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- Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:48 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Which book should I study first?
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### 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...

- Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
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### Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

This comic perfectly illustrates my process and priorities whenever I move into a new apartment.

- Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:57 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: How to become a math professor?
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### 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...

- Sat May 29, 2010 3:54 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: White House and Congress prepare DADT repeal
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### 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...

- Fri May 21, 2010 10:00 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans
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### 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...

- Wed May 19, 2010 8:20 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans
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### 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...

- Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:15 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
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### 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...

- Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:23 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I'm going a bit insane over several problems involving e
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- Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:48 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I'm going a bit insane over several problems involving e
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### 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...

- Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:18 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room
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### 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

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

- Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:17 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry: Fly that cannot fly in a rectangular room
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### 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...

### Re: College?

Sorry, but is getting 650 SAT score out of 2400 even possible? Or is that a HUGE typo for 1650?

- Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:15 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Introductions.
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### 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!"

"Hey <me>, what's 255 x 221?"

me: "um...hold on"

"I thought you were a math major!"

- Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:53 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: How difficult is it to get into MIT?
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### 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...

- Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:47 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Roommates for College
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### 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...

- Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:49 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Unfair/outright ridiculous discipline
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### 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...

- Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:08 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
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### 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...

- Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:14 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Phosphorus weapons in Gaza?
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### Re: Phosphorus weapons in Gaza?

Wait, so what's so bad about using Phosphorous as a weapon compared to guns and bullets?

- Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:58 am UTC
- Forum: Science
- Topic: Simple Quantum Physics problem with a twist...
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### 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...

- Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:50 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: German scientist/mathematician
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### 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.

- Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Undergraduate Degree Choice & Jobs
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### 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.

- Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:02 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
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### 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...

- Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:19 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
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### 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, ...

- Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:03 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why can't I do real math? How do I fix it?
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### 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...

- Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:05 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Uncyclopedia and maths
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### 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 -> ?...

- Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:42 am UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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...

- Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: easy ways to loose little weight?
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### 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.

- Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:49 am UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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.

- Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:26 am UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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...

- Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:16 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What does this symbol mean?
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### Re: What does this symbol mean?

I kinda suspected that, thanks all ^^

- Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What does this symbol mean?
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### 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.

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.

- Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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?

#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?

- Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:45 am UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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...

- Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:50 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle
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### 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.

- Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:18 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I'm not getting this diagram about the pigeonhole principle
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### 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...

- Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:04 am UTC
- Forum: Fit Club
- Topic: Am I running right?
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### 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...

- Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:29 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Foxtrot math test
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### 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...

- Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:38 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Am I morally bankrupt?
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### 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...

- Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:51 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What direction am I heading as an undergraduate?
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### 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...

- Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:01 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Majoring in Math
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### 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...