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by ianfort
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagrams
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

Re: Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagram

Dopefish's advice worked. I solved the problem and a significant amount more, and I think I'm really starting to understand force interactions and free body diagrams a lot more now.
by ianfort
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagrams
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

Re: Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagram

I probably should have mentioned: the problem asks you to draw 3 free body diagrams, one for each part. It also says to indicate which object is exerting which force. That is part A of the problem (parts B, C, and D were what I mentioned before) As for your advice, I'll let you know how it works for...
by ianfort
Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagrams
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

Physics homework: Not sure I quite get free body diagrams

Since force and free body diagrams have been introduced in my college physics class, I've started to feel lost. After a fair bit of thinking and experimenting with the diagrams, I feel I have a slightly better understanding, but I still find it very confusing. In particular, there's one problem that...
by ianfort
Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: MS Paint Adventures thread
Replies: 686
Views: 167471

Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

In case you haven't heard, PBS Idea Channel just did a video on Homestuck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLK7RI_HW-E
by ianfort
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Re: Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)

I figured out what the problem was. It had to be the natural log of the absolute value of x + 2.
by ianfort
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Re: Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)

Hmm. Must have been a mistake on the part of whoever put up the problem, then.
by ianfort
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Just what am I doing wrong here? (homework)

So, I'm using an online submission system for calculus homework this quarter, and it gives you a number of tries on each problem and tells you whether you got it right each time you submit. I've been working on this one problem and I'm almost positive I have the right answer (I've double and triple ...
by ianfort
Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with sums
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Help with sums

Can someone tell me how to solve a sum where k is raised to a constant power throughout the sum? For instance:

n = 50

(SIGMA) k^2

K = 1

I don't just want a formula. I want to know how the formula's derived.

Thanks in advance.
by ianfort
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

Lorenz wrote:Run to frisbee, and place it on top of the green square.


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Upon touching the green square, the Frisbee quadruples in size. The chain, realizing this, let go of your head and frantically slithers towards the green square.
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

edit: whoops. Hit quote instead of edit.
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

I take the frisbee and toss it towards the green square. http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/7127/chainattack2friz.png You toss the frisbee at the green square, but it falls short, in part because the frisbee's damaged, and in part because you are sidetracked by a homicidal chain. The chain, on the ...
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

You didn't tell us what the blue thing in the smaller trash can is, but i take it anyway, plus the lid of the large trash can. Yes I did. Its a cracked Frisbee. But anyway, http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/6017/inventory2.png You add the Frisbee and the lid into your inventory... But wait a minut...
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

Take the chain and open the smaller trash can


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Well that's... interesting. You wonder who would bother going through all the trouble.
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

Search trashcan for goodies! http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/7352/trashcancontents.png The trashcan is nearly empty, nonetheless, there are a few items in there that may or may not prove useful. There's a cracked Frisbee, a chain (who would throw out a perfectly good chain?) a rotten banana peel...
by ianfort
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

Re: You wake up in a forest...

ugh, these adventure games never last. The host always gets bored and gives up. Let's see how long this one lasts. http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9094/optomismdrop5to4.png Your optimism drops from 5 to 4. Gather mud. http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/9770/inventory1l.png Looks like an earthwor...
by ianfort
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You wake up in a forest...
Replies: 25
Views: 2492

You wake up in a forest...

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4773/youwakeupinaforest1.png You wake up in a forest. The moon is directly overhead. You don't remember going to sleep here. In fact, you don't remember anything at all... Well, okay, that's not exactly true... Actually, that's not true at all. You remember exactl...
by ianfort
Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Get to the cookies
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Get to the cookies

The man in this picture is in a bit of a predicament. He really really wants cookies and milk, but the only cookies available are across a piranha-filled moat. To add to that, there are spikes on the ceiling, so the danger of attempting to jump across is increased tenfold. http://img685.imageshack.u...
by ianfort
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

No, I've read about studies of the cosmic microwave background radiation that either confirmed or provided strong evidence for a mostly flat universe. Perhaps these studies are not as legitimate as I initially thought them to be? Edit: Nevermind about it not being legit. It's on NASA's page: http://...
by ianfort
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

One thing that confuses me is that there is currently evidence from the cosmic background radiation that suggests that the universe is almost completely flat. But the only way the universe could have finite space is if it has a closed curvature (unless space has some clearly-defined edge, but that r...
by ianfort
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

It is true we don't know: but to be honest, we don't know a lot that we "know". At the same time, we have pretty good models which do say that "before the big bang" is similar to "south of the south pole". We don't know that there isn't an invisible pink unicorn over y...
by ianfort
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

If instead of all universes being born of another universe, all universes arise spontaneously due to quantum fluctuations, I think the turtle problem can be averted since few or none of the universes are causally connected. You can have an infinite multiverse with infinite time and not have to deal ...
by ianfort
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

So will there be an end of time?
by ianfort
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

What the hell does that mean?
by ianfort
Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4001

Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

I was watching an interview with Stephen Hawking recently. He said that saying there was time before the big bang was like searching for a point south of the south pole. Now, I know he's pretty much a genius and can probably give an excellent argument for such an idea, but the interviewer didn't pre...
by ianfort
Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Can you explain how Archemedes did it?
Replies: 5
Views: 1462

Can you explain how Archemedes did it?

According to the wikipedia article on pi: [Archimedes] realized that its magnitude can be bounded from below and above by inscribing circles in regular polygons and calculating the outer and inner polygons' respective perimeters: By using the equivalent of 96-sided polygons, he proved that 3\tfrac{1...
by ianfort
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just want to make sure I understand uncomputable numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Re: Just want to make sure I understand uncomputable numbers

I know that if this is a program, it will give a different number each time it was run, but in any given instance of it being run forever, would it approach an uncomputable number, given that it was truly random?
by ianfort
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just want to make sure I understand uncomputable numbers
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Just want to make sure I understand uncomputable numbers

I think I'm beginning to understand how uncomputable numbers work, but I just want to make sure I'm not completely wrong. If I use an infinite series that would otherwise generate a computable number, but introduce a random element, it will approach an uncomputable number, right? For instance, if yo...
by ianfort
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A question on infinite series
Replies: 7
Views: 1747

Re: A question on infinite series

Oh wait. I think I understand now. I didn't really think it through. Sorry about that.
by ianfort
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A question on infinite series
Replies: 7
Views: 1747

Re: A question on infinite series

I don't understand. When I try to use rationals instead of naturals for a, I get stuff like this: .25/1.25 = 25/125 = 1/5 1 + 1 =/= 5 And of course, a = 0 doesn't work. When I use the formula, I start with a fraction, such as 1/4. Since the first number in the series is 3^0/(3+1)^1, it comes out to ...
by ianfort
Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A question on infinite series
Replies: 7
Views: 1747

A question on infinite series

I watched one of Vihart's videos that talked about infinite series and brought up the problem of starting with a fraction, and finding an infinite series starting with said fraction that approaches 1. It presented a graphical way of solving this, but I wanted to know the regular way, so I checked Kh...
by ianfort
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Portal Paradox
Replies: 137
Views: 31998

Re: Portal Paradox

What interests me about portals is the interesting geometric possibilities they allow for, such as closed 1-sided and 2-sided polygons, and completely flat 1-sided mobius strips. Portal mathematics might be interesting.

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by ianfort
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Bad translator
Replies: 80
Views: 11582

Re: Bad translator

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." ...56 translations later we get: "Ametshok...
by ianfort
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Can you decode this?
Replies: 2
Views: 1530

Re: Can you decode this?

Wow. That was fast. Good work. :D
by ianfort
Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Bad translator
Replies: 80
Views: 11582

Bad translator

Go to http://www.ackuna.com/badtranslator , enter in a phrase, set it to the desired amount of translations, and post the result here. Hilarity ensues.

"welcome to your doom!"

...20 translations later we get:

"We want to hear your fortune!"
by ianfort
Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Can you decode this?
Replies: 2
Views: 1530

Can you decode this?

I have constructed a cryptogram. Feel free to work together to solve it.

iimpqfyjxaruh

Since this is would be a bit unfair without one, I will give you a hint:

Hippasus
by ianfort
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with logarithm homework
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Need help with logarithm homework

Thanks. Finished.
by ianfort
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with logarithm homework
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Need help with logarithm homework

I've been doing fairly well with logarithm homework, but the last problem is stumping me. The problem is 3(5^(2x+1)) = 18(2^(5x-3)). I need to write the solution as a natural logarithm. I've been able to move some things around, but I'm not sure if I'm making any progress, and don't know where to go...
by ianfort
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with homework (seting up function from word prob)
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: Need help with homework (seting up function from word pr

Thanks. I really appreciate it. :)
by ianfort
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with homework (seting up function from word prob)
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Need help with homework (seting up function from word prob)

Hey all. I'm retaking precalc (not because I failed it or anything. It's just been years since my last math class) and for this class, we have a quiz each day. I've been given practice problems for the next quiz which is at 8:00 tomorrow, and there's one type of problem that I'm pretty sure will sho...
by ianfort
Sun May 29, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 33373

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

There are certain situations, though, when vitamin supplements are the best option, right?

Would it be a bad idea to take vitamin D pills in the winter under the reasoning that there's less sunlight then for your body to generate it naturally?

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