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Algebra for Social Scientists

I tutor several people in a "Mathematics for the Social Sciences" course at a local university. This semester the material is focused on matrix algebra. For the most part, they have no trouble wrapping their heads around the notions of basic vector operations, row reduction, systems of equations, inverse matrices and determinants. But, they have a lot of problems with more abstract concepts such as linear independence, subspaces, basis and dimension. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on helping them visualize and understand these ideas more clearly.
posted by Proginoskes on Mar 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Tally of cycle types in a permutation group

Anyone good with GAP? I've defined a largish permutation group and would like to make a tally of elements by cycle type - how many of each cycle type occurs in the group. Possible? Trivial? Use something else instead? Oh, and where's the right place to ask GAP questions?
posted by Wolfdog on Mar 9, 2008 - 1 answer

Color algebra: How do I pick a color F will make known color C against known background B at opacity N?

Color algebra: Given a color C, how do I pick a color F that will be color C when against background color B at opacity N? How would I do the same thing for a color multiplication? [more inside]
posted by weston on Feb 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Algebraic retard -- no law school 4 u?

Algebra moron -- wants to go to law school? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Nov 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Make a function of this graph. That's like an anti-graph!

Help me create a function from a graph, details inside. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme on Nov 22, 2007 - 6 answers

My head's about to explode...

Can someone please point me in the right direction to find practice test papers for Financial Accounting? (Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statements of Returns on Equity, Cash Flow Statements, Depreciation, Ratios, etc. etc.) Assorted business schools worries inside. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

How to write a mathematics paper

I need to write a document with a lot of algebraic formulas. What word processor / page layout program would make this quickest and easiest? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Jun 18, 2007 - 25 answers

Self-teaching algebra

I'm looking for textbook suggestions for teaching myself algebra and trigonometry. Are there any algebra textbooks that stand out as exceptionally good? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Feb 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Typesetting a formula

Where can I find typographic conventions for algebra? Specifically... [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Aug 31, 2006 - 6 answers

Can ya help me be geeker?

Can you help me with my innumeracy? [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Jul 23, 2006 - 16 answers

Practical math

Math help. (Practical, I'm not in school!) [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jun 28, 2006 - 7 answers

How to teach a 14 year old girl algebra?

I need to teach a 14 year old girl algebra. How do I make it something that she actually wants to learn? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Jun 26, 2005 - 19 answers

Embarrassing but true: basic algebra eludes me, how do I solve this equation?

Follow up Filter. Last week on AskMe I asked for help getting a formula to calculate "future value" in excel. blue mustard came through with the perfect answer: "fv = pv (1+r)n + pmt ((1+r)n - (1+q)n) / (r-q)" Now, I need to have a formula I can plug into excel that solves for q in blue mustard's formula. [more inside]
posted by wtfwjd? on Jun 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Learning math

I want to learn intermediate/advanced algebra and on to trig/calculus. Are there any good books / software / resources / websites that will help me with this, aside from the regular run of dry textbooks? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on May 17, 2005 - 9 answers

Please help my deaf mother-in-law learn Algebra.

Please help my deaf mother-in-law learn Algebra. [more inside]
posted by unsupervised on May 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Need Remedial Math

I'm currently a junior in college majoring in computer science. Like most geeks I slacked off during high school and now find that I don't know a lot of very basic math (my geometry is horrible, my algebra skills could be much better). This is very embarrassing and I would like to get caught up with this material as quickly as possible. I have two questions:

1) Are there any math audio books? A google search didn't show any, but this would be the best for me.

2) Are there any books aimed at adults for personal study?

I'd like to understand the theory behind the math more than the math itself. Anyways, any help is appreciated.
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2004 - 18 answers

Recommend books/resources for amateur to learn mathematics

I'd like to learn Math. I'm particularly interested in learning trig and calculus. I'm don't need to learn these disciplines for any purpose. I'm just interested. I'm a reasonably bright guy, with a logical mind (I've worked as a programmer), and I'm a good self-learner. I'm not in a rush (don't mind working at this for a few years). What books/resources would you recommend? I should probably go all the way back to Algebra, which is pretty much where I left off in High School years ago.
posted by grumblebee on Dec 27, 2003 - 12 answers

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