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    Other Should I Become a Mathematician?

    I would add Tensor/Manifold/Lie theory though I guess the parts i'm thinking of are considered Differential Geometry. Seriously, allow me to make myself look ridiculous and say that Differential Geometry changed my life. They need to have it taught in undergrad more often.
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    Why Is It Impossible To Reach The Speed Of Light?

    Although this is only a qualitative answer I think the concept will more clearly motivate the math. If we let the x-axis be space and the y-axis be time then velocity is a straight line in the spacetime plane. For a given object let the line have a fixed length and to make it easier to...
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    What requires more bainpower? Professional writing vs advanced mathematics

    I may be alone in this but I find that the more math I do the more "brainpower" I feel I have. It seems easier for me to pick up on things in general (not just in math but nonacademic areas too) after learning some math. A couple of days of hardcore proof-theorem study of a new topic also...
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    I woke up today at 5 pm and have a test at 9 am (this might be relevant to others)

    Sorry I didn't respond yesterday guys. I totally forgot I made a thread. I did well on the test and didn't fall asleep until 5 am... I think I went overboard with the caffeine. XD
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    I woke up today at 5 pm and have a test at 9 am (this might be relevant to others)

    No. I stopped sleeping sunday night's and tuesday night's to get ahead in hw.
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    I woke up today at 5 pm and have a test at 9 am (this might be relevant to others)

    Had 5 5hr energies and other things. I aced the test. Nevermind.
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    I woke up today at 5 pm and have a test at 9 am (this might be relevant to others)

    What would you do? I don't think sleep is a viable option at this point except maybe a nap. I know I have to fix my sleep schedule but right now i'm worried about the current situation. Sorry if this isn't the right place for this type of question.
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    Hardcore Electrodynamics Class

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Yeah I Swear. I mean we haven't done any E&M yet. As of last class we just derived Maxwell's Equations and I think we will be studying the actual physics now. When I said 1st course I meant 1st course in EM outside of Freshman year (sorry for the...
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    Hardcore Electrodynamics Class

    I'm just kind of curious how our school's E&M-I class compares to others because it seems like we are learning things at an advanced level (very fun though it can be intense). We started the year off with Special Relativity then went into Vectors; nothing weird yet. Then instead of doing...
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    Proofs of limit laws confusion

    I've been thinking a lot about what Mathwonk said and now I'm confused even more. Now I don't know whether the Reals or the limit concept is more fundemental because I just realised I'd need to prove each using the other (at least at this stage).
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    Proofs of limit laws confusion

    So is this chapter in Apostol (the proof the OP stated is section 2.29) useless? It preceeds a discussion and proof of Bolzano's theorem so perhaps it makes sense in that context.
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    Calculus/Real Analysis test links

    Mit's Opencourseware contains many practice exams with solutions.
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    Other Should I Become a Mathematician?

    I'm not familiar with that book so I can't recommend it but I have Schaum's 3000 Problems in Calculus book and it is pretty good for problem solving practice. Most topics have over 100 questions ranging from simple calculation type to proof/theory based problems. Also for Physics Majors there...
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    Other Should I Become a Mathematician?

    Good luck. I'm in the same boat as you. Stewart is our required book in Uni and it's supposed to be written for laypeople but for some reason it confuses me with all the little boxes everywhere in all these different colors with distracting diagrams. Apostol on the other hand has the nice...
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    Apostol 1st edition vs. 2nd edition

    Oh Ok. I'll be more clear next time. I hope you enjoyed (or are still enjoying) the book. I'm working through it myself this summer to review and i'm previewing some of the Multivariable in Vol II as I go along.
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    Apostol 1st edition vs. 2nd edition

    Yeah (hilllllllllllarious)... I know, but believe it or not other people read this PUBLIC thread (sorry Mr. Ptolemy but the universe doesn't revolve around you). That is why I didn't address the post to you but rather to other readers who may be in the same situation. Abebooks seems to...
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    Apostol 1st edition vs. 2nd edition

    Everyone who reads this thread be warned. I own both versions of both volumes and the second edition is much different. Especially in Vol II the approach is completely different (Prereqs from the first edition are now "special topics" in the 2nd edition). Overall the 2nd Edition is of both...
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    Most gruesome piece of music you've heard?

    Agreed. Real Metal (mostly old school metal or power metal) is just a more complex form of rock with intelligent lyrics (usually) that differ from the usual girls/cars/partying lyrics of normal rock bands. Numetal is the 90s MTV crap like Korn and these types of bands usually have simple...
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    Most gruesome piece of music you've heard?

    Hey metal is a BIG genre! Heres some good Metal: Iron Maiden : Judas Priest : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXqb_3fR6Ok&feature=related Anthrax : here is some gruesome Neoclassical Death Metal for comparison: Necrophagist : http://youtube.com/watch?v=1DND8S_CF_g
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    Do you take notes when you read?

    It depends on what I am reading. When reading a physics or math text sometimes I finish a paragraph and realize I have no idea what I just read. In those cases I start writing the paragraph because it seems to calm my mind enough to let the ideas sink in while I'm writing. You might just...
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    Louisiana governor signs creationist bill

    I'm sorry if my comment seemed to be pulled out of thin air but I keep hearing about these creationists and other extremists who either claim that science has no merit, that science is evil, or think that having an "idea" is the same thing as having an experimentally tested theory. To be clear...
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    Louisiana governor signs creationist bill

    Wow these Xtians are really trying to bring down the Scientific Age and bring us back into the Dark Ages. If you don't want to believe in science then you should not be able to use equipment or tools invented by scientists or engineers (like computers).
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    The new CBS show Numb3rs

    The first episode is actually almost an exact retelling of a case that was solved by the help of a Mathematician. I've heard that the math shown is actually some of the math that the guy used. Perhaps the people who think the math isn't used correctly aren't so knowledgeable in the areas...
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    Pro German People in College

    Zeitgeist and Pro Germans are not really related dude except the fact that the title is german for like time spirit or something like that.
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    Zeitgeist the movie, Real? or just Real crap?

    I hope you aren't seriously suggesting that Germans and Nazis are the same thing. To the contrary, America probably has twice as many neo Nazis as Germany.
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    Best Metal Bands ever

    This thread is old but no matter... My favorite bands in the metal category are, Heavy: Judas Priest Motorhead Iron Maiden Hammerfall Dragonforce (when you listen to them enough you start to differentiate the movements sort of like how classicla may seem all the same the first time you hear it...
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    Vatican says aliens could exist

    Nah its gonna happen soon. They'll say they artificially inseminated Mary with God's sea men.
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    Vatican says aliens could exist

    Wow this dude mustve been a master of Irony Theory as well.
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    Dumb generation?

    True but the illogical religions/cultures that were created yesteryear still haunt society today. The future will be better once people learn to keep their fairy tales and beliefs to themselves. Hopefully 2000 years from now people won't be wearing minibrooms around their necks , worshiping...
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    Can you date a younger guy?

    Neither did I. Haha this nice chain reaction caused all of us to reply to this fossil of a thread without knowing it.:biggrin: Bravo PFers
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