I'm not in a combinatorial environment. Here is one in which I can't grasp what it ...
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How do I solve for x? Do I need the Lambert W function?

I need to solve the next equation x: $d-x+yln[\frac{d}{x}]=b$ y, d, b, and x are all real, positive numbers. How do I solve for x? Do use the lambert W function and if so how is that done? Thanks! ...
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Recurrence relation for ternary sequence

Find the recurrence relation for number of ternary strings that do not contain two consecutive 0's or 1's. Strings that contains only 0s, 1s and 2s are called ternary strings. Answer is $a_n =2 ...
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Recurrence relation. Application to ternary sequences

The question is: How many ternary sequences have no double zero? For this I understand that our $n$-digit sequence either have $0,1,\dots,n$ zeroes, is this ok? If the answer of above is positive, ...
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Probability: 52 cards in a deck [closed]

If you are dealt two cards successfully (with replacement of the first) from a standard 52-card deck, find the probability of getting a heart on the first card and a diamond on the second.
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Find the coefficient of $x^{19}$ in the expression $(x+1)(x+2)(x+3)\cdots (x+400)$

Find the coefficient of $x^{19}$ in the expression $(x+1)(x+2)(x+3)\cdots (x+400)$ I have no clue how to start. Any kind of help will be appreciated.
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Travelling salesman - organising a tour of any European destination based on the cheapest flights available.

I apologise if this has only a tenuous link to a mathematics forum I'm sure everyone is familiar with the £10 one-way flights by Ryanair and similar airlines in Europe. I was wondering whether there ...
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Solve $x^4+3x+20=0$ by Ferrari's method

Comparing the equation $$x^4+3x+20=0$$ With the equation $$(x^2+\lambda)^2-(mx+n)^2=0$$ we get $m^2=2\lambda,$ $-2mn=3,$ $n^2=\lambda^2-20$ Now, $4m^2n^2=9\Rightarrow ...
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Sum two nearest function of two class are the nearest function of the sum class

Suppose $x,\mu:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R^2}$ two smooth function and $\Gamma = \{\gamma : [0, 1] \rightarrow [0, 1]| \gamma (0) = 0, \gamma (1) = 1, \gamma$ is a diffeomorphism $\}$. Here $\Gamma$ ...
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How to solve this question in more time efficient way?

Q) if$$x\sin a=y\cos a=\frac{2z\tan a}{1-\tan^2 a}$$ then find $4z^2(x^2+y^2)$a)$(x^2+y^2)^{3}$b)$(x^2-y^2)^3$c)$(x^2-y^2)^2$d)$(x^2+y^2)^2$ Ans:c i solved this in a very long way: $$x\sin ...
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Linearity in quotient space

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the space of all parametric curves $x:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$. Also let $\mathcal{C}$ is a linear manifold in the sense that $x_1,x_2\in \mathcal{C}$ implies that ...
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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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Finding Y coordinate of third triangle point when X coordinate and two other points are already known

Suppose you know the coordinates for points A and B of a triangle. We can refer to those coordinates as (Ay,Ax) and (By,Bx). Also, suppose you know the X coordinate for point C (Cx) but do not know ...
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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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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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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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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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How many $a$-nary sequences of length $b$ never have $c$ consecutive occurrences of a digit?

Let $S(a,b,c): = \#\{a$-nary sequences of length $b$ without $c$ consecutive occurrences of a digit$\}$. For example, $S(2,n,3)$ would be the number of binary sequences of length $n$ without $3$ ...
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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 ...