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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need an example of a divergent alternating series

I'm looking for an example of an alternating series: the terms of which are (-1)^n b_n, where b_n -> 0 as n -> infinity, but the sequence {b_n} is not decreasing, and the sum from n=1 to infinity diverges. [more inside]
posted by evinrude on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

Math basics need be strengthening

In need of some daily source of random math problems (upto basic calculus) that will reinforce or (if necessary) re-establish some real fundamental concepts in the algebra portions of calculus, unless something else might work. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Feb 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Fundamental Theorem What?

Someone explain to me, or show me where I can go to grasp better, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Nov 24, 2008 - 15 answers

Looking for a good Calc I/II workbook.

Planning on teaching myself Calculus I and II in order to take the AP Calculus BC exam this May. If you've taught or taken either class, at a high school, university, or independently, read on. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Aug 16, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me relearn mathematics and its practica applications

Applied Math Filter: Help me use math! I'd like to learn more about mathematics and it's practical applications - particularly in Computer Science [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

My Dark Calculus II Secret

Calculus II filter: I have trouble setting up the integral for the volume of a solid of revolution when it is being revolved around a horizontal or vertical line other than the x- or y- axis. Does anybody know a trick or mnemonic for these types of problems? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Dec 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Tips for university teaching

Teaching a university course for the first time: any tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by onoclea on Dec 12, 2007 - 33 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

Why the inconsistent derivatives?

Where am I going wrong with this (very simple) implicit derivative? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Nov 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me prove to myself that I am capable of passing a basic Calculus course!

Where can I take (or simulate taking) a basic calculus course for free or cheap. I don't care about credits or anything, I just need to defeat calculus. This time, it's personal. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Oct 25, 2007 - 14 answers

Favorite Integral Tables?

What's your favorite math reference book, specifically for integrals? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Bubbles

Maximal volume of an ellipsoid... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 7, 2007 - 15 answers

Math for the impatient?

Relearning math... [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Jan 21, 2007 - 8 answers

Tricky Dick

I remember reading an anecdote about Feynman, written by Feynman either in Surely, You're Joking or What Do You Care What Other People Think. He was describing how in his undergraduate years people were really impressed by his ability to do integrals, all because he knew this integration technique that wasn't taught very often. What was that technique?
posted by phrontist on Dec 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Book recommendation for help with Higher Math

Could someone suggest book(s) that deal with tips/tricks/methods of performing mathematical calulations faster. I mean higher mathematics and not just elementary operations like addition/multiplication/finding the root etc. What I am looking for are hints and shortcuts that would help me with stuff like calculus, linear albegra, vectors and such. Thanks!
posted by sk381 on Sep 20, 2006 - 7 answers

Calculus resources for the curious?

I would like to relearn some calculus on my own. Please recommend the best book for the purpose. [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl on Sep 10, 2006 - 16 answers

Examples of calculus trivia?

I need more examples of "interesting" calculus (or other mathy) trivia like this one factoid I mention in here... [more inside]
posted by evinrude on Aug 10, 2006 - 21 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

Dumb calculus question...

Stupid calculus question inside. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jul 19, 2006 - 15 answers

Turns out I _don't_ know what I'm doing...

"Math 51H provides a rigorous, proof-based introduction to linear algebra and differential calculus in several variables." Recommend a book to catch me up to the starting point for this course! [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Jul 8, 2006 - 20 answers

Whatever calculus makes us stronger.

Are there any calculus-question-of-the-day sites out there?
posted by nomad on Apr 4, 2006 - 4 answers

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