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 TOPICS This page:   about math    Search   Dr. Math See also the Dr. Math FAQ:   why study math? HIGH SCHOOL About Math Analysis Algebra    basic algebra    equations/graphs/      translations    linear algebra    linear equations    polynomials Calculus Complex Numbers Calculators/    Computers Definitions Discrete Math    permutations/    combinations Exponents    Logarithms Fibonacci Sequence/   Golden Ratio Fractals Functions Geometry    Euclidean/plane      conic sections/        circles      constructions      coordinate plane      triangles/polygons    higher-dimensional      polyhedra    non-Euclidean    practical geometry    symmetry/tessellations History/Biography Interest Logic Negative Numbers Number Theory Physics/Chemistry Probability Projects Puzzles Sequences/Series Sets Square/Cube Roots Statistics Transcendental   Numbers Trigonometry Browse High School About Math Stars indicate particularly interesting answers or good places to begin browsing. Mathematical Models [07/17/2002] What is a mathematical model, and how would it be used? Mathematics and Philosophy [6/5/1996] I was wondering if mathematicians viewed mathematics as being 'transcendental' of the universe. Mathematics As Analogy [12/16/2003] How can the ratio of a finite circumference to a finite diameter give an infinite value for pi? Mathematics, Logic, and Intuition [05/27/2003] How is math related to logic and intuition? Math for a Future in the Sciences [02/08/2001] I want to be able to understand as much math as possible and keep this information with me for the rest of my life, but once I learn something, I forget it quickly... Math in Dance [09/30/2001] Can you explain possible ways that math and dance could be related? Math in Electrical Engineering [05/01/2003] What math is involved in electrical engineering? Math in Everyday Life [09/22/2000] I need to write a story about all the ways in which math relates to everyday life over the course of one day. Could you help me with some examples? Math in Everyday Life [10/17/2002] How do you use math in your everyday life? Math in the Real World [2/19/1996] I would like to know some examples of mathematical applications in the real world. Math Invented or Discovered? [10/26/1999] Did man create all math? If man created math, then all math can be manipulated, and it is whatever we want it to be, right? Math is Power? [03/13/2003] What do people mean when they say that 'math is power'? Math Symbols [04/07/1997] What do the common math symbols (backward E, upside-down A, etc.) mean? Math Used Every Day [11/20/2001] What type of math do I use every day? Meaning of the Phrase: Divide by Zero. [01/02/1998] I want to use 'divide by zero' to indicate a physically impossible task. What does the phrase actually mean? Meanings of Math Symbols [06/19/1997] In math notation, what do the vertical bar, the colon, and the solid black square (at the end of a proof) mean? Mod Function and Negative Numbers [04/28/2000] What is the correct value for the function MOD(-340,60)? Microsoft Excel returns the value 20, while Lotus 1-2-3 returns the value -40. Can you explain the difference? More on Order of Operations [02/13/2000] I have found contradictory information on the precedence of the multiplication and division operations. Is there a universally accepted rule for the order of these operations? Multiple Solutions [02/08/2002] Why is there more than one way of doing one type of math problem? The New Math [07/05/2000] What is the "New Math?" Non-terminating Decimal Representations of Fractions [11/10/1997] Why when you take a finite, limited quantity like one-third and turn it into a decimal do you get .333... on into infinity? The Orphaned Brace [03/04/2010] Why do mathematicians format systems of equations with a single, unpaired brace? Perfect Numbers [11/10/1997] Do the sums of the digits of perfect numbers always equal 1? Philosophy of the Truths of Mathematics [02/28/2001] Do the truths of math hold in any conceivable world? Philosophy, Probably [07/27/2014] A philosophy student seeks a mathematical way to evaluate ontology, which he has modeled with zero, one, and one-half. Doctor Douglas suggests probability. Point and Line [04/07/2001] How does something without dimension create something with dimension? Possible Proof That 1 + 1 Does Not Equal 2 [04/19/2001] I just want verification... would this proof work? Precedence of Unary Operators [09/01/99] The PEMDAS rule for order of operations ignores unary operators. Can you explain the proper precedence for them, and give an example showing how not knowing the rule can cause an incorrect result? Preparing for a Math Olympiad [12/25/2000] I want to be a candidate for the International Math Olympiad, and so I have to push way past the subjects covered in class. Do you have any ideas on how I could efficiently "reach the top?" Project Ideas [06/30/2002] Can you suggest any science projects involving math and the stock market? Proofs and Reasons [06/18/2002] What's the difference between a 'proof' and a 'reason'? Properties? Axioms? What to Call Characteristics of Field, and When [07/14/2014] An adult finds inconsistent labels for the characteristics of fields and rings. Doctor Peterson explains how different levels of abstraction warrant different vocabulary. Proving Theorems, Playing Chess, and Remembering Parts [11/23/2013] Like grandmasters do with chess moves, do mathematicians remember chains of reasoning from one long proof so that they can re-purpose and apply them when proving others? Doctor Ian responds with a number theory example to underscore that memory matters less than insight. Publishing a Conjecture or Proof, from Due Diligence to Final Publication [06/16/2011] Does the mathematics community maintain a list of conjectures? or follow some established protocol for submitting new ones? Doctor Vogler explains why no single such collection exists, then outlines the process for vetting and publishing original work. Quadratic Formula: Solve for b [08/15/2001] How do you solve for b in the quadratic formula? Questions About Math [07/31/1999] Why was the Cartesian plane invented? Were the more abstract branches of math developed just for fun? What is chaos theory? Why isn't Einstein's equation e = mc^3? Real Life Uses of Quadratic Equations [06/13/2002] When would you solve a quadratic equation in real life? Reducing Math Anxiety [08/26/2005] What are some ways that a teacher can help students avoid or lessen math anxiety? Representing a Number [10/29/2001] How can you represent the number three without using any letters or variables or the digits 1 through 9? Reverse Polish Notation [1/22/1996] Who invented PostFix notation, i.e. Reverse Polish Notation? Why is it called Reverse Polish Notation? Page: []

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