Author Archives: Alex Nelson

About Alex Nelson

I like math. I like programming. Most of all, I love puzzles.

[Index] Calculus in a Single Variable

Differential Calculus in a Single Variable Definition of Derivatives using big O notation Line Tangent to a Curve Exponential Function Tangent Lines as Linear Approximations Some Useful Trigonometric Limits Differentiating Trigonometric Functions Inverse Function Theorem The Natural Logarithm, the inverse … Continue reading

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Blog/Life Update

Just to keep readers in the loop: I have not forsaken you! I just have a job now… I got hired to program in Clojure, a peculiar member of the Java family and distant relation to the LISP clan. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Introduction to Double Integration

1. Consider . What is the volume of the region (1) The first thing we do: consider the rectangle and form a partition of into segments and into segments. This gives us a mesh of rectangles as specified by the … Continue reading

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Notes on Mathematical Writing

1. I’m going to be posting my double integral notes, but I’d like to discuss my strategy when writing “more rigorous” mathematics. Modern mathematics consists of definitions, theorems, and proofs…so I’ll discuss the idiosyncrasies of each. (I’ll probably revise this … Continue reading

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Meta: Higgs Boson

So, they discovered the Higgs Boson the other day. I think I will ultimately get to discussing the Standard Model in mathematical detail. It would be awesome to discuss the classical Standard Model, then the quantum Standard Model. I have … Continue reading

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Lagrange Multipliers

1. So, last time we considered finding extrema for some function , but what if we constrain our focus to some surface ? For example, the unit circle would have (1) How do we find extrema for on the unit … Continue reading

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Finding Extrema of Multivariable Functions

1. Remember for a curve , we have maxima and minima occur whenever (1) What’s the multivariable analog to this notion?

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