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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
Pat, are you trying to tell people what they can and can not post here?
Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
No, I'm just suggesting that calling algebra "mathematics" is like calling MS Basic from 1987 "professional programming"
WikepediaAlgebra is a branch of mathematics concerning the study of structure, relation, and quantity.
No, I'm just suggesting that calling algebra "mathematics" is like calling MS Basic from 1987 "professional programming"
Yeah. I always get irritated by the phrase "Do the math" which almost always means "Do the elementaryschool arithmetic". But then, I have a couple of math degrees myself so I have the same bias.Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
No, I'm just suggesting that calling algebra "mathematics" is like calling MS Basic from 1987 "professional programming"
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Originally posted by Gabriel Claramunt:nonlinear differential equations
Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
The fact that an outfielder chasing a fly ball and runs to the right spot requires three dimensional differential equations being solved in real time
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and offbyone errors
Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
when I feed my fish, the food starts to drop in the water, and the fish are able to swim on an intercept course to eat the food.
I think that there is NO diffeq being done by anyone in these situations. The ball players make a guess, then intake more data (by watching the ball) and continue to make a constant series of refinements to their guess as they watch the ball. They're VERY good at it from doing it a lot, but they are NOT doing diffeq.
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