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Advice on interesting maths topics by Nicholas Blackcocke - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:10:07 EST ID:84oIcStQ No.14849 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm a maths student going into my third year in September. I've already started looking at the possible modules I can take next year and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed; the number of modules available have increased dramatically and they all seem pretty interesting.

Measure theory, Introduction to Topology, Galois theory, Structures of Complex Systems, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Topology, Brownian Motion, Geometric Group Theory, Algebraic Geometry, Set Theory, Markov Processes and Stochastic Analysis are the modules I'm considering but there are possibly many interesting modules that I passed up.

I'd be grateful if anyone who has studied any of these topics could let me know how they found them and if anyone's really bored they could have a quick scan of the modules available and let me know if I missed anything interesting:

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Cornelius Hammerway - Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:35:11 EST ID:Ayxv8mCh No.14876 Ignore Report Quick Reply
mathlogic? really? enjoy your topos theory and unemployment.
Frederick Pickford - Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:36:03 EST ID:LzNXN+l+ No.14887 Ignore Report Quick Reply

I think what you're interested in is shit you elitist prick. You seriously think that your particular flavor of group theory or physics is going to put you leagues ahead of other people? Take your own advice, shut the fuck up, and go multiply some matrices rude boy.
Ernest Grimridge - Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:44:25 EST ID:AdYmD9Mq No.14905 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm taking Measure Theory, Introduction to Topology, Functional Analysis I, Structure of Complex Systems, Galois Theory, General Relativity and Dynamical Systems.

I need to drop two or three of them though.

I'm taking Algebraic Topology for sure next term. Set Theory doesn't really lead on to anything and apparently is kind of easy so I'll do it next year when I'm doing my master's thesis.

I don't like random variables so I think I'd find stochastic analysis hard ... sucks as if I had taken it, I could possibly do my masters thesis on it with a fields medalist as my supervisor! :/

Geometric group theory's in term two so I might do it then.

btw, how did you decide to work on lie groups? Did you find it interesting at undergraduate level?
I know it's kind of early but I'm thinking about what I should do for my master's thesis next year however everything seems so interesting that I don't know how I'm going to specialize.

Freaking math man by Hugh Nickledale - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:09:16 EST ID:I+l45cST No.14831 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So pics related, why is it possible that the original formula can't be solved for x=1, but the formula after applying a series of transformation rules can be solved for x=1.
I mean, it should be the same formula but only written differently, right? Am I "not getting" something extremely basic here?
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Albert Blingerridge - Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:29:45 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14836 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>But if you rewrite a formula it should have the same outcome for every value of the variable, right? By factoring the result of that formula is changed for one value, so it basically isn't the same formula anymore?
Factoring doesn't change anything. It's the last step where the (x-1) terms are cancelled that changes things, and what you're left with is NOT equal to the original equation. Cancelling these terms is the same as division by zero (which of course is an illegal operation) UNLESS you specify x≠1. This means that the first and last functions are equal for all values of x except x=1. The last function essentially fills the "hole" in at x=1 with the limit i.e. 3/2.
Angus Sommlehood - Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:19:57 EST ID:xgdLZpNp No.14903 Ignore Report Quick Reply

You get two answers when you square, because of parabolas, and that's why we have to deal with absolute values, too.
John Brookstock - Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:40:32 EST ID:BE4o4wO4 No.14904 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Probability off by factor if 10 by Faggy Blablingbanks - Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:01:05 EST ID:gibSXrA4 No.14889 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Using two different methods to find probability, I'm getting the same number but off by a factor of 10

>Five cards are dealt from 52-card deck; what is the probability that we draw 3 Aces & 2 Kings?
  • Method 1 (wrong):
4/52 + 3/51 + 2/50 + 4/49 + 3/48 = 9.23e-7

  • Method 2:
[(4 choose 3)*(4 choose 2)] / (52 choose 5) = 9.23e-6, which is the right answer she says.

So why is it that method 1 (which seems more intuitive to me) gives an answer that's off by 10?
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Alice Cunderchut - Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:05:25 EST ID:qCDKBx4v No.14900 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thank for the explanations, I didn't realize that order matters when the variables are independent (it almost seems it should be the other way around), but I'll probably stick to method 2, which is the newer one that was taught to me.

Thanks for teaching me!
Alice Duckstone - Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:32:30 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14901 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Thanks for teaching me!
You're welcome.
Angus Sommlehood - Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:01:12 EST ID:xgdLZpNp No.14902 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This was the meanest thing I've seen from this site in a long time.

Bad vibes, man.
Funny bad vibes, fam.

Help Understading by Charles Drenderfuck - Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:56:12 EST ID:08s9kFJy No.14868 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey /math/. I think this is the first time I've been on this board, so I hope I'm not being terribly annoying by asking what is probably a very basic question, but I can't find an answer I understand in my textbook and google returns too many results to be useful.

I'm taking a survey of statistics class as part of a dental hygiene degree I'm pursuing and I'm having trouble understanding the procedure of a simple random sample. Specifically, this particular question:
You have a sampling frame of 75 people, from whom you wish to randomly select a sample of size 4. Use the portion of the random number table below to determine which people will be selected for the simple random sample, assuming the sampling frame is numbered from 01-75.

68108 89266 94730 95761 75023 48464 65544 96583 18911 16391


I'm having trouble understanding exactly what they're asking me to do. Am I supposed to assume that these 10 listen numbers are the first 10 (01-10) of a hypothetical list of 75 total numbers and I should thus pick 68108, 89266, 94730, and 95761 as the answer? Or is this a trick question and I can just pick any 4 of these numbers and they would be correct? Or am I just completely lost?

Thank you in advance for any help.
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Albert Pittham - Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:29:23 EST ID:08s9kFJy No.14870 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Okay, that actually makes a lot of sense. I appreciate the help, I've got a variety of dyslexia so it's always nice when someone can explain things plainly. Thank you Phoebe. I bequeath you these triangles.
Doris Blytheridge - Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:46:48 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14871 Ignore Report Quick Reply
No prob. Is that a pic of a crystal?
Albert Blammershit - Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:20:56 EST ID:08s9kFJy No.14872 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Wish I knew mang.

Googol by Phineas Weddlefag - Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:56:35 EST ID:Qzq4CNd5 No.14679 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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When will it be relevant?
And the googolplex?
What use is this magnitude?
Is scale true?
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Edward Goodspear - Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:16:15 EST ID:KL4t08uw No.14846 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That real value you gave is just the principle value. There are an ifinite number of branches when raising a general complex number to a complex power like that.
Nell Bindlewere - Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:57:37 EST ID:x6xydNWl No.14847 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This is, of course, true. I think branch cuts are the only thing I don't like about complex analysis. I like my smooth functions to be well-defined, thank you very much.
Nell Bindlewere - Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:58:36 EST ID:x6xydNWl No.14848 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I guess by well-defined, I mean single-valued (nb)

          by Frederick Pocklock - Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:37:34 EST ID:rBg8Fq2S No.14815 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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How do you measure intelligence?
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Nakura !xMsGPnYjBI - Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:06:10 EST ID:NAU1L+Of No.14817 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Intelligence Scientists are working to improve IQ tests, remember, there's actually many different IQ tests, but only a few in wide use. Along with EQ (Emotional Intelligence) tests. IQ tests are a fantastic way to measure intelligence, although crude compared to the actual complexity of the intelligence of a human being.

I've seen people have intense chess games, losing their minds, battling to settle who loses an IQ point, dark games, for brilliant young minds. Computers are people too.
Molly Pedgeham - Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:34:45 EST ID:uAPhVfTX No.14862 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>Computers are people too.

Computers aren't people, but people are computers.
Jack Peddlewill - Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:23:07 EST ID:BG0DExq5 No.14884 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I have a strange view of intelligence. I think if you're a genius at making music or doing math, you might not even be that intelligent, because at that point you're a complex machine that excels at doing a job. I find myself defining intelligence in terms of how stupid you're not. What I mean exactly is this: I define intelligence as how good you are at induction. I think that's strange because solid reasoning is not inductive. On the other hand, if you're a human in a world as complex as this, you're almost never able to get all the information you need in order to acquire an accurate understanding of something. I think your ability to reach a correct understanding with incomplete information is a measure of how intelligent you are. For example, if game changing advances in solar technology happen every few months, and you have a cousin that thinks any real advance in solar technology would be followed by the government assassinating a scientist, your cousin isn't very intelligent. (True story).

Greatest Mathematical Achievements by Samuel Fanfuck - Wed, 27 May 2015 00:57:30 EST ID:So3FHAh7 No.14750 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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In today's world, what's the greatest achievement a mathematician can reach?

What's the greatest "honor" a mathematician can receive?
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Priscilla Blingerlin - Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:25:22 EST ID:mJf1tiy7 No.14839 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Simple finite groups are analogous to atoms. They are the basic units of construction for other, larger things. Simple finite groups combine to form larger, more complicated finite groups. The Enormous Theorem organizes these groups the way the periodic table organizes the elements. It says that every simple finite group belongs to one of three families-or to a fourth family of wild outliers. The largest of these rogues, called the Monster, has more than 1053 elements and exists in 196,883 dimensions. (There is even a whole field of investigation called monsterology in which researchers search for signs of the beast in other areas of math and science.) The first finite simple groups were identified by 1830, and by the 1890s mathematicians had made new inroads into finding more of those building blocks. Theorists also began to suspect the groups could all be put together in a big list.
Mathematicians in the early 20th century laid the foundation for the Enormous Theorem, but the guts of the proof did not materialize until midcentury. Between 1950 and 1980-a period which mathematician Daniel Gorenstein of Rutgers University called the "Thirty Years' War" -- heavyweights pushed the field of group theory further than ever before, finding finite simple groups and grouping them together into families. These mathematicians wielded 200-page manuscripts like algebraic machetes, cutting away abstract weeds to reveal the deepest foundations of symmetry. (Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., referred to the onslaught of discovery of strange, beautiful groups as a "magnificent zoo.")
Those were heady times: Richard Foote, then a graduate student at the University of Cambridge and now a professor at the University of Vermont, once sat in a dank office and witnessed two famous theorists -- John Thompson, now at the University of Florida, and John Conway, now at Princeton University -- hashing out the details of a particularly unwieldy group. "It was amazing, like two Titans with lightning going between their brains," Foote says. "They never seemed to be at a loss for some absolutely wonderful and totally off-the-wall techniques for doin…
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Priscilla Blingerlin - Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:26:13 EST ID:mJf1tiy7 No.14840 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Gorenstein envisioned a series of books that would neatly collect all the disparate pieces and streamline the logic to iron over idiosyncrasies and eliminate redundancies. In the 1980s the proof was inaccessible to all but the seasoned veterans of its forging. Mathematicians had labored on it for decades, after all, and wanted to be able to share their work with future generations. A second-generation proof would give Gorenstein a way to assuage his worries that their efforts would be lost amid heavy books in dusty libraries.
Gorenstein did not live to see the last piece put in place, much less raise a glass at the Smith and Baxter house. He died of lung cancer on Martha's Vineyard in 1992. "He never stopped working," Lyons recalls. "We had three conversations the day before he died, all about the proof. There were no good-byes or anything; it was all business."
THE FIRST VOLUME of the second-generation proof appeared in 1994. It was more expository than a standard math text and included only two of 30 proposed sections that could entirely span the Enormous Theorem. The second volume was published in 1996, and subsequent ones have continued to the present -- the sixth appeared in 2005.
Foote says the second-generation pieces fit together better than the original chunks. "The parts that have appeared are more coherently written and much better organized," he says. "From a historical perspective, it's important to have the proof in one place. Otherwise, it becomes sort of folklore, in a sense. Even if you believe it's been done, it becomes impossible to check."
Solomon and Lyons are finishing the seventh book this summer, and a small band of mathematicians have already made inroads into the eighth and ninth. Solomon estimates that the streamlined proof will eventually take up 10 or 11 volumes, which means that just more than half of the revised proof has been published.
Solomon notes that the 10 or 11 volumes still will not entirely cover the second-generation proof. Even the new, streamlined version includes references to supplementary volumes and previous theorems, proved elsewhere. In some ways, that reach speaks to the cumulative nature of mathematics: every proof is a product not only of its time but of all the thousands of years of thought that came before.
In a 2005 article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, mathematician E. Brian Davies of King's College London pointed out that the "proof has never been written down in its entirety, may never be written down, and as presently envisaged would not be comprehensible to any single individual." His article brought up the uncomfortable idea that some mathematical efforts may be too complex to be understood by mere mortals. Davies's words drove Smith and his three co-authors to put together the comparatively concise book that was celebrated at the party in Oak Park.
The Enormous Theorem's proof may be beyond the scope of most mathematicians -- to say nothing of curious amateurs -- but its organizing principle provides a valuable tool for the future. Mathematicians have a long-standing habit of proving abstract truths decades, if not centuries, before they become useful outside the field.
"One thing that makes the future exciting is that it is difficult to predict," Solomon observes. "Geniuses come along with ideas that nobody of our generation has had. There is this temptation, this wish and dream, that there is some deeper understanding still out there."
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James Tillingson - Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:08:09 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14843 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Cool thanks. That's quite the predicament. I hope the other two guys live to see its completion.

please solve my math problem by Edwin Sorryfield - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:31:58 EST ID:C4sQWBeJ No.14825 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Im trying to figure out how much paper I have to pick up at work...
A roll of paper weighing in at 4200 pounds and a diameter of 50". If I have to cut off let's say an inch of paper, how much would that inch weigh?
To tired for math
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Simon Pommerhat - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:42:18 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14828 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>diameter of the roll
Meant radius of the roll. FML, apparently forgot my thinking cap today.
Frederick Naddlebet - Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:35:38 EST ID:Va1A/b0+ No.14829 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thank you so much for that. Now I can tell my boss how ridiculous it is to pick that up twenty times a day.
Clara Claywell - Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:55:57 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14830 Ignore Report Quick Reply
No prob. How were you supposed to lift that much weight? I don't know how giant rolls of paper are usually transported.

dot dot dot by Barnaby Babbleshaw - Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:58:32 EST ID:F9AJX/Os No.14795 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So the symbol of ... in mathematics is kind've confusing I've realized. Or an ellipsis. or just "that dot dot dot thing". whatever the hell you wanna call it.


both use the ... symbol, and in very different ways. In the first example, I think most people would say that it means a decimal point followed by an infinite amount of 9s. I would agree.

But it would be wrong to assume the same in the second case, as the number I was obviously stating is pi, and as such is irrational therefore doesn't have infinite repeating digits.
Archie Brickleman - Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:53:14 EST ID:i84x+n57 No.14796 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What's your point? That it's bad notation for certain cases? All it means is that the decimal expansion of a number is nonterminating. To emphasize a repeating decimal, a vinculum (a line) is marked above the string of digits that repeat.

Nakura !xMsGPnYjBI - Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:37:37 EST ID:NAU1L+Of No.14819 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The (...) in the decimal form of pi represents the decimal sequence continuing in an infinite series of numerals with the complexity state holding at that expected for pi.
Does that make sense?
Martha Nimmledock - Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:18:21 EST ID:AopNL+nM No.14833 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Only a nerd would complain about something like that.

Math Anxiety (Know the material) by Frederick Megglechere - Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:44:52 EST ID:oIF65CiW No.14812 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I have horrible math test anxiety.

Originally, I thought it had to do with failing to practice enough. I never had math anxiety or problems with tests in school up to ~algebra 2 (I never took AP classes, I had to start working.) I will admit, I tried to slack off at first but I knocked it off. You can even find a panic post of mine on this board if you look hard enough. I did alright on that test, but not what I could have done.

That was my wake up call.

I realized, going into college and having not used math, it made sense that I'd have to work harder than others to understand the material at first.

I started doing an insane amount of problems - the homework and then more on top of it. I re-took the class.

No. I get into a Calc test and am fine at first. I browse the whole test and smile because I covered all of the material. I did problems upon problems - I have a stack of printer full of shit (not an entire ream... but a lot), and yet, as I go through, I fall apart. I am slow and the clock ticks, and I can't remember simple concepts. I bomb. I do worse than before I prepared well!

I end up start switching endlessly from problem to problem because I'm missing little factoring issues or I used f'' instead of f'. I mean, for fuck's sake, I couldn't formally derive d/dx(x^1/2) using a limit... it's not difficult in the slightest. It's like I forget how to use LCDs and the simplest crap when I am tested.

I'm almost paranoid that there will just be algebraic tricks I'm not accustomed to and so sometimes I go down the wrong path solving a problem I could have done easily with a method I knew.
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Nathaniel Niggerfuck - Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:34:55 EST ID:Dk8yywxc No.14813 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Everyone goes through this to a certain extent, some much more so than others. Sadly this is the limitation of the grading system, that someone like you with good understanding will slip through.

My advice is:

1) Slow down with your problems. You might be burning through stacks of problems without taking the time to think about what's going on, memorizing methods without developing any intuition. If you're going too fast or writing illegibly, you could be doing work that the grader can't make sense of, or worse you can't make sense of when you come back to the problem if you need to.

2) Don't be afraid to make mistakes. It's ok to have a shit ton of scratch paper to try again, if you've gone down a fruitless path try something different. I'm not saying half ass a bunch of different approaches, but if something just isn't working move on and come back to it.

3) Read the test, think about how you'll do each problem, then start doing the grunt work. The way math often works is that your brain is confused by a problem at first, but when you come back to it, it may be crystal clear. This is what's happening when you get back to your car, you've primed yourself for the problem on the test and it's then crystal clear when you take the second look at it. There's something subconscious going on, but if you read something and come back to it later you'll find that you have been processing it without noticing.

4) Calm down. It's easy to get worked up about things, it's just a test that you're prepared for and you can do it. Try doing something that calms you down before a test, such as drinking a coffee, reading a favorite short story, sitting under a tree with a cigarette, whatever it is you like.

5) After you do a practice problems, don't just do an entirely different set the next time you study. Try looking back over your work, think about why you did something and whether it could have been better, reflect not only on the method itself but why you chose that particular method for the problem at hand.
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Jack Peddlewill - Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:44:18 EST ID:BG0DExq5 No.14886 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Fucking quality advice. The only advice I have is based on my personal experience. My friends and I were in calculus (I never imagined in a million years I'd be in calculus but I was a high school stoner and the hard classes were the trippiest. I'm doing my 4th year of a physics degree now. Crazy how drugs can affect your life.), and we realized that our math ability was extremely lacking, so we had to take over our own math education in order to be comfortable with ourselves. The thing that changed me forever was taking over mathematics, because it's something that belongs to me. I think crazy and natural thoughts in private, I listen to Terence Mckenna and random psychedelic nonsense and I just own math. It's mine now. So when I sit in front of an exam, I'm totally shocked; because somehow my private hobby is showing up at school. Also, if you're someone who cares about math, nothing is more amazing than an exam. Think about it, you MUST sit there for 3 hours and do math with no distractions. There's no way out. That's the fastest 3 hours of your life, and if you identify math as being home, it's funny. That's the only way I can describe it. How dare you challenge me in my home turf. (Not very modest but if you're dealing with math anxiety, fuck all modesty). I'm not even very mathematically talented, but if you want to get rid of math anxiety, you need to make it a part of your world that you're fond of.

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