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## #1 2014-07-26 14:55:48

Agnishom
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### Square roots

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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## #2 2014-07-26 19:40:30

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### Re: Square roots

Hi;

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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## #3 2014-07-26 20:32:42

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### Re: Square roots

How did you do it? Did you have to solve a fourth degree equation?

'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

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## #4 2014-07-26 20:34:31

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### Re: Square roots

There are a couple of ways to get the answer but first you have a chore to do...

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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## #5 2014-07-26 20:45:49

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### Re: Square roots

I have a chore?

'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

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## #6 2014-07-26 20:48:01

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### Re: Square roots

Yep, before you can determine the answer which is easy, you must prove convergence.

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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## #7 2014-07-26 21:00:45

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### Re: Square roots

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

'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

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## #8 2014-07-26 21:04:02

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### Re: Square roots

There are 2 ways to get the above answer.

1) Solve the equation:

or do some EM.

``````dummy[] := Block[{}, k = k + 1; (-1)^k]
k = -1; r =
Sqrt[Nest[4 + dummy[] Sqrt[#] &, 1, 15]] /. Sqrt[3] -> Sqrt[4];
N[r, 25];

Both ideas require a proof of convergence which though not difficult is harder than the problem itself.

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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## #9 2014-07-27 00:58:35

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### Re: Square roots

I understand the first solution but I do not know how to solve it by hand.

I do not know what the second solution means

'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

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## #10 2014-07-27 01:08:32

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### Re: Square roots

How the heck would anyone be expected to solve that by hand?

The second one is M code to do the nested radical.

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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## #11 2014-07-27 01:11:50

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### Re: Square roots

Is the first equation not a proof of convergence itself?

Is there no way to do it by hand?

'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

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## #12 2014-07-27 01:32:13

bobbym
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### Re: Square roots

I do not think you can handle an equation like that by hand.

The code does this:

run it changing the 15 to a 5.

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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## #13 2014-07-27 01:40:31

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### Re: Square roots

Cardano could solve this by hand.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #14 2014-07-27 01:41:30

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### Re: Square roots

Is it a fourth degree equation?

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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## #15 2014-07-27 01:49:33

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### Re: Square roots

Your code gives an approximate fraction, bobbym.

Who is Cardino?

'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

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## #16 2014-07-27 01:51:20

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### Re: Square roots

bobbym wrote:

Is it a fourth degree equation?

Yes, it is.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #17 2014-07-27 01:54:29

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### Re: Square roots

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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## #18 2014-07-27 02:02:41

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### Re: Square roots

Hi

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #19 2014-07-27 02:05:49

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### Re: Square roots

You got that from this?

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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## #20 2014-07-27 02:05:58

Agnishom
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### Re: Square roots

I've that equation too. How do I solve it by hand?

'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

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## #21 2014-07-27 02:06:32

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### Re: Square roots

I posted an answer to that a while back.

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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## #22 2014-07-27 02:10:39

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### Re: Square roots

bobbym wrote:

You got that from this?

Yep.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #23 2014-07-27 02:11:51

bobbym
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### Re: Square roots

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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## #24 2014-07-27 02:11:54

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### Re: Square roots

bobbym wrote:

You got that from this?

Yes

'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

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## #25 2014-07-27 02:12:43

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