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#1 jdlugosch


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

I'm in a math/writing class at my University and am required to write a paper on a math topic. There is no list of things to choose from to write about, the only requirement is that in my paper I have "at least on substantial piece of worked mathematics". It is easy enough to find a math topic to write about that has some decent math that I could work out in my paper, but I was really hoping to do my paper on something computer science related (that is my major). The only problem is that I am having a really hard time finding anything with "substantial" math that I could put into my paper.

If anyone knows of something that may be a good topic, I'd love to hear it. Also, it's only a 4 page (double spaced) paper. Not very long, so by "substantial piece of worked mathematics" I mean that I would like it to be something like the Brachistochrone Problem (example here). The math that is shown here is a good example of the difficulty and amount of work I need. I don't need to spend a week learning that math behind something difficult, and I don't need something that will take 2 pages of worked math to complete.

I hope my request is understood and in the correct section of the forums.
Thanks for any help.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:22 PM

Not sure if anyone planned on replying to this or not, but the I like to procrastinate and the paper is due tomorrow and I have other things to do today, so I decided to write about the importance of sorting data in computer science and the math that goes behind calculating the (in)efficiency of different methods (Big O). So yep, that's what I did.

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#3 lethalwire


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

I'm glad you figured it out. There are so many math related topics that revolve around in computer science. It makes it hard to pick one and say "Here you go, write about this." =)
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:54 AM

I'm a graduate math student and a hobbyist programmer. I think math can be employed more in computer science. Digital Topology is a good example. It's about 2D and 3D digital objects.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

I did a paper on fractals in my Technical Writing class, which was inspired by Fractint.
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