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by mdyrud
Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Double Majoring Physics/Math
Replies: 23
Views: 6355

Re: Double Majoring Physics/Math

Have any of you ever triple majored? The reason I'm asking is because I am undecided what I want to do. Looking at the Math Ed, Math, and Computer Science requirements, there is a ton of overlap. My question is, would it be worth it?
by mdyrud
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?
Replies: 36
Views: 4142

Re: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?

So get a physics book. When you see a new math concept presented, look online to learn more about it. If you really like physics, that will make learning math much easier. For your statement earlier about matrices, in physics, they are rather useful. You can use them to look at vectors. Physics is a...
by mdyrud
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?
Replies: 36
Views: 4142

Re: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?

So it isn't that you can't grasp the concepts, you just aren't interested in them. There is nothing really wrong with that, but finding cool applications of math can help.
by mdyrud
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?
Replies: 36
Views: 4142

Re: I'm bad at maths. Any ideas why?

What exactly do you mean by bad at maths? I am a tutor at my school, and there are two types of people who are having problems with math. The most common group is one that just isn't that interested in the subject, and have a hard time focusing on it. The best way to help them is to find things in m...
by mdyrud
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Jokes
Replies: 8
Views: 1411

Re: Math Jokes

How can you tell that you are talking to a Computer Scientist?
When you ask if he wants the window open or closed, he answers yes.

Even though the normal joke isn't math, it has just taken a top spot in my top jokes of all times list.
by mdyrud
Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Minnesota Math League Problems
Replies: 15
Views: 4686

Minnesota Math League Problems

Hey, I am a member of the Minnesota State High School Math League, and I recently got copies of every single problem going back to the mid-eighties. They cover a range from basic algebra to precalc topics, with some rather challenging topics. I would be open to putting them online for people to look...
by mdyrud
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Study hobbits and the lack thereof
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Study hobbits and the lack thereof

Slightly off topic, but this thread was rather disappointing. I come in expecting a discussion on the mathematics of Middle Earth, but it turns out that we are talking about study habits, which I don't have.
by mdyrud
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glenn Beck
Replies: 68
Views: 5262

Re: Glenn Beck

This article here has several examples of where left wing pundits have done things that are rather outrageous. I don't watch TV, so I don't know if this is the sort of thing that Beck does, but he can't be that much worse than these.
by mdyrud
Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155871

Re: Your Schedule

High School, Grade 11: 1. AP Computer Science 2. Spanish Va (It's the class before AP Spanish) 3. Jazz Band 4. Multivariate Calculus + Linear Algebra 5. AP World 6. AP Physics (lunch) 7. Gym 8. AP English III You're a high school junior? :shock: That's an incredibly difficult and awesome schedule. ...
by mdyrud
Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glenn Beck
Replies: 68
Views: 5262

Re: Glenn Beck

Like several people before in the thread, I identify myself as conservative (though not Republican) and I cannot stand a lot of the very popular pundits. Though I am rather far right, there is no way I am anywhere near Limbaugh. I do think that the right is not the only ones with people like this th...
by mdyrud
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?
Replies: 118
Views: 9608

Re: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?

I realize that his employment status has no bearing on how right his views are, I just think that it would be funny if he was saying that those who work at x job should not be able to understand xkcd, while a completely unemployed person is fine.
by mdyrud
Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?
Replies: 118
Views: 9608

Re: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?

Just out of curiosity SOS, do you currently have a job? I would have to say, and I'm sure most people here agree, that no matter how menial a job is, it is better than no job at all.
by mdyrud
Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What Parts of Math Help With Physics?
Replies: 13
Views: 1353

Re: What Parts of Math Help With Physics?

Calculus. If I recall correctly, nearly any type of calculus will have some application in Physics. If you're just looking into basic mechanics, dealing with motion, basic derivatives and integrals will be fine. After that, it depends on what you are looking at getting into.
by mdyrud
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Political Orientation
Replies: 105
Views: 7099

Re: Political Orientation

I'm pretty conservative all around. Small government, very limited gun control if any, against affirmative action. I am morally opposed to abortion, because I believe that a fetus should have all the rights of a newborn. For a good idea of my views, I agree wholeheartedly with most points found in N...
by mdyrud
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 53201

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

I've noticed there has been some confusion about the origins of calculus in this thread, with small answers here and there. This may answer some of those questions. (Sources are Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale Encyclopedia of something-or-other, and Wikipedia.) While Fermat did develop a method for fi...
by mdyrud
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155871

Re: Your Schedule

I start PSEO college classes on Monday, and my senior year of high school in a few weeks. Right now, my schedule is: Semester 1 Block 1: Music Theory 1 (Beginning 2nd quarter and not for credit. It's a strange situation.) Block 2A: Band Block 2B: Choir Block 3: College Chemistry 1 Block 4: German 1 ...
by mdyrud
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Corpse Eating Robot
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Corpse Eating Robot

Anyone else seen this ? Like they say in the article, some researchers obviously haven't watched enough sci-fi movies. [R]esearchers at Robotic Technology say the robots will collect organic matter, which “could” include human corpses, to use for fuel. But if you picked up anything on flesh-eating r...
by mdyrud
Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care
Replies: 20
Views: 1258

Re: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care

One of the biggest complaints that they had about Canadian health care was the waiting lists. One of my aunts has a bad hip, and she has been waiting for over a year for surgery. Unfortunately, because it is not life threatening, the wait is likely to continue for a while.
by mdyrud
Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care
Replies: 20
Views: 1258

Re: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care

I don't know, from what I've heard about Socialized Health Care from friends and relatives in Canada it doesn't sound like it's that great.
by mdyrud
Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vision in Vacuum
Replies: 24
Views: 3343

Re: Vision in Vacuum

It's not going to be compressing the fluid. The fluid will be escaping out into the vacuum, probably while boiling, and wreaking havoc on his eyeballs.
by mdyrud
Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Your favourite calculator
Replies: 43
Views: 5218

Re: Your favourite calculator

I'm torn between the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition and the TI-92. I like the 92 for the Computer Algebra System, but for overall ease of use I have to pick the 84. The new NSpires are really nice though. When I get one it will probably become my favorite.
by mdyrud
Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Al Franken wins Senate Seat - Democrats hit 60
Replies: 20
Views: 2011

Re: Al Franken wins Senate Seat - Democrats hit 60

I think that the recount actually went fairly well. Sure it took a while, but now there is not nearly as much complaining about Coleman being robbed as there would have been. I'm not the only one who thinks so. Justice Paul Anderson was one of the people on the panel and when he came and talked to t...
by mdyrud
Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care
Replies: 20
Views: 1258

Re: Hospitals To Pay For Health Care

Are you sure that's the right link? I went to the story and I didn't see any of the passages you quoted.

Edit: I think I found the article you used. Link
by mdyrud
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:25 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)
Replies: 173
Views: 91703

Re: Upper Midwest US (MN, WI, ND, SD, IL, etc)

Just wondering, anyone here from the Grand Forks/Fargo-Moorhead area? I feel lonely way up north.
by mdyrud
Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dawkins backing summer camp for atheists
Replies: 43
Views: 3347

Re: Dawkins backing summer camp for atheists

If I remember correctly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with calling Richard Dawkins a militant atheist. I believe that I saw a TED talk calling for militant atheism. There, I found it.
by mdyrud
Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Internet Censorship & Freedom of Speech
Replies: 31
Views: 3664

Re: Internet Censorship & Freedom of Speech

I know at our school, any site that is specifically a blog is blocked, even those of the teachers. If it is a news site, it is allowed. I can't get on Little Green Footballs, but National Review Online is not affected at all. One of my friends talked to the tech guys about that, and he found that th...
by mdyrud
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 56758

Re: Facepalm TV

The new Star Trek wasn't all bad though. I remember in the first battle when a hole is blown in a ship, a girl is sucked out of the ship screaming, but as soon as she leaves it becomes completely silent.
by mdyrud
Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10379

Re: ACT scores

I've noticed that many musicians do well, whether they are in Band, Choir, or Orchestra. At my school, the people with the top 5 ACT scores are all in at least one of those three.
by mdyrud
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What should I learn.
Replies: 47
Views: 3791

Re: What should I learn.

I'm in sort of the same situation as the original poster, looking for topics to cover on my own. I have looked at MIT's OpenCourseware stuff, but are there any other suggestions as to resources (preferably low cost)?
by mdyrud
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!
Replies: 41
Views: 4029

Re: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Poor Ford Prefect. Now he'll never get to go home.
by mdyrud
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 66670

Re: what would you choose as your super power?

I don't have a personal choice, other than being made of pure awesome and being cooler than a fighter plane made of biceps, but I had a conversation about this recently. We asked someone at our school, a rather strange fellow, what he would choose, and he told us that he would want flaming poops. Wh...
by mdyrud
Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Yearbooks
Replies: 36
Views: 3131

Re: Yearbooks

We won't get ours until this coming fall, but I know that it will have many of the same things that they have had in the past. Horrible misspellings and fabricated quotes. I am dreading seeing what the yearbook people attributed to me on the topic of Math League. From what I have heard from them, I ...
by mdyrud
Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Accidentally ingesting insulin
Replies: 26
Views: 24722

Re: Accidentally ingesting insulin

Your response would depend heavily on how fast you treat it. If you immediately eat some sugary substance you should be fine. If you have a severe enough reaction, you will probably want to go to the hospital, as IIRC an overdose like that can lead to some nasty shock. I believe that was how insulin...
by mdyrud
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Xbox/Wow Style Achievements
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Xbox/Wow Style Achievements

That would be awesome. One teacher at my school would give out heart points for whenever someone pointed out a flaw in his figures on the board, or answered one of his trick questions correctly, or complimented him on his sweater. The heart points were redeemable for candy at the end of the year.
by mdyrud
Fri May 29, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ah, need help with math project!!?!??!!!!
Replies: 25
Views: 1136

Re: Ah, need help with math project!!?!??!!!!

I don't know about you, but when someone comes onto the forums and the only posts they have made are begging for help on some project, it looks pretty suspicious. You may very well be telling the truth, but the way you went about asking for help instantly raises flags in my head.
by mdyrud
Fri May 22, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 463056

Re: Favorite math jokes

Often in calculus you would see "let [imath]\varepsilon > 0[/imath]" when talking about limits and how close you can come to the true value. Having [imath]\varepsilon < 0[/imath] is just rather ridiculous.
by mdyrud
Fri May 22, 2009 2:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is it even worth it to go to an expensive college?
Replies: 19
Views: 1846

Re: Is it even worth it to go to an expensive college?

I don't know if it's worth it or not, but you should make sure you look at more than just the base price of tuition. My sister is currently attending Concordia University, where the tuition is $20,000 year, but with all the financial aid offered, it is costing only around $12,500 a year. Concordia w...
by mdyrud
Thu May 21, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Boom De Yada - A Capella
Replies: 9
Views: 2379

Re: Boom De Yada - A Capella

That was absolutely amazing. Now to get some of my choir friends into xkcd so they can sing it with me.
by mdyrud
Thu May 21, 2009 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why is calculus considered so complex?
Replies: 64
Views: 6038

Re: Why is calculus considered so complex?

achan1058: I totally agree with you. In the past, I've run into trouble trying to remember the different formulas, such as for trig and geometry. This year I followed someones advice and just paid attention to how they derived the different formulas. Tests take a little bit longer, but it makes thin...
by mdyrud
Mon May 18, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10379

Re: ACT scores

I got a 34. 35 on science, 34 on reading and english, and 33 on the math. I took the optional writing test, but I totally bombed it. I got a 6 out of 12. My combined writing and english was still 29 though, so it isn't too bad. I've heard that most colleges don't really look at your writing scores, ...

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