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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Wouldn't it be nice if

you could google on

an equation? Sure

wish you could. But

as soon as you type

some things like a

plus sign, you are

doomed, and your

search no longer finds

equations with plus

signs in them, even

if you put everything

into double quotes.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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I think google basically just stores things by letters and numbers.

So if you have an equation like:

or

y = x^2 + 3x - 6

I suppose google will not find it.

But if you typed only letters and numbers like:

y eq x up 2 add 3 x sub 6

then you could google on it, at least now in 2010, until

google upgrades to include funny math symbols...

*Last edited by John E. Franklin (2010-02-06 07:48:08)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi John;

Interesting idea but when I googled for that form with or without quotes it didn't turn up any occurrences of that quadratic.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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It will take a month or so before google finds this post and incorporates it into it's library.

And in fact google may not find every post we have. I have shown this to be true on occasion

once where Yahoo did find it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Google finds that post, but I thought you were trying to find equations on google.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh cool, guess what!! I just googled on:

"y eq x up 2 add 3"

and it is already in the library of google!!

It found this post, only hours after you, bobby!

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh, I see what you are saying.

What I mean is, if you have a very important

equation, then you could post that equation

in more than one language, so one of them

might be googlable, and the other more

readable like LaTeX.

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