Have a Math Question?
Suppose you have a math question that you have been unable to find a reasonable response. Some options are to ask a colleage or search the internet...but no answer may appear despite the claims of Ask.com or Answers.Yahoo.com!)
New possibilities are constantly appearing. A good option is to submit your question to Math.StackExchange.com, advertized as a place "for people studying mathematics at any level and professionals in related fields.
Its FAQ section claims that the website welcome questions about:
This broad range is attractive, and does not prove as troublesome (i.e. inane questions) as expected. However, the majority of the questions seem to be at the undergraduate level.
- Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems
- Hints on mathematical problems (but has some constraints on homework-sounding questions)
- History and development of mathematics
- Solving mathematical puzzles
- Software that mathematicians use
Some example questions that were of interest to me:
I admit to having never asked a question on Math.StackExchange.com. Nonetheless, I often visit the site to keep tabs on questions being asked, or I end up there via a serach I am doing.
Give it a browse...or even ask it a question.
- Is there any branch of Mathematics which has no applications in any other field or in real world?
- How can I explain topology to my grandmother?
- What is the probablity that a Rubik's cube is solvable if you randomly switch two squares?
- Prove that if x is a non-zero rational number, then tan(x) is not a rational number and use this to prove that π is not a rational number.
- How from given any 9 points inside a square of side 1 we can always find 3 which form a triangle with area less than 1/8?
- What is 00? Indeterminate or 1?
- When was the term “mathematics” first used?