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About to obtain a PhD in mathematics, and questions about employment. [more inside]

posted by King Bee on Feb 19, 2010 - 19 answers

posted by King Bee on Feb 19, 2010 - 19 answers

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

posted by madcaptenor on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

posted by madcaptenor on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

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

posted by AngerBoy on Feb 7, 2010 - 27 answers

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

posted by aberrant on Feb 5, 2010 - 28 answers

Legitimate math websites for k-5 students. [more inside]

posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 3, 2010 - 9 answers

posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 3, 2010 - 9 answers

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

posted by valannc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

What is the next step of this Kenken? [more inside]

posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

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

posted by James Scott-Brown on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Any recommendations for self-teaching guides to high school level math? [more inside]

posted by LastOfHisKind on Jan 23, 2010 - 12 answers

posted by LastOfHisKind on Jan 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I teach math to a small child? [more inside]

posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 19, 2010 - 16 answers

posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Help a student decide on a college: Mines or DU. [more inside]

posted by Wordwoman on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

posted by Wordwoman on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

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

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Please explain *what* calculus is to a dummy. [more inside]

posted by Sova on Jan 17, 2010 - 48 answers

posted by Sova on Jan 17, 2010 - 48 answers

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

posted by archae on Jan 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Help with a Martin Gardner maths riddle, please! [more inside]

posted by laumry on Jan 16, 2010 - 20 answers

posted by laumry on Jan 16, 2010 - 20 answers

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

posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

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

posted by thankyoumuchly on Jan 14, 2010 - 11 answers

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

posted by klangklangston on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 answers

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

posted by bode well carapace on Jan 13, 2010 - 22 answers

How difficult is it to get a job as a math professor? [more inside]

posted by itsamonkeytree on Jan 13, 2010 - 24 answers

posted by itsamonkeytree on Jan 13, 2010 - 24 answers

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

posted by symbioid on Jan 8, 2010 - 6 answers

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

posted by intermod on Dec 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Is there a REAL MacGyver School in the world? [more inside]

posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 22, 2009 - 15 answers

posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 22, 2009 - 15 answers

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

posted by chrisamiller on Dec 16, 2009 - 25 answers

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

posted by sonofslim on Dec 15, 2009 - 17 answers

Can you help me figure out this math question related to probability? [more inside]

posted by jacquilynne on Dec 12, 2009 - 41 answers

posted by jacquilynne on Dec 12, 2009 - 41 answers

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

posted by incomple on Dec 8, 2009 - 8 answers

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

posted by JulianDay on Dec 6, 2009 - 7 answers

How many combinations are possible in this grid? [more inside]

posted by rahnefan on Dec 1, 2009 - 12 answers

posted by rahnefan on Dec 1, 2009 - 12 answers

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

posted by bondcliff on Dec 1, 2009 - 68 answers

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

posted by lakshmi_mefi on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

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

posted by nomnomnom on Nov 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Any good computer programs for math practice? Impoverished children need your help. [more inside]

posted by Suciu on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

posted by Suciu on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

I'm being outsmarted by a personalized license plate (I think)! [more inside]

posted by ailouros08 on Nov 17, 2009 - 15 answers

posted by ailouros08 on Nov 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Hi, I have a specific question about paired t-tests! [more inside]

posted by amethysts on Nov 13, 2009 - 13 answers

posted by amethysts on Nov 13, 2009 - 13 answers

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

posted by hipersons on Nov 10, 2009 - 22 answers

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

posted by wmeredith on Nov 10, 2009 - 1 answer

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

posted by alligatorman on Nov 9, 2009 - 11 answers

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

posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 4, 2009 - 11 answers

How do you animate a parameter in the OSX Grapher utility? [more inside]

posted by b1tr0t on Nov 1, 2009 - 3 answers

posted by b1tr0t on Nov 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Is there an enumeration of complete chess games? [more inside]

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

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

posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

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

posted by bigmusic on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me understand homogenous coordinates! [more inside]

posted by tickingclock on Oct 22, 2009 - 14 answers

posted by tickingclock on Oct 22, 2009 - 14 answers

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

posted by ejfox on Oct 22, 2009 - 10 answers

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

posted by sidd.darko on Oct 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Why do people hate math and science so much? [more inside]

posted by chicago2penn on Oct 17, 2009 - 129 answers

posted by chicago2penn on Oct 17, 2009 - 129 answers

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

posted by MoreForMad on Oct 11, 2009 - 7 answers

What are some fun, quick, quirky, or otherwise compelling ways to memorize the times tables?

posted by serazin on Oct 9, 2009 - 26 answers

posted by serazin on Oct 9, 2009 - 26 answers