Popular Math Insights

Why Learn Math?

Vocabulary for thinking

Visual Arithmetic

Every operation is a transformation

Sum 1 to 100

Rearrange to simplify

Combinations

Multiply possibilities, divide redundancies

Primes

Atoms within numbers

Pythagorean Theorem

How every shape changes

Pythagorean Distance

Compare any quantities

Radians

Angles from the mover’s perspective

Finding Pi

Surround that critter

Sine Waves

The natural sway found in circles, springs

The Number e

Perfectly smooth growth

Natural Log

Time needed to grow

Imaginary Numbers

Numbers can rotate

Complex Numbers

Arithmetic goes 2d

Exponents

Grow numbers in the expand-o-tron

Euler’s Formula

Imaginary exponents make circles

Fourier Transform

Patterns have circular ingredients

1 Minute Calculus

Analyze patterns with x-ray and time-lapse vision

Integration

Piece-by-piece multiplication

Limits

Guess what happened when you blinked

Statistics

See footprints, guess the animal

Averages

"Typical" depends on the relationship

Birthday Paradox

23 people, many possibilities

Bayes Theorem

Extra info? Adjust the odds.

Linear Algebra

Math with mini-spreadsheets
Insights can be combined with others to make new ones.

Imaginary numbers (rotation)+ e^x (smooth growth)Circular motion (Euler's Formula)

Euler's Formula+ Integration (step-by-step analysis)Convert to circles, step-by-step (Fourier Transform)

Combinations+ Combinations+ CombinationsBirthday Paradaox

Intuitive Learning

ADEPT method

Learning starts with an analogy.

Why Learn Math?

Vocabulary for thinking

Math Intuition

Start with the cat, not its DNA

Bow & Arrow Intuition

First, have a good shot.

Pencil, Then Ink

Don't hide the process

Analogies

Useful, even if "wrong"

Cartoons

Simplify ideas to a caricature

Arithmetic & Numbers

Mental Math Shortcuts

A few memorable converions

Sum 1 to 100

Rearrange to simplify

Visual Arithmetic

Every operation is a transformation

Sense of Scale

Bring large numbers down to everyday terms

Fencepost Problem

Counting spans or points?

Number Systems

When the odometer ticks over

Everyday Logarithms

Counting digits

Modular Arithmetic

Variations on clocks

Algebra & Counting

Combinations

Multiply possibilities, divide redundancies

Primes

Atoms within numbers

The Equals Sign

Set, check, or define?

Factoring Equations

Break down the tepee

Parametric Equations

Extract the true cause

Types of Graphs

Map (distance matters) or non-map

Square Numbers

Use geometry, algebra, calculus

Navigate a Grid

Convert decisions to letters & permute

Combinations & Multiplication

Choices multiply.

Ratios

How much oomph, how often?

Geometry

Pythagorean Theorem

How every shape changes

Pythagorean Distance

Compare any quantities

Similarity

Step back. Smaller shape, same ratios.

Pythagorean Rescale

Work from a unit triangle

Precalculus & Trigonometry

Radians

Angles from the mover’s perspective

Finding Pi

Surround that critter

Sine Waves

The natural sway found in circles, springs

The Number e

Perfectly smooth growth

Natural Log

Time needed to grow

Imaginary Numbers

Numbers can rotate

Complex Numbers

Arithmetic goes 2d

Complex Multiplication

Scale & rotate

Exponents

Grow numbers in the expand-o-tron

Think With Exponents

Logs are causes, exponents are effects

Trigonometry

Visualize a dome, wall, and ceiling

Law of Sines

Every angle has an equal perspective.

Law of Cosines

Keep track of interacting parts.

Statistics

Statistics

See footprints, guess the animal

Averages

"Typical" depends on the relationship

Birthday Paradox

23 people, many possibilities

Bayes Theorem

Extra info? Adjust the odds.

Short Bayes’ Theorem

Track new info in a table

Monty Hall

Original door vs. best of the other two

Calculus

1 Minute Calculus

Analyze patterns with x-ray and time-lapse vision

0.999… = 1?

What's your number system?

Limits

Guess what happened when you blinked

Limits / Infinitesimals

Make a model perfect

Integration

Piece-by-piece multiplication

Derivative Intro

Measurements depend on the instrument

Derivatives II

Imagine linked machines

Derivatives III

Quotient, exponents, logs

Calculus Bank Account

Raises change income, changing the balance

Vector Calculus

Circulation & Curl

Total twist, twist at a point

The Gradient

Microwave the doughboy, quick

Gradient Details

Follow the best tradeoff

Flux

Amount of bananas crossing a surface

Divergence

Flux per unit volume

Dot Product

Mario Kart speed boost

Engineering / University Math

Linear Algebra

Math with mini-spreadsheets

Euler’s Formula

Imaginary exponents make circles

Fourier Transform

Patterns have circular ingredients

Programming Tools

Version Control

Track files over time

Distributed VCS

Pass around changes

Git Insights

#1: There's a staging area

GDB Debugging

A quickstart guide

Web Development

Faster Javascript

Minify, compress, move to end

HTTP Caching

Don't redownload until expired

Gzip Compression

Zip files before sending

Starting Ruby on Rails

Get past the gotchas

Understanding MVC

Fat models, thin controller, thin view

Javascript Reference

1-page summary

Load XML/JSON

Treat a script as data

XSRF Attacks

Attacker spoofs a legit request

Debugging with Firefox

Use firebug

Making Bookmarklets

A quick javascript snippet

Low-level Programming

GUIDs

You'll never run out. Ever.

Binary Files

Space efficiency vs. marshalling

Byte Order

Computers speak different languages

Unicode

Not every char is 2 bytes

XOR Swap

Cleverness, not for real life

Fast 1/sqrt(x)

Newton's method, magic initializer

Symbol Tables

Deobfuscate object code

Networking

Telnet is an IM conversation

Business

Rule of 72

time = 72/interest

Pareto Principle

Sometimes 80% is enough

Stock Market

A transparent store

Accounting Basics

Everything is owned by someone

Interest Rates

A formula for every type of interest

Debt & Leverage

Invested debt multiplies return

Assorted Musings

Know Thyself

If you're Hulk, be Hulk.

Simplicity vs. Complexity

Complexity, not power, is the enemy.

Notes on Happiness

Passion, foolishness, dancing

Brevity is Beautiful

Zero guilt.