Nick Anderegg
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 Feb 14 awarded Autobiographer Nov 7 awarded Popular Question May 10 awarded Notable Question Apr 21 awarded Famous Question Dec 11 awarded Yearling Oct 7 awarded Popular Question May 15 awarded Notable Question Mar 21 awarded Popular Question Jul 19 comment Why does Maclaurin get his own polynomial? Hey, at least Taylor got credit for originally coming up with it. I'm familiar with the history L'hopital's rule, and I kind of wish Bernoulli got credit just because it would probably be easier for my heavily-accented calculus professor to say. Jul 18 comment Why does Maclaurin get his own polynomial? Taylor got credit though. I don't understand why Maclaurin gets credits for using a special case. It's not a new discovery, it's just a tool. Jul 18 comment Why does Maclaurin get his own polynomial? Ah, didn't think to check his biography as well. That still doesn't explain why a special case is named after him. It wasn't a new discovery or anything, it was just a specific case of something already discovered that helped him figure out other things. Jul 18 asked Why does Maclaurin get his own polynomial? Jul 18 awarded Commentator Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Unfortunately, this test book does not have a proof of it. In fact, this textbook is awful. I find myself googling for answer to questions every couple of minutes because it completely and total fails to explain why I'm doing something, it only explains how, which helps very little. Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? I just realized why I was misunderstanding this! I was thinking of $lim\frac{1}{n}$ which is zero, but that's because the value gets closer to zero. But in a sum, the value may be getting closer to zero, but the running total still continues to get bigger. Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Mainly, the first comment. This question wasn't "I think math should work this way, why doesn't it?" like so many other questions, this was an "Explain to me why I'm wrong because I suck at math" kind question. Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Yes! That end part is a perfect explanation. That sums up what I was thinking, the harmonic series really, really, really wants to converge (if we're anthropomorphizing numbers now), but it can't quite get there. It just needs a little push of $\epsilon = 0.0000000…000000001$ to get there. I get it now. Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Also, whole lot of how-could-you-be-so-wrong agression on this question, guys. I even stated that I knew I was wrong about the assumptions I made, I just wanted to understand why I was wrong about them. This has cleared things up a lot. Jul 18 accepted Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Jul 18 comment Why do we say the harmonic series is divergent? Ah thanks for the proof link. That actually makes a lot of sense. It just always seemed to me that it would result in an irrational number. See, this is why I'm in school to be an engineer, not a mathematician. I'll just accept that that is divergent, apply it, and call it a day. WHY it works is waaaay over my head.