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by pingu
Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: So, does this work as a prrof that e^pi*i=-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 4225

Re: So, does this work as a prrof that e^pi*i=-1?

I shouldn't paint such a doom-and-gloom picture. There are some technical points like the above (ie. considering something in the complex case makes it more complicated) and there are others where things are actually much, much simpler. Better yet, sometimes you can turn a "real" problem (...
by pingu
Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: So, does this work as a prrof that e^pi*i=-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 4225

Re: So, does this work as a prrof that e^pi*i=-1?

As in complex numbers are more than a fun trick to talk about square roots of negative numbers. Furthermore, there are more things you can do with them then multiply, divide, etc. The most natural thing you would want to do is...to extend the functions you already have. So for instance, there are lo...
by pingu
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebra 2?
Replies: 21
Views: 3061

Re: Algebra 2?

Just for clarification, it should be known that asymptotes can be intersected, even infinitely many times.
by pingu
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math notation question: "next step" in proofs
Replies: 18
Views: 2585

Re: Math notation question: "next step" in proofs

so, thus, hence, wherefore, implying, now, since, because, for, then, etc.

Those kind of words. Your proof should be beautiful!

(unless it's a weird logic proof, and then there's a pretty nice format for that)
by pingu
Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Introductions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Introductions.

"But we already have all the formulas and equations!" "Maths?" (consternated look upon face) 'Yeah, so I'm definitely the coolest person you know' (and then pop your collar and make Fonz thumbs) "???" And of course, the classic: "So you definitely don't have a girl...
by pingu
Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Introductions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Introductions.

An example of one of my experiences. And you?
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by pingu
Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hitting Walls in Proofs
Replies: 15
Views: 1675

Re: Hitting Walls in Proofs

In an exam, as soon as I hit the slightest hurdle, I go on to the next question. My brain thinks very passively I guess? So I can frequently be seen flipping through the pages, working on several problems at once. Outside of an exam, if I can't see a way to do something, I give it a small moment, an...
by pingu
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z
Replies: 66
Views: 8358

Re: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z

Minus times minus is plus, the reason for this we shall not discuss.
by pingu
Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Complex Analysis
Replies: 8
Views: 1376

Re: Complex Analysis

It's going to get worse before it gets better, kid. Still want to go down the rabbit hole?
by pingu
Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Series question
Replies: 2
Views: 812

Re: Series question

Well, it kind of works like this (assuming I'm thinking of it straight). Remember the Taylor series for cos(x)? If not, it looks kind of like this: \cos x = \sum^{\infty}_{n=0} \frac{(-1)^n}{(2n)!} x^{2n}\quad = 1 - \frac{x^2}{2!} + \frac{x^4}{4!} - \cdots\text{ for all } x\! So, aft...
by pingu
Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: infinity
Replies: 91
Views: 10688

Re: infinity

BasilRathbone wrote:Now some examples. Take this program:

0. Start
1. Go to 2
2. Go to 1
3. End


Simpler, and even more obvious example: How many paths are there from A to B? There's the straight line, one like a circle, a wavey one, one that goes around, ....
by pingu
Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: One more Calculus problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: One more Calculus problem

Sounds more like to me that once you work out the equilibrium, solve for t when theta = equilibrium plus or minus 5 degrees (in radians, of course).

This gives you a range -- when (time) less than (inside) 5 degrees either side (plus or minus) equilibrium.

That's how I think, at least.
by pingu
Sat May 10, 2008 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calculating level of concentration.
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Calculating level of concentration.

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by pingu
Tue May 06, 2008 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Diluting ratios.
Replies: 3
Views: 971

Re: Diluting ratios.

I guess you're like me, jaap, as the a:b ratio used to mess with my head too.

By the way, I swear I'm a maths major, which makes this all the more embarrassing.
by pingu
Tue May 06, 2008 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Diluting ratios.
Replies: 3
Views: 971

Diluting ratios.

This is pretty embarrassing, but anyway: If I have 1mL of X, and add 49mL of water, the resulting ratio is 1:50. If I then take 5mL of this, and add another 5mL of water to top it up to the 10mL mark (ie. 1:2), what is the resulting ratio of X to water? It's actually more embarrassing now that I've ...
by pingu
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A fun little problem I made when bored
Replies: 13
Views: 2262

Re: A fun little problem I made when bored

Spoiler:
Nevermind, I am bad.

Let X be the number of tosses required to produce "tails" for the first time. Pr(X=n)=(1/2)^n. E(X)=2.

$2.
by pingu
Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Counterintuitive nature of symbolic logic?
Replies: 43
Views: 6100

Re: Counterintuitive nature of symbolic logic?

Maybe I'm misinterpreting this, but from what I see you're having trouble with a logical expression being "true", but this not reflecting reality? If this isn't the case, just ignore the rest of this post: Mathematical logic, as far as I've seen (yes, extremely little) merely reflects the ...
by pingu
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: TI-Nspire
Replies: 51
Views: 8802

Re: TI-Nspire

My maths C teacher was sent one of these to test, and he told me to use it for the term to assess it as to its usefulness for our course. I can imagine one being useful, just for checking certain things...but definitely not for every student. 84s reign supreme in our school. (I was reviewing it for ...
by pingu
Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Boy am I glad we don't get people from this forum here.
Replies: 53
Views: 7643

Sweet zombie Jesus -- with something like this, they're actually saying "What do you think?"

New idea for a topic: Pythagoras' Theorem -- what do you think?
by pingu
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: First xkcd comic you ever read
Replies: 46
Views: 5395

I was linked to the first one, and read them chronologically! TAKE THAT.
by pingu
Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: General Moderators - A War Hero
Replies: 95
Views: 19464

Grouchy is the scariest of moderators. Oh no...I have invoked him by mentioning his name! *wets pants* Edit: For clarification, by "wets" I meant the (conventionally) "bad" kind. Further Edit: ...and by "bad", I mean pee. I'm saying that I pissed my pants. This is impor...
by pingu
Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Damped periodic functions"
Replies: 4
Views: 2432

"Damped periodic functions"

We've been looking at "damped / amplified periodic functions". I'm trying to write some practice questions for my friends, but coming up a bit dry. Google to the rescue! Unfortunately, I can't find anything on them at all. At. All. I mean equations of the form y = A*e^(ax)cos(bx) (or sin (...
by pingu
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The IT Crowd
Replies: 58
Views: 11157

Season one is godly, and yet season two is half way gone already :(
by pingu
Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Abridged Series
Replies: 33
Views: 4993

I watched it all last night. Heee-larious.
by pingu
Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Totally inappropriate "our song"s
Replies: 46
Views: 6789

"Brown eye girl".

Yeah, you know what I mean.

(wink).
by pingu
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Idiotic teenagers
Replies: 104
Views: 9059

I'm 16, and very stupid. I do believe that I am getting exponentially smarter, however. It used to be that I'd look back on myself a few years, and say "Man, I was dumb." Then that distance became a few months, a few weeks, and now it's almost daily. I swear, I did so many stupid things ye...
by pingu
Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I have no idea what the point is . . . But I want one
Replies: 40
Views: 4296

EvanED wrote:I've always wanted a clock that turns counterclockwise.


You mean a clock that turns anticlockwise, starting from the "3" position (that is, like a true maths clock?)
by pingu
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Free speech at the University of Delaware
Replies: 28
Views: 4578

Khonsu wrote:If he's such a genius, why would he find that dumbass tripe funny?


Not everyone finds the same things funny.
by pingu
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What kinds of Wikipedia edits do you make?
Replies: 37
Views: 3712

I don't. I don't find wikipedia useful as more than a minor quick-reference, and I most certainly DO NOT work for free. I've worked damned hard to gain the knowledge and experience I have, I'll be damned if I'm going to give that away to the masses - in the worst case, I'd become less valuable as a...
by pingu
Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Peer-review my mathy blog post!
Replies: 23
Views: 3909

Re: Peer-review my mathy blog post!

Consider this, it's highly unlikely that C_10 contains the full decimal expansion of Pi :) Woah, this is like a really good point (to me). How would it be able to contain all the digits of pi, and all the digits of say square root two? (This is probably my mind not being able to understand the conc...
by pingu
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Advice for High Schooler
Replies: 25
Views: 4270

For maths C (ie. the upper maths subject in queensland), we have done... -- Basic vector stuff (spherical / cylindrical co-ordinates, 3 dimensions, dot product, vector product (mainly for volumes and areas)) -- Solving systems of equations with matrices / finding determinants of matrices in a few wa...
by pingu
Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What kinds of Wikipedia edits do you make?
Replies: 37
Views: 3712

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by pingu
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A problem with creativity
Replies: 49
Views: 7262

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by pingu
Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Advice for High Schooler
Replies: 25
Views: 4270

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by pingu
Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a new computer
Replies: 11
Views: 5132

Going off on a tangent here, but I was wondering how much I'd be able to sell my computer for -- I want to get rid of it in favour of a new iMac. It's about a year old: Socket 939 3800+ (single core, 64bit) 512mb XFX 7900GTX XXX edition (Zalman cooler (vf900 if I remember correctly) Err...some dfi l...
by pingu
Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: IBP
Replies: 14
Views: 2516

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by pingu
Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Helium Balloon Photography > Kite Photography
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

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by pingu
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pseudoscience and Gaia and other non-CERN stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 8137

Before any talk of "conciousness" comes about, it is extremely important to decide just what "conciousness" is.

So, do that (this may take a while).
by pingu
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: My first "real" work of art
Replies: 7
Views: 1910

Get a better camera! Other than that, pretty cool :)
by pingu
Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Death Threats
Replies: 54
Views: 4993

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