Mathematics Isn’t Just Numbers

We often equate mathematics with numbers, as if mathematics doesn’t extend further than doing arithmetic. Each time this happens, I have to restrain myself from going on a rant. I want to grab the person by the collar and exclaim, “There’s so much more to mathematics than just numbers! It’s like saying that running is just a bunch of one-legged hops. While that might be technically true, it’s not the way most people would describe…

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Degeneracy of the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Note: This post uses MathJax for rendering, so I would recommend going to the site for the best experience. I just love being able to find neat ways to solve problems. In particular, there’s something about a combinatorial problem that is so satisfying when solved. The problem may initially look difficult, but a slight shift in perspective can bring the solution right into focus. This is the case with this problem, which is why I’m…

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Merging Space Exploration with Arts @Science Rendezvous 2019, University of Toronto

Science Rendezvous is a Canada-wide annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. This year the Science Rendezvous was held on 11th May 2019. HotPopRobot was invited to participate in the event as a part of the Science-Art Gallery at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. We were excited as this was our second year of participating in this event. Click here to read about our participation in the…

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Being Happy With Being Repetitive

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to focus. Maybe you’re different than me, but I have a lot of trouble sitting down and focusing on one task or idea. Instead, my mind buzzes with activity while my hands do another. I’m always switching between ideas, and it takes a lot of energy to focus on just one. On a more macro level, my trouble with focus manifests in the types…

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