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# Category Archives: Calculus

## (Ir)rational Behavior of Calculation

We had the following set of exercises with a group of secondary school students (in Ressun lukio). Assume that a and b are positive real numbers. Then assume one of the following: (i) a and b are both rational (ii) … Continue reading

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## 0.999999……=1? (continuation)

Earlier, I posted a pretending-to-be-funny discussion on this subject and now continue in a more formal fassion. Namely the dialogue in the previous post didn’t actually arrive to any conclusion as to whether 0.9999… is 1 or not. When you … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Mathematics
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## 0.999999….. = 1?

The question in the title is constantly discussed on web forums and at our department’s corridors; sometimes even by professional mathematicians and is in fact already quite seen and banal. In our department this question is often raised by the … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Popular
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## Back To College

Please comment your solutions, questions and remarks.. Show that the following inequality holds for all [tex]k>0[/tex] and [tex]x\in \mathbb{R}[/tex]: [tex]e^x>kx-k\ln k.[/tex] Level 1/5

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## Solution To The Previous Problem

Exceptionally I will present a solution to the previous Wednesday Problem. Only not shall I present any simplest solution but a cool one. The question was the following. Suppose a function [tex]f\colon \mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}[/tex] has the property that given any reals … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Mathematics
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## Intermediate Value Functions

Please comment your solutions, questions and remarks.. A continuous function [tex]f\colon\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}[/tex] on the real numbers has the following property: Given any two reals a<b, the function f gets all possible values between f(a) and f(b) on the interval [a,b] (i.e. … Continue reading

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## The Monk

Please comment your solutions, questions and remarks.. The posts have been a bit advanced lately. Let us lighten the atmosphere by this riddle which admits a simple solution, though mathematicians tend to use calculus in solving it: An Indian monk … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Recreation, Wednesday Problem
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## Continuum Hypothesis II

Differentiability of Space Filling Curves A Peano curve is a surjective (onto) function [tex]f\colon\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2[/tex]. Apparently such an f cannot be smooth. To see this consider the restrictions of this function to closed intervals [tex]f\restriction [n,n+1][/tex]. By smoothness and compactness the … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Foundations, Mathematics, Set Theory
Tagged Continuum Hypothesis Trilogy
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## Where Do Random Walks Lead

Rami Luisto asked the following question: Pick randomly n unit vectors from the plane, [tex]x_1,\dots,x_n\in \mathbb{R}^2[/tex]. What is the probability that the sum of these vectors has magnitude less than or equal to one, [tex]|x_1+\cdots+x_n|\leqslant 1[/tex]? (magnitude = norm = … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Mathematics, Probability
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## Continued fractions and strange homeomorphisms.

Usually one thinks of real numbers represented by a sequence (possibly infinite) of numbers between 0 and 9. For example [tex]34,140414\dots[/tex] One can use various bases like binary, hexadesimal, but the most common is decimal, although with the growing trend … Continue reading

Posted in Calculus, Mathematics, Topology
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