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    Mean of sum of random numbers

    yes, I thought about that one too. But I got confused when I did a bunch of numerical simulations. Sometimes, the sum got very large (>1000). So I worry about the case where the sum may actually diverge: theoretically this is clearly possible (e.g.: sum of 1/n). Do we need to prove that this is...
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    Mean of sum of random numbers

    I choose a random number p_1 \in [0,1) and a subsequent series of (increasingly smaller) random numbers p_i \in [0, p_{i-1}). Then I can calculate the sum \sum_{i=1}^\infty p_i. Naturally, this sum is dependent on the random numbers chosen, so its particular result is not very insightful...
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    Limit of abc-formula for a->0

    OK, that makes sense. I had originally expected that both roots would converge to -c/b, but now that I think about it, it seems clear that the fact that b can be negative (so that I cannot just say \sqrt{b^2}=b) will spoil this. Oh well... too bad (for what I wanted).
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    Limit of abc-formula for a->0

    But for the other root, I get: \frac{-b-\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}=\frac{-b-\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}\cdot \frac{-b+\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{-b+\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}= \frac{b^2-(b^2-4ac)}{2a(-b+\sqrt{b^2-4ac})}=\frac{2c}{-b+\sqrt{b^2-4ac}} which seems ok... but I don't think it is! After all, I multiply by...
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    Limit of abc-formula for a->0

    I was wondering someting that is so simple that it baffled me... When I have the equation a x^2+b x+c=0 this obviously has the solutions x=\frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a} And when I have the equation b x+c=0 this has the solution x=\frac{-c}{b} My problem now is the limiting case...
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    News American Civilian Beheaded in Iraq

    There is some doubt as to weather this video is real at all... http://www.infowars.com/print/iraq/berg.htm What do you guys think? Wag the dog all over again?
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    Mexican Air Force Pilots Videotape UFOs

    It's even on CNN (so it must be true... ;-) http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/americas/05/11/mexico.ufos.ap/index.html [Broken]
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    Another play with numbers website

    Good point! That must be why you are not allowed to choose a zero in the link that I gave.
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    Another play with numbers website

    OK, I think I completed the answer to my own question (great forum, this is! ;-) This trick is that the website divides the number that I imput by 9 to see what remainder is left. If it's 0, the missing digit had to be 9. If it's 1, the missing digit had to be 8. If it's 2, the missing...
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    Another play with numbers website

    OK, I got slightly further: My number Z=X-Y (X>Y) must be devidable by 9, right? Is it then just the case that because the website knows that the number I imput plus the unknown digit must be dividable by 9, the value of the unknown digit can be determined? I.E.: Because it knows that the...
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    Another play with numbers website

    Another "play with numbers" website http://digicc.com/fido/ It's probably related to the fact that we have a base-10 number system, but I fail to see how it works... This website does the following: 1) You write down a 3 or 4 digit number, say X=x1 x2 x3 x4 (where the x's denote the...
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    Saying pi is transcendental

    But I like LaTeX'ing! :)
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    Saying pi is transcendental

    No, this is not correct. You are saying that \pi + (1-2 i)\pi^2=-1 which would imply that \pi=\left(\mp\frac{1}{10}\pm\frac{i}{5}\right)\left(\mp 1+\sqrt{8i-3}\right) which is clearly not the case...
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    News US Presidential election

    Even though I am born and raised Dutch, I find this insulting. Shame on you.
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    Basics of neutrinos are they antimatter particles

    No, also 1/2. Negative spins are not possible: only the projection of the spin on a (z) axis can be <0.
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