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 76 Tzetze, Mon, 15th Aug '11 11:26:49 AM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Eh, no. Basically, you define a number i such that √(-1), the square root of negative one, equals i. That's called an imaginary number because it doesn't "mesh" with normal (real) numbers, and is "outside" them; 1+i can't be reduced to a real number, for instance.

Then a complex number can be defined as any number a+bi, where a and b are real numbers, and i is as up there. So 1+i, 3+i/9, 4 (= 4 + 0i), and 10i (= 0 + 10i) are all complex numbers.

Hopefully that makes sense so far. Now the trickier part comes in when you multiply them. Since i = √(-1), i▓ = -1. Therefore, (a+bi)(c+di) = ac+adi+bci+bdi▓=ac+adi+bci-bd=(ac-bd)+(ad+bc)i. Because of the subtraction, you lose the guarantee you get with real numbers, that multiplying two positive numbers gets you a bigger positive number.

Now the Mandelbrot set can be defined like this: For each point on the plane (x, y), call x+yi "c" (so c = x+yi). Then, starting with z0 = 0, say zn = (zn-1)▓ + c. So for the point (1, 0), c = 1+0i = 1; z0 = 0; z1 = (z0)▓ + c = 0▓ + 1 = 1; z2 = 1▓+1 = 2; z3 = 2▓+1 = 5; etc. Now it should be pretty obvious that successively higher z values get farther and farther from zero. Because of this, we say that the point (1, 0) "escapes". In contrast, (0, 1) = 0+i = i results in the z sequence 0, i, -1+i, -i, -1+i, -i, etc. repeating, and never "escapes". We say that a point is in the Mandelbrot set if it does not escape. And from this relatively simple rule, you get the incredible complexity of the set.

Make any sense?
 77 Rial, Mon, 15th Aug '11 2:22:53 PM from England
Not all there
I think so. I always wondered why it was called a set too. Thanks!

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I'm still in school, but ever since I aced pre-calc (over a year ago), I haven't taken a math class. Hopefully that will be rectified this year, seeing as there's a calculus class now available in my school.

I never thought I'd hear my self say this, but I really do miss math.
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I'm a grad student who'll (hopefully) have a Master's degree in it at the end of the school year. I'm focusing more on statistics though, since I want to ultimately become an economist.

 80 B Meph, Sun, 21st Aug '11 8:35:04 PM from Outta Space
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In short: I suck at math and am jealous of anyone who isn't.

That's why I like to play with the abstract stuff, like Category Theory...ah, yes, any more abstract, and it wouldn't say anything. That's the stuff I like, you bet!

edited 21st Aug '11 8:35:40 PM by BMeph

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 81 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 24th Aug '11 2:20:35 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
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looks like I'm a little late to the party, but I'm still here, just started a new school year and I'm a couple years ahead of what my grade should be at, seriously, I'm close to having to take the adult test to get an accurate measure of my skill, and I know most of my math book, this is going to be one boring year.
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 84 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sun, 18th Sep '11 2:33:45 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
It seems to happen in highschool with kids who are a bit head in some areas.

Ok i am not sure what sort of weird sorcery is at work but remember that problem I posted earlier? I built the structure in minecraft and it worked out with a flat top some how. I need to figure out what I am doing wrong there with my various formulas and set up. I have a feeling I am needlessly complicating it.

edited 18th Sep '11 3:08:05 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
 85 lord Gacek, Sun, 18th Sep '11 3:00:34 PM from Kansas of Europe
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I LOVE CALCULUS
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 86 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 19th Sep '11 11:35:21 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Tuefel: According to your description you will never reach layer 50 (as Tzetze pointed out). Level n=1 is 68 blocks per side on the outer square and 66 for the inner square, level n=2 is 66 blocks wide outside and 64 inside, and so on, right? So the outside width on level n is 70-2n, which is -30 when n=50. Level 35 should have no blocks in it, so the highest, actual, physical level of the pyramid will be 34 (a four-block square).

If you built a hollow pyramid whose sides are one block thick, all the way to level 34... the number of blocks in any given level n is an = 4((70-2n)-1), which reduces to an = 276-8n. And you want the sum of an for all n from 1 to 34... 34Σn=1(276-8n) is, happily, an arithmetic series, where each level has 8 fewer blocks than the one underneath it! Yay, predetermined formulas! Sn = (n/2)(a1 + an) = (34/2)(268 + 4) = 4624 for the outside. The inside is the same pyramid, short the bottom layer of 268, so the total number of blocks in the 34-layer pyramid is 2(4624)-268 = 8980. If I did everything right this time.

Did you possibly mean for the second level to be 67 blocks wide outside? (That would match your calculation that the 50th level would be 19 blocks wide.) The maths' different, but along the same lines...
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 87 Tzetze, Mon, 19th Sep '11 11:45:27 AM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
He's making a Minecraft pyramid, so reduction by one block doesn't result in a pyramid.
 88 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 19th Sep '11 11:49:04 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Err... 'yes, I saw' to the first part, 'what?' to the second.

EDIT: Oh, you mean that the blocks don't stack on the corners of the layer underneath? In that case, that's probably the first point where the maths went wrong.

edited 19th Sep '11 11:51:53 AM by Noaqiyeum

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 89 Tuefel Hunden IV, Fri, 23rd Sep '11 9:56:06 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
I am going to try and get access to map again and double check my count. That has to be the only explination I can think of. The count must be higher for this to work.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 90 Kyler Thatch, Fri, 23rd Sep '11 10:13:54 PM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
I recently realized Computer Science is math. Computery math, anyway.
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 91 Tzetze, Fri, 23rd Sep '11 10:19:46 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Which is why the early pioneers had a lot of applied mathematics degrees between them and why I think the current computer engineering halfway education stuff is terrible.
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I've always really liked math. I'm only a high school sophomore, though; I'm taking an honors Algebra II class.

I'll admit that I wasn't overly fond of geometry last year, but I think that was due to a teacher who didn't know what he was doing (making the work miserably difficult until I started doing my own research to learn the theorems better), rather than the work itself.
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Currently taking AP Calculus. I'm not as enthusiastic about it as I was for my past math classes though...

f(x) = tan-1(x2+2x)

f'(x) = (2x+2)/(1+[x2+2x]2)

edited 30th Sep '11 7:40:36 AM by PokÚnatic

 94 Kyler Thatch, Fri, 30th Sep '11 8:41:09 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Ahh, differentiation and integration of trig functions. I always hated that part.
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Is that cake frosting?
I think I want to learn a little about dynamical systems. I have some vague memories of a very simple course I took a long time ago about Lyapunov Functions and so on, but for all intents and purposes I am starting from almost zero.

But I have started thinking about some fun ideas about the relationship between formal logic, Markov processes and dynamical systems, and I get the impression I lack some of the basics to really see them through.

First I'll have to wrap up the thesis, though — sigh. I really enjoy doing research, but putting everything together in a coherent, readable form is boring...
But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

I want to ask the math-inclined people to review an essay I typed up here (OTC). It's basically to say that deductive and inductive reasoning aren't so "different", and it involves looking at mathematical induction to help see that.

edited 2nd Oct '11 5:19:01 PM by abstractematics

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 97 lee4hmz, Sun, 2nd Oct '11 5:23:04 PM from Giant Not-A-Base
Lurks too much
Tze: There's a lot of math involved in electrical engineering, too, especially if you're dealing with stuff like circuit board design or, well, pretty much anything dealing with RF. I actually kind of regret never having taken any formal higher math courses, since I'm sure it would have helped me understand things like 3D rendering better.

That said, IT is a skilled trade, not strictly a science, and so knowing the higher math isn't an absolute requirement. It does help, though. :P
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 98 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sat, 15th Oct '11 4:13:15 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Ok I have figured out why the diagram is not working with the structure. It is drawn wrong. Ok using the cubes draw a square with the sides touching with 6 blocks. The inside layer will be four blocks. Now draw the shape in a diamond with only the corners touching. The outside edge is still 6 by 6 but the inside is 5x5. When I drew the pyramid with diagonal scheme on a grid it worked. The final 55th layer leaves a 11 x 11 flat space at the top.

This works out with bottom layer being 66 x 66, 55 layers down.

edited 15th Oct '11 4:15:29 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
Is that cake frosting?
OK, now I really want to learn some Complex System Theory/Chaos Theory. I was talking about it today with a colleague, and we agreed that we should try to set up a reading group on the topic — that is, pick a text, a (reasonably forgiving) schedule and agree to meet once in a while to discuss it.

The only problem is that neither of us is really in that area — he is a theoretical computer scientist, I am a logician — so we are not sure which text to use. We will ask around in the department, of course; but is there any good introductory book in the field that you all could recommend?

edited 15th Oct '11 4:30:16 PM by Carciofus

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

 100 Enthryn, Tue, 27th Dec '11 7:53:39 PM from Earth Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Didn't notice this thread before. I'm an undergraduate majoring and planning on getting a PhD in mathematics. Some of you have probably seen me geeking out about math elsewhere on the forum.

Taking a class on Lie groups next semester... I hope I won't get too crushed by this class — differential geometry definitely isn't my best subject.

Also, this is awesome.

edited 27th Dec '11 7:55:11 PM by Enthryn

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