Creative Dissonance Episode 7 – Ceiliculus

The long winter is over and we’re celebrating spring in the traditional way: with Irish dancing and higher order mathematics. This time we’re doing it with some friends.

For those interested in what we were solving

Polly had this:
Polly Calc

Ryan had this:
Ryan Calc

And both of us had to solve this:
Raptor Calc


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  1. I think the new solution to all depression and bad days is to watch this video.

  2. Cool. I managed to solve most of the problems in my head. The double integral can be solved using Fubini’s theorem. The integral involving e^(2x) can be solved using substitution and the integral involving e^x can solved by integration by parts.

  3. The problems weren’t meant to be terribly challenging on their own. They became substantially more challenging while dancing.
    Also, the lack of limits on the double integral may have caused some confusion.

  4. That was… adorable. I am sharing it with all of my ceili-dancing engineer type friends. Also I may need to recreate it at Stanford. Just saying. Except we would all argue over who got to solve the math problems, and then we would end up with a set of six (nine, twelve) with everyone looking down at clipboards, and it would be chaos.

    Also, this:

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