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Which employers still use a basic math test as part of the application process? [more inside]

posted by klausman on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

posted by klausman on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

If you have an object with a given base length and a given CG height, how fast can it travel before you have to worry about it running over an obstacle and falling over? [more inside]

posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

What is the best way to manage time while studying for upper-division undergraduate math classes that are proof-based/STEM classes in general? [more inside]

posted by Hey Judas! on Mar 5, 2013 - 15 answers

posted by Hey Judas! on Mar 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Can a transcendental number such as pi, be raised to an irrational, but algebraic power resulting in an algebraic solution? Complex solutions would be acceptable. There might be a quick proof here, or there might not be. - Thanks for any help you can offer answering this! (And I promise that this isn't for a class or anything like that!)

posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

So, physicists like Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Kip Thorne, and others have written books aimed at an interested lay audience.
What are similar books written by mathematicians?
I'm aware of Godel, Escher & Bach. And that's about it.

posted by dfriedman on Feb 25, 2013 - 23 answers

posted by dfriedman on Feb 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Greetings Ask Metafilter:
Can anyone suggest a book or article that provides a simple, yet comprehensive explanation of the Riemann-Christoffel curvature tensor? I've studied the explanation provided by Lillian Lieber in her book The Einstein Theory of Relativity, but for several reasons I am suspicious of the validity of her derivation, and her claim that the tensor can be used to distinguish between Euclidean and non-Euclidean space.
Lieber gives the Rieman-Christoffel curvature as follows:
{σρ,ε} {ετ,α}- ∂/(∂x_ρ ) {στ,α}+∂/(∂x_τ ) {σρ,α}-{στ,ε} {ερ,α}
Lieber derives the curvature tensor from a covariant tensor of rank one that has undergone two different sequences of covariant differentiation. This supposedly produces two different versions of the second, partial, covariant derivative of a covariant tensor of rank one. [more inside]

posted by jesman on Feb 14, 2013 - 4 answers

posted by jesman on Feb 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Writing a script, need a few believable, throwaway lines for a character. A guy running a TGI.Friday's-like bar praises his bartender, a math genius, for giving him an idea that saves money and improves the business overall. An example of outside-of-the-box thinking that enforces that our math-genius-in-disguise really is a genius. Bonus points if the idea skirts the line of legality -- something funky with accounting, maybe? [more inside]

posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 9, 2013 - 22 answers

posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 9, 2013 - 22 answers

If I know the material that I'm teaching well, but don't have any experience with tutoring or teaching, how do I learn the skills and techniques that will help me be an effective tutor? [more inside]

posted by cognitio on Feb 3, 2013 - 8 answers

posted by cognitio on Feb 3, 2013 - 8 answers

I can't seem to wrap my mind around the language of higher level math. Definitions, theorems, and proofs make me fall asleep, but I really do want to understand. Do you know of any good resources that can help me out? [more inside]

posted by lucia_engel on Jan 31, 2013 - 19 answers

posted by lucia_engel on Jan 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Can you recommend short, easy-to-understand math writing I can read before bed? [more inside]

posted by kristi on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

posted by kristi on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

I have recently been introduced to the concept of pseudoreplication as a mistake that people often make when using inferential statistics to evaluate treatment outcomes. My field (evolutionary and conservation biology) makes heavy use of inferential statistics, including techniques that are vulnerable to pseudoreplication, yet nowhere in my formal education have I been taught about how poor experimental design and lack of statistical rigor can lead to fallacies like this. My personal statistical proficiency is poor, but I am working to remedy that. To that end, could folks help me by identifying and ideally explaining whatever other potential pitfalls you can think of, and explaining how they can be avoided through careful experimental design and data-analysis?

posted by Scientist on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

posted by Scientist on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

I have roughly 20 people who each need a project. I have 27 projects and don't want anyone to share a project. I let the people pick their top five projects and rank them so I know who wants what. What is the best (easiest...) way for me to fairly figure out who should get what project so that the most people get their top choice, or at least one of their top choices? [more inside]

posted by pwb503 on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

posted by pwb503 on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

For a work assignment, I need to come by a conceptual understanding of modular forms that's light on jargon and, ahem, actual math. If such a thing is possible.

posted by Zerowensboring on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

posted by Zerowensboring on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm a 21 year old college senior liberal arts major who has managed to slide by in school (and life) without ever really learning math beyond a middle school/very early high school level. For no reason in particular, I've decided that I want to get serious about bettering myself in the math department. How can I teach myself the academic math skills I missed out on? [more inside]

posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

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

posted by mccarty.tim on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

If I want to draw something in one-point perspective, say, like a set of railroad tracks where the vanishing point is on the horizon, and the tracks are represented on the picture plane by an equilateral triangle (they appear that way to the viewer), the apex of the triangle being the vanishing point on the horizon and the base of the triangle is where the tracks meet the picture plane, how do I calculate where the railroad ties would be? (Given that in 3D they are evenly spaced. Also, I'm not really concerned with the thickness of the ties -- we can consider the ties to simply be horizontal lines.) [more inside]

posted by strangeguitars on Jan 8, 2013 - 5 answers

posted by strangeguitars on Jan 8, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm interested in a Masters in Applied Mathematics in the NYC area. Help me research further. [more inside]

posted by prunes on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 answers

posted by prunes on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 answers

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? [more inside]

posted by djgh on Dec 31, 2012 - 13 answers

posted by djgh on Dec 31, 2012 - 13 answers

I just finished my first course in Linear Algebra. I know a fair amount of Python. Please help me come up with a project that combines the two. [more inside]

posted by lobbyist on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

posted by lobbyist on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]

posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?

posted by undue influence on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

posted by undue influence on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a formula for determining (eg.) how many tracks would fit on a TT 79:57 CDR where the first track was one second, and subsequent tracks added 1 second each? (00:01, 00:02, 00:03, 00:04, &c) [more inside]

posted by herbplarfegan on Dec 10, 2012 - 7 answers

posted by herbplarfegan on Dec 10, 2012 - 7 answers

I had previously thought nonflat taxes were all marginal, but to my surprise the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax doesn't use marginal rates at all. Are there other taxes like this? And why would a nation implement taxes this way? [more inside]

posted by jackbishop on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

posted by jackbishop on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Here’s a simple computational geometry problem. I am trying to figure out the value at an point of two line segments based off of the values at both of one of the segment’s endpoints.
The problem is that I don’t exactly know the best way of going about finding the value at one of those points.
Here is a reference figure.
Given values
(X_C, YC) = F_C
(X_D, YD) = F_D
How can I calculate the value of F_E, where F_E = (X_E, Y_E), where E is the point on the segment CD, where CD intersects with the line AB?
(Extraneous details inside) [more inside]

posted by oceanjesse on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

posted by oceanjesse on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

(Good) jobs involving probability and statistics other than math teacher or actuary? [more inside]

posted by CustooFintel on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

posted by CustooFintel on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a **total**. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher.
For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s.
What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this? [more inside]

posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me find a catchy name for my final math project. [more inside]

posted by cairnoflore on Nov 29, 2012 - 21 answers

posted by cairnoflore on Nov 29, 2012 - 21 answers

I haven't done Math in approximately 5 years. How can I relearn Algebra I and II in 6 weeks? [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Nov 29, 2012 -
8 answers

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WordPressFilter: I'm looking for a plugin/widget/codesnippet that will allow me to create a graph using input from the user. [more inside]

posted by antonymous on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

posted by antonymous on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

I am interested in becoming a mathematician! I want to do some info interviews to figure out what that actually means for my daily life and future prospects. How do I get started? [more inside]

posted by deathpanels on Nov 20, 2012 - 13 answers

posted by deathpanels on Nov 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Can anyone help with an algebra question I am trying to help my neice with her homework. [more inside]

posted by Summer Fall on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

posted by Summer Fall on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

I need to learn how to seamlessly convert between miles and kilometers in my head - without having to think about it. [more inside]

posted by matty on Nov 16, 2012 - 25 answers

posted by matty on Nov 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Can anyone point me towards a good resource for learning more about Poul la Cour's work on wind turbines? Or other historic wind turbine work? [more inside]

posted by teraspawn on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by teraspawn on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

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

posted by xchmp on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Please teach me how to solve this problem related to a Home Equity Line Of Credit. While I am looking for an answer, I am equally interested in learning the math required to solve the problem. [more inside]

posted by The Architect on Nov 9, 2012 - 4 answers

posted by The Architect on Nov 9, 2012 - 4 answers

What great books or resources are there for practicing probability word problems such as for standardized tests like the GRE? [more inside]

posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Nov 8, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Nov 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find someone willing to help me do
*relatively* simple (ha!)
relativistic time dilation calculations? [more inside]

posted by brenton on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

posted by brenton on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Statisticsfilter: Given available information about the distribution of self-selected 4-digit passwords (specifically banking PINs), is it possible to calculate the probability of two randomly selected individuals having the same PIN? If so, what're the odds? [more inside]

posted by myrrh on Oct 27, 2012 - 15 answers

posted by myrrh on Oct 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]

posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

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? [more inside]

posted by jontyjago on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

posted by jontyjago on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Oct 15, 2012 -
12 answers

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Should I change my major? Drop out of school to become a plumber or electrician? I need some advice. [more inside]

posted by bookman117 on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

posted by bookman117 on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

I am trying to create math worksheets in Adobe Illustrator. I would like to not manually build the equation layout. Is there a math typesetting program (like LaTeX) that creates vector graphics I can plug directly into AI? Free/stupidly easy to use/OS X compatible are the key requirements.

posted by philosophygeek on Oct 5, 2012 - 4 answers

posted by philosophygeek on Oct 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How fat DOES a man have to be to stop a runaway trolley?
Check my math/physics please. [more inside]

posted by RobotHero on Oct 4, 2012 - 10 answers

posted by RobotHero on Oct 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Math is sexy! But I am afraid of math. What class should I take to overcome my fear and get cozy with numbers? [more inside]

posted by epanalepsis on Oct 1, 2012 - 28 answers

posted by epanalepsis on Oct 1, 2012 - 28 answers

If I scaled the artwork up by typing 173.95% into the scale dialog box in Adobe Illustrator, what percentage do I scale it down by in order to get it back to its original size. Is there a simple equation that will do this operation? [more inside]

posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 1, 2012 - 9 answers

posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Oct 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Are some areas of maths inherently central and others as more peripheral?
Or is any sense of centrality just a human experience, a cultural artifact arising from:
what has had greater application,
what has been studied more,
what produces a greater sense of the sublime in the human mind?
Are some parts of mathematics inherently a more fundamental description of what is going on in the universe, or is it as silly (or correct?) to talk about maths that way as it would be to talk that way about a classical ballet? [more inside]

posted by compound eye on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

posted by compound eye on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for the safety of evacuees on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad? [more inside]

posted by onalark on Sep 29, 2012 - 7 answers

posted by onalark on Sep 29, 2012 - 7 answers