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#1 Re: Help Me ! » Help understanding this » 2013-02-10 11:55:16

Yeah but even this makes little sense to me. Imagine a person you needed to explain in kindergarden language a particular mathematical term to. That person is me. Take it as a personal challenge to explain to someone dumb as me and you will cover yourself in the glory of what it is to be a true educator

#2 Re: Help Me ! » Help understanding this » 2013-02-07 21:08:31

Thank you all for your replies. but can anyone show me how the numbers get put into this equation? I often need to see a worked example to get the feel for how these formulas work otherwise they leave me a little confused ( I am not a mathematician LOL ). I mean on that site it shows you the expansion as
                        1+ h/4 + h²/64 + h³/256... so why is the next term 25h4/16384?? instead of h4/1024? So I guess what I am asking is when a mathematician sees the formula we are discussing they can use it as a kind of instruction and arrive at definate answer using real numbers and plugging them in whereas I havent got a clue how the numbers are arrived at. Is there a site where worked examples are given?

BTW sorry about using a lower case 4 in place of a raise in power I copied and pasted it and couldnt get it to look right:P

#3 Help Me ! » Help understanding this » 2013-02-07 05:20:24

Norvegicusbass
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While reading about calculating the perimeter of an ellipse on the Math Is Fun website I came across a formula that I just dont understand. I am sorry that I cant seem to upload an image of the formula but its titled Infinite Series 2 and the author quotes it as being their favourite method. Thing is I dont understand how the thing breaks down in laymans terms. It has Binomial Coefficients and Factorials of Half Integers which I dont follow. Infact when I try to use my calculator to work out half integer factorials it doesnt work!  I dont understand how you arrive at the numbers that you plug into this equation to obtain the answer. Because of the ruling that only established members can post links I cant show you a link to the page but it is on the Math Is Fun site.

Thank you all in advance for your time.

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