Questions tagged [applications]

The [application] tag is meant for questions about applications of mathematical concepts and theorems to a more practical use (e.g. real world usage, less-abstract mathematics, etc.)

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Golden ratio rectangles

I'm designing a layout and I would like to use four golden ratio rectangles. The total width of the layout is 960px. How do I find the height (x)? Below is a diagram of the layout.
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What Uses Does Lagrange's Interpolation See Today?

More concretely, in what situations are the predictions made by Lagrange's Interpolation accurate? Say, if we have 4 known values of some country's populations, would the unknown value predicted by ...
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Oceans and volume [closed]

What would be the math formulas to calculate the increase in the height of the ocean if one drop of water were released into it. Assuming that everything is static. How would you solve that question....
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Ideas for a Applications of Calculus Video

Note: I am not sure if this should be posted here, but, after looking through the other sites, I felt this was the best fit for the question. For class, I have to make a video with applications of ...
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Modelling with exact differential equations?

I'm teaching some very elementary differential equations to engineering students, and their constant question to me is "What's the use of this?" or alternatively "Where would we use this?" Now, I'm ...
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Where is the choice of orthogonal basis being made in the human auditory system?

I have a vague question which I have trouble googling an answer to. Let $X$ be a circle. I want to think of $L^2(X)$ as embedded into the space of periodic functions on the real line, with period 1, ...
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Mathematician approach to mathematical sociology

I've always been fascinated by sociology, from the philosophical and psychological theories to the study of mass social phenomena, e.g. such as crowds, the dynamics of the crowds, key triggers of mass ...
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Is Linear Algebra the foundation of Applied Mathematics?

I've lately taken an interest in foundations of my field. While there are many important areas that contribute to Applied Mathematics (differential equations, probability & statistics, numerical ...
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Confused about Effective Rate of Discount- Theory of Interest

I'm currently reading Kellison's book, The Theory of Interest. I've reached the chapter on Effective Rate of Discount and it's somewhat confusing. The book explains it as a loan where interest is paid ...
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Use of the fact that $e^{i\pi}=-1$?

Yesterday, my son asked me of what use was the fact that $e^{i \pi}=-1$. I told him that he could use it to impress a girl, which is true but probably an incomplete response. So, I ask you, is there ...
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What mathematics topics pertain more towards applied mathematics?

I'm entering my second year of undergrad (majoring in mathematics), and I've found that I am really bad at Linear Algebra, but very good at Calculus and Differential Equations. I'm hoping to venture ...
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Graph theory application of homology

I am struggling with the idea of local homology groups and would like to see an example of how to go about finding them in general. I'm thinking of the most trivial case to apply the theory of local ...
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Transpose a square matrix code

I know it's not programming area , but I think it's more related to math. I have the following function: ...
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How to convert interest rate to discount factor

I'm studying on Kellison's Theory of Interest and I'm stuck on the exercise 20/a of the 1st chapter. If the $i=0.1$ then $d = 0.0901$ $d_5=\frac{A_5-A_4}{A_5}$ when I insert $d$ into this equation,...
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What are the use cases related to cluster analysis of different distance metrics?

I'm trying to use different distance metrics like Euclidean, Manhattan, cosine, chebyshev among other distance metrics in my k-means algorithm to calculate distances between the data points and the ...
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Motivation for the Basel problem

I realized that I know of several ways how to prove that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2}=\frac{\pi^2}{6}$, but I have no idea why I would want to know the answer in the first place. Answers I have ...
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Applications of First Order Differential Equations

Can I get help for this question please? Suppose that a tank containing a liquid is vented to the air at the top and has an outlet at the bottom through which the liquid can drain. It follows from ...
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Transition from theory of PDEs to applied analysis and industrial problems and models with PDEs

Suppose one wants to transition from the study of certain theoretical aspects of PDEs (say, regularity theory for elliptic operators) to a career in industry solving real-world problems about PDEs and ...
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Mathematical rigor for engineers

An engineer with a master's degree, I would like to improve my level of mathematical rigor. For example, I would like to come to grasp what measure theory has to do with the Fourier series and what ...
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Applications of Linear Algebra in software engineering.

I'm a software engineering and mathematics student, I was searching for disciplines of mathematics that would go well with my engineering degree, and found a lot of people recommended that software ...
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[Levenberg-Marquardt]What is the link between positive-definiteness and well-conditioning?

Working on optimization problems through neural networks, I use the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. I have read this assertion that I do not understand : A positive definite diagonal matrix is added ...
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How to draw Congressional districts to mirror the Popular Vote

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not sure whether this is fundamentally a mathematical question or not, but I think it is. In the United States, the House of Representatives is elected roughly ...
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Problem with a dipstick

The problem: Some houses are heated by burning oil. The oil is stored in a horizontal elliptical cylinder that is lying underground. To measure the residual volume, one has to use a dipstick that ...
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Examples of non-commutative rings in nature

So this may sound kinda vague but my point is: mathematics can be applied in several ways to our understanding of nature and often even things that seems to be totally abstract can be, more or less ...
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What are the most obscure or advanced mathematics with practical application

Throughout my engineering studies there were jokes made by my professors (mostly mathematics professors) that referenced the fact that pure mathematicians strive to create mathematics with no ...
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Sports that use Mathematics

What kind of sports and games use mathematics beyond simple arithmetic? How is math applied to build strategies for these games? Sailing could use mathematics in terms of astronavigation, tying knots,...
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Application of maths in economics

What are the branches of maths where we can see undoubtful connections with economics? Where can we use mathematical methods or models and apply them to analyze economic concepts?
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What is the use of remainders in polynomial division?

My class has just been taught about polynomial division, and how it can be used to see if something is a factor (although remainder theorem is quicker), if the remainder = 0. But what is the use of ...
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Partial Differentiation of an equation using implicit differentiation confusion

I wanted to ask a question about implicit differentiation in partial differentiation. When I was at school, I remember partial differentiation as something like this: When you have a function ...
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Finding the formula for acceleration from $v=2s^3+5s$, where $s$ is the displacement at time $t$

This is the question: I first found $\frac{dv}{ds}=6s^2+5$, then I tried to find $\frac{ds}{dt}$ by messing about a little with implicit differentiation, but I had no luck and I therefore couldn't ...
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Curve on a basketball

The sewing pattern on a basketball is composed of two great circles and a single curve that intersects each great circle twice. Does this curve have a name? Are there any parametric descriptions of ...
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How are complex numbers useful to real number mathematics?

Suppose I have only real number problems, where I need to find solutions. By what means could knowledge about complex numbers be useful? Of course, the obviously applications are: contour ...
The milk and water in two vessels $A$ and $B$ are in ratio of $4:3$ and $2:3$ respectively. In what ratio should the liquids in both vessels be mixed to obtain a new mixture in vessel $C$ consisting ...