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# Monthly Archives: February 2012

## Painting! #6: Hans Bethe

TweetI just started doing gray tones and got a little carried away. But, it’s fun! Also, yes, his forehead was that enormous.

## Discrete! #13: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications 1.3E

TweetTranslating from English to Logical Expressions There may be a part of you that says “what’s the point of all these symbols and shit? Why can’t we just reason logically?” I think people ask a similar equation about how scientists … Continue reading

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## Calculus! #42: Early Transcendentals 3.8

TweetExponential Growth and Decay This section is actually a brief introduction to differential equations. A differential equation is pretty much what it sounds like – it’s an equation that involves a function and its derivative. One of the simplest versions … Continue reading

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## On Agnosticism vs. Atheism

TweetOn Agnosticism vs. Atheism, in which I piss off lots of readers For a long time I prefered to call myself “agnostic” as opposed to one of the many terms that suggests some amount of gnosis about the universe and … Continue reading

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## Physics! #27: University Physics 4.6

Tweet4.6: Free Body Diagrams Free body diagrams: MAKE’EM. What is an FBD? Very simple – it’s a diagram in which you denote all the forces acting on a body. You may think to yourself “well, I’m a total badass, so … Continue reading

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## Discrete! #12: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications 1.3D

TweetQuantifiers with Restricted Domains This is a cool little section that just shows you how to construct bigger statements. The example they give is “∀x<0 ( > 0).” I read that as “for all x less than zero, x squared … Continue reading

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## Calculus! #41: Early Transcendentals 3.7

TweetRates of Change in the Natural and Social Sciences I’m not going to linger too long here, since I think we covered a lot of stuff way back here. Understanding this section really is just a matter of using the … Continue reading

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## Physics! #27: University Physics 4.5

Tweet4.5: Newton’s Third Law This is the famous ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ law. It’s a bit unfortunate that it was originally phrased that way, in that the language often confuses students. But hey, it could’ve been … Continue reading

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