# Month: October 2018

## The Gambler’s Fallacy

Probability seems simple enough to many people that it can fool them into wrong conclusions. We have had many questions that involve the “Gambler’s Fallacy”, both from people who naively assume it without thinking, and from some who defend it using technical ideas like the Law of Large Numbers. The Gambler’s Fallacy Here is a …

## Mixing Trig and Inverse Trig Functions

(A new question of the week) Since we’ve been doing a little trigonometry this week, let’s look at a recent set of questions from a student in the Philippines, all about compositions of trig and inverse trig functions. This is a topic with some interesting little surprises, and several of us answered, to give a …

## A Tank with a Conical End

(An archive question of the week) Last time I surveyed what we have said about the volume of liquid in various kinds of tanks. One more special case I ran across deserved more detailed attention, because it demonstrates in detail how to do the calculations without much knowledge of calculus. The problem Here is the …

## Measuring Water in a Tank

Over the years, we have received a huge number of questions asking about how to find the amount of liquid (water, oil, …) in a tank, usually a horizontal cylindrical tank. The simplest case involves a rather complicated formula; from there, we can reverse the formula (finding the depth for a given volume), or we …