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PhDespair

About to obtain a PhD in mathematics, and questions about employment. [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Feb 19, 2010 - 19 answers

 

Do math and science instructors lecture more than instructors in other fields?

Do math and science instructors lecture more than instructors in other fields? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

You're welcome to wait in the bar

How do restaurants estimate how long you'll have to wait to be seated? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Feb 7, 2010 - 27 answers

Is there a mathematical symbol that describes relationships/dependencies?

Is there a mathematical symbol to describe relationships or dependencies between components and results? [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Feb 5, 2010 - 28 answers

Legit math sites for kids!

Legitimate math websites for k-5 students. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 3, 2010 - 9 answers

What basic statistics concepts do I need to understand web analytics?

I'm registered for a Web Analytics class. A prerequisite is "Familiarity with basic concepts of statistics." I'm not a math person and never studied statistics. Which basic statistics concepts should learn before this class? Are there any comic books, videos, or fun resources that would help me learn? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

What is the next step of this Kenken?

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

Name this Mathematics Textbook series

Recently, someone described a 10-volume mathematics textbook series to me. The books were written by a single author, an engineer with a name that sounded Greek, and came with full worked solutions to every single problem, making them ideal for self study. Unfortunately, they could not remember its title, and my attempts to find it with Google and Amazon have failed. Has anyone come across this series?
posted by James Scott-Brown on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

A good book for teaching yourself algebra?

Any recommendations for self-teaching guides to high school level math? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jan 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Why doesn't tire pressure vary with vehicle payload (much)?

Stupid physics question: tire pressure. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Jan 20, 2010 - 33 answers

How to teach math to a small child?

How do I teach math to a small child? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Mines or DU?

Help a student decide on a college: Mines or DU. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Getting over math anxiety

I have deep and life-long math anxiety. I want to overcome it. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 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

Imagine no encryption, I wonder if you can...

What if: RSA was just "cracked" due to a new discovery about prime numbers. What happens around the world on day 1? Total chaos? Or yawns? [more inside]
posted by archae on Jan 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Help with a Martin Gardner maths riddle, please!

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

Math Makes My Brain Smoke

OMG it turns out I really do need to know algebra. Mr. Farnsworth, you were right: I should have paid better attention in math class! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me sample accurately!

Please provide me with an *effective*, and statistically sound, table/chart listing suggested sample size guidance for associated population size [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jan 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Cutting six-pack can rings?

Cutting the plastic that comes with six-packs of cans in the most efficient manner? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 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

How difficult is it to get a job as a math professor?

How difficult is it to get a job as a math professor? [more inside]
posted by itsamonkeytree on Jan 13, 2010 - 24 answers

Linguistic study of math/physics equation "language"

I was thinking the other day about "all Greek to me!" as I was reading a physics book w/equations (using the Greek symbols) And equations are a sort of language, of course. So I wondered if there's some sort of linguist who's ever looked at the grammar or syntax of math/physics equations and tried to derive, whatever the hell it is linguists derive! Does this sound like something anyone has heard of? If so, have any links?
posted by symbioid on Jan 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Math/Stats: help me analyze a data set and determine the values that created it

Mathematics / Statistics Filter: I have some pairs of numbers that are the result of a process. Given just that data set, and a rule that relates them, can you determine the integer values that could have resulted in those sets? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Dec 23, 2009 - 20 answers

If it does exist, I imagine the school crest is something like duct tape, a paper clip and a mullet

Is there a REAL MacGyver School in the world? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Conditional Probability

Stats-filter: Given a binary matrix, if I know the total number of ones in a given row and a given column, can I calculate the probability that a given position contains a one? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Dec 16, 2009 - 25 answers

Ask a Stats Nerd

I need to ruin everyone's fun by adding a rigorous mathematical scoring system to the company bake-off. Li'l help? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim on Dec 15, 2009 - 17 answers

How many songs do I have to listen to before I start again?

Can you help me figure out this math question related to probability? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Dec 12, 2009 - 41 answers

Teach me about this thing you call "math"...

Here's an obnoxious school question that's been nagging me for days: Suppose that the height (at the shoulder) of adult African bull bush elephants is normally distributed with µ = 3.3 meters and ∂ = .2 meter. The elephant on display at the Smithsonian Institute has a height 4 meters and is the largest elephant on record. What is the probability that an adult African bull bush elephant has height 4 meters or more? [more inside]
posted by incomple on Dec 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Reverse my percentage?

How do you find a number that minus a percentage of itself is a certain number? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on Dec 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Calculate Possible Combinations

How many combinations are possible in this grid? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Dec 1, 2009 - 12 answers

RDRR. Get it?

What are some cool math and number facts that would blow the mind of a seven year old? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 1, 2009 - 68 answers

Re-enter PhD program after many years -- recommendations?

Applying to enter a math PhD program after working in industry. Question about recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lakshmi_mefi on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Business optimization eek!

I've got these 2 math problems that are driving me crazy. Business optimization. Please help. [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom on Nov 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Adaptive computer programs for math practice?

Any good computer programs for math practice? Impoverished children need your help. [more inside]
posted by Suciu on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

HY=EY to you too, buddy

I'm being outsmarted by a personalized license plate (I think)! [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 on Nov 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Paired T Test sounds like parakeet test to me

Hi, I have a specific question about paired t-tests! [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Nov 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Math Geek Filter: Where to find and what to call these

Back in middle school and high school we'd play these fun math games where you'd have to draw a chart and figure out who had what. Example, there are five people, joe jon julie mike and amy. Each has a favorite color. Mike doesn't like red, but amy doesn't like blue, etc etc. What are these called and where can I get more? They were a blast!!
posted by hipersons on Nov 10, 2009 - 22 answers

GMP math friendly web host?

Sys Admin filter: I'm looking for cheap web hosting that is out of the box GMP math friendly. Does anyone have a good recommendation?
posted by wmeredith on Nov 10, 2009 - 1 answer

What industries are relevant to my mathematical interests?

I've just obtained a BS in Mathematics and am planning to go to grad school, but not before I work for a few years. What industries should I be looking at, and what entry level jobs should I aim for? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Nov 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me learn to typeset equations like it was my job. (Why? Because it is.)

I am looking for a math typesetting style guide. By this I don't mean the kind of stylesheet for journal submissions that says "Be sure to use the blah-blah-blah LaTeX package and the XYZ equation environment, and our army of editorial assistants will tie up the loose ends and knock off the rough edges." (Why not? Because my advisor is involved in starting a new journal, and suddenly my labmates and I are that army of editorial assistants.) [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Grapher: How do I animate a parameter?

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

Countdown

Is there an enumeration of complete chess games? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Math Symbol Mystery

I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

The twenty most important numbers

In a talk (at TED) by Brian Greene on string theory he says that there are "there appear to be about 20 numbers that really describe our universe..." He lists a few in his talk, but what are the rest of of those numbers? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me understand homogenous coordinates

Help me understand homogenous coordinates! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Oct 22, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I calculate how many square kilometers country's populations take up?

I want to compare the area of some countries against the area of their people (assuming 1 person takes up 2 square feet). Help me work out the math! [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Given the rate of a fish upstream, what is the speed of that fish in still water. Eh?

InterviewPrepFilter: I need to brush up on my numerical reasoning. I'm looking for ways to master things like word/story problems (probability, work-rate, distance), and some math review. I have good logic skills, but basic math can be confusing for me, esp. under pressure. Tutoring is not really an option and anything that is cram-friendly is also good. Any books, resources, tips, general guidance from math-y people ?
posted by sidd.darko on Oct 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Does math have big scary teeth or something?

Why do people hate math and science so much? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Oct 17, 2009 - 129 answers

Does chi-square work for this?

StatisticAnalysisFilter: I took (pretty close to) scientific observations of the general populace in a neighborhood for a few months (personal project, long story). I measured the number of people who had trait X (or did not have trait X) in two locations, A and B. Now, I want to test the statistical significance of these results. Is the chi-square test sufficient for this? Or is there a better option? [more inside]
posted by MoreForMad on Oct 11, 2009 - 7 answers

times tables without trauma

What are some fun, quick, quirky, or otherwise compelling ways to memorize the times tables?
posted by serazin on Oct 9, 2009 - 26 answers

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