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381654729 : An Interesting Number Happened To Me Today

You might be thinking why am I writing about an individual number? Actually, in previous year annual exams, my registration number was 381654729. Which is just an ‘ordinary’ 9-digit long number. I never cared about it- and forgot it after exam results were announced. But today morning, when I opened “Mathematics Today” magazine’s October 2010,…

Social Networks for Math Majors

Are you a math major looking for some social networks to join? If you are one, you are at the right place. In this article, I have listed some of the best social networks for math majors that you join. Math or Mathematics is not as difficult as it is thought to be. Mathematical Patterns,…

Do you multiply this way!

Before my college days I used to multiply this way. But as time passed, I learned new things. In a Hindi magazine named “Bhaskar Lakshya”, I read an article in which a columnist ( I can’t remember his name) suggested how to multiply in single line (row). That was a magic to me.  I found doing multiplications…

Just another way to Multiply

Multiplication is probably the most important elementary operation in mathematics; even more important than usual addition. Every math-guy has its own style of multiplying numbers. But have you ever tried multiplicating by this way? Exercise: $88 \times 45$ =? Ans: as usual :- 3960 but I got this using a particular way: 88  …

How Genius You Are?

Let have a Test: You need to make a calculation. Please do neither use a calculator nor a paper. Calculate everything “in your brain”. Take 1000 and add 40. Now, add another 1000. Now add 30. Now, add 1000 again. Add 20. And add 1000 again. And an additional 10. So, You Got The RESULT! …

Essential Steps of Problem Solving in Mathematical Sciences

Problem solving is more than just finding answers. Learning how to solve problems in mathematics is simply to know what to look for. Mathematics problems often require established procedures. To become a problem solver, one must know What, When and How to apply them. To identify procedures, you have to be familiar with the different…

Derivative of x squared is 2x or x ? Where is the fallacy?

We all know that the derivative of $x^2$ is 2x. But what if someone proves it to be just x?

Solving Ramanujan’s Puzzling Problem

Consider a sequence of functions as follows:- $f_1 (x) = \sqrt {1+\sqrt {x} }$ $f_2 (x) = \sqrt{1+ \sqrt {1+2 \sqrt {x} } }$ $f_3 (x) = \sqrt {1+ \sqrt {1+2 \sqrt {1+3 \sqrt {x} } } }$ ……and so on to \$ f_n (x) = \sqrt {1+\sqrt{1+2 \sqrt…