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Recreational Math
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:49:31 am »
Is anyone else here into math? I love learning about different numbers and theorems and stuff. One of my life goals is to help solve the Collatz conjecture. I just feel like we're so close.

But anyway, my favorite number is 34. This was decided long before I got interested in math, though, so it's not terribly interesting. It is, however, the lowest number whose neighbors have the same number of factors as it. So that's cool, I guess.

But what about you? Anyone else here just fascinated by numbers?

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 09:02:48 am »
Yup. I like math and have too much time on my hands. I started on Khan Academy about one month ago and it's hard to believe how much I've forgotten. Especially considering that a few years ago I was doing AP Stats. It is coming back fast. In the World of Math mission I am at 42%.

If anyone else is interested here is a list of unsolved math problems https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unsolved_problems_in_mathematics

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2018, 09:29:45 am »
Is anyone else here into math? I love learning about different numbers and theorems and stuff. One of my life goals is to help solve the Collatz conjecture. I just feel like we're so close.

But anyway, my favorite number is 34. This was decided long before I got interested in math, though, so it's not terribly interesting. It is, however, the lowest number whose neighbors have the same number of factors as it. So that's cool, I guess.

But what about you? Anyone else here just fascinated by numbers?

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It's funny....  I just read your posting after earlier this morning checking on one of my old college email accounts and there was a message from a previous undergrad student giving me an update on herself. 
I was a grad-student then and I was a tutor for the Mathematics Department and she was one of several of my students that I have kept track of through the years.   The old adage that females are less adept at math is a fallacy in my opinion...  many of the advanced math students that I tutored have moved on to advance themselves in careers that utilize their mathematics degrees, the females included.

I earned an MBA with emphasis in Economics and also Statistical Analysis... and an additional degree in Mathematics..   Presently I operate a Financial Advisor business and I use my math skills daily, although usually not the heavy stuff such as "Combinatorics" "Probability" "Statistics" "Game Theory" "Differential Equations" etc that I so enjoyed as I earned my Masters in Math.  The old adage that "you will lose it if you don't use it" is always on my mind so I try to keep my advanced math skills sharpened by communicating with and working problems with my, now older, like-minded college friends.

***How about telling me more about yourself and your math experiences.
Thanks for posting, it is nice to see another math aficionado here on the forums.
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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 09:40:19 am »
My degree is in accounting which certainly does not require a math major. My dream was to be an actuary. I guess it's not too late.

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 10:42:45 am »
MATH!! This is almost as fun as the Reading/Books thread!

Math was one of my undergraduate majors too, and my Masters is in Computer Science, which at the Univ of CA was totally a math degree. The PhD work was all in distributed database theory, which was the start of my math decline.  ;D

So, while I still LOVE math, and thinking in that way, my skills have diminished to the point of a good High School student. <S> (I taught HS Math for a few years so I have an idea of what good HS students can do...  ;D )

Speaking of favorite numbers, I remember laughing for a long time watching Sheldon describe why 73 was the perfect number.

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2018, 10:56:44 am »
Dear Math nerds:
This is an old worn out math joke meme....
.....but I always chuckle when I see it....

       

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2018, 05:33:38 pm »
I keep meaning to get seriously into maths, but currently I'm limited to watching numberphile on youtube all the time lol.

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2018, 05:50:48 pm »
I loved all my math classes in school and was often in the advanced classes.  When I took a bunch of tests when I was a senior in high school,  they told me that I should be a math professor.  But I had no interest in that.  I could never decide what I wanted to be as a career.  Now looking back I should have been an actuary. 
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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2018, 06:15:10 pm »
I keep meaning to get seriously into maths, but currently I'm limited to watching numberphile on youtube all the time lol.
Numberphile is my absolute favorite thing on the internet!

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 02:20:46 pm »
I was a major math nerd in high school and won a couple of provincial math competitions.  I used to read Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column in Scientific American religiously.  I'm a little rusty now. 

I did my BSc in computer science and ended up in IT as a career, but I didn't actually use much of my math skills there.

My main hobby these days is astronomy / astrophotography, and there is quite a bit of math involved in the optics.  Nothing hard, but it boggles my mind that most people don't understand it.  So I make a point of pointing out the mathematical relationships, and I have been known to post "Do the math!!" in response to questions.
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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2018, 05:46:08 pm »
One of my degrees is in Accounting and when younger I struggled with Math.  But I realized that math is involved in everything we do!  With that realization I turned around my education.  I still struggle with scientific math as I don't use it.  I love Numberphile as well. 

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2018, 04:31:32 pm »
This topic has reminded me that I have to renew my mathematica subscription :D

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2018, 07:59:08 pm »
Numberphile is my absolute favorite thing on the internet!

BTW, I had to ask this... is it just me or is Matt Parker super sexy or what?

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2018, 05:55:11 am »
Reminds me to brush up  and advance my math and physics skills so I can understand newer cryptocurrency algorithms.

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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2018, 01:58:13 am »
I'm fascinated by how awful I am with numbers. If it's possible to be dyslexic with numbers, I think I have it.
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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2018, 06:30:55 pm »
I was doing math as a hobby several years ago. I was working the night shift at a nursing home as a CNA. I usually had a few hours of down time every shift so I was teaching myself calculus. I was making progress then I started working some place else. More money, less free time.
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Re: Recreational Math
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2018, 06:36:58 pm »
“4/3 of the people on earth do not truly understand fractions.”

Ha.


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