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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Mada an "introductory" page on Mathematical Models

How do you like it?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I really like this page. I think the example is a very good one, because it demonstrates that when improving a model, there's a point where the next thing that needs considering would make the calculations much more complex and the accuracy is already good enough that it's probably not worth doing.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

Interesting, except the part about having a job for life. That was depressing.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**ccmint****Member**- Registered: 2009-10-11
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The page looks great. I just have one question. How did you figure out the minimum (0.22, 0.17)?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi ccmint;

He eyeballed it from the graph.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**ccmint****Member**- Registered: 2009-10-11
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Ok, Thanks Bobby.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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It's also possible to use calculus to get the exact answer - the x-value turns out to be

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks, everyone!

Yes, I just eyeballed it, as the exact solution is a calculus thing. I might mention that on the page.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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