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by BirdKiller
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Which book should I study first?
Replies: 9
Views: 3001

Re: Which book should I study first?

I've read, studied, and gorged Rudin and Dummit and Foote's books. I have both of them less than a meter away from me. I haven't read Topology by Munkres, but I highly suggest you try reading that first before reading Rudin for the following reasons: 1. Rudin is generally for students who are either...
by BirdKiller
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29121

Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

This comic perfectly illustrates my process and priorities whenever I move into a new apartment.
by BirdKiller
Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to become a math professor?
Replies: 25
Views: 5585

Re: How to become a math professor?

Other than a math professor, the closest occupation is being a Mathematician (which Math research professors are) in which are employed beyond academic institutions like in private companies and government institutions. The only catch is most employers want you to study within a certain field and ex...
by BirdKiller
Sat May 29, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: White House and Congress prepare DADT repeal
Replies: 40
Views: 5142

Re: White House and Congress prepare DADT repeal

My thoughts: 1. Even if Congress repeals DADT policy, it's going to take some time to implement it, and how the Pentagon implements it will be by far the most controversial. How will it deal with housing soldiers of different sexual orientation? How will it deal with partners of the same sex? Will t...
by BirdKiller
Fri May 21, 2010 10:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans
Replies: 73
Views: 7593

Re: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans

My logic: If she gets a loan/financial aid that means there is less money for citizens of the united states who need it for school. The government of the united states has an obligation to its own citizens and not illegals. Therefore she should be denied the money. She also required an education at...
by BirdKiller
Wed May 19, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans
Replies: 73
Views: 7593

Re: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans

The idea is that if a federal subsidized loan is being given out to an illegal immigrant, then that's one more student that is either an American citizen or legal immigrant that won't be getting that same loan as well. This is a similar argument about giving welfare on illegal immigrants as well: ei...
by BirdKiller
Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20290

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

As far as the prime question as to whether Obama deserves the award, I am with Iv on this one. Obama's approach to politics via peaceful rhetoric and the power of discourse is in fact so revolutionary that no one has even acknowledged it for what it truly is. Speech, rhetoric, discourse - these are...
by BirdKiller
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm going a bit insane over several problems involving e
Replies: 3
Views: 884

I'm going a bit insane over several problems involving e

Getting ready for my 3rd year in college in mathematics, I decided to review previous courses, subjects, and fundamentals I was unfamiliar in. In my case, it was complex numbers. So after reading a lecture about it, I decided to try out a few problems, but after a few hours and several attempts, I'm...
by BirdKiller
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room
Replies: 9
Views: 1745

Re: Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room

Sorry:

It seems it's impossible for the fly to walk 40 feet given the conditions. I did use the "unfolding" the box method (or "flatten" in my view). Thanks for the link however, the thread seems to have solved it :mrgreen:
by BirdKiller
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room
Replies: 9
Views: 1745

Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room

Given a rectangular room, in which the room is 30 feet long, has the height of 12 feet, and the width of each end of this room is 12 feet. Suppose a fly is 1 feet below the ceiling at the middle of one end and a bit of food is 1 feet above the floor at the middle of the other end. This fly cannot fl...
by BirdKiller
Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College?
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: College?

Sorry, but is getting 650 SAT score out of 2400 even possible? Or is that a HUGE typo for 1650?
by BirdKiller
Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Introductions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: Introductions.

For me, the common initial response to being a math major is the idea that you're some kind of calculator or instant pattern detector.

"Hey <me>, what's 255 x 221?"
me: "um...hold on"
"I thought you were a math major!"
by BirdKiller
Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How difficult is it to get into MIT?
Replies: 32
Views: 5388

Re: How difficult is it to get into MIT?

Yup, after talking to several professors and graduate students, once you're in the graduate level, your peers and the higher ups won't give a damn where you studied, but what and how you studied....actually, they won't care about those either. They'll just care what you're studying now. Sure, ordina...
by BirdKiller
Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:47 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Roommates for College
Replies: 34
Views: 4104

Re: Roommates for College

Random Roommates certainly do make each school year different: 1st year: Had a gay roommate who partied (and got drunk) almost every night 2nd year: All of my roommates were extreme slobs. I would be the only one to vacuum, take out trash, clean the restroom, etc. 3rd year: All of my roommates are a...
by BirdKiller
Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:49 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unfair/outright ridiculous discipline
Replies: 69
Views: 7056

Re: Unfair/outright ridiculous discipline

5th grade, I had the meanest teacher. For any actions or behaviors that was not considered "gentleman", I would be punished, first by writing a form I did some wrong-doing, second by writing another form and warning for detention, third with signing another form and lost recess, and finall...
by BirdKiller
Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 11744

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

Isn't this one of the reasons why people pay taxes? So the government can hand out financial aid? If you look it that way, millions of people are already helping the poor pay for college. Same with paying state taxes so some portion of it supports public universities that have relatively low tuition...
by BirdKiller
Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Phosphorus weapons in Gaza?
Replies: 28
Views: 3280

Re: Phosphorus weapons in Gaza?

Wait, so what's so bad about using Phosphorous as a weapon compared to guns and bullets?
by BirdKiller
Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simple Quantum Physics problem with a twist...
Replies: 1
Views: 543

Simple Quantum Physics problem with a twist...

This is about a form of black body radiation, where the apparatus is a black body cavity. I'm given temperature of this black body, the size of the hole in which I am to calculate the power radiated through it within a range of wavelength. I thought this was a simple computation problem using Planck...
by BirdKiller
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: German scientist/mathematician
Replies: 18
Views: 2165

Re: German scientist/mathematician

Cantor has a very interesting history and work that involves infinite sets and having to endure criticism from his fellow peers, including his thesis adviser.
by BirdKiller
Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Undergraduate Degree Choice & Jobs
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Re: Undergraduate Degree Choice & Jobs

I guess, if there are less students, then there is more chance of getting a job, but could there be some deeper meaning to why this is the case


There's the case of many tech and software companies outsourcing programming jobs overseas.
by BirdKiller
Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7654

Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

My approach of the problem of proving square root of 3 is irrational: Suppose the square root of 3 is rational, then there exist coprime integers a,b such that square root of 3 = a/b Then, squaring both sides: 3 = a 2 / b 2 -> 3b 2 = a 2 . The only integers that can possibly satisfy this equivalence...
by BirdKiller
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7654

Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

By "problem solving", I hope they meant solving problems you already know how to solve. I place a lot of value on problem solving skill myself (maybe too much?). Yup, that kind of problem-solving: Read the problem with given variables, remember what formula to use, plug the variables in, ...
by BirdKiller
Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
Replies: 61
Views: 7654

Re: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?

I second the above post. The math you do in high-school is not reflective of the math you would do in college ESPECIALLY if you're trying to pursue a career in research in mathematics. The math you do in high school is more of rote memorization, computation, and problem solving. The math you do in c...
by BirdKiller
Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Uncyclopedia and maths
Replies: 16
Views: 2484

Re: Uncyclopedia and maths

We sweep this inconvenience under the rug by multiplying both sides by zero. No, you don't do that ever to prove one statement is equal to another statement. Furthermore, it's a bad way to start the proof by first equating the given with the goal to begin with. i.e: given a, prove a = b. DO: a -> ?...
by BirdKiller
Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Re: Am I running right?

Yeah, funny that, tracks are meant for running on. If you're doing a hilly course, it's going to be harder on you (read, slower time). Also, how sure are you that your dirt track/course/whatever is actually the correct distance? I wasn't sure whether the hilly track was actually two miles. What I d...
by BirdKiller
Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: easy ways to loose little weight?
Replies: 19
Views: 1797

Re: easy ways to loose little weight?

Losing 5 - 10 pounds IS NOT a "small loss" at all. You're not going to lose significant amount of calories/energy just by doing "small" movements/actions while still maintaining a lifestyle (your diet and how often you exercise) that either maintains or increases your weight.
by BirdKiller
Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Re: Am I running right?

I ran on a flat track today, the first in these runs for the month: I ran 2 miles in 15 minutes, which is WAY OVER my expectations, especially when I could only run 2 miles in 20 minutes a month ago.
by BirdKiller
Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Re: Am I running right?

Okay this is weird: Monday: 17 minutes 50 seconds on 2 miles Tuesday: Just did fast 4 x 1/4 mile runs Wednesday: rested Thursday: 17 minutes 55 seconds on 2 miles Friday: 16 minutes 10 seconds (WTF!!!!) on 2 miles Was it just me being exhausted that I misread the time on Friday? Improving by 1 minut...
by BirdKiller
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What does this symbol mean?
Replies: 10
Views: 2276

Re: What does this symbol mean?

I kinda suspected that, thanks all ^^
by BirdKiller
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What does this symbol mean?
Replies: 10
Views: 2276

What does this symbol mean?

http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?imag ... boldi5.jpg

I don't know what that U symbol means when used in that form. I only know the U symbol for the union of sets.
by BirdKiller
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Re: Am I running right?

Quarter mile times:

#1: 2:10
#2: 2:05
#3: 2:12
#4: 2:20
#5: 2:15

Between each attempt is a 1 - 2 minute break.

Also, these runs are timed on a hilly dirt track. Will I run faster if I run on a flat paved track?
by BirdKiller
Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Re: Am I running right?

I've made progress so far. Today I ran 18 minutes and 25 seconds, an improvement of more than a minute. I've been doing series of 1 mile (fast twice) and 1/4 mile runs (very fast 5 times) with a day of rest before I time myself for the two mile run. I'm hoping to get down to less than 17.5 minutes i...
by BirdKiller
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

Re: I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle

Thanks for the replies guys. I'll be looking over them tomorrow afternoon with more focus.
by BirdKiller
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle

This has been on my mind for a few days, I think I understand the big idea behind it, but still confused on the details. Here are the scans of the section that's concerned. I apologize for the poor scanning between the pages and the size of the images. I resized and rotated the images so that the se...
by BirdKiller
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I running right?
Replies: 13
Views: 1768

Am I running right?

Height: 5'10" Weight: 140 pounds Target run: 2 miles in under 16 minutes Current run: 2 miles in about 20 minutes Here's how I run in a 2 mile track right now: Do a quick stretch (I already have to walk 1/4 of a mile to get to the park) on my legs. I initially run at an easy pace, trying to con...
by BirdKiller
Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Foxtrot math test
Replies: 10
Views: 3798

Re: Foxtrot math test

1. You just take the variable with the highest degree in denominator and numerator, which is simply (x)^(1/3) / (x)^(1/3) = 1 2. This too has me stumped, I only took intro to infinite series so far and I don't recall learning anything of finding the sum of an infinite alternating series other than s...
by BirdKiller
Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Am I morally bankrupt?
Replies: 36
Views: 5648

Re: Am I morally bankrupt?

You can play a dangerous game - join the navy, hoping they will never order you to kill anyone, and then break the order if and when they give it If you can't accept such orders knowing FULL WELL that you agreed to obey if ordered and legitimate under the chain of command and the Constitution on pa...
by BirdKiller
Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What direction am I heading as an undergraduate?
Replies: 8
Views: 1447

What direction am I heading as an undergraduate?

So with my freshmen year as a mathematics and physics undergraduate ending, here are my grades so far: Single-var. Calculus (Integral): B+ Honors multi-var. Calculus: A- Intro to Linear Algebra & Infinte Series: B Intro to Differential Equations: B+ Obviously not the best I could've done. None o...
by BirdKiller
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Majoring in Math
Replies: 48
Views: 7811

Re: Majoring in Math

Note that the initial math courses are usually meant to serve a larger audience of aspiring engineers, chemists, physicists, etc. These courses won't go really deep into abstract concepts, proofs, or that might otherwise have not any direct or obvious applications. These classes for have been largel...

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