Letter From Tommy August 2019

Transcribed from Danny Tommo’s twitter feed, 2nd August.   Well, here we are, it’s 5:30 PM, I wanted to wait until I had some updates before I put pen to paper.  I’m receiving your emails [more…]

Two Squares and Four Squares

Diophantus of Alexandria wrote a collection of books called Arithmetica in the 3rd century AD.  He noted that natural numbers of the form cannot be expressed as the sum of two square numbers.  He also [more…]

How about sending me a fourth gimbal for Christmas?

Part of a conversation between Mission Control and Apollo 11 : 104:59:27 Garriott: Columbia, Houston. Over. 104:59:34 Collins: Columbia. Go. 104:59:35 Garriott: Columbia, Houston. We noticed you are maneuvering very close to gimbal lock. I [more…]

Goodbye and Good Riddance

Haikus from the Gate Hangs High :   Theresa’s treason: Treachery on Albion. Eat hungry gallows! Ang Ryman   Vapid and inept Soulless and empty speeches Time to dance away Northern Man   Abysmal failure [more…]

Heads, Tails And Beans |S|=6

This is an unintentional detour for our little course. I didn’t plan to investigate the factorial function in so much detail, but it came about quite by accident (or stupidity) as we’ll see in later [more…]

Heads, Tails And Beans |S|=5

Here we’ll look at some more probability calculations before moving on to permutations, combinations and the binomial theorem. More Probability… If you recall from the last part, we used set notation to describe a general [more…]

Heads, Tails And Beans |S|=4

So far, we’ve looked at sets and how they contain information that we wish to count in some way. How the power set $$\wp(S)$$ can count all of the possible sub-sets of a given set [more…]

Heads, Tails And Beans |S|=3

Subsets Let’s suppose that set $$S$$ contains a full deck of playing cards. Therefore, $$|S|=52$$. We can split the cards into four suits: $$♠,♣,♥,♦$$. Let’s make a set $$T$$ that contains only the clubs suit [more…]

Heads, Tails And Beans |S|=2

Before we can start to solve some counting problems we need to know a little of combinatorics’ notation. Luckily, a few simple rules should get us started. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense, that [more…]