Monthly Archives: September 2011

Physics! #15: University Physics 2.5

Tweet2.5 Freely Falling Bodies This section’s pretty straightforward, but introduces a symbol you’ll use a lot: g. g is usually pronounced “little gee” since there is the more important Big G, which we’ll get to when we talk about force. … Continue reading

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Discrete! #2: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications 1.1B

TweetConditional Statements Okay, now discrete gets a little more fun. Conditional statements are “conditional” in the sense that they contain an element whose truth value depends on the truth value of something else. For example, “if Zach is happy, he … Continue reading

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Calculus! #29: Early Transcendentals 2.8B

TweetOH SHIT IT’S LEIBNIZ NOTATION. The importance of good notation is often overlooked. Sometimes, in your mathematical journeys, you may think “Why the balls are they making a new symbol for this idea I already understand?” There’s a good reason … Continue reading

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Discrete! #1: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications 1.1A

TweetHOO DOGGIE! I’ve been wanting to dig into this for a while, but I wanted to take calc all the way to derivatives before I did so. Logically, discrete should probably be prior to calc, but I wanted to get … Continue reading

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Calculus! #28: Early Transcendentals 2.8A

TweetYeehaw! We’re one section away from getting into the nitty gritty. But, this last section of chapter 2 is very important. This is where you stop thinking of the derivative as a trick and start thinking of it as a … Continue reading

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Physics! #15: University Physics 2.4

Tweet2.4: Motion with Constant Acceleration This is a supremely important section! You’re about to learn some equations you will use for a very very long time – the equations for motion with constant acceleration. These are important because there are … Continue reading

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Calculus! #27: Early Trascendentals 2.7B

TweetVelocities So, now that you get the basic idea of a derivative, let’s apply it to something mathematicians hate… real life. Say you have a function (we’ll call it s), which is a description of position over time. Mathematically, that’s … Continue reading

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Physics! #14: University Physics 2.3

TweetWOOH! I’ve decided I’ve gone through enough math to get back on the physics train. Here on out, I’m going to assume  you can use derivatives. Section 2.3: Average and Instantaneous Acceleration If you’ll recall, long ago when we did … Continue reading

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Calculus! #26: Early Transcendentals 2.7A

TweetDerivatives and Rates of Change Holy balls, we did it. The glorious derivative. Not only does this mean you’re about to get to some real live Calculus, it means after this section is complete I can go back to also … Continue reading

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Calculus! #25: Early Transcendentals 2.6B

TweetHere, we’re going to formalize what you already know. If you understood the section on the precise definition of a limit, this section should be pretty simple. It’s another example of a delta-epsilon (that’s δ and ε) proof, this time for the case … Continue reading

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