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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

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