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 Permutations, Combinations, Arrangements, and Strings [10/22/2007]

When a coin is tossed four times, is an outcome of HTTH considered a
permutation, a combination, or something else entirely?
 pH Definition [10/20/2001]

What is the 'p' in pH?
 Phi [05/18/1997]

What is phi?
 Pick's Theorem, Lattice Points, and Area [08/27/1998]

What is a lattice point, and how does it relate to the area of a
triangle, rectangle, and a circle?
 Point Symmetry [08/19/2001]

What exactly is point symmetry? How can one tell if point symmetry is
present?
 Polyhedra: Classification, Theorem [02/12/1998]

I would like to know how polyhedrons are classified, which figures can be
used for the faces, and the theorem relating the faces, edges, and
vertices.
 Polyhedra: Solids or Surfaces? [06/06/2003]

Is a polyhedron always a solid figure?
 Polynomial Basics and Terms [05/20/1998]

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding polynomials.
 Polynomial Degrees and Definition of a Field [03/02/1998]

The degree of polynomials added together, and definition of a field.
 Polyominoes [09/08/1997]

I am using polyominos, but I do not know how to tell my dad what they
are. How can I tell him so he will know?
 Power or Exponent? [10/14/2003]

I always thought that 'power' was just a synonym for 'exponent'. Is
that incorrect?
 Principal Square Root Positive [10/24/2002]

Why are we always taught that the principal square root of a number is
positive?
 Product Notation [10/26/2000]

Can the pi symbol also be used to mean multiplying all the terms in a
series together?
 Profit Margin and Percentage Markup [02/16/2007]

I own a small business and am a little confused about the difference
between a percentage markup and a profit margin. Are they the same
thing? If not, how are they different?
 Pronumerals [05/14/2002]

What is a 'pronumeral'?
 Proofs with Isosceles Triangles [10/28/1998]

What are altitudes, angle bisectors, and medians? How do you prove that
in an isoseles triangle, the altitude is a median and an angle bisector?
 Proportionality Symbol [05/20/2003]

Do you know the name of the little symbol used in the topic of rates
and variation that means 'in proportion to'?
 Pyramids and Triangular Prisms [05/09/2000]

What's the difference between a pyramid and a triangular prism?
 Quadrant [03/25/2001]

What is a quadrant?
 Quadratic Equation [7/10/1996]

Why is a quadratic equation "quadratic"?
 Quadratic Equations [12/3/1995]

My students want to know why an equation of the second degree is referred
to as a quadratic equation. What does the prefix quad have to do with
second degree equations?
 Quadrilateral Classification: Definition of a Trapezoid [01/15/1997]

What is the correct definition of a trapezoid, and why?
 Quadrinomials [02/26/2001]

What is a quadrinomial, and how is it used?
 Raised Cosines [01/28/2001]

What are raised cosines, and how do they work?
 Range  Difference or Difference + 1? [08/05/2003]

Is range the same as 'difference' or not?
 Range, Mean, Median, and Mode [11/17/1998]

Why do we study range, mean, median, and mode? How will these concepts
help me in real life?
 Rate of Change of Distance [05/02/2002]

Speed is defined as the rate of change of distance moved with time.
What is meant by 'rate of change of distance'?
 Recognizing a Function From a Graph [09/03/2003]

How do you know whether a graph represents a function?
 Rectangular Hyperbola [06/11/2002]

The graph of a rectangular hyperbola looks nothing like a rectangle.
Where does the name come from?
 Reflex Angle [11/30/1998]

What is a reflex angle?
 Regression Method [11/18/1997]

What is the regression method?
 Regular vs. Equilateral Polygons [07/24/2003]

What is the difference between a regular polygon and an equilateral
polygon?
 Relative and Absolute Extrema of a Function [01/07/2004]

What is the difference between the absolute extrema and the relative
extrema in calculus?
 Relatively Prime [10/07/1999]

What does the term relatively prime mean, and how can you determine if
two numbers are relative primes?
 Rhombus and Square Comparison [01/14/2004]

Comparison of the definitions of rhombus and square as a way to answer
the questions, 'Is a square a rhombus?' and 'Is a rhombus a square?'.
 Rhombus vs. Rhomboid [08/27/2002]

What is the difference between a rhombus and a rhomboid?
 Roughing It More Rigorously [12/02/2010]

A physics student wants to make sense of the various symbols used to represent "approximately equal to"  as well as the phrase's mathematical meaning. Doctor Vogler produces two precise definitions while acknowledging that context, and personal preference, rule the day.
 Scientific Notation and Engineering Notation [10/22/2003]

What is the difference between Scientific Notation and Engineering
Notation?
 The Second Octant [04/03/2002]

Where is the second octant? No one seems to know how to count the next
octants after the first.
 Set, Subset, Element [3/10/1997]

Please define: set, subset, member, element, intersection, union.
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