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  • Physics Of Physics Regarding Light Rays

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    as part of my physics course. However, I had previously only learned the basic principles, such as the laws of refraction and reflection. Because I chose to focus on Chemistry and Biology, I was not given the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject, and had only obtained basic understanding of it. Although I knew of the principles and what they represented, I did not become fully aware of the fact that the principles were based off of

  • Evolution And Innovation And The Development Of Aerospace Design

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    Introduction Evolution and innovation are two of the most important factors in the development of aerospace design. When faced with a design problem the decision has to be made whether to develop the current idea, or whether to explore a new idea. The decision chosen will usually be a mixture of both. Brief History of Optimisation Optimisation is an extremely old method and was used as far back as when Newton used it to calculate maximum and minimum values for functions. One of the first times that

  • Sophie Germain Essay

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    facts and generalizing the into laws to form a system of sociology and psychology. Years later, Germain was the first person to provide proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, that has been a struggle for mathematicians for the past 200 years. “That if xn + yn = zn, then neither x, y, nor z can be a natural number if n is greater than 2, stated from Fermat's Last Theorem" (Barrow-Green). Germain used her proficiency on prime numbers to help to prove this theorem. Successful from her work, she published

  • Sophie Germain's Contribution To The Middle Age Of Paris

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    Sophie Germain was born April 1st, 1776 in Paris, France. Sophie’s family was rich and counted as upper Classmen. Sophie was the middle child out of 2 others, Marie-Madeline Germain and Angelique-Ambroise Germain. She was brought into the world around times when it was frowned upon for women to be educated, not to mention that it was also a revolution year too. Sophie spent most of her time in the house reading in her Father’s collection of books. “Their eldest and youngest daughters, Marie-Madeleine

  • Pierre De Fermat Essay

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    Pierre de Fermat Pierre de Fermat was born in the year 1601 in Beaumont-de-Lomages, France. Mr. Fermat's education began in 1631. He was home schooled. Mr. Fermat was a single man through his life. Pierre de Fermat, like many mathematicians of the early 17th century, found solutions to the four major problems that created a form of math called calculus. Before Sir Isaac Newton was even born, Fermat found a method for finding the tangent to a curve. He tried different ways in math to improve the system

  • Sophie Germain : An Important Date

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    Sophie Germain Biography: Sophie Germain Delaney Archer Math 1303.2 Dr. Charles Matthews Southeastern Oklahoma State University Delaney Archer Dr. Charles Matthews Math 1303.2 15 October, 2014 Sophie Germain April 1, 1776 is an important date. Marie-Sophie Germain was born unto Ambroise-Francois and Marie Germain. Sophie Germain was born into a very wealthy family to say the least. Like any parents in the 1700 's, Ambroise and Marie did not want Sophie to grow up and be a mathematician

  • Sophie Germain Contribution

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    Sophie Germain was a strong independent woman, when all around her were people restricting her on what to do. She lived in an era where women were supposed to be brainless and just stay at home, but she was different from all the rest; and by being that, she became a significant person on how math is shaped now. Studying subjects from math (number theory), physics (elasticity), and music (acoustics), made Sophie Germain one of the most influencing mathematician of her time, and still continues to

  • Andrew Wiles And His Works

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    Through history many men and women dedicate their lives to the discovery and understanding of numbers, shapes and structures. They evolve mathematical rules, concepts, theories and prove them; solving practical problems in each different field. From century to century great mathematicians had help this world, every single . One mathematician distinguished between many others is Andrew Wiles. Andrew Wiles was born in 1953 in Cambridge, England. His interest for mathematics started at a young age

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem Essay

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    Fermat’s Last Theorem The year is 1637. Pierre de Fermat sits in his library, huddled over a copy of Arithmetica written by the Greek mathematician Diaphantus in the third century A. D. Turning the page, Fermat comes across the Pythagorean equation: x 2 + y 2 = z 2. He leans back in his chair to think and wonders if this property is limited to the power of two only. He bends over the book again, scanning ahead through the pages to look for any clues. Suddenly, he begins writing intensely

  • Fermat's Last Theorem Essay

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    Have you heard of Fermat’s Last Theorem? It was the world’s most notorious (which means famous in a bad kind of way) mathematical problem because it kept the world’s greatest minds dumbfounded for more than three centuries! Now who was Fermat? Pierre de Fermat was born in 1601 in south west France. He was not a Mathematician. He was a Councillor at the Toulouse Chamber of petitions. He studied Mathematics in his spare time as a hobby. But he was so brilliant that he discovered the laws of Probabilty