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On World Math Day – Do A Simple Self-Test to Identify a Creative Mathematician in You

There are many mathematicians, chemists, musicians, painters & biologists among us. But they are unaware of their qualities. Only some small suggestive strokes are needed for them. Unless one tells them, they will not know how great they are. Here is a small self test. Do you enjoy music, drums and dance? Do you enjoy looking at the flowers, carpets,…
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The Collatz Conjecture : Unsolved but Useless

The Collatz Conjecture is one of the Unsolved problems in mathematics, especially in Number Theory. The Collatz Conjecture is also termed as 3n+1 conjecture, Ulam Conjecture, Kakutani’s Problem, Thwaites Conjecture, Hasse’s Algorithm, Syracuse Problem. Statement: Start with any positive integer. • Halve it, if it is even. Or • triple it and add 1, if it is odd. If you…

The Lindemann Theory of Unimolecular Reactions

[ Also known as Lindemann-Hinshelwood mechanism.] It is easy to understand a bimolecular reaction on the basis of collision theory. When two molecules A and B collide, their relative kinetic energy exceeds the threshold energy with the result that the collision results in the breaking of comes and the formation of new bonds. But how can one account for a…
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The Mystery of the Missing Money – One Rupee

Puzzle Two women were selling marbles in the market place — one at three for a Rupee and other at two for a Rupee. One day both of then were obliged to return home when each had thirty marbles unsold. They put together the two lots of marbles and handing them over to a friend asked her to sell then…

Understanding Poincaré Conjecture

Introduction & Statement of Poincaré Conjecture In 1904, the french Mathematician Henri Poincaré posed an epoch-making question in one of his papers, which asked: If a three-dimensional shape is simply connected, is it homeomorphic to the three-dimensional sphere? Explanation The statement can be explained by considering the analogous two-dimensional situation. Let us think of a rubber band stretched around the…