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Old 11-20-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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You know what I wish --

I wish someone would start a math forum.. Like MathEvolution.com That would be cool.


You could have sub forums for the different areas of interest

Calculus
Trig
Number Theory
Group Theory
Fractals
Recursive functions! (<-- big joke there would be people not finding closed forms)

Man, that would be cool!

Imagine - a Math-Help forum

You could have sigs showing problems you've solved!



A place where people could come together and talk about math, and properties of math!


Ohhhh - A history of math forum!


And set theory groups
Sequences and series!

Just imagine!



Instead of a "users Garage" you could have a "users notebook" where you could post all your work - all those awesome research projects you undertake!

wouldn't that be so cool!
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I hate math so much, its so hard and so boring. History and econ is so much better
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I hate math so much, its so hard and so boring. History and econ is so much better
Advanced Physics & Engineering isn't boring, let me tell you. Only ****** math classes are boring. Make it past those and you're home-free.
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i like math but it depends on whos teaching me it.
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Old 11-20-2004, 02:37 PM   #6
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Advanced Physics & Engineering isn't boring, let me tell you. Only ****** math classes are boring. Make it past those and you're home-free.
well im in my senior year of hs so im hoping college the classes get better
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well im in my senior year of hs so im hoping college the classes get better
It depends on where you go, but most likely they will.
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Old 11-20-2004, 04:26 PM   #8
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god how i hate nerds.
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Old 11-20-2004, 04:52 PM   #9
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lol!


Here's my math resume

(dating back to 1992)

College Math
Pre Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Differential Equations
History of Math
Abstract Algebra
Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
Statistics
Math Problem Solving & Modeling.


Only two more classes to go!

Next semester is Real Analysis, then I have the 'Capstone course'



Math rules!
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I'm in business cal..only math I need...lol
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:55 PM   #11
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i hate math with a passion, in hogh school i could have had like a 4.3 if i didnt have math but well i was never great at math
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ugh i also hate math. its either i understood it and it was so boring i didnt do the work cause i didnt feel like it, or i didnt get it cause the teachers were so monotonic in their teaching abilities that they couldnt answer a simple question like "well how did the m become a z all of a sudden?" or something.

my fav class was economics. #1 in the district on the common final and #3 in the whole school in the class finals. and here up until then the teacher only knew the preppy kids and i was just some kid who drew riced out civics losing to chevelles on the back of his term papers. boy you shouldve seen the look on those preppies faces when some punk *** kid comes from waaay waay behind and steals their #1 spot in the district.
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Old 11-21-2004, 03:50 PM   #13
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So I have this big Mathematical Modeling project I'm working on.

It's based on a typical Predator-prey scenario (which was modeled simplistically back in the 1920's).

So far, I have my hypothetical bunny population modeled. Now i have to introduce the predator (a hypothetical fox) and model their interaction.



For my project, I made up a story about a guy who has an island, which is 1sq mile, with no animals.

His bunnies accidentally escape.

the properties of his bunnies are as follows.

They won't breed in captivity.
They will breed if they are free (in the wild)
They will have one litter per month of 4 babies, two male, two female
They can't breed until they are 1 month old.

These properties give it a very fibonacci feel that the population can be modeled recursively

f(n+1) = f(n) +2f(n-1)

But a recursive function is inappropriate for higher level math. What if you want to know what the population is in the 24th month. The recursive function would force you to find the 23rd and 22 month, which in turn would force you to find the 21st and 20th month pop... etc. While this is ok for rather small numbers, what if you want to find the population of this hypothetical bunny in the 12567th month?

Assuming the bunny never dies off, you can model it with the closed form solution
f(n) - (8/3)2^n-(2/3)(-1)^n

That was a ***** finding the closed form of a second order recursive relation.

Now I have to 'create' the parameters for the hypothetical fox and model them together!


It's a ton of freaking work, but so damn satisfying when you create a model that works!




wOOt!
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Old 11-21-2004, 03:59 PM   #15
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Anyone with some skills want to help out? I need someone to bounce some ideas off of.








(yes, I ended that sentence in a preposition - I'm a math major, not an english major)
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Old 11-21-2004, 09:11 PM   #16
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You know, sometimes I just want to do math. It's rare, but sometimes I get an urge to write up some equation or break out my math book. Want to know how well I'm doing in math? I failed math 3 times already. I had HORRIBLE teachers.

This is how it went in highschool

Freshman year - F
Summer School - B
Sophmore year - F
Summer School - A
Junior year - F
Summer School - A

Didn't have to take math for Senior year, so I didn't.

What's all this have to prove? All my teachers during summer made math interesting. And they taught all of what the teachers were trying to teach me in a whole year, faster and more understanding than they did. It's all on the teacher in my opinion, explain things clearly, show every step and why you do it, and quiz regularly so you would know if everyone knows the material. And for god sakes, don't grade the quizes..
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MAth sucks LOL

Freshman Year: D-

After that it kind of just repeats itself until senior year trig. I failed at Trig so bad. 35% baby. And my dick pothead of a teacher didn't help at all and he graded the quizzes....

I'm glad im out of HS.
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Old 11-22-2004, 06:03 AM   #18
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All my teachers during summer made math interesting. And they taught all of what the teachers were trying to teach me in a whole year, faster and more understanding than they did. It's all on the teacher in my opinion, explain things clearly, show every step and why you do it, and quiz regularly so you would know if everyone knows the material. And for god sakes, don't grade the quizes..

My experince in HS wasn't quite as bad as yours, but I had a 'teacher' - or should I say football coach who sucked. Made me hate math.

fortunately that was my sophomore year, so by my senior year I was ready to give it another shot.
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didnt do bad my freshman year, got an A or B in algebra. sophomore year, got a B or C in geometry, and failed alg2. taking alg2 again, and failing it too. its weird, the book has some type of gravitational pull on my head... always end up asleep on it
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