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I'm looking for a daily or weekly customization math problems

I'd like to receive daily or weekly emails with a math problem. Do you know of a service like this that exists? It would be preferable if I could tweak the settings to include only problems from certain disciplines (eg Calculus). It doesn't have to be delivered via email, although that would be preferred. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Mar 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Physics and Calculus not for Dummies

What are the best resources for a crash course in Calculus and Physics? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 1, 2015 - 11 answers

How to Math

I'm a computer science major in college. I'm not a freakin' genius, but I do well-- get A's in my classes, good with abstraction (e.g. pointers), etc. However, I seem to have missed... my entire high school pre-Calculus math curriculum? I don't know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2015 - 13 answers

R in lieu of a Graphing Calculator: doing it wrong?

I'm studying calculus. I don't have a graphing calculator but I do have R and decent amount of experience using it to do light data analysis. It seems like R ought to be able to do anything a calculator can, but so far that hasn't panned out. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Jul 11, 2015 - 13 answers

I know enough calculus to think of the question but not the answer

You want to walk 10 blocks north and 10 blocks east. It would be shorter to walk along the hypotenuse, but the same distance to walk 1 block north, then 1 block east, then 1 block north, etc. it seems that if the blocks were infinitesimally short, it would approximate the hypotenuse, but alas, walking 10 blocks in one direction and then 10 blocks in the perpendicular direction is the same as dividing it up. What gives?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 2, 2015 - 20 answers

Math? College?

The best way to pursue my college goals given my situation. [more inside]
posted by mrdrummed on Jul 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Calculus Rabbit?

Is there a game like Math Rabbit out there, but for calculus? Specifically looking for something with lots of game-interface, not Khan Academy.
posted by curious nu on Jul 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Converting math to code

Wanting to code. Can't read calculus. Kinda stuck. Help? [more inside]
posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Math Filter: What is Calculus?

My son would like to know: Is there more to calculus than functions, examples of functions, various formats for presenting functions, and so on? That is, does calculus have unique to it other tools that are not just variations on functions? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

[MathFilter] Taking for-credit math classes online

For professional and academic reasons, I need to take a number of college-level math classes (mainly Calculus and Linear Algebra) in a relatively short period of time (4-6 months). They need to be online, for-credit, and I need to be able to do them at my own pace, meaning faster than a normal 1-course-per-semester flow. I've already found https://netmath.illinois.edu/, but the classes are terribly expensive, so I'd like to learn of other alternatives that don't cost as much.
posted by dcrocha on Apr 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Calling all chem- physics- and math-philes!

For the grad-level education I want, I need an understanding of chemistry, physics, and calculus at a minimum. I have a BA in a tangentially related field (or will in a couple months). What are the best resources for learning these subjects without spending even more time/money on tuition? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Apr 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Group Work in Math "Lab" + Introvert = I'm Freaking Out

I'm taking Calculus this term and have just found out the second half of each class will be group work and I'm freaking out. I'm an introvert and the thought of working in a group - especially where I don't feel confident about the subject matter - is making me anxious before the class even starts! Can anyone tell me what to expect and/or offer suggestions on how to make it less awful? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Mar 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Calculus after being away from algebra for some time. Help me.

I am going to grad school in the fall. Hooray! Problem: I have to take calculus before I start and I am kind of freaking out. [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder on Mar 24, 2014 - 24 answers

You Can't Handle the (Next) Proof!

Working through Apostol's Calculus Volume I for personal development. Stuck on a proof, again. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Mar 18, 2014 - 6 answers

You Can't Handle the Proof!

Working through Apostol's Calculus Volume I for personal development. Stuck on a proof. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Jan 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Good Idea or Recipe For Hell?

I am going into my last semester of college, and I have signed up to take Calculus III, three years after taking Calc II. This may be a great idea or a terrible one. [more inside]
posted by DRoll on Dec 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Basic Math for Math Majors

Hello! I'm a first semester grad student in applied math. I am a non-traditional student in a variety of ways (liberal arts undergrad, working full-time), and while I'm finding that I intellectually understand the concepts I'm learning, execution is being made difficult by my lack of fluency with algebraic manipulation and calculus. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Nov 13, 2013 - 16 answers

Not my high school TI-82.

I'm taking Calc I this fall. I can borrow a graphing calculator for actual exams, but don't want to actually purchase one for day-to-day--or haul it around with me. I have an iPhone and a Nexus 7. Is there a graphing calculator app in one or the other app store that is clearly superior? I'm willing to pay, but under $10, ideally.
posted by Sequence on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Textbook Cross-reference for different editions

Is there some place I can find cross-reference guides to match up material and problem sets between different editions of the same textbook (specifically math textbooks) ? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Jun 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Online Math Tutor

I'm a college student who is having some issues really understanding Calculus II, which is a problem as A) I am a Comp Sci major, and B) I need to take Calc III as well, and an advanced math elective as well. I've not heard good things about the school provided tutors, (IE, one is not too skilled at math, and the other is really smug and poor pedagogically) and while I could get a private tutor to help me, I was wondering if there are any good resources for online math tutors, like there are for online language tutoring over Skype. Does a directory of such tutors exist, has anyone had a good experience doing this (maybe even with names?), and how much can I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

My Trig Teachers Name Was Mr. Angle But That Didn't Make Him A Good Teacher.

My math skills are no where near where I'd like them to be. Can you recommend a self-paced math learning site? Pretty much any branch of math can apply. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Aug 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Learning geometry from television

Help me remember this old video series that used early computer/video animation to illustrate geometry/calculus concepts. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Calculus final? OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD

Please help me prepare for my Calculus I final. Difficulty: no trig. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on May 5, 2012 - 9 answers

I want to drink and derive in the comfort of my own home.

Good online accredited Precalculus and Calculus classes? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 3, 2012 - 5 answers


I'm seriously fucking up my senior year of High school. Senioritis is just the worst. Is [my university] going to drop my scholarships or acceptance? I need to know if I have to take drastic measures now to prevent screwing up my whole life. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Apr 17, 2012 - 32 answers

Some good books to re-learn math?

I'm teaching myself to code (Python, mainly), and it's going well, except I keep on running into one big problem: I haven't done any math since high school (6 years ago). I used to be top of my class, and now I can't do simple word problems anymore. This gets tough because they inevitably pop up in the books I'm using, and then I stop dead in my tracks. Could anyone recommend a couple of books or web resources to help me get back up to speed? I never took Calculus, so a good Calculus book would help, too. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 10, 2011 - 22 answers

I still KNOW the quadratic equation, just not what it means

I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Next step: solve in three dimensions

Calculusfilter. A man is led to the center of a valuable field which he does not own. He coats his feet in blue paint so that his path can be traced. At dawn he begins walking. At a randomly selected time he will be told to stop walking, whereupon he will walk in a perfectly straight line back to the starting point. Then he will be given all the land that has been circumscribed by his blue path. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 30, 2011 - 89 answers

How do you place students into calculus courses?

Attention math teachers: what processes does your college/university use for placement into Calculus courses? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Aug 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Please give strategies for a quick review of Calc I & II

Best way to review college Calculus I & II in as short a time as possible to prove competence in the subject? Any website, book, or methodology recommendations? I need to test out of these courses to make sure I'm not paying for an extra year of school. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 5, 2011 - 14 answers

I Need All the Help Ever: Calculus Edition

Help me arm myself for a future-determining showdown with calculus. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Feb 10, 2011 - 28 answers

Like two peas in a pot

Mathfilter: Antiderivative explained? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Feb 6, 2011 - 14 answers

What don't I know?

Out of my depth in a physics class, what do I need to study to catch up? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jan 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Sloppy Calculus

Please help me evaluate integrals more accurately. Sloppy calculus is killing me. [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jan 24, 2011 - 14 answers

What is/are the best option for studying calculus online for university credit?

I currently work and live in Beijing, so don't have the option of studying calculus locally. (At least, I can't study it in English.) I am interested in starting to study calculus for credit (and a grade) in anticipation of my return to the States in two years and applying to graduate school. Can anyone give recommendations or reviews of online calculus classes? [more inside]
posted by lhp81 on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Is it possible that an English speaker learning Chinese would develop problems with math?

Is it possible that an English speaker learning Chinese would develop problems with math? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 14, 2010 - 25 answers

Calculus problem involving the disk method

The area between f(x), the x-axis and the lines x=a and x=b is revolved around the x-axis. The volume of this solid of revolution is b^3-a*b^2 for any a,b. What is f(x)? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Sep 29, 2010 - 27 answers

understand calculus

I've finished first year calculus (diff./int.), but I'm not sure I understand fully what I've learned. Can anyone point me to something, not too technical, that might help.
posted by larry_darrell on Sep 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me remember math!

I'm taking a calc-based physics class as well as a calculus class. The last time I took a math class was 5 years ago and I would love some refresher resources - or even better, an intensive algebra-trig-precalc course. Are there any online or in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw on Sep 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Principle domain of a polar equation?

I need help understanding the "principle domain" (a term only my professor seems to use) of a polar function. That is, how do I find the smallest value delta such that [0,delta] plots all of the unique points on the curve; any values greater than delta re-trace points. I suspect that if MeFi could identify the more common name for this, uh, procedure, I'd be set.
posted by phrontist on Aug 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me publish a calculus textbook.

I want to eventually publish a high school / college level math textbook, but I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 6 answers


A college Calculus Question about definite integrals, (pretty basic) please look inside if you think you can help. Getting ready for tomorrow's midterm :( [more inside]
posted by Benzle on May 10, 2010 - 12 answers

the maths, get them in my head

I need to learn Calculus II over the summer. I won't be able to take summer courses. I need to be ready to take differential equations in the fall. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

I am sick of having to say "I'm not good at math."

I have always had difficulty with mathematics. Now I'm in my mid-thirties and have gone back to school to study engineering. Things are not going appreciably better than they did the first time I went to university. What can I do to fill the gaps I have and become a skilled problem-solver? I want to go from being a C to being an A student. [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Mar 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me teach myself Physics via the Feynman Lectures

I've decided to nerd out by working through the Feynman Lectures. Help me turn that desire into a workable plan. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jan 17, 2010 - 22 answers

You are Socrates, I am Meno's slave.

Please explain what calculus is to a dummy. [more inside]
posted by Sova on Jan 17, 2010 - 48 answers

How do I weigh snow across a circle?

I want to figure out how much a bunch of snow weighs. If I have a relatively even distribution of snow two-feet high and spread evenly across a twenty-four foot circle, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by bode well carapace on Jan 13, 2010 - 22 answers

Making like Newton and learning calculus...

I want to re-teach myself calculus. Or at least its elementary principles. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 17, 2009 - 27 answers

graphing implicit/3d/whatever (multiple plots) in maple/other software

graphing implicit/3d/whatever (multiple plots) in maple/other software [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Nov 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Is there an easier way to find the Principle Unit Normal Vector?

Does anyone know of a less tedious method for finding the Principle Unit Normal Vector using Calculus? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Oct 8, 2009 - 8 answers

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