Blog posts tagged “maths

Started on a Maths degree

Read on to find out more about my experience in the first term of Maths at Bristol, 2014!

Cambridge STEP Easter School

During the past week, I attended an Easter school set by Cambridge university for maths applicants from not-so well off backgrounds (like my own, apparently), ostensibly in order to help them with preparation for STEP exams this summer, but (in my case at least) mainly to have fun doing maths and talking to current undergraduate students there. It took place in Churchill college, as well as the Centre for Mathematical Sciences nearby (a strange, parabolic building complex dug into the ground). About a hundred other applicants were there, from various different colleges within Cambridge, and it(...)

Matrix Calculator

I have created a javascript-based program to automatically calculate matrix operations. Read on to find out!

Binomial Expansion Calculator

I have created a javascript-based program to automatically calculate binomial expansions. Read on to find out!

Updates since starting college

This is going to be a long post. Many major events have occurred in my life since writing the last one.

My first year at college went well, mostly. Academically it was a huge success; I could not be happier with my AS results (other than the science practicals, which I got Bs at). Socially, since starting A2s I have been speaking to more people and been less tied down in my studies. This is partly because I have realised that A levels really are not that hard. Mathematics is a subject which has been exposed to me in a totally different way from what I was ever used to - but not by the A lev(...)

Started College

In the past month, more has happened than - I would say - the whole of 2011. Nope, I'm not talking about academic achievements / goals (October would be a bit early don't you think?); I am talking about my life in general.

The good news is that the change in life-experience-quality is positive, with a rather large modulus. Read on to find out more...

New PHP Function: english_num()

INSTANT UPDATE: My coding readability standards have changed slightly since this post.

This is a function that I wrote in the last half hour to solve a small problem: coding an auto notification system that notifies admins about how many new posts are awaiting moderation. Preferring nice english numbers such as twenty-seven, I put my coding skills to the test, and this is what I came up with:


Derivation of the quadratic formula

I found out - and it is now of course obvious - that the quadratic formula I mentioned two posts ago is simply a rearrangement of the old quadratic polynomial equation:

(Read on to find out!)

Feeling awesome

Awesome news:

first of all, my dad ordered a Canon EOS 550D camera. We've been thinking about getting a camera as a family-present for ages, and now we've finally ordered it. It's going to come with two lenses: the run-of-the-mill 18-55mm, as well as a more telephoto style 55-200mm lens. Obviously, we can expand on that in years to come. Some stuff about the 550D:

DSLR, obviously;
Shoots Full-HD video (1920x1080) at 30fps;
has a stereo external mic input;
18 megapixels;
1.6x image sensor factor - ie. 1.6x smaller than a 35mm frame;

I hope you can see from this lis(...)

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