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# Petanquell

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## About Petanquell

• Rank
Quark
• Birthday 11/27/1991

## Profile Information

• Location
Czech Republic
• Interests
Music, drums, frisbee and american trains made in late sixtees
• Favorite Area of Science
Mathematics, biology and maybe physics
• Occupation
Be useful :)
1. ## How do you solve Exponential Equations?

I thing Big Nose said it perfect. $8^{x^2 - 2x} = \frac{1}{2}$ the first step is: $8^{x^2 - 2x} = 8^{-\frac{1}{3}}$ using fact that $\frac{1}{2}=8^{-\frac{1}{3}}$ Than using the old rule "when bases are equal than exponents must be equal too" or with "more official" way, use logarithm with base 8 on both sides we get: $\mathrm{log_{8}}(8^{x^2 - 2x})=\mathrm{log_{8}}(8^{-\frac{1}{3}})$ $(x^2 - 2x) \cdot \mathrm{log_{8}}(8)=-\frac{1}{3} \cdot \mathrm{log_{8}(8)}$ and we get to easy equation $x^2 - 2x= -\frac{1}{3}$ or in the first step use that $(\frac{1}{2})^{-3}=8$ and do the same again only with some small changes: $((\frac{1}{2})^{-3})^{x^2 - 2x} = \frac{1}{2}$ $\mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}((\frac{1}{2})^{-3})^{x^2 - 2x}=\mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}\frac{1}{2}$ $\mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}(\frac{1}{2})^{-3x^2 + 6x}=\mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}\frac{1}{2}$ $(-3x^2 + 6x) \cdot \mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}\frac{1}{2}=\mathrm{log_{\frac{1}{2}}}\frac{1}{2}$ $-3x^2 + 6x= 1$ (dividing with $-3$ you get the same equation as before..) I hope it helps. Pq
2. ## Giant ball of.. worms?

I've found only this but it's barely useful... http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1591089.html Pq
3. ## How to solve "advanced" equation?

Hey guys, I've never got problem with solving quadratic, logarithmic or goniometric equations, but I don't know how to solve them when they are all together. The most simple example is: $\textup{log}(x)+\textup{sin}(x)+x^2+x+1=0$ Is there any way to solve them without "computer help"? Thanks, pq
4. ## I'm a math student and would like som feedback

Page 40 contains this exercise: $(x+1)^2=-25$ $x+1=\pm-25$ $x=-1\pm-25$ $x=-1-25 \textrm{ or } x=-1+25$ $x=-26,24$ and note probably about complex solution..(?) What tells you that it hasn't got real solutions? Pq
5. ## Need help choosing best Scientific Calculator

Well, I hate people doing this but it's well known trick: 1) go to the shop 2) buy the most expensive calculator 3) do an exam 4) complain and return your calculator to the shop Pq
6. ## Funky limit question

Funk has no limits...
7. ## mathematical "limits"

Of course there are some things we can't understand on the first sight, but like Feynmann said: "It's like a park with huge number of ways. If you can't find one, there are some other reaching the same place." Or other point of view, everything must be proved so folowing the prove must lead to understanding. Could this be a way to avoid incomprehension? Pq
8. ## mathematical "limits"

It will be grievous to have a limit on high school....
9. ## mathematical "limits"

Hey guys, I talked with a guy who studies mathematics and he told me that his friends from collage found their "limits" (mostly in third grade) and now the don't have a clue what's going on, and just learn mechanically like medival scholars did. He also told me that only some chosen ones still understand it. Does anyone you know of feel a similar effect? And now something completly diffrent, will you press (softly, of course) on your child to do math?
10. ## What is your motivation for studying mathematics?

I'll try it explain with my words despite my level of english. I have three very related reasons: The first reason should be clear, I'm bored and curious. In a curious-period I wonder how things work and how they were invented. In a bored-period I just sit and read, or work on a book I'm writing for my schoolmates, because they complain about the speed of our math teacher (she's really fast, I guess it's about 180 words per minute ). The second reason is a little related to the book I write. I want to motivate others to do mathematics because I consider mathematics as a basic knowledge which builds you among others a useful logic."I believe everyone has some measure of talent for mathematics in them, it's just that many don't know about that, which is what I try to change. I'm also convinced that while I'm not inteligent enough to invent something great, I might be "inteligent" enough to find someone who can. The third reason is that mathematics is something like meassure of intelligence for others (I really don't know why). And it gives you the respect needed to be listened to by others. In a nutshell, I study to relax and to motivate others to be better then me. All those things I very enjoy. When I'm writing that book or teaching my schoolmate (sometimes more then 6 hour a day) it gives me feel, that I'm useful for others. Sometimes I regret that my father forbid me to study mathematics at the university Pq Google dofinition of toy: "An artifact designed to be played with." Richard P. Feynman's did exactly what i want to do . His quotation express it nicely: "Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it."
11. ## What is your motivation for studying mathematics?

More than art, it's a toy.
12. ## confusion again

Well , we haven't learned trigonimetric functions yet so I can't see it there. But I'll take a look sometime... And that conversation, I don't remember why I did it. Maybe because Maple doesn't take degrees, really don't know. pq
13. ## confusion again

Ok, i'll try First of all, I coversed degrees to radians $T*\sin(37\pi/180)+\frac{4}{3}*T*\sin(53\pi/180)-100N = 0$ $T*\sin(37\pi/180)+\frac{4}{3}*T*\sin(53\pi/180)=100N$ $T(\sin(37\pi/180)+\frac{4}{3}*\sin(53\pi/180))=100N$ $T=\frac{100}{\sin(37\pi/180)+\frac{4}{3}*\sin(53\pi/180)}N$ And aproximate... pq
14. ## confusion again

is it $T*\sin{37}+1.33*T*\sin{53}-100N=0$ ? Eventually, can I use 4/3 exept 1,33 ?
15. ## Can Working Wings Be Grafted on a Human? [Answered: NO]

Much better jetpack have Yves Rossy here.. That's impressive... Does someone here fly with hang*glider? It must be possible to fly with something like it even if it will be grafted on your back...
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