Sunday, August 29, 2010

Probably the Nerdiest Thing About Me

I collect calculators.

I have yet to amass a huge collection, but I'm on a path toward one. 

This TI-1050 is probably the neatest one that I own.  It takes a 9V battery and emits a high-pitched frequency when it's on.  When you perform an operation, like square root, all of the digits fill up and it appears as though it's randomly scrolling through numbers before settling on an answer.  It's neat.

My "go-to" calculator is a TI-89 Titanium.  If you're in a math class or will be taking one I highly recommend this one.  It does so much.  You can even find some emulators of it if you know where to look.

If you're helplessly nerdy, and want in on this pointless hobby, you can often find some really good deals on eBay.  For example, I found a lot of 3 calculators made to look and smell like chocolate for $0.99.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The General Purpose of this Blog.

This blog is a more accessible version of the Problem Solving blog I had on Myspace.  Since that site is somewhat of a dying trend, I'll try to harvest some of the more memorable problems and concepts and build upon them here. 

The problems and concepts covered in these writings has the potential to vary greatly from week to week.  I'll try to keep things conceptually simple, but I can't make any guarantees. 

Basically, I want to use this to highlight some of my favorite parts of Mathematics.  We'll see algebra, trigonometry, geometry, probability and statistics, we may even get into some calculus and numerical analysis.  I promise that I'll try my best to make things as lucid as possible. 

It always irks me when a person will say, "I'm not a math person."  Or, "I got as far as basic algebra and that was all I could understand."  Mathematics is the language of our universe and if we look hard enough, sometimes we can see the fabric of our own reality.  I'll never be able to understand how we became a world full of math-illiterates.  I'll try to do what little I can to change that.