20090909, 17:38  #12 
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
San Antonio, TX USA
17·251 Posts 
Don't forget prime time! Or prime grade beef. Mmm.

20090909, 19:51  #13  
Aug 2006
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20090909, 20:47  #14 
May 2004
New York City
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There was a thread with this title started by ernst two years ago.

20090909, 22:47  #15 
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
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20090910, 04:44  #16 
Aug 2006
3·1,993 Posts 

20090910, 14:03  #17 
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
641 Posts 

20090910, 19:17  #18 
Aug 2006
3·1,993 Posts 

20090910, 20:33  #19 
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
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20090910, 20:38  #20 
May 2004
New York City
5·7·11^{2} Posts 
And since it was Dr Silverman asking for the homework help,
maybe we should just leave the formality as an exercise for him. When you do finish your homework, sir, would you inform us of the results? :) 
20090910, 22:00  #21 
May 2009
Loughborough, UK
2^{2}×11 Posts 
"The question is at best poorly posed."
"The question itself is wrong headed". "Part of learning mathematics is learning to ask the right questions. Part of learning mathematics is learning that words such as [random] have an exact meaning. If I answer a question as asked, but it is not what was meant, it should be an impetus for the OP to learn (or ask) WHY his/her question was wrong. And, IMO, if it is NOT such an impetus then the OP should not have asked in the first place. My assumption, upon reading a mathematical question using the word [random] is to assume that it has its correct meaning. To do otherwise would be an insult to the original poster, because interpreting it otherwise would imply that the OP did not know what he/she was talking about." "When I was an undergrad (and even for one teacher in high school), a frequent response to a question that was poorly posed would be: Go think about what you just asked. Get back to us when you have reformulated your question more precisely". "In forcing students to not only solve problems, but also to think about the questions they asked, they were forcing students to learn about mathematics. Most mathematics is not learned from lecture, but by first learning the basics from lectures, then learning to apply it ON YOUR OWN." "One should NEVER ask questions (in any field of study), if one does not understand the definitions of words used in the questions. We learn by DOING, and not by sitting and having answers handed to us." "I could have chosen to simply say to the OP You do not understand what you are asking. Go learn the meaning of the word '[random]', then get back to us. OR I could also have said From the lack of clarity in your question, I judge that you lack the pre requisites to understand a meaningful answer. May I suggest that you study some elementary number theory and elementary mathematical statistics and get back to us?" Sorry Ardy, you did ask for it. 
20090910, 22:48  #22 
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
2^{2}×3×641 Posts 
You didn't have to pile on so thick  should've saved some of those.

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