## Resources for Arabic speaker (ESL) learning lab maths?

An Arabic-speaking student with weak English needs a crash course or quick reference for the basic maths required to do postgraduate biology bench research. Any suggestions for resources I can point them to?
posted by metaBugs on Nov 18, 2016 - 2 answers

## How much math should most college students be able to learn?

I have read quite a few articles that state that there's no such thing as being bad at math, that often it is just the case that you haven't had a specific subject explained to you in a way that made sense to you, or that you just have to work harder at it. That resonates with me, but clearly there's a limit to that and I wonder what that limit is.
posted by blub on Aug 25, 2016 - 16 answers

## Business math word problem: calculating salary through "growth tiers"

I'd like some help coming up with a formula for calculating annual salary increases. The idea is that a given job description will have two "growth tiers", through which an employee's salary will increase at different rates, and beyond which their salary cannot increase further (except for cost-of-living adjustment). There's also a "base growth factor", which is determined by individual employee performance--e.g. 10% for a stellar employee, 6% for a good employee, etc. Lots more inside.
posted by Mr. Professional on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

## Help me solve this real-life math problem.

I need to use math to figure out how to fill my pill organizer correctly.
posted by Tin Man on Jan 12, 2015 - 12 answers

I'm interested in teaching high school students mathematics through a tutoring agency. I have the required experience in mathematics, but very little in teaching. This doesn't seem to be a massive problem for many tutoring agencies, but I want to know: do you have any specific tips/advice about teaching mathematics? And more broadly, any advice about applying for and going to work for a tutoring agency?
posted by Quilford on Nov 26, 2014 - 4 answers

## 4x+y+2z=100, x>y, y>z, x+y+z=j, 3x+z=k, j>k, j+k=100.

4x+y+2z=100, x>y, y>z, x+y+z=j, 3x+z=k, j>k, j+k=100. WolframAlpha can only give me alternative forms or a solution involving 'real and imaginary parts of z'. Is there a solution I can count on my fingers?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 22, 2014 - 13 answers

## What to include in a training on maths for business people?

I've been asked at work to come up with a list of topics that could be included in a training course around basic maths for business people, and I am finding it hard to find suggestions for topics.
posted by StephenF on Jan 14, 2014 - 12 answers

## Help me understand fractions

posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2013 - 29 answers

## Dealing with percentages: noob question

I've recently decided to transition to a new career path, accounting. Most firms round here do an online numeracy test as part of the application process. There is a type of % change question that often comes up and I can't find a proper answer about how to calculate it. There are two formulae suggested by different websites, but they give different answers. Which is right? (details inside)
posted by NoiselessPenguin on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

## Masters in maths? Difficulty level: Have bachelors in graphic design

Dear Mefites, a long time ago I got a degree in graphic design but never worked in the industry. Along the way I somehow (don't remember how or why or when) became interested in math and I finished a graduate diploma in maths as a distance learning course in my free time. I am considering applying for masters programmes in maths or related subjects but ... can I? Should I?
posted by Cat Set Go on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 answers

## Weighted mean

Mathematics-filter: If there are seven funds with various charges, how can I work out the allocation to these funds of a fixed amount so that the weighted mean charge is below a certain level and the allocations are of similar sizes?
posted by djgh on Dec 31, 2012 - 13 answers

## What should my sample size be?

Say that I have a bag which contains 100 balls and every ball in the bag should be red, but it's possible that one or more of these balls is the wrong colour. How many balls should I look at to be 90% sure that all the balls are red? Or 95%? Or 99.9%? Talk me through how to work this out, please?
posted by xchmp on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

## Percentage Calculation

I know the price of something now and what the price was 2 years ago - how do I calculate that as an annual percentage increase?
posted by jontyjago on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

## How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself.
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

## Getting my math(s) right.

Maths (math) people of the US: I need your help in working out if certain British conventions would be understood or standard in the US classroom.
posted by cincinnatus c on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

## What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?

## If an geeky child is traveling South at 839 MPH, and his nerdy dad is going North at...

My son, who is finishing up third grade, loves math and especially the basic Algebra he's been doing. He is actually sad to be leaving school for the summer because he's so into it. How can I keep this going for him over the summer? Fun books, board games, computer (on-line and OSX) games?
posted by bondcliff on Jun 8, 2011 - 42 answers

## Did Anyone Invent Some New Math Stuff So They Could Solve A Problem Which Then Lead To a Technological Breakthrough?

Can you cite any examples where a technological breakthrough wasn't possible until there was some sort of mathematical breakthrough?
posted by Brian Puccio on Apr 6, 2011 - 32 answers

## Answering to Sir What is x

But Sir, what is x? Teaching students algebra for the first time. They keep wanting to put values in for x, and write that down. E.g. x + x = . Becomes 1 + 1 = 2, in their books. Whereas I want x + x = 2x. Does anyone have any strategies, or techniques to overcome this?
posted by 92_elements on Nov 11, 2010 - 23 answers

## I NEED MATHS! How do I slow this track down to -800%?

How do I reduce something by -800% when I'm working with a scale between -99% and 99%?
posted by tunestunes on Sep 13, 2010 - 15 answers

## An awesome vector geometry teaching website

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form.
posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

## ISO Ramanujan's high-res handwriting.

Can someone help me get high-res scans of Ramanujan's notebooks?
posted by wemayfreeze on Mar 26, 2010 - 6 answers

## What is the next step of this Kenken?

What is the next step of this Kenken?
posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

## You are Socrates, I am Meno's slave.

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

## Help with a Martin Gardner maths riddle, please!

Help with a Martin Gardner maths riddle, please!
posted by laumry on Jan 16, 2010 - 20 answers

## Grapher: How do I animate a parameter?

How do you animate a parameter in the OSX Grapher utility?
posted by b1tr0t on Nov 1, 2009 - 3 answers

## Permutations: an extension of the odd sock problem

I've annoyed myself by getting stuck attempting to work out a silly maths problem relating to permutations. It's an extension of the 'how many odd socks do I have to pull out of a drawer before I find a pair' problem. Only my theoretical sock-wearer has three legs. And a penchant for odd socks.
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady on Sep 1, 2009 - 7 answers

## Math? Maths? Mathesises? Mathelesalizes? Mathematisessizes?

When did "Maths" change to "Math" in American English? Or is it the other way around?
posted by fishmasta on Jul 11, 2009 - 39 answers

## Game theory for people who like words and pictures?

Best books, websites, lecture series on game theory and its applications for smart people who understand mathematics but can't stand trawling through pages of unnecessary complex formulae?
posted by vizsla on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

## Did the earth move for you too?

GISfilter -- I have a PostGIS table containing spatial data in the form of a few thousand shapefiles. Anybody know a quick way I can move *all* of them by about 40 metres?
posted by genghis on Jan 10, 2009 - 11 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
posted by dcbarker on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

## How can I help my (nearly) seven year old son "get" maths?

How can I help my 6 1/2 year old son to *get* maths? It hasn't clicked with him at all and I find myself getting frustrated with having to repeat really basic stuff when helping him with his homework. I'm not a maths genius myself and I really don't want to put him off by getting cranky because he's just not getting it. How do I help him get it?
posted by h00py on Jul 30, 2008 - 35 answers

## Tips for university teaching

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

## Why the inconsistent derivatives?

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

## Inequalities and direction-flipping

Why is it that when I solve the inequality 0 ≤ arccos(x) <> cos(π/4)? Why do the operators switch direction?
posted by PuGZ on Oct 19, 2007 - 11 answers

## mathematics chess book?

is there a book on the mathematics of chess?
posted by randomizer on Oct 18, 2007 - 6 answers

## Difficult as ABC

ABC x D = BADC. What single numbers (1-9) do the letters represent? Is there any way to arrive at the answer (a) by logical deduction all the way rather than with some trial-and-error and (b) so that a 10-year-old can follow the logic?
posted by londongeezer on Sep 16, 2007 - 15 answers

## Equation solving help for the intellectually challenged

(x + y)-(x*y)=79. What are x and y?
posted by prentiz on Jun 4, 2007 - 17 answers

## Help me understand modulus operators

My maths skills are rubbish. Help me understand modulus remainders
posted by TheDonF on Aug 8, 2006 - 10 answers

## simplifying ratios and fractions

Is there a mathematical technique for simplifying ratios/fractions?
posted by lunkfish on Dec 17, 2005 - 21 answers

## Math problem

A crystal consists of 100,000,000 layers of atoms such that there is 1 atom in the first layer, 3 in the second, 6 in the third, 10 in the fourth, 15 in the fifth, and so forth. Exactly how many atoms are there in the entire crystal?
posted by Kwantsar on Oct 8, 2005 - 8 answers

## Maths tutorial software

I am trying to find some good interactive Maths tutorial software which goes from basic algebra through to Differential Equations and maybe beyond. Can anyone recommend anything with the emphasis on the interactive side - something which can keep me interested so nothing too dry - a nice colorful multimedia approach would be ideal.
posted by empedia on Jun 12, 2005 - 2 answers

## Why does a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad?

How can a major key sound confident and happy, while a minor key can sound sinister or sad? Is it just centuries of musical brainwashing, or is there a real mathematical explanation?
posted by Pretty_Generic on May 7, 2004 - 16 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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