I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
(Y)(S^N) = (M)(X^(N+E)) - (Y)(X^N)
Is it possible to solve for X? [more inside]
Are the odds in this raffle significantly better than last year? [more inside]
Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD.
Details below. [more inside]
Do you have to be "inherently" good at math to successfully major in math as an undergrad? [more inside]
My workplace has 3 small bathrooms. It seems to me that if I go to use one of them, and it's occupied, there is a statically higher chance the 2nd and even 3rd bathroom will be occupied (vs the chance that they would be occupied if the 1st one was not). Is it true? [more inside]
A is the top of a vertical line 30 feet in length. B is at the base of that line. C is 63 feet from B in a horizontal right angle. What is the distance from A to C. [more inside]
Tracking down a pre-2000 children's TV show with a female presenter in a fairy tale style magician's house. [more inside]
[MathFilter] How many people were alive in the U.S. between 1974 and 2004? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to map a sphere onto a dodecahedron? I'm playing with the idea of generating "planet dice." [more inside]
Please help me with some basic math: The circumference of a circle is 8 inches. Extend that circle by 8 inches from circumference (i.e. adding 16 inches to the diameter). Now what is the circumference of the larger circle? [more inside]
I'm writing a story and it has to do with time dilation and I don't want it to be one of those stories where people roll their eyes and say, "Well... It's just a story." I want accurate math. I suck at math. [more inside]
Basically, what it says. I've been brushing up on my math skills via Khan Academy
, and I'm running into a problem I hit when I was in school. Basically, the math *concepts*, like Algebra, Trig, and the like? I'm able to get really easily. But, manipulating the numbers and doing the basic arithmetic? Hard. Sometimes even with a calculator, I'll miss carrying over a negative sign, and I'll get the problem wrong, despite knowing the concepts really, really well. What's going on here? Is my ADHD not under control? Are these symptoms of Dyscalculia? What? Ideas, hivemind! [more inside]
Which would be the correct way to subtract coordinates that are on different sides of the equator? [more inside]
Need to do a simple analysis around pay and experience fairness.
Two project managers managing exactly same kind of projects and have similar performance levels:
PM 1 -> Pay $130,000 ; Experience 15 years;
PM2-> Pay $80,000 ; Experience 3 years;
I want a mathematical way of analyzing if the person getting paid $80,000 is being under payed.
Now I know there are industry standards and charts available. I want to do something that may not be perfect but gives a sense.
How much weight should be given to experience and can this be factored in mathematically?
Please dont get hung up on accuracy. I want a logical analysis method that does not need to be entirely accurate.
Also, where can I find industry charts comparing pay and experience
I'm learning how to do dosage calculations in class - I'm terrible at math/dimensional analysis, and I am afraid I am going to overdose/underdose/kill all of my future patients! How do I quell my panic and embrace this aspect of my job? Advice from animal and human nurses especially appreciated. [more inside]
Can a math / electrician whiz help me figure out how much my little space heater is costing me to run? The heater is listed as 120V 60Hz 1500W, and I run it on its highest setting for about 8 hours a day. According to my last utility bill, my electric was $118.64 for 1536 kWh, or $0.077239583 per kWh. So how much is this little heater costing me to run per hour?
If I square 100 mm I get 10,000 mm.
But, convert to .1 m, and square, we have .01, a smaller amount!
Why can using a conversion like this give a nonsensical answer? If I want a length times itself why does it matter the metric?
Has anyone heard of the mathematical "proof" that the concept of similarity is objectively meaningless? [more inside]
Now that I'm back at college, I'm having serious trouble with an elementary course in Discrete Mathematics (for computer scientists). How can I complete this course? [more inside]
I'm starting a new job soon where I will be using Matlab a whole lot. I've used Matlab (and Octave) before and know the basics, but I want to become an expert. What book should I buy, or what other resources should I look into? [more inside]
What's the best way to think about mathematics? What's the best advice you have ever received about learning math and approaching math problems? [more inside]
When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers? [more inside]
Mathfilter. Bonus: involves football and beer [more inside]
I'm looking for an awesome video/discussion topic that relates to street maps - something appropriate for a HS geometry course. [more inside]
. What was it? Is it still online? [more inside]
What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?
How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study? [more inside]
Can anyone help me come up with a pub trivia points system? [more inside]
Math exercises for kindergarteners? [more inside]
MathFilter: Help me calculate the location of points with lots and lots of distances. [more inside]
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]
A while back I read about an english professor who claimed to have a strong personal interest in mathematics. Assuming that he doesn't use math in a professional setting, how would this interest manifest itself? Completing math textbooks? Reading books about math? Memorizing the first 1000 primes? What would someone with an interest in math do? [more inside]
What math flash card game, which required you to use each of four numbers on a card to get to one fixed answer each time, did I play in grammar school? [more inside]
Help me make an awesome connect-the-dots for middle school math nerds. I'll take care of the math, you take care of the art. Don't let these poor kids be stuck with my cat/walrus
. [more inside]
Does anyone remember this educational computer game? [more inside]
How do you pronounce the hyperbolic trigonometric functions? [more inside]
How should prize money be divided in order to generate the most high-quality submissions to a contest? [more inside]
Homework help!? Solving a second-order linear ODE. [more inside]
I used to be math nerd, but I've forgotten most of it because, despite what I was told in high school, I don't use vector calculus in the Real World. I've used textbooks to brush up on old topics before, but self-imposed homework just isn't very fun. What hobbies/projects/??? can I take up to take advantage of any derive enjoyment again from my math background? [more inside]
How do I analyze 7 years of past orders to determine how to best organize my 6 shelves of widgets for packing future orders? Each shelf should, on average, be picked from equally. [more inside]
I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]
Knowing basic algebra, what math would I need to learn so that I could eventually program fractal movies? [more inside]
I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
Attention mathletes! Help me with some real-life algebra. [more inside]
What would the check-digit be on this string: K1506235620? [more inside]
Probability Question [more inside]
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]
I run an online cake contest (link in profile) with a judging panel. Is my scoring methodology the most efficient/accurate? [more inside]
What are the best math instructional sites, resources and (especially) tools for graphing and math visualization these days? [more inside]