yi | ok, the p's cancel out nicely TRWBW: no, of course not kmh: 1/10 thanks for being patient TRWBW, kmh |

kmh | they do - nice i somehow didn't expect that |

TRWBW | yi: np |

kmh | yi : so you get the same result your book suggests ? |

yi | yes |

kmh | ok |

yi | you get C(7,5) / C(10,6) which is 1/10 if you do all the arithmetic |

Capso | TRWBW: How does the area under a curve relate to probability? |

kmh | Capso : you can use it to define a probability function |

TRWBW | Capso: well if you have a probability distribution say, for a random variable that takes real values, then the odds of if taking the a value a<=x<=b are the area under that curve. |

kmh | Capso : if you norm it to be 1 - look probability density function (pdf and cdf) |

TRWBW | kmh: it's a nice that they cancel, but not totally weird. take for example turning a biased coin into a fair coin by flipping twice and repeating until you get 1 head. then you are using the probability that the first flip is heads given a total of 1 heads in 2 flips is 50/50, regardless of the bias. |

Capso | kmh and TRWBW: Also... why is it that the probability of finding an electron at a point x,y,z is psi^2 ? |

kmh | actually i was wondering why they sais biased coin |

TRWBW | kmh: well that was probably the neat thing, that the bias cancelled out |

kmh | since the computation works for non biased coin too, but then there would be no need for the general computation with p and people would not notice the cancellation |

TRWBW | Capso: mathwise that's just the definition. kmh: think of what i said about turning an unfair coin into a fair coin by flipping it 2 times and repeating the process until you get exactly 1 head. kmh: this says you can turn any unfair count into a 1/10 coin by flipping it 10 times until you get 6 heads, and seeing if the first three were "htt" webito: check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_differential_equation, look under homogeneous |

JIMJONESBALLIN | hefty, can I help you? or do you just know how the lyric goes, and find it funny? |

hefty | the latter |

TRWBW | JIMJONESBALLIN: just wondering, is your name some kinda reverse marilyn manson, with the mass murderer first and the movie starlet second? |

JIMJONESBALLIN | I wish there was a way I could write it so that it SOUNDS like when he says it. No its a reference to this horrendously bad NY hiphop artist Jim Jones. And he has this track where a guy comes on intermittently throughout the song and goes "BALLIN" |

hefty | JIMJONESBALLIN add more L's actually more N's |

JIMJONESBALLIN | But he says it in a strange way. like "BAUHLLLLLLLLL-EN" |

hefty | rofl |

hd770 | haha someone used to use that name in tribes |

hefty | yeah BALLLINNN |

TRWBW | k, thought it was "jim jones" the kool-aid killing cult leader + mabel ballin, the silent movie star |

hefty | man we say that all the time at the park where i work lol what an interpretation of the name |