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Mathematics
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Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope, Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof, when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry, rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclids Elements. Galileo Galilei said, The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and it is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word. Without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth, carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the Queen of the Sciences. Benjamin Peirce called mathematics the science that draws necessary conclusions, David Hilbert said of mathematics, We are not speaking here of arbitrariness in any sense. Mathematics is not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules, rather, it is a conceptual system possessing internal necessity that can only be so and by no means otherwise. Albert Einstein stated that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns, in Babylonian mathematics elementary arithmetic first appears in the archaeological record. Numeracy pre-dated writing and numeral systems have many and diverse. Between 600 and 300 BC the Ancient Greeks began a study of mathematics in its own right with Greek mathematics. Mathematics has since been extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today, the overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems and their proofs. The word máthēma is derived from μανθάνω, while the modern Greek equivalent is μαθαίνω, in Greece, the word for mathematics came to have the narrower and more technical meaning mathematical study even in Classical times
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Sequence
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In mathematics, a sequence is an enumerated collection of objects in which repetitions are allowed. Like a set, it contains members, the number of elements is called the length of the sequence. Unlike a set, order matters, and exactly the elements can appear multiple times at different positions in the sequence. Formally, a sequence can be defined as a function whose domain is either the set of the numbers or the set of the first n natural numbers. The position of an element in a sequence is its rank or index and it depends on the context or of a specific convention, if the first element has index 0 or 1. For example, is a sequence of letters with the letter M first, also, the sequence, which contains the number 1 at two different positions, is a valid sequence. Sequences can be finite, as in these examples, or infinite, the empty sequence is included in most notions of sequence, but may be excluded depending on the context. A sequence can be thought of as a list of elements with a particular order, Sequences are useful in a number of mathematical disciplines for studying functions, spaces, and other mathematical structures using the convergence properties of sequences. In particular, sequences are the basis for series, which are important in differential equations, Sequences are also of interest in their own right and can be studied as patterns or puzzles, such as in the study of prime numbers. There are a number of ways to denote a sequence, some of which are useful for specific types of sequences. One way to specify a sequence is to list the elements, for example, the first four odd numbers form the sequence. This notation can be used for sequences as well. For instance, the sequence of positive odd integers can be written. Listing is most useful for sequences with a pattern that can be easily discerned from the first few elements. Other ways to denote a sequence are discussed after the examples, the prime numbers are the natural numbers bigger than 1, that have no divisors but 1 and themselves. Taking these in their natural order gives the sequence, the prime numbers are widely used in mathematics and specifically in number theory. The Fibonacci numbers are the integer sequence whose elements are the sum of the two elements. The first two elements are either 0 and 1 or 1 and 1 so that the sequence is, for a large list of examples of integer sequences, see On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
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Integer
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An integer is a number that can be written without a fractional component. For example,21,4,0, and −2048 are integers, while 9.75, 5 1⁄2, the set of integers consists of zero, the positive natural numbers, also called whole numbers or counting numbers, and their additive inverses. This is often denoted by a boldface Z or blackboard bold Z standing for the German word Zahlen, ℤ is a subset of the sets of rational and real numbers and, like the natural numbers, is countably infinite. The integers form the smallest group and the smallest ring containing the natural numbers, in algebraic number theory, the integers are sometimes called rational integers to distinguish them from the more general algebraic integers. In fact, the integers are the integers that are also rational numbers. Like the natural numbers, Z is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication, that is, however, with the inclusion of the negative natural numbers, and, importantly,0, Z is also closed under subtraction. The integers form a ring which is the most basic one, in the following sense, for any unital ring. This universal property, namely to be an object in the category of rings. Z is not closed under division, since the quotient of two integers, need not be an integer, although the natural numbers are closed under exponentiation, the integers are not. The following lists some of the properties of addition and multiplication for any integers a, b and c. In the language of algebra, the first five properties listed above for addition say that Z under addition is an abelian group. As a group under addition, Z is a cyclic group, in fact, Z under addition is the only infinite cyclic group, in the sense that any infinite cyclic group is isomorphic to Z. The first four properties listed above for multiplication say that Z under multiplication is a commutative monoid. However, not every integer has an inverse, e. g. there is no integer x such that 2x =1, because the left hand side is even. This means that Z under multiplication is not a group, all the rules from the above property table, except for the last, taken together say that Z together with addition and multiplication is a commutative ring with unity. It is the prototype of all objects of algebraic structure. Only those equalities of expressions are true in Z for all values of variables, note that certain non-zero integers map to zero in certain rings. The lack of zero-divisors in the means that the commutative ring Z is an integral domain
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Fraction (mathematics)
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A fraction represents a part of a whole or, more generally, any number of equal parts. When spoken in everyday English, a fraction describes how many parts of a certain size there are, for example, one-half, eight-fifths, three-quarters. A common, vulgar, or simple fraction consists of an integer numerator displayed above a line, numerators and denominators are also used in fractions that are not common, including compound fractions, complex fractions, and mixed numerals. The numerator represents a number of parts, and the denominator. For example, in the fraction 3/4, the numerator,3, tells us that the fraction represents 3 equal parts, the picture to the right illustrates 34 or ¾ of a cake. Fractional numbers can also be written without using explicit numerators or denominators, by using decimals, percent signs, an integer such as the number 7 can be thought of as having an implicit denominator of one,7 equals 7/1. Other uses for fractions are to represent ratios and to represent division, thus the fraction ¾ is also used to represent the ratio 3,4 and the division 3 ÷4. The test for a number being a number is that it can be written in that form. In a fraction, the number of parts being described is the numerator. Informally, they may be distinguished by placement alone but in formal contexts they are separated by a fraction bar. The fraction bar may be horizontal, oblique, or diagonal and these marks are respectively known as the horizontal bar, the slash or stroke, the division slash, and the fraction slash. In typography, horizontal fractions are known as en or nut fractions and diagonal fractions as em fractions. The denominators of English fractions are expressed as ordinal numbers. When the denominator is 1, it may be expressed in terms of wholes but is commonly ignored. When the numerator is one, it may be omitted, a fraction may be expressed as a single composition, in which case it is hyphenated, or as a number of fractions with a numerator of one, in which case they are not. Fractions should always be hyphenated when used as adjectives, alternatively, a fraction may be described by reading it out as the numerator over the denominator, with the denominator expressed as a cardinal number. The term over is used even in the case of solidus fractions, Fractions with large denominators that are not powers of ten are often rendered in this fashion while those with denominators divisible by ten are typically read in the normal ordinal fashion. A simple fraction is a number written as a/b or a b
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Square root of 2
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The square root of 2, or the th power of 2, written in mathematics as √2 or 2 1⁄2, is the positive algebraic number that, when multiplied by itself, gives the number 2. Technically, it is called the square root of 2. Geometrically the square root of 2 is the length of a diagonal across a square sides of one unit of length. It was probably the first number known to be irrational, the rational approximation of the square root of two,665, 857/470,832, derived from the fourth step in the Babylonian algorithm starting with a0 =1, is too large by approx. 1. 6×10−12, its square is 2. 0000000000045… The rational approximation 99/70 is frequently used, despite having a denominator of only 70, it differs from the correct value by less than 1/10,000. The numerical value for the root of two, truncated to 65 decimal places, is,1. 41421356237309504880168872420969807856967187537694807317667973799….41421296 ¯. That is,1 +13 +13 ×4 −13 ×4 ×34 =577408 =1.4142156862745098039 ¯. This approximation is the seventh in a sequence of increasingly accurate approximations based on the sequence of Pell numbers, despite having a smaller denominator, it is only slightly less accurate than the Babylonian approximation. Pythagoreans discovered that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side, or in modern language, little is known with certainty about the time or circumstances of this discovery, but the name of Hippasus of Metapontum is often mentioned. For a while, the Pythagoreans treated as a secret the discovery that the square root of two is irrational, and, according to legend, Hippasus was murdered for divulging it. The square root of two is occasionally called Pythagoras number or Pythagoras constant, for example by Conway & Guy, there are a number of algorithms for approximating √2, which in expressions as a ratio of integers or as a decimal can only be approximated. The most common algorithm for this, one used as a basis in many computers and calculators, is the Babylonian method of computing square roots, which is one of many methods of computing square roots. It goes as follows, First, pick a guess, a0 >0, then, using that guess, iterate through the following recursive computation, a n +1 = a n +2 a n 2 = a n 2 +1 a n. The more iterations through the algorithm, the approximation of the square root of 2 is achieved. Each iteration approximately doubles the number of correct digits, starting with a0 =1 the next approximations are 3/2 =1.5 17/12 =1.416. The value of √2 was calculated to 137,438,953,444 decimal places by Yasumasa Kanadas team in 1997, in February 2006 the record for the calculation of √2 was eclipsed with the use of a home computer. Shigeru Kondo calculated 1 trillion decimal places in 2010, for a development of this record, see the table below. Among mathematical constants with computationally challenging decimal expansions, only π has been calculated more precisely, such computations aim to check empirically whether such numbers are normal
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Fibonacci number
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The Fibonacci sequence is named after Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, the sequence described in Liber Abaci began with F1 =1. Fibonacci numbers are related to Lucas numbers L n in that they form a complementary pair of Lucas sequences U n = F n and V n = L n. They are intimately connected with the ratio, for example. Fibonacci numbers appear unexpectedly often in mathematics, so much so that there is a journal dedicated to their study. The Fibonacci sequence appears in Indian mathematics, in connection with Sanskrit prosody, in the Sanskrit tradition of prosody, there was interest in enumerating all patterns of long syllables that are 2 units of duration, and short syllables that are 1 unit of duration. Counting the different patterns of L and S of a given duration results in the Fibonacci numbers, susantha Goonatilake writes that the development of the Fibonacci sequence is attributed in part to Pingala, later being associated with Virahanka, Gopāla, and Hemachandra. He dates Pingala before 450 BC, however, the clearest exposition of the sequence arises in the work of Virahanka, whose own work is lost, but is available in a quotation by Gopala, Variations of two earlier meters. For example, for four, variations of meters of two three being mixed, five happens, in this way, the process should be followed in all mātrā-vṛttas. The sequence is also discussed by Gopala and by the Jain scholar Hemachandra, outside India, the Fibonacci sequence first appears in the book Liber Abaci by Fibonacci. The puzzle that Fibonacci posed was, how many pairs will there be in one year, at the end of the first month, they mate, but there is still only 1 pair. At the end of the month the female produces a new pair. At the end of the month, the original female produces a second pair. At the end of the month, the original female has produced yet another new pair. At the end of the nth month, the number of pairs of rabbits is equal to the number of new pairs plus the number of pairs alive last month and this is the nth Fibonacci number. The name Fibonacci sequence was first used by the 19th-century number theorist Édouard Lucas, the most common such problem is that of counting the number of compositions of 1s and 2s that sum to a given total n, there are Fn+1 ways to do this. For example, if n =5, then Fn+1 = F6 =8 counts the eight compositions, 1+1+1+1+1 = 1+1+1+2 = 1+1+2+1 = 1+2+1+1 = 2+1+1+1 = 2+2+1 = 2+1+2 = 1+2+2, all of which sum to 5. The Fibonacci numbers can be found in different ways among the set of strings, or equivalently
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Exponential growth
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Exponential decay occurs in the same way when the growth rate is negative. In the case of a domain of definition with equal intervals, it is also called geometric growth or geometric decay. In either exponential growth or exponential decay, the ratio of the rate of change of the quantity to its current size remains constant over time. The formula for growth of a variable x at the growth rate r. This formula is transparent when the exponents are converted to multiplication, in this way, each increase in the exponent by a full interval can be seen to increase the previous total by another five percent. Since the time variable, which is the input to function, occurs as the exponent. Biology The number of microorganisms in a culture will increase exponentially until an essential nutrient is exhausted, typically the first organism splits into two daughter organisms, who then each split to form four, who split to form eight, and so on. Because exponential growth indicates constant growth rate, it is assumed that exponentially growing cells are at a steady-state. However, cells can grow exponentially at a constant rate while remodelling their metabolism, a virus typically will spread exponentially at first, if no artificial immunization is available. Each infected person can infect multiple new people, human population, if the number of births and deaths per person per year were to remain at current levels. This means that the time of the American population is approximately 50 years. Physics Avalanche breakdown within a dielectric material, a free electron becomes sufficiently accelerated by an externally applied electrical field that it frees up additional electrons as it collides with atoms or molecules of the dielectric media. These secondary electrons also are accelerated, creating larger numbers of free electrons, the resulting exponential growth of electrons and ions may rapidly lead to complete dielectric breakdown of the material. Each uranium nucleus that undergoes fission produces multiple neutrons, each of which can be absorbed by adjacent uranium atoms, due to the exponential rate of increase, at any point in the chain reaction 99% of the energy will have been released in the last 4.6 generations. It is an approximation to think of the first 53 generations as a latency period leading up to the actual explosion. Economics Economic growth is expressed in terms, implying exponential growth. For example, U. S. GDP per capita has grown at a rate of approximately two percent since World War 2. Finance Compound interest at a constant interest rate provides exponential growth of the capital, pyramid schemes or Ponzi schemes also show this type of growth resulting in high profits for a few initial investors and losses among great numbers of investors
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Silver ratio
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This defines the silver ratio as an irrational mathematical constant, whose value of one plus the square root of 2 is approximately 2.4142135623. The silver ratio is denoted by δS and these fractions provide accurate rational approximations of the silver ratio, analogous to the approximation of the golden ratio by ratios of consecutive Fibonacci numbers. Multiplying by δS and rearranging gives δ S2 −2 δ S −1 =0, using the quadratic formula, two solutions can be obtained. In fact it is the second smallest quadratic PV number after the golden ratio and this means the distance from δ n S to the nearest integer is 1/δ n S ≈0. 41n. Thus, the sequence of parts of δ n S, n =1,2,3. In particular, this sequence is not equidistributed mod 1, the paper sizes under ISO216 are rectangles in the proportion 1, √2, sometimes called A4 rectangles. Removing a largest possible square from a sheet of such paper leaves a rectangle with proportions 1, √2 −1 which is the same as 1 + √2,1, removing a largest square from one of these sheets leaves one again with aspect ratio 1, √2. A rectangle whose aspect ratio is the ratio is sometimes called a silver rectangle by analogy with golden rectangles. Confusingly, silver rectangle can also refer to the paper sizes specified by ISO216, however, only the 1, √2 rectangles have the property that by cutting the rectangle in half across its long side produces two smaller rectangles of the same aspect ratio. The silver rectangle is connected to the regular octagon, if the edge length of a regular octagon is t, then the inradius of the octagon is δSt, and the area of the octagon is 2δSt2. Metallic means Ammann–Beenker tiling Buitrago, Antonia Redondo, polygons, Diagonals, and the Bronze Mean, Nexus Network Journal 9,2, Architecture and Mathematics, p. 321-2. An Introduction to Continued Fractions, The Silver Means, Fibonacci Numbers, Silver rectangle and its sequence at Tartapelago by Giorgio Pietrocola
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Square triangular number
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In mathematics, a square triangular number is a number which is both a triangular number and a perfect square. There are infinitely many triangular numbers, the first few are 0,1,36,1225,41616,1413721,48024900,1631432881,55420693056,1882672131025. Write Nk for the kth square triangular number, and write sk and tk for the sides of the square and triangle. Define the triangular root of a triangular number N = n 2 to be n, from this definition and the quadratic formula, n =8 N +1 −12. Therefore, N is triangular if and only if 8 N +1 is square, consequently, a number M2 is square and triangular if and only if 8 M2 +1 is square, i. e. There are numbers x and y such that x 2 −8 y 2 =1 and this is an instance of the Pell equation, with n =8. All Pell equations have the solution, for any n, this solution is called the zeroth. Hence there are an infinity of solutions to any Pell equation for which there is one non-trivial one, the first non-trivial solution when n=8 is easy to find, it is. A solution to the Pell equation for n=8 yields a square number and its square and triangular roots as follows, s k = y k, t k = x k −12. Hence, the first square triangular number, derived from, is 1, the sequences Nk, sk and tk are the OEIS sequences A001110, A001109, and A001108 respectively. In 1778 Leonhard Euler determined the explicit formula N k =2, other equivalent formulas that may be convenient include N k =1322 =132 =132. The corresponding explicit formulas for sk and tk are s k = k − k 42 and t k = k + k −24, the problem of finding square triangular numbers reduces to Pells equation in the following way. Every triangular number is of the form t/2, therefore we seek integers t, s such that t 2 = s 2. There are many identities about the Pell numbers, and these translate into identities about the triangular numbers. There are recurrence relations for the triangular numbers, as well as for the sides of the square. We have N k =34 N k −1 − N k −2 +2, N k =2, with N0 =0 and N1 =1. All square triangular numbers have the form b2c2, where b / c is a convergent to the continued fraction for the root of 2. A. V. Sylwester gave a proof that there are an infinity of square triangular numbers, to wit, If the triangular number n/2 is square
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Special right triangle
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A special right triangle is a right triangle with some regular feature that makes calculations on the triangle easier, or for which simple formulas exist. For example, a triangle may have angles that form simple relationships. This is called a right triangle. A side-based right triangle is one in which the lengths of the sides form ratios of numbers, such as 3,4,5. Angle-based special right triangles are specified by the relationships of the angles of which the triangle is composed, the angles of these triangles are such that the larger angle, which is 90 degrees or π/2 radians, is equal to the sum of the other two angles. The side lengths are generally deduced from the basis of the circle or other geometric methods. This approach may be used to reproduce the values of trigonometric functions for the angles 30°, 45°. In plane geometry, constructing the diagonal of a results in a triangle whose three angles are in the ratio 1,1,2, adding up to 180° or π radians. Hence, the angles respectively measure 45°, 45°, and 90°, the sides in this triangle are in the ratio 1,1, √2, which follows immediately from the Pythagorean theorem. Of all right triangles, the 45°–45°–90° degree triangle has the smallest ratio of the hypotenuse to the sum of the legs, of all right triangles, the 45°–45°–90° degree triangle has the greatest ratio of the altitude from the hypotenuse to the sum of the legs, namely √2/4. Triangles with these angles are the only right triangles that are also isosceles triangles in Euclidean geometry. However, in geometry and hyperbolic geometry, there are infinitely many different shapes of right isosceles triangles. This is a triangle whose three angles are in the ratio 1,2,3 and respectively measure 30°, 60°, the sides are in the ratio 1, √3,2. The proof of this fact is clear using trigonometry, the geometric proof is, Draw an equilateral triangle ABC with side length 2 and with point D as the midpoint of segment BC. Draw an altitude line from A to D, then ABD is a 30°–60°–90° triangle with hypotenuse of length 2, and base BD of length 1. The fact that the remaining leg AD has length √3 follows immediately from the Pythagorean theorem, the 30°–60°–90° triangle is the only right triangle whose angles are in an arithmetic progression. The proof of this fact is simple and follows on from the fact that if α, α + δ, α + 2δ are the angles in the then the sum of the angles 3α + 3δ = 180°. After dividing by 3, the angle α + δ must be 60°, the right angle is 90°, leaving the remaining angle to be 30°
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Pell's equation
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These solutions may be used to accurately approximate the square root of n by rational numbers of the form x/y. His Brahma Sphuta Siddhanta was translated into Arabic in 773 and was translated into Latin in 1126. Bhaskara II in the 12th century and Narayana Pandit in the 14th century both found general solutions to Pells equation and other quadratic indeterminate equations, the name of Pells equation arose from Leonhard Eulers mistakenly attributing Lord Brounckers solution of the equation to John Pell. Indeed, if x and y are positive integers satisfying this equation, then x/y is an approximation of √2. Similarly, Baudhayana discovered that x =17, y =12 and x =577, later, Archimedes approximated the square root of 3 by the rational number 1351/780. Although he did not explain his methods, this approximation may be obtained in the same way, Archimedes cattle problem involves solving a Pellian equation. It is now accepted that this problem is due to Archimides. Around AD250, Diophantus considered the equation a 2 x 2 + c = y 2 and this equation is different in form from Pells equation but equivalent to it. Diophantus solved the equation for equal to, and, al-Karaji, a 10th-century Persian mathematician, worked on similar problems to Diophantus. In Indian mathematics, Brahmagupta discovered that =2 − N2 =2 − N2, using this, he was able to compose triples and that were solutions of x 2 − N y 2 = k, to generate the new triples and. For instance, for N =92, Brahmagupta composed the triple with itself to get the new triple, dividing throughout by 64 gave the triple, which when composed with itself gave the desired integer solution. Brahmagupta solved many Pell equations with this method, in particular he showed how to obtain solutions starting from a solution of x 2 − N y 2 = k for k = ±1, ±2. The first general method for solving the Pell equation was given by Bhaskara II in 1150, called the chakravala method, it starts by composing any triple with the trivial triple to get the triple, which can be scaled down to. When m is chosen so that / k is an integer, among such m, the method chooses one that minimizes / k, and repeats the process. This method always terminates with a solution, Bhaskara used it to give the solution x =1766319049, y =226153980 to the notorious N =61 case. Several European mathematicians rediscovered how to solve Pells equation in the 17th century, Fermat found how to solve the equation and in a 1657 letter issued it as a challenge to English mathematicians. In a letter to Digby, Bernard Frénicle de Bessy said that Fermat found the smallest solution for N up to 150, both Wallis and Lord Brouncker gave solutions to these problems, though Wallis suggests in a letter that the solution was due to Brouncker. Pells connection with the equation is that he revised Thomas Brankers translation of Johann Rahns 1659 book Teutsche Algebra into English, euler mistakenly thought that this solution was due to Pell, as a result of which he named the equation after Pell
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Leonhard Euler
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He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion of a mathematical function. He is also known for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, astronomy, Euler was one of the most eminent mathematicians of the 18th century, and is held to be one of the greatest in history. He is also considered to be the most prolific mathematician of all time. His collected works fill 60 to 80 quarto volumes, more than anybody in the field and he spent most of his adult life in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and in Berlin, then the capital of Prussia. A statement attributed to Pierre-Simon Laplace expresses Eulers influence on mathematics, Read Euler, read Euler, Leonhard Euler was born on 15 April 1707, in Basel, Switzerland to Paul III Euler, a pastor of the Reformed Church, and Marguerite née Brucker, a pastors daughter. He had two sisters, Anna Maria and Maria Magdalena, and a younger brother Johann Heinrich. Soon after the birth of Leonhard, the Eulers moved from Basel to the town of Riehen, Paul Euler was a friend of the Bernoulli family, Johann Bernoulli was then regarded as Europes foremost mathematician, and would eventually be the most important influence on young Leonhard. Eulers formal education started in Basel, where he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother. In 1720, aged thirteen, he enrolled at the University of Basel, during that time, he was receiving Saturday afternoon lessons from Johann Bernoulli, who quickly discovered his new pupils incredible talent for mathematics. In 1726, Euler completed a dissertation on the propagation of sound with the title De Sono, at that time, he was unsuccessfully attempting to obtain a position at the University of Basel. In 1727, he first entered the Paris Academy Prize Problem competition, Pierre Bouguer, who became known as the father of naval architecture, won and Euler took second place. Euler later won this annual prize twelve times, around this time Johann Bernoullis two sons, Daniel and Nicolaus, were working at the Imperial Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. In November 1726 Euler eagerly accepted the offer, but delayed making the trip to Saint Petersburg while he applied for a physics professorship at the University of Basel. Euler arrived in Saint Petersburg on 17 May 1727 and he was promoted from his junior post in the medical department of the academy to a position in the mathematics department. He lodged with Daniel Bernoulli with whom he worked in close collaboration. Euler mastered Russian and settled life in Saint Petersburg. He also took on a job as a medic in the Russian Navy. The Academy at Saint Petersburg, established by Peter the Great, was intended to improve education in Russia, as a result, it was made especially attractive to foreign scholars like Euler
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John Pell
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John Pell was an English mathematician. He was born at Southwick in Sussex and his father, also named John Pell, was from Southwick, and his mother was Mary Holland, from Halden in Kent. He was the second of two sons, and by the age of six he was an orphan, his father dying in 1616, John Pell senior had a fine library and this proved valuable to the young Pell as he grew up. He was educated at Steyning Grammar School, and entered Trinity College, Cambridge, during his university career he became an accomplished linguist, and even before he took his B. A. degree corresponded with Henry Briggs and other mathematicians. He received his M. A. in 1630, and taught in the short-lived Chichester Academy, on 3 July 1632 he married Ithamaria Reginald, sister of Bathsua Makin. They went on to have four sons and four daughters, ithumaria died in 1661, and some time before 1669 he remarried. Pell spent much of the 1630s working under Hartlibs influence, on a variety of topics in the area of pedagogy, encyclopedism and pansophy, combinatorics, by 1638 he had formulated a proposal for a universal language. In mathematics, he concentrated on expanding the scope of algebra in the theory of equations, as part of a joint lobbying effort with Hartlib to find himself support to continue as a researcher, he had his short Idea of Mathematics printed in October 1638. The campaign brought interested responses from Johann Moriaen and Marin Mersenne, from 1644 he worked on a polemical work, against Longomontanus. It finally appeared as Controversy with Longomontanus concerning the Quadrature of the Circle, Pell moved in 1646, on the invitation of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, to Breda, and remained teaching at the University there until 1652. Pell realised that war between the English and the Dutch was imminent and that he would be in a difficult position in Breda. He returned to England before the outbreak of the First Anglo-Dutch War in July 1652, after his return, Pell was appointed by Oliver Cromwell to a post teaching mathematics in London. From 1654 to 1658 Pell acted as Cromwells political agent in Zurich to the Protestant cantons of Switzerland, he cooperated with Samuel Morland, the English resident at Geneva. Pell was described in Zurich by the English traveller Sir John Reresby in about 1656 as an unknown person, not unsuiting the people he was sent to. They are here so strict in their religion, they suffer not the Venetian ambassador to hear mass in his own house, Cromwell wanted to split the Protestant cantons of Switzerland off to join a Protestant League, with England at its head. However Pells negotiations were drawn out and he returned to England to deliver his report only shortly before Cromwells death. He was unable to report as he waited in vain for an audience with the ailing Cromwell, a mathematical pupil and disciple in Switzerland, from 1657, was Johann Heinrich Rahn, known as Rhonius. This book by Rahn also contained what would become known as the Pell equation, diophantine equations was a favourite subject with Pell, he lectured on them at Amsterdam
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0 (number)
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0 is both a number and the numerical digit used to represent that number in numerals. The number 0 fulfills a role in mathematics as the additive identity of the integers, real numbers. As a digit,0 is used as a placeholder in place value systems, names for the number 0 in English include zero, nought or naught, nil, or—in contexts where at least one adjacent digit distinguishes it from the letter O—oh or o. Informal or slang terms for zero include zilch and zip, ought and aught, as well as cipher, have also been used historically. The word zero came into the English language via French zéro from Italian zero, in pre-Islamic time the word ṣifr had the meaning empty. Sifr evolved to mean zero when it was used to translate śūnya from India, the first known English use of zero was in 1598. The Italian mathematician Fibonacci, who grew up in North Africa and is credited with introducing the system to Europe. This became zefiro in Italian, and was contracted to zero in Venetian. The Italian word zefiro was already in existence and may have influenced the spelling when transcribing Arabic ṣifr, modern usage There are different words used for the number or concept of zero depending on the context. For the simple notion of lacking, the words nothing and none are often used, sometimes the words nought, naught and aught are used. Several sports have specific words for zero, such as nil in football, love in tennis and it is often called oh in the context of telephone numbers. Slang words for zero include zip, zilch, nada, duck egg and goose egg are also slang for zero. Ancient Egyptian numerals were base 10 and they used hieroglyphs for the digits and were not positional. By 1740 BC, the Egyptians had a symbol for zero in accounting texts. The symbol nfr, meaning beautiful, was used to indicate the base level in drawings of tombs and pyramids. By the middle of the 2nd millennium BC, the Babylonian mathematics had a sophisticated sexagesimal positional numeral system, the lack of a positional value was indicated by a space between sexagesimal numerals. By 300 BC, a symbol was co-opted as a placeholder in the same Babylonian system. In a tablet unearthed at Kish, the scribe Bêl-bân-aplu wrote his zeros with three hooks, rather than two slanted wedges, the Babylonian placeholder was not a true zero because it was not used alone
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1 (number)
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1, is a number, a numeral, and the name of the glyph representing that number. It represents a single entity, the unit of counting or measurement, for example, a line segment of unit length is a line segment of length 1. It is also the first of the series of natural numbers. The word one can be used as a noun, an adjective and it comes from the English word an, which comes from the Proto-Germanic root *ainaz. The Proto-Germanic root *ainaz comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *oi-no-, compare the Proto-Germanic root *ainaz to Old Frisian an, Gothic ains, Danish een, Dutch een, German eins and Old Norse einn. Compare the Proto-Indo-European root *oi-no- to Greek oinos, Latin unus, Old Persian aivam, Old Church Slavonic -inu and ino-, Lithuanian vienas, Old Irish oin, One, sometimes referred to as unity, is the first non-zero natural number. It is thus the integer before two and after zero, and the first positive odd number, any number multiplied by one is that number, as one is the identity for multiplication. As a result,1 is its own factorial, its own square, its own cube, One is also the result of the empty product, as any number multiplied by one is itself. It is also the natural number that is neither composite nor prime with respect to division. The Gupta wrote it as a line, and the Nagari sometimes added a small circle on the left. The Nepali also rotated it to the right but kept the circle small and this eventually became the top serif in the modern numeral, but the occasional short horizontal line at the bottom probably originates from similarity with the Roman numeral I. Where the 1 is written with an upstroke, the number 7 has a horizontal stroke through the vertical line. While the shape of the 1 character has an ascender in most modern typefaces, in typefaces with text figures, many older typewriters do not have a separate symbol for 1 and use the lowercase letter l instead. It is possible to find cases when the uppercase J is used,1 cannot be used as the base of a positional numeral system, as the only digit that would be permitted in such a system would be 0. Since the base 1 exponential function always equals 1, its inverse does not exist, there are two ways to write the real number 1 as a recurring decimal, as 1.000. and as 0.999. There is only one way to represent the real number 1 as a Dedekind cut, in a multiplicative group or monoid, the identity element is sometimes denoted 1, but e is also traditional. However,1 is especially common for the identity of a ring. When such a ring has characteristic n not equal to 0,1 is the first figurate number of every kind, such as triangular number, pentagonal number and centered hexagonal number, to name just a few
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2 (number)
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2 is a number, numeral, and glyph. It is the number following 1 and preceding 3. The number two has many properties in mathematics, an integer is called even if it is divisible by 2. For integers written in a system based on an even number, such as decimal and hexadecimal. If it is even, then the number is even. In particular, when written in the system, all multiples of 2 will end in 0,2,4,6. In numeral systems based on an odd number, divisibility by 2 can be tested by having a root that is even. Two is the smallest and first prime number, and the only prime number. Two and three are the two consecutive prime numbers. 2 is the first Sophie Germain prime, the first factorial prime, the first Lucas prime, the first Ramanujan prime, and it is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n −1. It is also a Stern prime, a Pell number, the first Fibonacci prime, and it is the third Fibonacci number, and the second and fourth Perrin numbers. Despite being prime, two is also a highly composite number, because it is a natural number which has more divisors than any other number scaled relative to the number itself. The next superior highly composite number is six, vulgar fractions with only 2 or 5 in the denominator do not yield infinite decimal expansions, as is the case with all other primes, because 2 and 5 are factors of ten, the decimal base. Two is the number x such that the sum of the reciprocals of the powers of x equals itself. In symbols ∑ k =0 ∞12 k =1 +12 +14 +18 +116 + ⋯ =2. This comes from the fact that, ∑ k =0 ∞1 n k =1 +1 n −1 for all n ∈ R >1, powers of two are central to the concept of Mersenne primes, and important to computer science. Two is the first Mersenne prime exponent, the square root of 2 was the first known irrational number. The smallest field has two elements, in the set-theoretical construction of the natural numbers,2 is identified with the set
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5 (number)
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5 is a number, numeral, and glyph. It is the number following 4 and preceding 6. Five is the prime number. Because it can be written as 221 +1, five is classified as a Fermat prime, therefore a regular polygon with 5 sides is constructible with compass and unmarked straightedge. 5 is the third Sophie Germain prime, the first safe prime, the third Catalan number, Five is the first Wilson prime and the third factorial prime, also an alternating factorial. Five is the first good prime and it is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n −1. It is also the number that is part of more than one pair of twin primes. Five is conjectured to be the only odd number and if this is the case then five will be the only odd prime number that is not the base of an aliquot tree. Five is also the only prime that is the sum of two primes, namely 2 and 3. The number 5 is the fifth Fibonacci number, being 2 plus 3,5 is also a Pell number and a Markov number, appearing in solutions to the Markov Diophantine equation. Whereas 5 is unique in the Fibonacci sequence, in the Perrin sequence 5 is both the fifth and sixth Perrin numbers,5 is the length of the hypotenuse of the smallest integer-sided right triangle. In bases 10 and 20,5 is a 1-automorphic number,5 and 6 form a Ruth–Aaron pair under either definition. There are five solutions to Známs problem of length 6 and this is related to the fact that the symmetric group Sn is a solvable group for n ≤4 and not solvable for n ≥5. While all graphs with 4 or fewer vertices are planar, there exists a graph with 5 vertices which is not planar, K5, Five is also the number of Platonic solids. A polygon with five sides is a pentagon, figurate numbers representing pentagons are called pentagonal numbers. Five is also a square pyramidal number, Five is the only prime number to end in the digit 5, because all other numbers written with a 5 in the ones-place under the decimal system are multiples of five. As a consequence of this,5 is in base 10 a 1-automorphic number, vulgar fractions with 5 or 2 in the denominator do not yield infinite decimal expansions, unlike expansions with all other prime denominators, because they are prime factors of ten, the base. When written in the system, all multiples of 5 will end in either 5 or 0
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12 (number)
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12 is the natural number following 11 and preceding 13. The product of the first three factorials, twelve is a highly composite number, divisible by 2,3,4. It is central to systems of counting, including the Western calendar and units of time. The word twelve is the largest number with a name in English. Such uses gradually disappeared with the introduction of Arabic numerals during the 12th-century Renaissance and it derives from the Old English twelf and tuelf, first attested in the 10th-century Lindisfarne Gospels Book of John. It has cognates in every Germanic language, whose Proto-Germanic ancestor has been reconstructed as *twaliƀi, from *twa and suffix *-lif- or *-liƀ- of uncertain meaning. It is sometimes compared with the Lithuanian dvýlika, although -lika is used as the suffix for all numbers from 11 to 19, every other Indo-European language instead uses a form of two+ten, such as the Latin duōdecim. The usual ordinal form is twelfth but dozenth or duodecimal is also used in some contexts, similarly, a group of twelve things is usually a dozen but may also be referred to as a duodecad. The adjective referring to a group of twelve is duodecuple, as with eleven, the earliest forms of twelve are often considered to be connected with Proto-Germanic *liƀan or *liƀan, with the implicit meaning that two is left after having already counted to ten. The Lithuanian suffix is also considered to share a similar development, the suffix *-lif- has also been connected with reconstructions of the Proto-Germanic for ten. While, as mentioned above,12 has its own name in Germanic languages such as English and German, it is a number in many other languages, e. g. Italian dodici. In Germany, according to an old tradition, the numbers 0 through 12 were spelt out, the Duden now calls this tradition outdated and no longer valid, but many writers still follow it. Another system spells out all numbers written in one or two words, Twelve is a composite number, the smallest number with exactly six divisors, its divisors being 1,2,3,4,6 and 12. Twelve is also a composite number, the next one being twenty-four. Twelve is also a highly composite number, the next one being sixty. It is the first composite number of the form p2q, a square-prime,12 has an aliquot sum of 16. Accordingly,12 is the first abundant number and demonstrates an 8-member aliquot sequence,12 is the 3rd composite number in the 3-aliquot tree, the only number which has 12 as its aliquot sum is the square 121. Only 2 other square primes are abundant, Twelve is a sublime number, a number that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number
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On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
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The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, also cited simply as Sloanes, is an online database of integer sequences. It was created and maintained by Neil Sloane while a researcher at AT&T Labs, Sloane continues to be involved in the OEIS in his role as President of the OEIS Foundation. OEIS records information on integer sequences of interest to professional mathematicians and amateurs, and is widely cited. As of 30 December 2016 it contains nearly 280,000 sequences, the database is searchable by keyword and by subsequence. Neil Sloane started collecting integer sequences as a student in 1965 to support his work in combinatorics. The database was at first stored on punched cards and he published selections from the database in book form twice, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, containing 2,372 sequences in lexicographic order and assigned numbers from 1 to 2372. The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences with Simon Plouffe, containing 5,488 sequences and these books were well received and, especially after the second publication, mathematicians supplied Sloane with a steady flow of new sequences. The collection became unmanageable in book form, and when the database had reached 16,000 entries Sloane decided to go online—first as an e-mail service, as a spin-off from the database work, Sloane founded the Journal of Integer Sequences in 1998. The database continues to grow at a rate of some 10,000 entries a year, Sloane has personally managed his sequences for almost 40 years, but starting in 2002, a board of associate editors and volunteers has helped maintain the database. In 2004, Sloane celebrated the addition of the 100, 000th sequence to the database, A100000, in 2006, the user interface was overhauled and more advanced search capabilities were added. In 2010 an OEIS wiki at OEIS. org was created to simplify the collaboration of the OEIS editors and contributors, besides integer sequences, the OEIS also catalogs sequences of fractions, the digits of transcendental numbers, complex numbers and so on by transforming them into integer sequences. Sequences of rationals are represented by two sequences, the sequence of numerators and the sequence of denominators, important irrational numbers such as π =3.1415926535897. are catalogued under representative integer sequences such as decimal expansions, binary expansions, or continued fraction expansions. The OEIS was limited to plain ASCII text until 2011, yet it still uses a form of conventional mathematical notation. Greek letters are represented by their full names, e. g. mu for μ. Every sequence is identified by the letter A followed by six digits, sometimes referred to without the leading zeros, individual terms of sequences are separated by commas. Digit groups are not separated by commas, periods, or spaces, a represents the nth term of the sequence. Zero is often used to represent non-existent sequence elements, for example, A104157 enumerates the smallest prime of n² consecutive primes to form an n×n magic square of least magic constant, or 0 if no such magic square exists. The value of a is 2, a is 1480028129, but there is no such 2×2 magic square, so a is 0
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Golden ratio
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In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure on the right illustrates the geometric relationship, expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b >0, a + b a = a b = def φ, where the Greek letter phi represents the golden ratio. Its value is, φ =1 +52 =1.6180339887 …, A001622 The golden ratio is also called the golden mean or golden section. Other names include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section, golden proportion, golden cut, the golden ratio appears in some patterns in nature, including the spiral arrangement of leaves and other plant parts. The golden ratio has also used to analyze the proportions of natural objects as well as man-made systems such as financial markets. Two quantities a and b are said to be in the golden ratio φ if a + b a = a b = φ, one method for finding the value of φ is to start with the left fraction. Through simplifying the fraction and substituting in b/a = 1/φ, a + b a =1 + b a =1 +1 φ, multiplying by φ gives φ +1 = φ2 which can be rearranged to φ2 − φ −1 =0. First, the line segment A B ¯ is about doubled and then the semicircle with the radius A S ¯ around the point S is drawn, now the semicircle is drawn with the radius A B ¯ around the point B. The arising intersection point E corresponds 2 φ, next up, the perpendicular on the line segment A E ¯ from the point D will be establish. The subsequent parallel F S ¯ to the line segment C M ¯, produces, as it were and it is well recognizable, this triangle and the triangle M S C are similar to each other. The hypotenuse F S ¯ has due to the cathetuses S D ¯ =1 and D F ¯ =2 according the Pythagorean theorem, finally, the circle arc is drawn with the radius 5 around the point F. The golden ratio has been claimed to have held a fascination for at least 2,400 years. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians, biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics. Ancient Greek mathematicians first studied what we now call the golden ratio because of its frequent appearance in geometry, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio is important in the geometry of regular pentagrams and pentagons. Euclid explains a construction for cutting a line in extreme and mean ratio, throughout the Elements, several propositions and their proofs employ the golden ratio. The golden ratio is explored in Luca Paciolis book De divina proportione, since the 20th century, the golden ratio has been represented by the Greek letter φ or less commonly by τ. Timeline according to Priya Hemenway, Phidias made the Parthenon statues that seem to embody the golden ratio, plato, in his Timaeus, describes five possible regular solids, some of which are related to the golden ratio
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Matrix (mathematics)
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In mathematics, a matrix is a rectangular array of numbers, symbols, or expressions, arranged in rows and columns. For example, the dimensions of the matrix below are 2 ×3, the individual items in an m × n matrix A, often denoted by ai, j, where max i = m and max j = n, are called its elements or entries. Provided that they have the size, two matrices can be added or subtracted element by element. The rule for multiplication, however, is that two matrices can be multiplied only when the number of columns in the first equals the number of rows in the second. Any matrix can be multiplied element-wise by a scalar from its associated field, a major application of matrices is to represent linear transformations, that is, generalizations of linear functions such as f = 4x. The product of two matrices is a matrix that represents the composition of two linear transformations. Another application of matrices is in the solution of systems of linear equations, if the matrix is square, it is possible to deduce some of its properties by computing its determinant. For example, a matrix has an inverse if and only if its determinant is not zero. Insight into the geometry of a transformation is obtainable from the matrixs eigenvalues. Applications of matrices are found in most scientific fields, in computer graphics, they are used to manipulate 3D models and project them onto a 2-dimensional screen. Matrix calculus generalizes classical analytical notions such as derivatives and exponentials to higher dimensions, Matrices are used in economics to describe systems of economic relationships. A major branch of analysis is devoted to the development of efficient algorithms for matrix computations. Matrix decomposition methods simplify computations, both theoretically and practically, algorithms that are tailored to particular matrix structures, such as sparse matrices and near-diagonal matrices, expedite computations in finite element method and other computations. Infinite matrices occur in planetary theory and in atomic theory, a simple example of an infinite matrix is the matrix representing the derivative operator, which acts on the Taylor series of a function. A matrix is an array of numbers or other mathematical objects for which operations such as addition and multiplication are defined. Most commonly, a matrix over a field F is an array of scalars each of which is a member of F. Most of this focuses on real and complex matrices, that is, matrices whose elements are real numbers or complex numbers. More general types of entries are discussed below, for instance, this is a real matrix, A =
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Determinant
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In linear algebra, the determinant is a useful value that can be computed from the elements of a square matrix. The determinant of a matrix A is denoted det, detA and it can be viewed as the scaling factor of the transformation described by the matrix. In the case of a 2 ×2 matrix, the formula for the determinant. Each determinant of a 2 ×2 matrix in this equation is called a minor of the matrix A, the same sort of procedure can be used to find the determinant of a 4 ×4 matrix, the determinant of a 5 ×5 matrix, and so forth. The use of determinants in calculus includes the Jacobian determinant in the change of rule for integrals of functions of several variables. Determinants are also used to define the characteristic polynomial of a matrix, in analytical geometry, determinants express the signed n-dimensional volumes of n-dimensional parallelepipeds. Sometimes, determinants are used merely as a notation for expressions that would otherwise be unwieldy to write down. When the entries of the matrix are taken from a field, it can be proven that any matrix has an inverse if. There are various equivalent ways to define the determinant of a square matrix A, i. e. one with the number of rows. Another way to define the determinant is expressed in terms of the columns of the matrix and these properties mean that the determinant is an alternating multilinear function of the columns that maps the identity matrix to the underlying unit scalar. These suffice to uniquely calculate the determinant of any square matrix, provided the underlying scalars form a field, the definition below shows that such a function exists, and it can be shown to be unique. Assume A is a matrix with n rows and n columns. The entries can be numbers or expressions, the definition of the determinant depends only on the fact that they can be added and multiplied together in a commutative manner. The determinant of a 2 ×2 matrix is defined by | a b c d | = a d − b c. If the matrix entries are numbers, the matrix A can be used to represent two linear maps, one that maps the standard basis vectors to the rows of A. In either case, the images of the vectors form a parallelogram that represents the image of the unit square under the mapping. The parallelogram defined by the rows of the matrix is the one with vertices at. The absolute value of ad − bc is the area of the parallelogram, the absolute value of the determinant together with the sign becomes the oriented area of the parallelogram
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Octagon
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In geometry, an octagon is an eight-sided polygon or 8-gon. A regular octagon has Schläfli symbol and can also be constructed as a truncated square, t. A truncated octagon, t is a hexadecagon, t, the sum of all the internal angles of any octagon is 1080°. As with all polygons, the external angles total 360°, the midpoint octagon of a reference octagon has its eight vertices at the midpoints of the sides of the reference octagon. A regular octagon is a figure with sides of the same length. It has eight lines of symmetry and rotational symmetry of order 8. A regular octagon is represented by the Schläfli symbol, the internal angle at each vertex of a regular octagon is 135°. The area of an octagon of side length a is given by A =2 cot π8 a 2 =2 a 2 ≃4.828 a 2. In terms of the circumradius R, the area is A =4 sin π4 R2 =22 R2 ≃2.828 R2. In terms of the r, the area is A =8 tan π8 r 2 =8 r 2 ≃3.314 r 2. These last two coefficients bracket the value of pi, the area of the unit circle. The area can also be expressed as A = S2 − a 2, where S is the span of the octagon, or the second-shortest diagonal, and a is the length of one of the sides, or bases. This is easily proven if one takes an octagon, draws a square around the outside and then takes the corner triangles and places them with right angles pointed inward, the edges of this square are each the length of the base. Given the length of a side a, the span S is S = a 2 + a + a 2 = a ≈2.414 a. The area is then as above, A =2 − a 2 =2 a 2 ≈4.828 a 2, expressed in terms of the span, the area is A =2 S2 ≈0.828 S2. Another simple formula for the area is A =2 a S, more often the span S is known, and the length of the sides, a, is to be determined, as when cutting a square piece of material into a regular octagon. From the above, a ≈ S /2.414, the two end lengths e on each side, as well as being e = a /2, may be calculated as e = /2. The circumradius of the octagon in terms of the side length a is R = a
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Prime number
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A prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. A natural number greater than 1 that is not a number is called a composite number. For example,5 is prime because 1 and 5 are its only positive integer factors, the property of being prime is called primality. A simple but slow method of verifying the primality of a number n is known as trial division. It consists of testing whether n is a multiple of any integer between 2 and n, algorithms much more efficient than trial division have been devised to test the primality of large numbers. Particularly fast methods are available for numbers of forms, such as Mersenne numbers. As of January 2016, the largest known prime number has 22,338,618 decimal digits, there are infinitely many primes, as demonstrated by Euclid around 300 BC. There is no simple formula that separates prime numbers from composite numbers. However, the distribution of primes, that is to say, many questions regarding prime numbers remain open, such as Goldbachs conjecture, and the twin prime conjecture. Such questions spurred the development of branches of number theory. Prime numbers give rise to various generalizations in other domains, mainly algebra, such as prime elements. A natural number is called a number if it has exactly two positive divisors,1 and the number itself. Natural numbers greater than 1 that are not prime are called composite, among the numbers 1 to 6, the numbers 2,3, and 5 are the prime numbers, while 1,4, and 6 are not prime. 1 is excluded as a number, for reasons explained below. 2 is a number, since the only natural numbers dividing it are 1 and 2. Next,3 is prime, too,1 and 3 do divide 3 without remainder, however,4 is composite, since 2 is another number dividing 4 without remainder,4 =2 ·2. 5 is again prime, none of the numbers 2,3, next,6 is divisible by 2 or 3, since 6 =2 ·3. The image at the right illustrates that 12 is not prime,12 =3 ·4, no even number greater than 2 is prime because by definition, any such number n has at least three distinct divisors, namely 1,2, and n
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Square number
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In mathematics, a square number or perfect square is an integer that is the square of an integer, in other words, it is the product of some integer with itself. For example,9 is a number, since it can be written as 3 × 3. The usual notation for the square of a n is not the product n × n. The name square number comes from the name of the shape, another way of saying that a integer is a square number, is that its square root is again an integer. For example, √9 =3, so 9 is a square number, a positive integer that has no perfect square divisors except 1 is called square-free. For a non-negative integer n, the nth square number is n2, the concept of square can be extended to some other number systems. If rational numbers are included, then a square is the ratio of two integers, and, conversely, the ratio of two square integers is a square, e. g.49 =2. Starting with 1, there are ⌊√m⌋ square numbers up to and including m, the squares smaller than 602 =3600 are, The difference between any perfect square and its predecessor is given by the identity n2 −2 = 2n −1. Equivalently, it is possible to count up square numbers by adding together the last square, the last squares root, and the current root, that is, n2 =2 + + n. The number m is a number if and only if one can compose a square of m equal squares. Hence, a square with side length n has area n2, the expression for the nth square number is n2. This is also equal to the sum of the first n odd numbers as can be seen in the above pictures, the formula follows, n 2 = ∑ k =1 n. So for example,52 =25 =1 +3 +5 +7 +9, there are several recursive methods for computing square numbers. For example, the nth square number can be computed from the square by n2 =2 + + n =2 +. Alternatively, the nth square number can be calculated from the two by doubling the th square, subtracting the th square number, and adding 2. For example, 2 × 52 −42 +2 = 2 × 25 −16 +2 =50 −16 +2 =36 =62, a square number is also the sum of two consecutive triangular numbers. The sum of two square numbers is a centered square number. Every odd square is also an octagonal number
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Triangular number
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A triangular number or triangle number counts the objects that can form an equilateral triangle, as in the diagram on the right. The nth triangular number is the number of dots composing a triangle with n dots on a side and it represents the number of distinct pairs that can be selected from n +1 objects, and it is read aloud as n plus one choose two. Carl Friedrich Gauss is said to have found this relationship in his early youth, however, regardless of the truth of this story, Gauss was not the first to discover this formula, and some find it likely that its origin goes back to the Pythagoreans 5th century BC. The two formulae were described by the Irish monk Dicuil in about 816 in his Computus, the triangular number Tn solves the handshake problem of counting the number of handshakes if each person in a room with n +1 people shakes hands once with each person. In other words, the solution to the problem of n people is Tn−1. The function T is the analog of the factorial function. In the limit, the ratio between the two numbers, dots and line segments is lim n → ∞ T n L n =13, Triangular numbers have a wide variety of relations to other figurate numbers. Most simply, the sum of two triangular numbers is a square number, with the sum being the square of the difference between the two. Algebraically, T n + T n −1 = + = + = n 2 =2, alternatively, the same fact can be demonstrated graphically, There are infinitely many triangular numbers that are also square numbers, e. g.1,36,1225. Some of them can be generated by a recursive formula. All square triangular numbers are found from the recursion S n =34 S n −1 − S n −2 +2 with S0 =0 and S1 =1. Also, the square of the nth triangular number is the same as the sum of the cubes of the integers 1 to n and this can also be expressed as ∑ k =1 n k 3 =2. The sum of the all triangular numbers up to the nth triangular number is the nth tetrahedral number, more generally, the difference between the nth m-gonal number and the nth -gonal number is the th triangular number. For example, the sixth heptagonal number minus the sixth hexagonal number equals the triangular number,15. Every other triangular number is a hexagonal number, knowing the triangular numbers, one can reckon any centered polygonal number, the nth centered k-gonal number is obtained by the formula C k n = k T n −1 +1 where T is a triangular number. The positive difference of two numbers is a trapezoidal number. Triangular numbers correspond to the case of Faulhabers formula. Alternating triangular numbers are also hexagonal numbers, every even perfect number is triangular, given by the formula M p 2 p −1 = M p 2 = T M p where Mp is a Mersenne prime
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Right triangle
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A right triangle or right-angled triangle is a triangle in which one angle is a right angle. The relation between the sides and angles of a triangle is the basis for trigonometry. The side opposite the angle is called the hypotenuse. The sides adjacent to the angle are called legs. Side a may be identified as the adjacent to angle B and opposed to angle A, while side b is the side adjacent to angle A. If the lengths of all three sides of a triangle are integers, the triangle is said to be a Pythagorean triangle. As with any triangle, the area is equal to one half the base multiplied by the corresponding height. In a right triangle, if one leg is taken as the then the other is height. As a formula the area T is T =12 a b where a and b are the legs of the triangle and this formula only applies to right triangles. From this, The altitude to the hypotenuse is the mean of the two segments of the hypotenuse. Each leg of the triangle is the mean proportional of the hypotenuse, in equations, f 2 = d e, b 2 = c e, a 2 = c d where a, b, c, d, e, f are as shown in the diagram. Moreover, the altitude to the hypotenuse is related to the legs of the triangle by 1 a 2 +1 b 2 =1 f 2. For solutions of this equation in integer values of a, b, f, the altitude from either leg coincides with the other leg. Since these intersect at the vertex, the right triangles orthocenter—the intersection of its three altitudes—coincides with the right-angled vertex. The Pythagorean theorem states that, In any right triangle, the area of the square whose side is the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares whose sides are the two legs. This can be stated in equation form as a 2 + b 2 = c 2 where c is the length of the hypotenuse, Pythagorean triples are integer values of a, b, c satisfying this equation. The radius of the incircle of a triangle with legs a and b. The radius of the circumcircle is half the length of the hypotenuse, thus the sum of the circumradius and the inradius is half the sum of the legs, R + r = a + b 2
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Pythagorean theorem
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In mathematics, the Pythagorean theorem, also known as Pythagorass theorem, is a fundamental relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle. It states that the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the two sides. There is some evidence that Babylonian mathematicians understood the formula, although little of it indicates an application within a mathematical framework, Mesopotamian, Indian and Chinese mathematicians all discovered the theorem independently and, in some cases, provided proofs for special cases. The theorem has been given numerous proofs – possibly the most for any mathematical theorem and they are very diverse, including both geometric proofs and algebraic proofs, with some dating back thousands of years. The Pythagorean theorem was known long before Pythagoras, but he may well have been the first to prove it, in any event, the proof attributed to him is very simple, and is called a proof by rearrangement. The two large squares shown in the figure each contain four triangles, and the only difference between the two large squares is that the triangles are arranged differently. Therefore, the space within each of the two large squares must have equal area. Equating the area of the white space yields the Pythagorean theorem and that Pythagoras originated this very simple proof is sometimes inferred from the writings of the later Greek philosopher and mathematician Proclus. Several other proofs of this theorem are described below, but this is known as the Pythagorean one, If the length of both a and b are known, then c can be calculated as c = a 2 + b 2. If the length of the c and of one side are known. The Pythagorean equation relates the sides of a triangle in a simple way. Another corollary of the theorem is that in any triangle, the hypotenuse is greater than any one of the other sides. A generalization of this theorem is the law of cosines, which allows the computation of the length of any side of any triangle, If the angle between the other sides is a right angle, the law of cosines reduces to the Pythagorean equation. This theorem may have more known proofs than any other, the book The Pythagorean Proposition contains 370 proofs, Let ABC represent a right triangle, with the right angle located at C, as shown on the figure. Draw the altitude from point C, and call H its intersection with the side AB, point H divides the length of the hypotenuse c into parts d and e. By a similar reasoning, the triangle CBH is also similar to ABC, the proof of similarity of the triangles requires the triangle postulate, the sum of the angles in a triangle is two right angles, and is equivalent to the parallel postulate. Similarity of the leads to the equality of ratios of corresponding sides. The first result equates the cosines of the angles θ, whereas the second result equates their sines, the role of this proof in history is the subject of much speculation
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Pythagorean triple
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A Pythagorean triple consists of three positive integers a, b, and c, such that a2 + b2 = c2. Such a triple is commonly written, and an example is. If is a Pythagorean triple, then so is for any integer k. A primitive Pythagorean triple is one in which a, b and c are coprime, a right triangle whose sides form a Pythagorean triple is called a Pythagorean triangle. However, right triangles with non-integer sides do not form Pythagorean triples, for instance, the triangle with sides a = b =1 and c = √2 is right, but is not a Pythagorean triple because √2 is not an integer. Moreover,1 and √2 do not have a common multiple because √2 is irrational. There are 16 primitive Pythagorean triples with c ≤100, Note, for example, each of these low-c points forms one of the more easily recognizable radiating lines in the scatter plot. The formula states that the integers a = m 2 − n 2, b =2 m n, c = m 2 + n 2 form a Pythagorean triple. The triple generated by Euclids formula is primitive if and only if m and n are coprime, every primitive triple arises from a unique pair of coprime numbers m, n, one of which is even. It follows that there are infinitely many primitive Pythagorean triples and this relationship of a, b and c to m and n from Euclids formula is referenced throughout the rest of this article. Despite generating all primitive triples, Euclids formula does not produce all triples—for example and this can be remedied by inserting an additional parameter k to the formula. That these formulas generate Pythagorean triples can be verified by expanding a2 + b2 using elementary algebra, many formulas for generating triples with particular properties have been developed since the time of Euclid. A proof of the necessity that a, b, c be expressed by Euclids formula for any primitive Pythagorean triple is as follows, all such triples can be written as where a2 + b2 = c2 and a, b, c are coprime. Thus a, b, c are pairwise coprime, as a and b are coprime, one is odd, and one may suppose that it is a, by exchanging, if needed, a and b. This implies that b is even and c is odd, from a 2 + b 2 = c 2 we obtain c 2 − a 2 = b 2 and hence = b 2. Since b is rational, we set it equal to m n in lowest terms, thus b = n m, as being the reciprocal of b. As m n is fully reduced, m and n are coprime, and they cannot be both even. If they were odd, the numerator of m 2 − n 22 m n would be a multiple of 4
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6 (number)
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6 is the natural number following 5 and preceding 7. The SI prefix for 10006 is exa-, and for its reciprocal atto-,6 is the smallest positive integer which is neither a square number nor a prime number. Six is the second smallest composite number, its proper divisors are 1,2 and 3, since six equals the sum of its proper divisors, six is the smallest perfect number, Granville number, and S -perfect number. As a perfect number,6 is related to the Mersenne prime 3,6 is the only even perfect number that is not the sum of successive odd cubes. As a perfect number,6 is the root of the 6-aliquot tree, and is itself the sum of only one number. Six is the number that is both the sum and the product of three consecutive positive numbers. Unrelated to 6 being a number, a Golomb ruler of length 6 is a perfect ruler. Six is the first discrete biprime and the first member of the discrete biprime family, Six is the smallest natural number that can be written as the sum of two positive rational cubes which are not integers,6 =3 +3. Six is a perfect number, a harmonic divisor number and a superior highly composite number. The next superior highly composite number is 12,5 and 6 form a Ruth-Aaron pair under either definition. There are no Graeco-Latin squares with order 6, if n is a natural number that is not 2 or 6, then there is a Graeco-Latin square with order n. The smallest non-abelian group is the symmetric group S3 which has 3, s6, with 720 elements, is the only finite symmetric group which has an outer automorphism. This automorphism allows us to construct a number of mathematical objects such as the S Steiner system, the projective plane of order 4. This can also be expressed category theoretically, consider the category whose objects are the n element sets and this category has a non-trivial functor to itself only for n =6. 6 similar coins can be arranged around a central coin of the radius so that each coin makes contact with the central one. This makes 6 the answer to the kissing number problem. The densest sphere packing of the plane is obtained by extending this pattern to the lattice in which each circle touches just six others. 6 is the largest of the four all-Harshad numbers, a six-sided polygon is a hexagon, one of the three regular polygons capable of tiling the plane
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34 (number)
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34 is the natural number following 33 and preceding 35. 34 is the ninth distinct semiprime and has four divisors including one and its neighbors,33 and 35, also are distinct semiprimes, having four divisors each, and 34 is the smallest number to be surrounded by numbers with the same number of divisors as it has. It is also in the first cluster of three distinct semiprimes, being within 33,34,35, the next cluster of semiprimes is 85,86,87. It is the ninth Fibonacci number and a companion Pell number, since it is an odd-indexed Fibonacci number,34 is a Markov number, appearing in solutions with other Fibonacci numbers, such as, etc. This number is the constant of a 4 by 4 normal magic square. It has the sum,20, in the following descending sequence 34,20,22,14,10,8,7,1. There is no solution to the equation φ =34, making 34 a nontotient, nor is there a solution to the equation x − φ =34, making 34 a noncototient. The atomic number of selenium One of the numbers in physics. Messier object M34, a magnitude 6, the duration of Saros series 34 was 1532.5 years, and it contained 86 solar eclipses. The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series began on 1633 BC May. The duration of Saros series 34 was 1298.1 years, the Minnesota Twins, for Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. The Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers, both for Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, the Boston Red Sox have announced they will retire the number for David Ortiz in 2017. Additionally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have not issued the number since the departure of Fernando Valenzuela following the 1990 season, under current team policy, Valenzuelas number is not eligible for retirement because he is not in the Hall of Fame. In the NBA, The Houston Rockets, for Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, the Los Angeles Lakers retired the number for Hall of Famer Shaquille ONeal on April 2,2013. In the NFL, The Chicago Bears, for Hall of Famer Walter Sweetness Payton, the Houston Oilers, for Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. The franchise continues to honor the number in its current incarnation as the Tennessee Titans, in the NCAA, The Auburn University Tigers, for Hall of Famer Bo Jackson. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Number 34 is how Edmond Dantès is referred to during his imprisonment in the Château dIf.34 from the Prime Pages
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Matching (graph theory)
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In the mathematical discipline of graph theory, a matching or independent edge set in a graph is a set of edges without common vertices. It may also be a graph consisting of edges without common vertices. Bipartite matching is a case of a network flow problem. Given a graph G =, a matching M in G is a set of pairwise non-adjacent edges, a vertex is matched if it is an endpoint of one of the edges in the matching. In other words, a matching M of a graph G is maximal if every edge in G has a non-empty intersection with at least one edge in M, the following figure shows examples of maximal matchings in three graphs. A maximum matching is a matching that contains the largest possible number of edges, there may be many maximum matchings. The matching number ν of a graph G is the size of a maximum matching, note that every maximum matching is maximal, but not every maximal matching is a maximum matching. The following figure shows examples of maximum matchings in the three graphs. A perfect matching is a matching which matches all vertices of the graph and that is, every vertex of the graph is incident to exactly one edge of the matching. Figure above is an example of a perfect matching, every perfect matching is maximum and hence maximal. In some literature, the term complete matching is used, in the above figure, only part shows a perfect matching. A perfect matching is also an edge cover. Thus, ν ≤ ρ, that is, the size of a matching is no larger than the size of a minimum edge cover. A near-perfect matching is one in which one vertex is unmatched. This can only occur when the graph has an odd number of vertices, in the above figure, part shows a near-perfect matching. If, for every vertex in a graph, there is a matching that omits only that vertex. Given a matching M, a path is a path that begins with an unmatched vertex and is a path in which the edges belong alternatively to the matching. An augmenting path is a path that starts from and ends on free vertices