# Month: June 2024

## What is the Meaning of “Locus”?

A recent question asked about an interesting locus, which led me to realize we haven’t talked about that topic in general. Here we’ll look at what a locus is, using three simple examples, and then dig into a question about the wording.

## Using Symmetry to Find a Definite Integral

(A new question of the week) Definite integrals can sometimes be solved by finding an antiderivative; but when that is either difficult or impossible, there may be special tricks available. Here we’ll lead a student gradually to a solution using symmetry; and then we’ll look at an earlier problem that used essentially the same trick …

## How Long to Attain Unanimity?

(A new question of the week) Suppose we have a question that can be answered with Yes, No, or Maybe, and that whenever two people with different opinions meet, their discussion convinces each of them that neither can be right, so they both change to the other opinion. Given initial numbers of people with each …

## Logs of Negative or Complex Numbers

Last time we considered negative bases for logarithms; in that discussion it was mentioned that complex numbers can change everything. This will allow us to do things like finding logs of negative numbers; but it will also make things, well, more complex! Let’s take a look.