Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Just so Harvey doesn't have to sadly shuffle off

In two weeks I'll have been unemployed for five months. I'm just a little bit depressed. Apparently I'm too old, too stupid, and too uneducated (or over educated around here) to get a job.

There has been a bright spot the last month. I'm taking a course in complex variables. But it's also kind of sad because I've been realizing how much I've missed math courses. Maybe I should sell the house and my furniture, pack my books, computer, and cat in the car, then live homeless in the car and sneak into math courses at various and sundry universities. I can take a drudge job at Micky D's to buy gas, books, and food for the cat. Does that sound like a plan?


vw bug said...

Sorry to hear you still don't have a job. But if you have a wireless laptop, a decked out van, then it might work. They have free wireless at most starbucks and you don't have to purchase coffee to use it. ;-)

MathCogIdiocy said...

LOL! I sure do like how you think.

Rave said...

That would work....unless of course the cost of gas goes so high you can't afford to drive...

Tell you what- Okie's need a little more education- come here and teach the Mickey D's works how to count without the use of the computer cash register!

Rave said...

er, workers, that is.

MathCogIdiocy said...

I'd have to travel the country teaching kids how to count. *snork*

The inability to count and the need to use the cash register to know the amount of change is endemic. My nephew is in 3rd grade - he's being taught how to use a calculator!

TI came out with their first hand held calculator when I was in high school. One of the girls in my math class had one. She wasn't allowed to use it. We were expected to know how to do basic arithmetic. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

Rave said...

Okay- need help here- this is way beyond me....

I will type this in regular type- sorry- but I don't have the ability to type math symbols properly!

Willing to help? I would love to know what this equals:

Left brace minus h squared over 2 mu upsidedown triangle squared minus e squared over r right brace psi (r)-E psi(r)

MathCogIdiocy said...

Where did you find this equation? That will tell you/me what it is used for. I'm not sure that what I wrote out is what you're reading - it doesn't look completely right.

I can't say to you that the equation equals some particular value because there are variables for which you need a value if you are "solving" the equation. The psi(r)and Epsi(r)would be functions of r. So r as well as h (at a minimum) are variables.

Does this make sense?

Rave said...

Well- believe it or not, I am sure it has to mean something....I am not sure if/what it means, but my instinct says it means/solves to zero.

I am not sure (other than it using actual math symbols) if it is a real equation.

If you want to see what it looks like, written, I can try doing one and sending it to you. Or, you can watch the Wierd Al video of 'White & Nerdy' as it is in the background.
Which- like I said, I am not sure if it means anything, but since I know Al leaves no stone unturned when it comes to details (the Trivial Pursuit card in the video has some interesting questions if you pause the video) there's GOT to be an answer.

Told you it was a 'long shot'!!!!

Rave said...

h squared
upsidedown triangle squared
e squared
over r

That's not much better, huh? I tried using the HTML for font SYMBOL, but blogger wouldn't let me do it in comments.

Irishpixie said...

Just wanted to give you hugs!

MathCogIdiocy said...

Thanks, sweetie. Hugs back to you.

MathCogIdiocy said...

Rave - I haven't forgotten your math equation. It doesn't appear as if there is anything wrong with it, but I haven't run across anything it might be. Of course there are thousands of equations. If I ever run across this equation, I'll let you know. :-)

Harvey said...

Oh sure, you post that while I'm away from the blogosphere...



Second: Although McD's is a drudge job, at least you get free food :-)

MathCogIdiocy said...

Is McD's real food?

Welcome back to blog home.

ALD said...

The equation in question is the Schrodinger equation of quantum mechanics.

Setting it equal to zero gives you a differential equation which can be solved for the function psi.

MathCogIdiocy said...

ALD - Thank you! Since my knowledge of quantum mechanics is limited to the writings for the general public and hasn't included the mathematics, I would never have gotten there.