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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

posted by alaijmw on Sep 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Can someone explain to me why there are 169 starting hands in poker? [more inside]

posted by tomtheblackbear on Aug 22, 2010 - 17 answers

posted by tomtheblackbear on Aug 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Mathematical sequences challenge. Need your help. [more inside]

posted by gummo on Aug 18, 2010 - 7 answers

posted by gummo on Aug 18, 2010 - 7 answers

How to smooth a histogram or unclump a dataset. [more inside]

posted by DU on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 answers

posted by DU on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 answers

I've got a long function with two variables, encoding - I suspect - a hidden message. Most likely, the message is somehow encoded in the function's roots. Is there any good software to plot a function in two dimensions and only show the points where it evaluates to zero? [more inside]

posted by Triton on Aug 15, 2010 - 7 answers

posted by Triton on Aug 15, 2010 - 7 answers

How many different ways can you hold hands with someone? [more inside]

posted by 777 on Aug 13, 2010 - 12 answers

posted by 777 on Aug 13, 2010 - 12 answers

I studied mathematics and some computer science as an undergrad, and I loved it. I feel that my real passion, however, is in experimental sciences or engineering. What are some graduate school options for me? [more inside]

posted by scose on Aug 10, 2010 - 9 answers

posted by scose on Aug 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me teach myself enough about probability to properly balance the board game I want to design. [more inside]

posted by Caduceus on Aug 9, 2010 - 3 answers

posted by Caduceus on Aug 9, 2010 - 3 answers

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

posted by phrontist on Aug 4, 2010 - 10 answers

36 people total, meeting in groups of 6. After 5 minutes, the groups shuffle into completely new groups. How many "rounds" can we go without people meeting with someone they've already met? [more inside]

posted by foggy out there now on Jul 31, 2010 - 27 answers

posted by foggy out there now on Jul 31, 2010 - 27 answers

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]

posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

I have 232 facebook friends, and six of them share a birthday in common (not 6 different pairs of people on the same birthday, but 6 out of the 232 were born on the 17th of July. Now, I know it only takes 23 random people to get a 50% chance of at least ONE birthday collision, but how the heck do I figure out the odds on this one? Is this a significant anomaly, or reasonably expected? My one stats class was entirely too long ago....

posted by um_maverick on Jul 14, 2010 - 25 answers

posted by um_maverick on Jul 14, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me find a career path or course of study that combines the topic I'm interested in (obesity and public health) with the methods I enjoy (applied math and computer science). [more inside]

posted by telegraph on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

posted by telegraph on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

I am a teacher at a high school that will be providing netbooks to every single student this fall. I am trying to consider ways that this will be helpful in the classroom, particularly in a math classroom. If you knew that every child in the classroom had their own netbook and the classroom were wireless, what would you like to see happen that would help students learn math? Please fire away ideas. All are welcome - whether brainstorm ideas or maybe you know of a particular website or web-based tool that would help students. Particularly, I'd like to assess students' progress as they learn as well as to provide them multiple ways to learn/experience the fundamental concepts in a math course. What would YOU have wanted if you had a laptop and wireless in high school? Thanks for your suggestions!!!

posted by mathmatters on Jul 10, 2010 - 21 answers

posted by mathmatters on Jul 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Metafilter: Would you help me write this thank you letter? More details inside. [more inside]

posted by The1andonly on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

posted by The1andonly on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Math nerds, help! I need to figure out what's the better option for acquiring a car using borrowed money. [more inside]

posted by greatgefilte on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

posted by greatgefilte on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

I've started learning to program and I'm enjoying it well enough, but I'm not fantastic at math. Do I have a future as an employable programmer? [more inside]

posted by lekvar on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

posted by lekvar on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Saying "it's three times less" seems nonsensical to me. Please enlighten me. [more inside]

posted by not that girl on Jun 17, 2010 - 27 answers

posted by not that girl on Jun 17, 2010 - 27 answers

What is the difference between Gilbert Strang's two linear algebra textbooks? [more inside]

posted by scose on Jun 9, 2010 - 5 answers

posted by scose on Jun 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Mathfilter: How do I figure the total value of interest at a per-month rate, compounded monthly, with monthly contributions? [more inside]

posted by AV on Jun 9, 2010 - 17 answers

posted by AV on Jun 9, 2010 - 17 answers

I need to pay for my new house and anticipated Reno's. Canada's lending laws put a limit on the minimum down payment I need without penalty, *and* the minimum I can take from my retirement savings without penalty. The two limits don't mesh for me! Help me decide the best way to patch together the money. [more inside]

posted by Popular Ethics on Jun 6, 2010 - 18 answers

posted by Popular Ethics on Jun 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Does anyone else remember the textbook I am thinking of from the late 1980's? [more inside]

posted by Yellowbeard on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

posted by Yellowbeard on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

What are the best places to study science and mathematics subjects for university credit online? [more inside]

posted by compound eye on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

posted by compound eye on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

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

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I'm half way through college and am about to begin taking courses for my math minor. However, the last time I took an invasive course on mathematics was during high school. I am looking for a couple textbooks/methods that will help me get up to Calc II proficiency by the end of this summer. Specifically, I need to tune up my Precalculus and Calc I skills. If anyone could recommend problem sets, online tools, and/or their favorite textbooks I would greatly appreciate it. I'd like to keep it under $100. Thanks.
~Stephen

posted by Steve073190 on May 14, 2010 - 6 answers

posted by Steve073190 on May 14, 2010 - 6 answers

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]

posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

MathFilter: Is there a relationship between the number of dimensions in a Euclidean space and the number of regular tessellations of that space? [more inside]

posted by jedicus on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

posted by jedicus on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

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

posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I go about finding a plateau within a set of numbers? [more inside]

posted by SamuelF on Apr 23, 2010 - 21 answers

posted by SamuelF on Apr 23, 2010 - 21 answers

"Count all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a **different** number of objects in it." Is there a smart general method for solving problems like this? Feel free to assume uniqueness/non-emptiness of the piles if it helps. (Not homework)

posted by onalark on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

posted by onalark on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

I have a wonderfully large dataset that I'm working with for a long-term project. I am analyzing a small section the dataset for my masters thesis. In meeting with my thesis advisor last week, she suggested I run some statistical tests of significance on the 4 tables I'm working with. She knows that I am yet to be versed in quantitative analysis methods (I've done solely qualitative work thus far) and that I'm under a massive time crunch to get this done. She suggested I seek help from others, as she doesn't want me to get bogged down with figuring out this step, and would rather I concentrate on analyzing the other aspects of this data. To this end, I'm wondering if somebody might be able to suggest the best type of test of significance to run, the easiest way to run it, and a good, simple resource for what the resultant values mean? [more inside]

posted by iamkimiam on Apr 17, 2010 - 19 answers

posted by iamkimiam on Apr 17, 2010 - 19 answers

I recently applied to grad schools, and I got recommendations from three of my math professors. I'd like to get them all books as a "thank you" but I'm stumped on which specific titles to get two of them. The books don't have to be overtly math-related (thought it wouldn't hurt), but I think they probably shouldn't be completely orthogonal. If it helps, the book that I did buy is Michael Ruhlman's latest food book Ratio. [more inside]

posted by cybertaur1 on Apr 15, 2010 - 14 answers

posted by cybertaur1 on Apr 15, 2010 - 14 answers

I'm getting a PhD in math (very soon!) and having trouble getting a job. Help? [more inside]

posted by madcaptenor on Apr 12, 2010 - 31 answers

posted by madcaptenor on Apr 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Mathfilter. Two part question. Bonus: involves hockey and beer! [more inside]

posted by raider on Apr 9, 2010 - 26 answers

posted by raider on Apr 9, 2010 - 26 answers

Assuming that I am going to be pursuing a PhD in mathematical sociology, applied mathematics, or organizational analysis with no background in higher math with only the resources to take a few classes at the local college how do I go about it?
More info and 3 specific questions inside. [more inside]

posted by elationfoundation on Apr 6, 2010 - 7 answers

posted by elationfoundation on Apr 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Math-related career advice requested: is work in higher level statistics compatible with an imaginative-type thinker or would it be total hell? [more inside]

posted by pinside on Apr 6, 2010 - 8 answers

posted by pinside on Apr 6, 2010 - 8 answers

1.35 APY vs 1.25 APY + 10% quarterly bonus on interest earned. Help me understand which is better. [more inside]

posted by danny the boy on Apr 2, 2010 - 6 answers

posted by danny the boy on Apr 2, 2010 - 6 answers

My favorite number is 0. I have many reasons for this, but I want more. [more inside]

posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

Dumb math question: is there any useful relationship between numbers a, b, and the function a*(a/b)?

posted by xmutex on Mar 31, 2010 - 10 answers

posted by xmutex on Mar 31, 2010 - 10 answers

Is there a closed-form method for finding the unique subsets from the power set of prime factors of an integer? [more inside]

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 27, 2010 - 9 answers

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Can someone help me get high-res scans of Ramanujan's notebooks? [more inside]

posted by wemayfreeze on Mar 26, 2010 - 6 answers

posted by wemayfreeze on Mar 26, 2010 - 6 answers

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

posted by rhombus on Mar 24, 2010 - 30 answers

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling? [more inside]

posted by minsid on Mar 17, 2010 - 14 answers

posted by minsid on Mar 17, 2010 - 14 answers

So, I've got an extensive set of interviews coming up for a math job in the gaming industry. (Video slots, in particular.) What are some gaming-industry-specific topics/questions I should be able to address/ask? [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Mar 12, 2010 -
6 answers

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I'm a second-year math grad student and all I know is math -- but I want out. What are my options? [more inside]

posted by pewpew on Mar 7, 2010 - 22 answers

posted by pewpew on Mar 7, 2010 - 22 answers

For every pound of weight that I can squat, I have X pounds of muscle. What is the value of X? [more inside]

posted by Vorteks on Mar 5, 2010 - 12 answers

posted by Vorteks on Mar 5, 2010 - 12 answers

I'm looking for a job. Please recommend some great companies! My criteria: (1) nearly any industry, (2) they employ people to engage in creative qualitative and quantitative problem solving. Many more details inside. [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Mar 4, 2010 -
12 answers

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HigherMathNotesFilter: Where to find one- to three-page review/note sheets for math topics (vector calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, number theory...)? [more inside]

posted by sninctown on Mar 4, 2010 - 16 answers

posted by sninctown on Mar 4, 2010 - 16 answers

Why do people care about Cramer's rule? [more inside]

posted by leahwrenn on Mar 3, 2010 - 8 answers

posted by leahwrenn on Mar 3, 2010 - 8 answers

What kind of math am I using when I'm playing Wii golf? More specifically, when I get a hole in one. [more inside]

posted by Grlnxtdr on Feb 20, 2010 - 11 answers

posted by Grlnxtdr on Feb 20, 2010 - 11 answers