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# 10 signs you are a math nerd

Which of the following did you get?

1) You’re on Brilliant now!

This statement is trivially true.

2) You fully expected this list to end here.

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who do not.

3) Any piece of paper is covered with math equations.

Equations are related to this note.

4) You tell your boyfriend/girlfriend 3303 on Valentines day

See this problem.

5) You told your parents $\large y = \frac{ \ln \left( \frac{x}{m} - as \right) } { r^2 }.$

See this problem.

6) If you did not do #5, you totally wished you did it.

7) For christmas, you asked for a Trig textbook.

Based on a true story.

8) You know the answer to: Why couldn’t the chicken cross the Mobius Strip.

9) To get a beachfront property in the woods you take

$\int \frac{1}{ \text{cabin} } \, d \text{ cabin} .$

10) You believe in higher powers.

Note by Calvin Lin
2 years, 1 month ago

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*Teacher absent*

*5 mins later I be like*

· 2 years, 1 month ago

Is there a ladder around, or does one just 'get high on math' and levitate to write stuff at the top of the board?

This image is the stuff of nightmares ....... thanks for sharing it, John. :P · 2 years, 1 month ago

Does college actually look like this (below)

In every Hollywood movie I've seen, there's your stereotypical math professor infront of a giant board with complex small writing that absolutely no one in the room

A) understands

B) can even see from their seats

C) looks at

Or

Because they're all too busy wondering "when's the next party?" · 2 years, 1 month ago

A math nerd copies John Muradeli's posted picture and enlarges it enough to see that it's about quantum physics, and then tries to figure out what part of quantum physics it's about, in spite of unreadable blurry writing, and still finds it fascinating. · 2 years, 1 month ago

That's curiosity · 2 years, 1 month ago

Our college calculus classroom had chalkboards on four walls. The professor would enter the room, begin talking and writing on the board. When the last board was full, class was over. · 2 years ago

Mine just erases the board and continues on past the bell. Staff · 2 years ago

lol · 1 year ago

I am that same way, John. I did it for the entire class time several times as well. Other/Most times, about a good 5-10 minutes. · 1 year, 7 months ago

Great list, Calvin. I can relate to Sign #3 to the $$n$$th degree, and Sign #8 is my favorite joke ever, which I guess makes me even more of a nerd. :)

Edit: Sign #11: You always smile when you see a (digital) clock read times like 12:34 or 3:14.

Sign #12: You automatically prime factorize (in your head) every integer you see in everyday life.

Edit #2: Sign #13: You are reading this on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. · 2 years, 1 month ago

I did ask for a trig book for xmas! · 2 years, 1 month ago

This Christmas? I would have thought that you already had enough trig books. :) · 2 years, 1 month ago

It was a long time ago, I think I was in 6th or 7th grade, and you couldn't buy books like that in local stores. Bless my dad. · 2 years, 1 month ago

6th or 7th grade? Wow, I didn't even know what trig was until 8th grade. I think I must have been a late bloomer when it came to having a passion for math; calculus and number theory did the trick for me. Anyway, it's good that your father was there to support your curiosity.

Best of the Season, Michael. :) · 2 years, 1 month ago

Giving any away or keeping all of them? · 1 year, 7 months ago

In all the years that I've had books come and go from my personal library, I've never let go of my math and physics books. Books have fallen out of favor in this internet age, but the internet still cannot duplicate what's in them. · 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh, alright. Do you know if some of your book are found online? I haven't any really good ones lately. · 1 year, 7 months ago

6th grade.... Wow. I just asked this year, which is 10th grade, guess I'm 4 years late XD. I didn't love math nearly as much in lower school but I wish I had, · 2 years, 1 month ago

• You use math to mesmerize people, it's super effective!
• You write math equations during the bus stop, subway, etc. above the air like you cast some magic stuffs on people.
• You can awake yourself during boring class with math.
• You dream about solving math problems at least 1 night.
• You think the word "or" as the logic operators.
(based on my true story.) · 2 years ago

Would you like beans or gates. · 7 months ago

I do all of these!! · 1 year, 9 months ago

This is all sooo true!!! · 2 years ago

there are 10 kinds of people in the world: (1)those who understand octal. (2)those who don't.
(3)and then those who don't understand ternary and were expecting me to write eight statements!!! · 2 years, 1 month ago

Three more signs: 1. Every time you see the clock you calculate the angle between the hour hand and minute hand. 2. When you watch cricket, for every ball you calculate the run rate and projected score. 3. When you see a tough problem (for others) you say "BEAUTIFUL" · 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks! Those are good suggestions, seeing the beauty of math in everyday life! Staff · 1 year, 9 months ago

This proves the beauty of mathematics http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2014/05/07/the-neuroscience-of-mathematical-beauty/ · 1 year, 9 months ago

Me too!!!!!! I always keep calculating the run rate as well as strike rate!!!! · 1 year, 9 months ago

It gets worse...

Well, I asked my mom for a trig text book... And a math tutor

I had my friend get me another math book

And my grandma to get me a white board 😅 · 2 years, 1 month ago

I love white boards! I bought 2 of them in college to scribble on. When the department got rid of a huge whiteboard on wheels, I contemplated rolling it into my dorm room. Sadly though, it was too big to have fit into my small dorm. Staff · 2 years ago

Huh, a white board ..... yeah, that is epically nerdy. That definitely deserves a place in the pantheon of Signs. · 2 years, 1 month ago

It's this thing from school, we always work on a white board, it just seems to help for some reason.

Our math team quote is, "it's the white board that keeps us sane"

Also cuz our hand writing looks like it's in low quality 8bit. · 2 years, 1 month ago

I got 7, what does that mean? Should I have counted #5 if I can solve it, but don't say it to anyone? Also, stereotypically not having a girlfriend/boyfriend at all would make you a bigger nerd, right? · 2 years ago

That's pretty great!

True, for 4, it should be "You would tell ...". LOL Staff · 2 years ago

Actually, it seems that I am closest to the 3rd one...Most of my Brilliant problems are solved on my graded exam papers! · 2 years, 1 month ago

I used my friend's birthday card! And then he went upset! · 2 years, 1 month ago

omg ........i thought that i was an extrovert !!! but after reading this ....... :xd i need to know more about myself ....hahahahahaha · 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, at least that is a start. :) · 1 year, 7 months ago

1/2 math nerd, 1/2 future biologist · 2 years ago

bestvalidation: <<#3>> · 2 years, 1 month ago

i got sign 3# · 2 years, 1 month ago

10/10 I'm crying · 2 years, 1 month ago

Hmm ... I've got to call you out on this.

5 and 6 are mutually exclusive, so the maximum score is 9. (I'm tricky that way) Staff · 2 years ago

That was great!!! · 2 years ago

Right! Totally did not see that lol · 2 years ago

I literally asked my mom for "The Art of Problem Solving, Volume 2: and Beyond" book yesterday (That counts as a trig book, right?!?). · 2 years, 1 month ago

Got five. Haha · 2 years, 1 month ago

Congrats! That's a great score.

FYI, I've updated your name, and it is now reflected in your profile. It might take a while for us to update all of our caches across the site. Staff · 2 years ago

No.7: Though I haven't asked for any book for Christmas but I usually buy a lot of Maths books (even if I don't read all of them) of general interest. Accidentally, sometimes, I end up buying stuff that are beyond my ability to understand.

Once I bought an algebra book named as 'Linear Algebra' which contained abstract ideas and college level material. I did't understand it. It is a 'forever alone' in my book shelf. If that adds anything to being a Math Nerd... · 2 years, 1 month ago

1. Already had a trig book. Ahahaha. :P
· 2 years, 1 month ago

Great list! Although, if there's any truth to number 7 being a real math nerd... well, let's just say a good portion of my Christmas list was math books. · 2 years, 1 month ago

6 · 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't believe people do ln(cabin)+C · 7 months ago

Today, for christmas, I asked my father for a book of Single Variable Calculus :) · 1 year, 1 month ago

Got 6, I loved this post. · 1 year, 1 month ago

wow please load more like his · 1 year, 7 months ago

got 8 damn · 1 year, 8 months ago

My score is 6, am I a maths nerd? · 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes you are! Staff · 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow! Thank You. Good post · 1 year, 9 months ago

What should be subtracted from the smallest 6-digit no. To make it exactly divisible by 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20. · 2 years ago

40

$$LCM(5,8,10,12,15,20)=120$$

Smallest 6-digit number=100000

$$40\equiv 100000\mod 120$$

So $$\boxed{40}$$ is the minimum natural number which must be subtracted from 100000 to make it divisible by 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20.

In general $$40+120n$$ must be subtracted where n is any integer.

Please post a note to ask problems rather than posting it as comment. It would reach more audience this way. · 2 years ago

@calvin.gud post · 2 years, 1 month ago

I got 2 I suck. ;-;-;-;-; · 1 year, 9 months ago