Welcome to Seminar Three

Quadratic Equations (MTH112)

Weekly Content

This week we're going to discuss a variety of methods for dealing with quadratic equations - a specific kind of polynomial. These come up in a variety of different physical applications such as ballistics and operations management.

Weekly Motivation

[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think. [1]
-- Albert Einstein

Think about how Einstein's observation applies to your own education. Most students who are working on a college degree are doing it for the specific goal if improving their job prospects but Einstein's comment encourages us to think about the bigger picture. What do we get from education beyond mere factual knowledge? How can we benefit from taking classes that aren't immediately relevant to our short term goals? What can we do to position ourselves for a future whose needs we can't predict?


[1] In response to a question about not knowing the speed of sound, Einstein: His Life and Times (1947) Philipp Frank, p. 185

Support Services

If you feel that you're in need of additional support, the College has an Online Math Center where you can get live, one-on-one support from an experienced tutor. To set up an appointment click on the "Get Math Help" button on the left side of the page. I'll also be glad to discuss any questions that you have with you. If you'd prefer not to discuss your questions in the public discussion, you can always post them in our private discussion area and I'll reply to you there or you can contact me on Skype at prof.gregory.allen.