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I teach math to high schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'd like to get them out of the classroom on a field trip to a local math-themed destination. Any suggestions? [more inside]

posted by aws17576 on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

posted by aws17576 on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

I have just completed my MSc in mathematics in Europe. I do enjoy math, but I spent my uni years feeling like a autodidact hippie marooned on an island full of Mr and Mrs I-Want-A-Good-Job. My main interests revolve around humanities (literature/history/anthropology) and economics (but not finance), and instead of starting a "stable" well-paying career I dream about something inter-disciplinary. I am very open to earning little money and relocating just to do kind of work that engages those skills. What are some random uses of my degree? [more inside]

posted by desultory_banyan on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

posted by desultory_banyan on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Non-obvious careers for someone with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics? [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Jul 22, 2014 -
21 answers

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At the age of 24, I just completed my first year of undergraduate studies at a good public university. I am a strong student with a 4.0 GPA, but I feel that my interests are so broad and varied that I don't know how to narrow down on a specific path of study. Compound these problems with the ubiquitous financial and career concerns of the modern college student, and you have one confused student. How can I resolve this inner turmoil and structure a long-term plan that will bring me (at least some) peace of mind? [more inside]

posted by fignewton on Jun 25, 2014 - 33 answers

posted by fignewton on Jun 25, 2014 - 33 answers

I've been reading Godel, Escher, Bach and I want to find more mind-expanding concepts that give the sense of understanding some fundamental truth. [more inside]

posted by StephenF on Jun 8, 2014 - 14 answers

posted by StephenF on Jun 8, 2014 - 14 answers

For the grad-level education I want, I need an understanding of chemistry, physics, and calculus at a minimum. I have a BA in a tangentially related field (or will in a couple months). What are the best resources for learning these subjects without spending even more time/money on tuition? [more inside]

posted by Urban Winter on Apr 4, 2014 - 10 answers

posted by Urban Winter on Apr 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Can/how can one improve the estimate for a chance of an event with a small historical sample size by utilizing the chance of a related event with a large historical sample size? Example and half-assed guess inside. [more inside]

posted by Flunkie on Mar 20, 2014 - 16 answers

posted by Flunkie on Mar 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Why do we have order of operations rules in arithmetic instead of just strictly evaluating expressions from left to right (possibly with parenthesis for grouping if we really wanted to change the order)?

posted by Reverend John on Mar 11, 2014 - 9 answers

posted by Reverend John on Mar 11, 2014 - 9 answers

What do you do to teach your children math (or maths)? [more inside]

posted by mearls on Feb 28, 2014 - 9 answers

posted by mearls on Feb 28, 2014 - 9 answers

I'd like book/course suggestions to do a slow gentle study of higher Math by myself. I did a bachelor's degree in Math (and Economics) several years ago by myself as an external course (from the Univ of London and LSE), on the side of a whole lot of other things. I did reasonably well, enjoyed parts of it very much, but I've forgotten most of it now. I taught high school Math for a couple of years after that but now work in a totally different field (communication design). I love my work, but miss the brainwork Math required. I'd also like to slowly internalise more Math vocabulary and the structure of the subject, which didn't happen during my Bachelors. [more inside]

posted by miaow on Feb 21, 2014 - 6 answers

posted by miaow on Feb 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Dropped out of school several years ago, drifted for a bit, but now I want to return and get AT LEAST a BS in mathematics. What sources are there for someone returning to school? Should I bite the bullet and pay for college counseling, or are there good free resources I'm missing? [more inside]

posted by miltthetank on Jan 30, 2014 - 12 answers

posted by miltthetank on Jan 30, 2014 - 12 answers

I have a series of physical data with a fairly straightforward property: it follows a path in space. If I plot a bunch of successive (x, y) values from the data, they follow a curving, looping line rather than randomly jumping all over the plot. More formally, if I have a point (x[t], y[t]) at time t and (x[t+1], y[t+1]) at time t+1, there is an upper limit on the distance between these two points (and this limit is small relative to the overall variation in the data). Is there a well-defined technical term for this property? [more inside]

posted by pont on Jan 8, 2014 - 11 answers

posted by pont on Jan 8, 2014 - 11 answers

I am looking for adult-oriented iOS apps that will help improve my math skills. [more inside]

posted by Gin and Comics on Nov 23, 2013 - 5 answers

posted by Gin and Comics on Nov 23, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm developing a Data Design curriculum for Art college students, and I'd like to teach some basics of maths and statistics in ways that the non-numerically inclined will understand. For this, I need some simple explanations for complicated ideas. [more inside]

posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Aug 22, 2013 - 3 answers

posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Aug 22, 2013 - 3 answers

I plan on applying to graduate mathematics programs for the 2014-2015 school year and I'm starting to get a little nervous about my chances at landing a spot in a funded program. My major concern is that I have absolutely zero research experience from my undergrad years, and am having trouble focusing in on what kind of work I would be interested in anyways, and I don't know where to start! And the research papers that do seem interesting to me are so specialized, I have trouble understanding them! [more inside]

posted by supernaturelle on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 answers

posted by supernaturelle on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm struggling to understand likelihood ratios (LR) in the context of diagnostic tests, and why a positive LR is influenced by the sensitivity of the test. [more inside]

posted by cacofonie on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

posted by cacofonie on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm learning to accessorize! I'd like to find some little mathematics-related accessories, kind of like the women's equivalent to a (relatively subtle) mathematics tie or cufflinks, that are work (think secondary school educator) appropriate. Simple and relatively understated is preferred. I'm also interested in clothing that would be work-place appropriate (not t-shirts!). I had a lot of fun with my regex skirt from XKCD a few years ago. [more inside]

posted by wiskunde on Jul 14, 2013 - 18 answers

posted by wiskunde on Jul 14, 2013 - 18 answers

My son is 10 years old and going into 5th grade in the fall (but he usually does 6th grade math). He likes Stack the States, and we're looking for a math app with similar appeal. We already have Sushi Monster and his younger sister loves it, but I'd like something more challenging for him.

posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me with statistics and Excel. Especially help me if you know any labor saving methods. I want the median, mean and standard deviation for the average price of all items sold, but my spreadsheet-full-of-data doesn't tell me the price of each sale -- just the average price per store, and the number sold at that store. Something like this: [more inside]

posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Dear math people: please help me understand fractions and ratios *intuitively*. [more inside]

posted by*anonymous*
on Jun 19, 2013 -
29 answers

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My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]

posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

For all we know, some mathematical truths might be unknowable. E.g., for all we know Goldbach's conjecture (or its negation) is this way. Yet, if there are unknowable mathematical truths, why might this be?
Here are some initial considerations/hacks in the dark: (a) Presumably any computing device would have a finite number of parts. Maybe this would limit its processing power in some relevant way; (b) maybe some of the proofs are too long.

posted by Eiwalker on Apr 10, 2013 - 20 answers

posted by Eiwalker on Apr 10, 2013 - 20 answers

I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

For a work assignment, I need to come by a conceptual understanding of modular forms that's light on jargon and, ahem, actual math. If such a thing is possible.

posted by Zerowensboring on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

posted by Zerowensboring on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

My son is now 15 months old, and I would like for him to have the best possible mathematics education. What should I be doing now and what sort of long-term plan should I have in order to help him both to learn and to love mathematics? (He doesn't have to be a mathematician when he grows up, but really knowing mathematics is non-negotiable.) [more inside]

posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jan 17, 2013 - 48 answers

posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jan 17, 2013 - 48 answers

I'm a 21 year old college senior liberal arts major who has managed to slide by in school (and life) without ever really learning math beyond a middle school/very early high school level. For no reason in particular, I've decided that I want to get serious about bettering myself in the math department. How can I teach myself the academic math skills I missed out on? [more inside]

posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Mathematics-filter: If there are seven funds with various charges, how can I work out the allocation to these funds of a fixed amount so that the weighted mean charge is below a certain level and the allocations are of similar sizes? [more inside]

posted by djgh on Dec 31, 2012 - 13 answers

posted by djgh on Dec 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Economics Mathematics: I have a Maths degree but lately I've become interested in Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and have been reading some textbooks and classic texts and doing some online lecture courses on Economics. But find many of that the "handwaving" graphical "proofs" of economic theories lack a sense of mathematical robustness.
Do more thorough mathematics for these ideas exist? Where can I find them? [more inside]

posted by mary8nne on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

posted by mary8nne on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Can anyone point me towards a good resource for learning more about Poul la Cour's work on wind turbines? Or other historic wind turbine work? [more inside]

posted by teraspawn on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by teraspawn on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

I have a very strong background in humanities but I've completed three-year undergraduate course in math. Though I passed it without trouble, I feel like traditional textbooks didn't teach make me *understand* a lot. What are best math resources (books, but not necessarily) that instead of trying to look like PM read more like literature or work on your intuition and talk about big picture implications instead? Something like *Godel, Escher, Bach* for various areas of mathematics. [more inside]

posted by desultory_banyan on Sep 27, 2012 - 25 answers

posted by desultory_banyan on Sep 27, 2012 - 25 answers

My math skills are no where near where I'd like them to be. Can you recommend a self-paced math learning site? Pretty much any branch of math can apply. [more inside]

posted by Ookseer on Aug 13, 2012 - 7 answers

posted by Ookseer on Aug 13, 2012 - 7 answers

I was helping my 4th grade age sister-in-law with her math homework, and came across a question that I couldn't figure out. Can you do it? [more inside]

posted by symbollocks on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

posted by symbollocks on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

I have a very serious problem: I can't stop thinking about mathematics and it's interfering heavily with my sleep. [more inside]

posted by Evernix on Jun 14, 2012 - 30 answers

posted by Evernix on Jun 14, 2012 - 30 answers

My younger brother has just finished tenth grade. His math teacher was a martinet. His math teacher next year might turn out to be one too. How can I help my brother cope with this kind of instructor? [more inside]

posted by Nomyte on Jun 13, 2012 - 21 answers

posted by Nomyte on Jun 13, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I improve my chances of getting into graduate programs? [more inside]

posted by Nomyte on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by Nomyte on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist? [more inside]

posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me to learn math as an adult when I still despise the frustrating beast from my childhood! [more inside]

posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 24, 2012 - 20 answers

posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Calculating/approximating ln(x) 'by hand'? [more inside]

posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Recommend to me please your favorite "oddball" math topics and resources. [more inside]

posted by Vavuzi on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 answers

posted by Vavuzi on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]

posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Which are the best online courses for studying algebra and progressing up to trig, calculus, and differentials? [more inside]

posted by crapmatic on Feb 19, 2012 - 14 answers

posted by crapmatic on Feb 19, 2012 - 14 answers

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]

posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

Where can I purchase physical mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style? [more inside]

posted by j.edwards on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

posted by j.edwards on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Do Godel's theorems refute all of science and logic? [more inside]

posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

In high school you hated math, but later you stopped hating it. How did this happen? [more inside]

posted by stebulus on Dec 9, 2011 - 45 answers

posted by stebulus on Dec 9, 2011 - 45 answers

What is the philosophy of measurement? [more inside]

posted by StoneSpace on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 answers

posted by StoneSpace on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 answers

I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]

posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2011 - 28 answers

posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2011 - 28 answers

It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]

posted by stebulus on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

posted by stebulus on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

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]

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers