Decimal Essays

  • Decimals Essay

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    In modern day mathematics, the use of decimals to determine accurate calculations is used in almost every situation. It is used so often that we forget that decimals haven’t always been around. They had to have come from somewhere, but where did they come from? The origination of the decimal system is often overlooked and undervalued, but the importance of decimals in modern mathematics is extremely significant. This is why Simon Stevin’s work on decimal arithmetic was such a huge impact on the advancement

  • History of the Universal Decimal Classification System

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    By definition, the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) is an indexing and retrieval language in the form of a classification for the whole of recorded knowledge, in which subjects are symbolized by a code based on Arabic numerals.[1] The UDC was the brain-child of the two Belgians, Paul Otlet and Henry LaFontaine, who began working on their system in 1889, 15 years after Melvil Dewey established the DDC.[2] Otlet and LaFontaine built their system on the foundation of the DDC with Melvil Dewey’s

  • The Dewey Decimal Classification System

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    Dewey Decimal System. It does not matter what words are used to describe subjects the notation will give a unique meaning of the class and say its association to other classes. The notation has the ability to identify the class within which the subject belongs and related classes. The classes get identified and have linked classes found by using a universal language, which is provided by the notation. Not all the books in the Dewey Decimal system are non-fiction. The Dewey Decimal Classification

  • Pawing at the Dewey Decimal System

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    Pawing at the “Dewey” Decimal System Dewey the library cat is probably one of the most noteworthy cats that has ever been heard of. Dewey is an orange little tabby cat that the writer (Vicki Myron) found in the rain on her way to work, and brought Dewey with her to the library. From that instant Dewey the library cat grew up in a library lying on every book that he has seen. His name came from the Dewey Decimal System. He has unintentionally inspired thousands of people by being himself. He has

  • History of the Dewey Decimal Classification System

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    A History of the Dewey Decimal System The history of the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) hearkens back to the very beginning of the modern library movement in the nineteenth century. The classification scheme’s progenitor was a man named Melvil Dewey who was born to a poor family in upstate New York in 1851. 1 His full name was Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey, but he was a man who supported language/spelling reform and had his named shortened to just Melvil Dewey. He even tried to have

  • The Dewey Decimal Classification: Western and Non-Western Cultures

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    Introduction DDC: From West to East This paper is examining how the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) has been adapted and translated in both Western and non-Western Nations and the problems that have arisen during this process. In this paper we will first examine what the DDC is which includes looking into its history specifically into how Mr. Custer helped the DDC become an international classification system. Next we will focus on the problems that arise during the process of adapting

  • Recurring Decimals

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    Recurring Decimals Infinite yet rational, recurring decimals are a different breed of numbers. Mathematicians, in turn, have been fascinated by these special numbers for over two thousand years. The Hindu-Arabic base 10 system we use today was inspired by the Chinese method of decimals which was actually around 10000 years old. Decimals may have been around for a very long time, but what about recurring decimals? In fact the ancient Greeks were one of the first to deal with recurring decimals. The

  • Assessing Conceptual Understanding of Rational Numbers

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    Hattrup (Eds), Analysis of arithmetic for mathematics teaching (p. 1-51). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. 1995. Sowder, Judith. “Place value as the key to teaching decimal operations.” Teaching children mathematics, 3(8), 448-453, 1997. Wearne, Diane and James Hiebert. “Constructing and using meaning for mathematical symbols: The Case of decimal fractions.” In J. Hiebert and M. Behr (Eds.) Number concepts and operations in the middle grades, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum and Reston, VA: National Council of

  • Maxi Product Of Numbers Investigation

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    10)= 15 à 5+10 à 5x10=50 (6,9)= 15 à 6+9 à 6x9 =54 (7,8)= 15 à 7+8 à 7x8 =56 I have found that 56 is the highest number so far that can be retrieved from 7 and 8 when the number is 15, in whole numbers. I will now try in decimal numbers if I can get a number higher than 56. (7.1,7.9)= 15 à 7.1+7.9 à 7.1x7.9=56.09 (7.2,7.8)= 15 à 7.2+7.8 à 7.2x7.8=56.16 (7.3,7.7)= 15 à 7.3+7.7 à 7.3x7.7=56.21 (7.4,7.6)= 15 à 7.4+7.6 à

  • Investigating the Volume of an Open Box

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    Investigating the Volume of an Open Box The aim of this coursework is to investigate the volume of an open box constructed by one piece of rectangular card that has all four corners having had squares cut out of them. Firstly I will be studying the volume whilst changing the side of one length of the cut out square and the size of the original rectangle card. After I have investigated this relationship I will try to find out the formula for finding the cut size to get the largest volume

  • Biography Of Leonardo Of Pisa

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    means “son of good fortune”, so “lucky son”. Leonardo Fibonacci was one who introduced the Hindu-Arabic number system into Europe. This number system is the one we still use today, based on ten digits with its decimal point, plus the symbol for 0. Again, these numbers are 0-9 with the decimal poi... ... middle of paper ... ...started calling this sequence of number the “Fibonacci sequence”? Edouard Lucas was the mathematician in France who gave the sequence its name. Lucas lived from (1842-1891)

  • Pi

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    approximately 3.14159265, pi being an irrational number (one that cannot be expressed as a simple fraction or as a decimal with a finite number of decimal places) and a transcendental number (one without continuously recurrent digits). Electronic computers in the late 20th century have carried pi to more than 100,000,000 decimal places. Using a computer program, I calculated pi into 1000 decimals: 3.14159265 358979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679

  • The Different Names of Fibonacci

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    The Different Names of Fibonacci In 1175 AD, one of the greatest European mathematicians was born. His birth name was Leonardo Pisano. Pisano is Italian for the city of Pisa, which is where Leonardo was born. Leonardo wanted to carry his family name so he called himself Fibonacci, which is pronounced fib-on-arch-ee. Guglielmo Bonnacio was Leonardo's father. Fibonacci is a nickname, which comes from filius Bonacci, meaning son of Bonacci. However, occasionally Leonardo would us Bigollo

  • Joseph-Louis Lagrange

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    Joseph-Louis Lagrange Joseph-Louis Lagrange was born on January 25, 1736 in Turin, Sardinia-Piedmont (which is now known as Italy). He studied at the College of Turin where his favorite subject was classic Latin. After reading Halley’s 1693 work on the use of algebra in optics Lagrange became very interested in mathematics and astronomy. Unfortunately for Lagrange he did not have the benefit of studying with the leading mathematicians, so he became self-motivated and was self-taught. Then in 1754

  • The History of Math

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    BC. There mathematics was dominated by arithmetic, with an emphasis on measurement and calculation in geometry and with no trace of later mathematical concepts such as axioms or proofs. The earliest Egyptian texts, composed about 1800 BC, reveal a decimal numeration system with separate symbols for the successive powers of 10 (1, 10, 100, and so forth), just as in the system used by the Romans. Numbers were represented by writing down the symbol for 1, 10, 100, and so on as many times as the unit was

  • Network Management Project

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    (MIBs) and return this data to the SNMP requesters. Each SNMP element manages specific objects with each object having specific characteristics. Each object / characteristic has a unique object identifier (OID) consisting of numbers separated by decimal points (i.e., These object identifiers naturally form a tree as shown below. The MIB associates each OID with a readable label (i.e., dpsRTUAState) and various other parameters related to the object. The MIB then serves as a data

  • Investigating Whether a Sugared Solution Has an Effect on Potatoes

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    actual experiment. It allows you to make hypotheses before performing actual tests. For my preliminary work, I used a 50 mm piece of potato. It was easy to cut 50 mm (using a Vernier calliper) and to weigh them (using electronic scales to two decimal places). We used 10 mls of sugar solution/distilled water- this was the amount needed to cover one piece of potato. This was put in a test tube along with a piece of the potato and these were then put in a test tube rack. The first thing we needed

  • Number and Operations

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    will also be helpful in helping me develop ways to teach my students. In the following paper I will discuss how I would present five different mathematical concepts to my students. My first concept is comparing relative size of decimals. Students can easily confuse decimal amounts because so many numbers are involved. Students originally learn that more digits equal a greater amount. For example, they might think that 0.2398476 is greater than 0.72 because it has more digits. In order to keep students

  • Minority Report: From Story to Screen

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    Unit has successfully made murder a thing of the past. Their astounding technology is credited to three pre-cogs. These “idiot” pre-cogs identify killers before they commit their crimes, drastically cutting the crime rate by “ninety-nine and a decimal point eight percent” (in the film this rate was zero) (Dick 74). However, this infallible system runs amuck when Commander Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, is accused of a future murder. Anderton finds himself with only 24 hours (36 in the film)

  • The Difference in Energy Release of Various Alcohols

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    recordings for ethanol, and measure the weight before and after each attempt. I will then repeat this procedure in an identical way for each other alcohol. To make my results as accurate as possible I will be using a balance that can measure to two decimal places, and a thermometer that is capable of measuring to half a degree Celsius. To make sure my results are as reliable as possible, I will repeat each alcohol three times.