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Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest until he knew — were the fractals in the layout of the village a coincidence, or were the forces of mathematics and culture colliding in unexpected ways?
The Fibonacci sequence is made up of numbers that are the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence, starting with 0 and 1. It's 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… 1 is 0+1, 2 is 1+1, 3 is 1+ 1 2, 5 is 2+3, and 8 is 3+5. The number after 144 is 233, or 89+144. The Fibonacci number describes the golden spiral, an ideal form much beloved by designers everywhere . Interestingly, it also neatly matches the relationship between kilometers and miles.
Dot Product Basics Dot Product of Two Vectors The dot product of two vectors A and B is a key operation in using vectors in geometry.
Version for printing It is not known when perfect numbers were first studied and indeed the first studies may go back to the earliest times when numbers first aroused curiosity. It is quite likely, although not certain, that the Egyptians would have come across such numbers naturally given the way their methods of calculation worked, see for example [ 17 ] where detailed justification for this idea is given. Perfect numbers were studied by Pythagoras and his followers, more for their mystical properties than for their number theoretic properties. Before we begin to look at the history of the study of perfect numbers, we define the concepts which are involved. Today the usual definition of a perfect number is in terms of its divisors, but early definitions were in terms of the 'aliquot parts' of a number.
Calculating base 10 logarithms in your head on the fly is a lot easier than you may think. It is simply a matter of memorization and a little estimation... First memorize all the single digit base 10 logs.
See Math tricks on video at the Wild About Math! mathcasts page. Being able to perform arithmetic quickly and mentally can greatly boost your self-esteem, especially if you don't consider yourself to be very good at Math. And, getting comfortable with arithmetic might just motivate you to dive deeper into other things mathematical. This article presents nine ideas that will hopefully get you to look at arithmetic as a game, one in which you can see patterns among numbers and pick then apply the right trick to quickly doing the calculation.
The Fibonacci numbers play a significant role in nature and in art and architecture. We will first use the rectangle to lead us to some interesting applications in these areas. We will construct a set of rectangles using the Fibonacci numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34 which will lead us to a design found in nature.
Version for printing Prime numbers and their properties were first studied extensively by the ancient Greek mathematicians. The mathematicians of Pythagoras 's school (500 BC to 300 BC) were interested in numbers for their mystical and numerological properties. They understood the idea of primality and were interested in perfect and amicable numbers. A perfect number is one whose proper divisors sum to the number itself. e.g.
Version for printing It is not known when perfect numbers were first studied and indeed the first studies may go back to the earliest times when numbers first aroused curiosity. It is quite likely, although not certain, that the Egyptians would have come across such numbers naturally given the way their methods of calculation worked, see for example [ 17 ] where detailed justification for this idea is given. Perfect numbers were studied by Pythagoras and his followers, more for their mystical properties than for their number theoretic properties.
6174 is known as Kaprekar's constant [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] after the Indian mathematician D. R.
Our initial exposure to an idea shapes our intuition. And our intuition impacts how much we enjoy a subject. What do I mean? Suppose we want to define a “cat”: Caveman definition: A furry animal with claws, teeth, a tail, 4 legs, that purrs when happy and hisses when angry… Evolutionary definition: Mammalian descendants of a certain species ( F. catus ), sharing certain characteristics… Modern definition: You call those definitions ? Cats are animals sharing the following DNA : ACATACATACATACAT…