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#1 2006-03-04 05:13:33

fgarb
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Yeah, me too

Hi all, I'm another newbie here. I graduated from college not too long ago and I'm now in graduate school in a field where we use math all the time. I think there are two reasons why I'm here. First, I kind of miss the days when I used to play around with math ideas just for fun, so I thought I'd check out this forum to see what sorts of cool puzzles/problems there are, and maybe add some of my own. I enjoy what I do - don't get me wrong - but sometimes I get a little tired of grinding through long, messy equations.

And second, I am considering teaching as a possible career after I graduate, so I thought I should probably see how good I am at explaining math to people down in the trenches. I'm sure it would be better for me to try tutoring someone in person, but that's not really an option for me at the moment, so I thought I'd see if I can help anyone on this forum. We'll see how much time I have to post. Being busy is the real obstacle for me to overcome.

My name is Ford (I never hear jokes about that!), and I live in California. I'm looking forward to some good conversations here.

btw, those are some impressive equations I see people using in their posts. Is there a link that explains how to make them?

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#2 2006-03-04 05:16:07

fgarb
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Re: Yeah, me too

Ah, I did not look at the sticky at the top of the page. Yes, LaTeX is nice.

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#3 2006-03-04 07:15:44

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Re: Yeah, me too

Hi!I'm espeon. I'm only in year six going to graduate into high school at the end of june or is it july?I can't remember.If you want to have a career as a teacher then heres a tiny test.All you have to do is teach me everything you know about about triangular numbers.If I understand then you can definately become a teacher.This is hard because you can't use any complicated words because I haven't learnt any yet.By the way which secondary school did you go to?


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#4 2006-03-04 07:17:21

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Re: Yeah, me too

My name is Ford (I never hear jokes about that!), and I live in California. I'm looking forward to some good conversations here.

Where's your towel?  Bet you never heard that one.

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#5 2006-03-04 09:38:44

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Re: Yeah, me too

Welcome to the forum, "fgarb"! We have loads of puzzles if you search back, and I look forward to some new ones from you!


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#6 2006-03-04 10:19:27

fgarb
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Re: Yeah, me too

"Where's your towel?  Bet you never heard that one."

Never, though I do get asked if I'm a Prefect occasionally. smile

Hi Espeon, you say that you're year six about to go into high school. Does that mean that you skipped a couple grades? I'm used to high school being after eighth grade. I went through the secondary school system in Livermore, which is a medium sized town a bit east of San Francisco. Yeah, I think it would be fun to be a teacher, though at this point it's one of three possible career directions I'm considering.

Do you really want an explanation of triangular numbers? (I actually had forgotten this name for them, I had to look the name up online wink ). If so, maybe you could be a bit more specific about what it is you're trying to understand - is there any particular point that's confusing you about them?

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#7 2006-03-04 17:43:23

ganesh
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Re: Yeah, me too

Welcome, fgarb!

Hope youfind the place interesting and make new friends! up


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#8 2006-03-04 23:14:46

espeon
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I keep trying lots of formulas to get a certain numbers triangular number.for eg,1:3.In the end my dad told me(he's a teacher too)the formula and careless me forgot it.I don't understand the grades.Can you expain it too me.Is it like levels like 5a or something like that.I haven't skipped anything.


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#9 2006-03-05 00:26:30

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Re: Yeah, me too

Welcome, hope you enjoy your stay here. More puzzles are ALWAYS welcome, and help is even more welcome.. Cya 'round :]


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#10 2006-03-05 00:28:45

ganesh
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espeon,
Go to this link. If you are unable to understand, post your query in the Help Me section. smile


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#11 2006-03-05 23:38:45

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Re: Yeah, me too


IPBLE:  Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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#12 2006-03-06 03:08:34

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Re: Yeah, me too

Hmmmm. My settings don't like LaTeX. Oh well.

Bonjour Ford Prefect!!! Or rather just Ford who probably ain't from several light years away!!!


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#13 2006-03-06 03:14:43

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I think you haven't got to tell these wolves your name.


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#14 2006-03-06 03:17:42

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Wolves? Je ne comprends pas.


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#15 2006-03-06 08:19:04

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Re: Yeah, me too

What you don't understand?
(not you, of course. Wolves as Ricky smile smile smile et je smile smile smile )


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#16 2006-03-06 15:15:26

fgarb
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Re: Yeah, me too

Howdy all, thanks for the warm welcome.

The wolves are entertaining at least, so I don't mind!

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#17 2006-03-06 18:46:43

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smile


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