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#1 2012-07-03 17:19:40

William F
Registered: 2012-07-03
Posts: 16


Hi everyone,
     I happened across this forum while looking for info on LATEX. I'm studying to be an actuary (career change) and I've found it necessary to be as clear and specific as possible when asking questions. Until about a year ago I've had almost no knowledge of mathematics. I've been diligently studying in my free time starting with basic arithmetic, then algebra, calculus and finally the probability and statistics that I'm going to need. Because I've gone through all of this in such a relatively short amount of time there are some gaps in my understanding of these subjects. I'm excited to find this general Math forum so that I can have some answers to some general math questions!
     On a personal level I graduated from college in 2007 (business major). I work for an insurance company and I live near the beach in San Diego, CA. I'd imagine I'll be a heavy presence on here for some time through my exam process big_smile


#2 2012-07-03 17:25:18

Real Member
From: Harlan's World
Registered: 2011-05-23
Posts: 16,039

Re: Introduction

Hi William

Welcome to the forum! Hope you get all the help you need here and that you gain some friends here, too! smile

“Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.


#3 2012-07-03 18:46:46

bob bundy
Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 8,462

Re: Introduction

hi William F

Welcome to the forum!

There's plenty of folk here who'll try to help you.

You might also find what you need here:


Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz
You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei
Sometimes I deliberately make mistakes, just to test you!  …………….Bob Bundy smile


#4 2012-07-03 20:23:23

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 109,606

Re: Introduction

Hi William F;

Welcome to the forum!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.


#5 2012-07-03 22:59:46

Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 26,994

Re: Introduction

Hi William F,

Welcome to the forum!

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi. 

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.


#6 2012-07-04 18:44:59

Registered: 2005-01-21
Posts: 7,687

Re: Introduction

Hi and welcome smile

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman


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