# Math questions?

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#### three-dimensional-world

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##### Math questions?
« on: June 02, 2011, 12:45:44 PM »
Got any math questions you've wanted answers to but too afraid to ask? ILL TRY TO ANSWER THEM (unless someone else does it better first).

(I make this thread for you because of the interest in math here)

#### Trekky0623

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 03:43:19 PM »
Does P = NP?

#### Vindictus

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 04:53:59 PM »
Why can't I divide by zero?

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#### Harutsedo

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 04:57:32 PM »
Does P = NP?

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#### three-dimensional-world

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011, 05:40:43 PM »
Does P = NP?

Obviously P is not equal to NP, sorry if you wanted proof... I can't prove it.

Why can't I divide by zero?

Normally you can't divide by zero because multiplication by zero wouldn't give back the original (it would give zero instead), of course there are situations where you can too.

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 11:43:36 PM »
does e?

#### three-dimensional-world

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2011, 02:40:56 AM »

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#### Hazbollah

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2011, 05:13:19 AM »
Say you have 1 divided by 0, I think it would give 1 because you haven't divided it by anything.
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2011, 05:26:08 AM »
Exact value of Pi.  No rounding please.

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#### Hazbollah

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2011, 08:07:24 AM »
Exact value of Pi.  No rounding please.
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#### three-dimensional-world

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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2011, 08:35:13 AM »
Say you have 1 divided by 0, I think it would give 1 because you haven't divided it by anything.

hahaha

Exact value of Pi.  No rounding please.

pi is what mathematicians call a real number. This is defined as an infinite sequence of fractions which "gets closer and closer" to some limit. One way of writing out these sequences is using digits e.g. 3.141592653589... corresponds to the sequence (3,31/10,314/100,31415/100,...) but the ...'s are cheating: every ... should be able to be replaced with a method for continuing it indefinitely. The solution is to write a formula for the sequence of fractions: Here is one: f(0) = 0; f(n+1) = f(n) + (4(-1)^n)/(2n+1)

So f(1) = 0 + 4/1 = 4; f(2) = 4 - 4/3; f(3) = 4 - 4/3 + 4/5; f(4) = 4 - 4/3 + 4/5 - 4/7; f(5) = 1052/315; f(6) = 10312/3465.

so pi = (f(n))_n = (4,8/3,52/15,304/105,1052/315,10312/3465,...)

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#### Trekky0623

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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 10:21:56 AM »
pi is what mathematicians call a real number.

I think you mean irrational. Of course it's real.

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011, 04:42:32 PM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?
Where did you educate the biology, in toulet?

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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 04:47:33 PM »
pi is what mathematicians call a real number.

I think you mean irrational. Of course it's real.

#### three-dimensional-world

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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011, 05:37:15 PM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?

what the heck sort of answer did you want?

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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2011, 08:23:05 PM »
Can you give me a proof for the segment addition postulate? It's gonna be on my test.

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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2011, 08:46:59 PM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?

what the heck sort of answer did you want?

THE CORRECT ONE!  I expect a proof.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2011, 01:34:50 AM »
Say you have 1 divided by 0, I think it would give 1 because you haven't divided it by anything.

hahaha

What? I think we can safely say that zero means nothing. I am not holding an apple, I have zero apples. Zero denotes non-existence, as there is nothing there. Thus, you are dividing it by nothing, which is another way of saying you are not dividing it by anything.
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2011, 02:51:16 AM »
What? I think we can safely say that zero means nothing. I am not holding an apple, I have zero apples. Zero denotes non-existence, as there is nothing there. Thus, you are dividing it by nothing, which is another way of saying you are not dividing it by anything.

By that logic, multiplying 1 by 0 also gives you 1, because you have not multiplied it by anything.

For a more direct rebuttal, consider what division means. 8 divided by 5 means "8 divided into 5 equal parts" -- each part would be 1.6 in magnitude. Now consider the meaning of 1 divided by 0; if you divide a single unit of something -- say, a brick -- into exactly zero parts, how many bricks do you have in each part? It isn't 1, because zero parts of one brick each nets you zero bricks.
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2011, 06:13:38 AM »
Can you give me a proof for the segment addition postulate? It's gonna be on my test.

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#### Harutsedo

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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2011, 10:40:29 AM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?

Yes. All of them, in fact. I would write down the proof, but it is too large to fit in the margins.
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2011, 10:41:14 AM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?

Yes. All of them, in fact. I would write down the proof, but it is too large to fit in the margins.

Oh, how conveeeeeenient.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2011, 05:24:59 PM »
ooo. I have a question actually... so I have been trying to come up with a "nice" equation that describes the electric field inside the plane of a ring... my integrals keep getting reaaaaally ugly and I was wondering if you can come up with a nice integral for it...
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2011, 06:17:23 PM »
4+4/4=?
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2011, 10:20:07 PM »
I'm going to side with the white supremacists.

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#### Harutsedo

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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2011, 10:36:20 PM »
4+4/4=?

2, obviously.

It's funny because you knowingly gave the wrong answer.
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2011, 02:05:21 AM »
Prove that the derivative of e^x is e^x.
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#### Trekky0623

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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2011, 02:29:35 AM »
4+4/4=?

2, obviously.

It's funny because you knowingly gave the wrong answer.

It's funny because nobody writes equations that way. Math is a language, and writing 4+4/4 is just poor wording on the writer's part because it is ambiguous. Now, if we follow the order of operations to the letter, yes, we'll get five. However, real mathematicians write it like this:

OR

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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2011, 02:33:42 AM »
4+4/4=?

2, obviously.

It's funny because you knowingly gave the wrong answer.

It's funny because nobody writes equations that way. Math is a language, and writing 4+4/4 is just poor wording on the writer's part because it is ambiguous. Now, if we follow the order of operations to the letter, yes, we'll get five. However, real mathematicians write it like this:

OR

It isn't ambiguous at all if the reader is at all familiar with the order of operations.

#### Trekky0623

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« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2011, 03:54:18 AM »
Is the real part of any non-trivial zero in the Riemann zeta function 1/2?

Yes. All of them, in fact. I would write down the proof, but it is too large to fit in the margins.

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