I have been teaching the labs for this course called “Introduction to Scientific Programming” and since I have a big mouth and a can-do attitude (which alwasys gets me into trouble) I have been assigned to come up with a Mathematical problem that

1) can be solved with a computer,

2) Can be visualized using a simple ploting tool like gnuplot,

3) is interesting and finally

4) is not that complex to solve that the students cant do it at all.

Any ideas?

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@Zohair: Yrah I had Linear programming in mind, it may get a bit complex. But it is still in the works, I just told the prof. Thanks… Any other bright ideas? Keep em coming!

@farooqk: Great! But I think it might be too complex for mathematicians (Thats who I m teaching BTW). Any more bright ideas?

1 + 1 = ?

In case you dont know the answer, its 2. Jao, ayyashee karo! 😛

Google for linear programming. Its not really “programming” in the computer sense, but you’ll get the idea.

@Zohair: Yrah I had Linear programming in mind, it may get a bit complex. But it is still in the works, I just told the prof. Thanks… Any other bright ideas? Keep em coming!

@farooqk: Great! But I think it might be too complex for mathematicians (Thats who I m teaching BTW). Any more bright ideas?

oh yes, heres another one:

if chana costs rs.32 per kilo during ramadan, what percentage of practicing men are expected to fart during taraweeh?

yea, quadratic and linear programming! planning to use matlab?

C/C++, thats what I m teaching, But I was thinking of using Matrices, and show the students how they are used in 3D.

this is ur chance to prove ur worth!

EUREKA! 😉

The problem is, if I did end up proving my worth, I would be worth nothing!