Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun. Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ π -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

- Topics: Active | Unanswered

**zetafunc.****Guest**

Agnishom wrote:

No, we do not have GCSE in India. Atleast I don't think so.

For international students, IGCSEs are offered by the CIE and Edexcel exam boards (I think those are the only two, I could be wrong). They are designed to offer qualifications of a similar level to GCSE to students not living in England.

ζfunc, Y U NO SIGN UP?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

NEW PROBLEM

There are 150 balls marked in a bag which are marked in a range of 1 to 150. Three random balls are taken out and laid on the table. What is the probability that the three balls are taken out in an ascending order?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

Hi Agnishom;

**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.**

Offline

I also got something like that

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

Amazingly it is the same answer for any n.

**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.**

Offline

So, how?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

It uses three series to get the answer.

**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.**

Offline

**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
- Posts: 3,479

Hi,

Once we have 3 numbered balls on the table, the sample space is those 3 numbers.

Hence, the probability is 1 / 3!

May be it's more complicated if we are dealing with multisets?

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

Offline

Thats a brilliant concept but what about the series?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

Thats a brilliant concept

Brilliant and a lot shorter.

but what about the series?

Hmmm, the methods of experimental math never promise the shortest solution! They just promise a solution.

c = 150

To prove for any c it is always 1 / 6 as gAr's method proves.

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

Offline

Yikes!

Where did you get that formula from?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

From programming. it is rather quite easy to visualize but difficult to explain.

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

Offline

I can do neither.

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

Like everything else it comes eventually. But you already know how to program.

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

Offline

Sort of...

Thats how I made that wild guess, but it doesn't help me to point out the exact

*Last edited by Agnishom (2013-04-05 02:57:05)*

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

It will take some time before anyone can solve problems well.

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

Offline

And what should he do in that time?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 91,654

1) Work on problems!

2) Learn how to program well.

3) Learn and use a CAS.

4) Learn an interactive geometry program.

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

Offline