
Register  FAQ  Members List  Calendar  Search  Today's Posts  Mark Forums Read 

Thread Tools  Display Modes 
#1




Any math majors in here?
Are there any of you guys that are good at math? I'm taking a math class right now and I just suck at it. Math has never really been my strong suit...ever.
__________________
*The word "dabo" means "I will give" in Latin, and "Gold" in Aramaic. J.J. "Binks" Abrams is taking over scifi! Fans Expendable 
#2




Amen to that. No Maths genius here either! But, I get by.
__________________
TREK IS TREK. WHATEVER THE TIMELINE!
The next TV Series should be called STARFLEET! 
#3




All those years in school I was told to find "x", and never once in the real world have I ever had to find "x".....so, sorry, no math major here either.

#4




Was good at some parts, bad at others...
__________________
"English! I thought I dreamed hearing it!"? Khan, Space Seed (TOS) Brought to you in living color by NCC. = first fan member = 
#5




If you want to freak out your math professor, tell him/her you know how to draw a triangle with three right angles. But maybe he/she already knows.
How? On the surface of a sphere. Draw a line from anywhere on the equator to one of the poles, next from that pole at a right angle back to the equator, then back to the starting point, forming a 270degree triangle. It's a nonplanar triangle (not drawn on a plane). A simple trick of a multiplying a twodigit number by 11 often comes in handy. You add the two digits and stick the sum in the middle, but if it's more than 9 you have to carry. So 24 x 11 is 264, but in the case of 78 x 11, since 7+8 is 15, you stick only the five in the middle and carry the 1 (add it to your original 7), making the answer 858. This is not really math taught in school so much as a trick for doing arithmetic in your head, more or less made obsolete by modern calculators. Another trick like that of my own invention is less often useful but can be impressive. To multiply 19 x 21 in your head, subtract 1 from the square of 20. That 1 is actually the square of the mutual distance from 20. So the answer is 399. For 18 x 22, it's 396 (20 squared minus 2 squared), and so on. For example, 25 x 35 would be 875 (30 squared minus 5 squared), and 15 x 17 is 255. Not school math, just a little fun.
__________________
Star Trek Journal 
#6




Quote:
About maths, my thesis is that all children are naturally curious about everything. Then school comes along and ruins it for them. In the case of maths this is achieved via overrigidity and formality (here is Feynman on how school teaches algorithms but fails to make pupils understand what they are actually doing) and presenting tools to solve problems without presenting any real problems. 
#7




Ha ha ha......yeah, the one time when we actually DID need to find "x".

Thread Tools  
Display Modes  

