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Business math word problem: calculating salary through "growth tiers"

I'd like some help coming up with a formula for calculating annual salary increases. The idea is that a given job description will have two "growth tiers", through which an employee's salary will increase at different rates, and beyond which their salary cannot increase further (except for cost-of-living adjustment). There's also a "base growth factor", which is determined by individual employee performance--e.g. 10% for a stellar employee, 6% for a good employee, etc. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Using enrichment technology to fight climate change: how ridiculous?

If enriching uranium with a gas centrifuge costs 50 to 60 kW·h (180–220 MJ) of electricity per SWU, is it possible to adapt the formulas given there to calculate the energy needed to extract pure CO2 directly from the atmosphere? (assuming e.g. 0.04% concentration). Asking as a complete science n00b.
posted by ianso on Mar 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Math problem: how many objects will fit into this glass jar

I am trying to work how many 5 gram objects can fit into a 3 litre jar. I struggle with conversions of grams to litres and finding the number of objects. Can someone show me how to mathematically work it out. My mind is blank. Thanks in advance :)
posted by nassep on Feb 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me solve this real-life math problem.

I need to use math to figure out how to fill my pill organizer correctly. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Seeking advice about teaching maths

I'm interested in teaching high school students mathematics through a tutoring agency. I have the required experience in mathematics, but very little in teaching. This doesn't seem to be a massive problem for many tutoring agencies, but I want to know: do you have any specific tips/advice about teaching mathematics? And more broadly, any advice about applying for and going to work for a tutoring agency? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Mr. Hammond, I should have listened.

I want to calculate a sequence. It's built on some kind of exponential magic. That is as much as I know. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the best textbooks on climate science?

I'm looking for climate science textbooks that take a mathematical approach: that go in-depth with the maths of modelling etc. I'd appreciate if they also had a focus on the science of anthropogenic climate change / global warming. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Lesser-known women in technology

Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 15, 2014 - 44 answers

4x+y+2z=100, x>y, y>z, x+y+z=j, 3x+z=k, j>k, j+k=100.

4x+y+2z=100, x>y, y>z, x+y+z=j, 3x+z=k, j>k, j+k=100. WolframAlpha can only give me alternative forms or a solution involving 'real and imaginary parts of z'. Is there a solution I can count on my fingers? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 22, 2014 - 13 answers

What to include in a training on maths for business people?

I've been asked at work to come up with a list of topics that could be included in a training course around basic maths for business people, and I am finding it hard to find suggestions for topics. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 14, 2014 - 12 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

minimise syntax errors in secondary school maths exams using Mathematica

In high school maths exams students when use Mathematica to solve problems, a syntax error that costs a lot of time to find can lose a student a lot of marks. What strategies can teachers use to reduce the risk or cost of syntax errors to students sitting high-stakes exams? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Jun 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Dealing with percentages: noob question

I've recently decided to transition to a new career path, accounting. Most firms round here do an online numeracy test as part of the application process. There is a type of % change question that often comes up and I can't find a proper answer about how to calculate it. There are two formulae suggested by different websites, but they give different answers. Which is right? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Masters in maths? Difficulty level: Have bachelors in graphic design

Dear Mefites, a long time ago I got a degree in graphic design but never worked in the industry. Along the way I somehow (don't remember how or why or when) became interested in math and I finished a graduate diploma in maths as a distance learning course in my free time. I am considering applying for masters programmes in maths or related subjects but ... can I? Should I? [more inside]
posted by Cat Set Go on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 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

Human Random Generator

Can you think of a method that allows an individual to pseudo randomly create a sequence of numbers (at the very least the randomness is opaque to the minds of other people) assuming said individual may only use his mind and body (no physical tools are allowed)? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Sherlock as a Mathematical Logician?

A colleague alluded to a passage from Sherlock Holmes where all the evidence is re-written as formal logic propositions, leading to a mathematical solution that matches Holmes' solution (and is far from trivial). Does anyone else know where I could find this passage? [more inside]
posted by Anon Ymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 11 answers

What should my sample size be?

Say that I have a bag which contains 100 balls and every ball in the bag should be red, but it's possible that one or more of these balls is the wrong colour. How many balls should I look at to be 90% sure that all the balls are red? Or 95%? Or 99.9%? Talk me through how to work this out, please?
posted by xchmp on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Percentage Calculation

I know the price of something now and what the price was 2 years ago - how do I calculate that as an annual percentage increase? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

What part of the earth gets the most moonlight?

Is there any place on Earth that gets the most moonlight? [more inside]
posted by zinful on Oct 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Getting my math(s) right.

Maths (math) people of the US: I need your help in working out if certain British conventions would be understood or standard in the US classroom. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Taking the random out of racking

After tens of thousands of games of pool, every time I rack the balls I seem to switch about half of them around. I know I'm wasting time. So, I want to know exactly how many balls I should normally expect to swap (the median), and what is the most I should ever have to swap. For those of you who aren't pool nerds like me, I've explained the 8-ball racking process inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?
posted by conrad101 on Jan 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Maths for tiny people?

How to teach math to a 3.5 year old? [more inside]
posted by nj554 on Aug 13, 2011 - 23 answers

If an geeky child is traveling South at 839 MPH, and his nerdy dad is going North at...

My son, who is finishing up third grade, loves math and especially the basic Algebra he's been doing. He is actually sad to be leaving school for the summer because he's so into it. How can I keep this going for him over the summer? Fun books, board games, computer (on-line and OSX) games? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 8, 2011 - 42 answers

Did Anyone Invent Some New Math Stuff So They Could Solve A Problem Which Then Lead To a Technological Breakthrough?

Can you cite any examples where a technological breakthrough wasn't possible until there was some sort of mathematical breakthrough? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Apr 6, 2011 - 32 answers

Mathematics help for 6yr old son

Help me help my 6yr old with maths. [more inside]
posted by sammyabdu on Apr 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Is not the headbutt somewhat pyrrhic?

Help me understand the efficacy of a headbutt as an offensive opening gambit in a bout of fisticuffs... [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Feb 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me figure out the algorithm to solve a maths problem

Need help from Math and IT geeks :-) Long question inside. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Feb 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Picking the correct probability distribution

Which probability distribution should I use to model examination results? [more inside]
posted by alby on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

system dynamics

Maths-filter: please recommend some good resources (books, sites, software) for learning about numerical simulations of large (like 20+ dimensional) dynamical systems, especially in continuous time. [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Answering to Sir What is x

But Sir, what is x? Teaching students algebra for the first time. They keep wanting to put values in for x, and write that down. E.g. x + x = . Becomes 1 + 1 = 2, in their books. Whereas I want x + x = 2x. Does anyone have any strategies, or techniques to overcome this? [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Nov 11, 2010 - 23 answers

Mean means and modish modes

Statistics! I need to use them at work, but over the past few years numbers seem to make my head spin. Any tips for parsing them? Any recommended books for someone who only scraped a C at GCSE Maths? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

I NEED MATHS! How do I slow this track down to -800%?

How do I reduce something by -800% when I'm working with a scale between -99% and 99%? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Sep 13, 2010 - 15 answers

"Latex Pictures"

Help! I need (in a hurry) to put my matlab images into a latex document. I'm exporting them as eps files, but when I put them in the latex file, all the text (legends and axis labels) have vanished. I can't find a solution on google. I can't use jpg instead because it looks crap. Why is the text in my eps file not showing up??
posted by moorooka on Sep 7, 2010 - 8 answers


Where can I find a proof for the strong order of convergence of the Euler-Maruyama or Milstein schemes used to model stochastic differential equations?
posted by moorooka on Aug 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Learning curve?

Can someone help me with a maths problem please, how to find y for a given x on a curve? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Aug 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Why is with this obviously wrong math?

If I multiply 1¢ by 10¢ I get 10¢? However, if I use the same monetary amounts and express them as dollars and then multiply them: I get $0.01 * $0.10 = $0.001, which is obviously a different answer to 10¢. I know this is wrong and but how and why?
posted by therubettes on Jul 26, 2010 - 18 answers

What are some good, maths, word, movie, logic games that can be played with just your mind in the dark?

I am looking for games/mental activities you can play with nothing but your mind. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jun 26, 2010 - 27 answers

unique combinations

I have a list of 6 items. I need to make a list of unique combinations where 3 items are taken from the list in any order and the 4th item is also taken from the same list but cannot be one of the 3 items already selected [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Jun 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me (with your math genius) to do the least amount of prep possible for this exam!

I have a list of 10 questions to help prepare for an exam. Of these 10 questions, 6 will be selected for the exam paper. Of the 6 on the exam paper I need to choose 3 to write an essay on. How many do I ACTUALLY need to research to be okay on the day? [more inside]
posted by nothing too obvious on Jun 10, 2010 - 8 answers

An awesome vector geometry teaching website

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Conflicting reviews

Wolframm's "A New Kind of Science" is a very thick book that would require a significant investment of time to read through. I'm interested in the computational modeling of complex adaptive systems and have heard it recommended as an interesting read. I've also seen it described as a huge load of crap. Is it worth the bother?
posted by moorooka on Mar 28, 2010 - 12 answers

ISO Ramanujan's high-res handwriting.

Can someone help me get high-res scans of Ramanujan's notebooks? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Mar 26, 2010 - 6 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

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

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

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

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