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March 14th, 2012, 10:23 AM  #1 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
1. Show what you have done with the problem so far, and your thoughts on how to proceed with it. This helps you, as you can find out why your reasoning is wrong, and you won't waste time making the same mistake again. It also helps those trying to answer your question: without that, they may explain a part of the problem you already understand. 2. Post in the right forum. You're more likely to get help if you do, since otherwise the experts in that subject won't see it. Don't post in Abstract Algebra unless your problem relates to groups, rings, fields, and the like; this is not the same as High School Algebra. Don't post complicated realworld problems in Complex Analysis (which is the study of analytic and meromorphic functions); that's what Applied Math is for. 3. Make sure the problem you type out is the problem you are given. Any kind of typo can cause people to solve the wrong problem. Include all relevant information  usually it's best to type the problem exactly as it's given. 4. Pose your problem with as few ambiguities as possible. For example, if there can be any doubt what an exponent, radicand or argument for a trigonometric function is, enclose these in parentheses. You may know what you mean, but others may not. 5. If you're writing formulas, take a small amount of time to learn to use LaTeX. This increases readability of complicated expressions dramatically! You may find this equation editor useful. 6. Use descriptive titles. Typing as much of the question as will fit in the subject heading is not desirable. "I need URGENT HELP thanku" is less desirable. Good titles get the most attention. (with apologies to The Chaz, from whom I stole this post, and Dale Carnegie, from whom I stole this title) 
March 16th, 2012, 09:20 AM  #2  
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,170 Thanks: 472 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members Quote:
I have this function 3x + 2/sqrt x^2  3x + 9...  
March 16th, 2012, 09:24 AM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
I liked it better when #1, 3, 5, 7 were "show your work!" 
April 7th, 2012, 10:34 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,170 Thanks: 472 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
Don't dump several attached documents, each containing multiple quizzes, and no work at all shown, then tell us you need this done before your test tomorrow. Your epic procrastination is somehow supposed to be our problem? I don't think so. 
April 12th, 2012, 04:30 PM  #5 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2010 Posts: 324 Thanks: 0  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
One of my favorite quotes are "Poor planning on your part does not create an emergency on my part." Anddd Mark, you know you like our late night study nights... (Another will be coming up on Monday, so cancel your hotttt dates and park the car; it's time to get my study on.) 
April 12th, 2012, 05:35 PM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,170 Thanks: 472 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
I had better begin a refresher on multivariable calculus then! 
April 15th, 2012, 06:48 PM  #7  
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members Quote:
 
May 8th, 2012, 07:59 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2006 From: Lexington, MA Posts: 3,267 Thanks: 407  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members 7. Stop saying "i don't have a clue how to start." If that's true, you need more help than we can provide. 
May 8th, 2012, 08:50 AM  #9 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
Perhaps we should refrain from helping people, aside from posting links to subject overviews, if they say that they don't even know where to start (or otherwise fail to show any effort).

May 22nd, 2012, 05:59 PM  #10 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,170 Thanks: 472 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: How to Win Replies & Influence Forum Members
I like that idea. 

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