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Math-related field trip destinations for Bay Area HS students?

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

What are inter-disciplinary and atypical uses for math MSc?

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

Math Careers

Non-obvious careers for someone with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 - 21 answers

CollegeFilter: How is one to choose without regret?

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

Mathematical moments of wonder like Cantor's diagonal method

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

Calling all chem- physics- and math-philes!

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

Chance of event with small sample size, based on larger related sample?

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

Why do we have order of operations in arithmetic?

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

What are the best ways to teach mathematics to elementary age children?

What do you do to teach your children math (or maths)? [more inside]
posted by mearls on Feb 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Getting back to higher math

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

Where can I find advice for returning to school?

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

Is there a name for this property of a data series?

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

Educational mathamatics apps for adults that will work on an iPhone?

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

Mathematics for the innumerate

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

Applying to some kind of math grad program with no research experience?

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

I'm having trouble understanding likelihood ratios and diagnostic tests.

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

Mathematics-related accessories and clothing for women

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

iPad math apps for a 10-year-old?

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

Find standard deviation in Excel, but first develop a labor-saving trick

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

Help me understand fractions

Dear math people: please help me understand fractions and ratios intuitively. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2013 - 29 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

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

Why might some mathematical truths be unknowable?

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

What does a mathematician do all day?

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

The heck is a modular form?

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

Make my child a math genius

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

Teach myself Math virtually for the first time.

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

Weighted mean

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

Economics for Mathematicians

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

Poul la Cour?

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

What is the cardinality of the set of all people who shall expel us from the paradise that Cantor has created?

Sweet descriptions of the empty set? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Oct 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Gauss, Escher, Bach. Give me math that doesn't read like math!

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

My Trig Teachers Name Was Mr. Angle But That Didn't Make Him A Good Teacher.

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

Operations in the Klasies Caves

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

Pure math isn't even fun.

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

The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.

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

Like a moth to a naked light.

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

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

Mr. Math Monster, I presume?

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

Approximating Natural Log By Hand

Calculating/approximating ln(x) 'by hand'? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Is it weird? Is it math?

Recommend to me please your favorite "oddball" math topics and resources. [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Is joint parameter estimation always strictly better than individual parameter estimation?

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

Online mathematics

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

Discrete mathematics for idiots?

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

Where can I purchase mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style?

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

"Science is fundamentally flawed"

Do Godel's theorems refute all of science and logic? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Why did you stop hating math?

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

Man is the measure of all things.

What is the philosophy of measurement? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 answers

I still KNOW the quadratic equation, just not what it means

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

Any rigorous study of unpredicted applications of pure math?

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

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

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

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