# Yes, you! You are the one who can help me!

Recently, I saw a few problems which I really can't solve. When I was about to view the solution to learn something beyond my knowledge, I found that the problems, especially higher levels, don't have any solutions or the solution is just a bunch of code which is very annoying. I think there are some other users like me who just cannot solve the problem. Worse, we can't even learn when we wanted to.

So, what I'm going to say about is to encourage more people to write a solution. Yes, you are the one I am talking to! No matter what Level you're in, when you solved a problem, and the solutions provided from other users are just writing the answer, not written clearly in LaTeX or different from your solution, don't hesitate! Just take out your pen (keyboard) and write (type) down your solution!

One of the many things that users of brilliant.org amazed me is when they just write their solution in the comment box (Before this new layout, it used to be like this). This means that they write their solution is not for "vote up's" but to let more people know about the other ways to solve the problem and this new version of brilliant.org is just the best for them. I hope that more people can write solutions. In higher levels, @JonHaussmann, @VishnuramLeonardodavinci are some of the users I always found them on the "Recent Solver", I hope you all can provide more solutions! Others like @TrevorB. and @MursalinHabib are also great solution writers!

Writing solution is not something that wasted your time. By writing solutions, you can conclude your ideas and the rail of your train of thoughts will be more smooth!

You can mention some great solution writers below!

Note by Christopher Boo
6 years, 8 months ago

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@jatin yadav @Pranav Arora @Pi Han Goh These people write awesome solutions.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

@Anish Puthuraya you too

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Why thank you!

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Thank you for the appreciation but in my opinion, you and Jatin are already doing a much better job than me. ;)

- 6 years, 8 months ago

I will try my best in writing solutions. :-0 Hope I don't mess up.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

For me, the stumbling block is formatting solutions in Latex. The easier Brilliant makes it for users to post solutions in Latex, the more likely I'll spend time posting solutions. As it stands now, it generally takes me less time to solve problems than to actually post fully worked-out solutions.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

@josh silverman and @Mark Hennings , these guys are awesome. There is always a lot to learn from their solutions. :)

@Tunk-Fey Ariawan is definitely worth the mention. I suggest people to follow him for awesome Calculus problems. He has got a lot of them in the store. ;)

- 6 years, 8 months ago

But Tunk-Fey is very rude, I had a conversation with him...........

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Agreed @Pranav Arora He is cool at calculus..Mostly his Product set of questions... I liked them very much...

- 6 years, 8 months ago

@Christopher Boo maybe in the future there will be a more elegant way to do this, but why don't you link a few of the problems you most want to see solved. if it's in my wheelhouse i'd gladly write up a good treatment. and if it's not something i'm very interested in, some other person will see it.

Staff - 6 years, 8 months ago

Hi @josh silverman sorry for the late reply, I tried to find that problem again. Here is the problem, I solved with less confident...

- 6 years, 7 months ago

I like @Anqi Li 's and @jatin yadav 's solutions...

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Dont forget @Calvin Lin ,

- 6 years, 8 months ago

@Logan Dymond and @Mark Hennings too!

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the mention, @Christopher Boo , but don't sell yourself short! You write great solutions too.

I agree with everything that's been said here, with an addition. Take the time to at the very least learn basic LaTeX. But that is a minimum, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend you learn all of the symbols and basic formatting, like alignment. It makes your solution look a lot better, and people can understand it. And remember your delimiters, I've seen the following happen a lot, and I while I love to see that a person is trying, they need to remember to declare their math to avoid it looking garbled.

\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty\dfrac{1}{2^i}=\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{4}+\ldots=\boxed{1} OR

$\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty\dfrac{1}{2^i}=\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{4}+\ldots=\boxed{1}$

I copied and pasted the same code and put it in the delimiters to make it look a lot better.

So overall, I agree with Christopher's message. Give solution writing a try. Learn LaTeX. It will be well worth it.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

PS - @Christopher Boo , I think you tag people by typing their first name and waiting for the box to appear. That's why none of the people you mentioned actually got tagged.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Right now @ only works in comments, not in original posts.

We're definitely open to ideas about how to get people to write more solutions, which are a big part of the Brilliant experience and ecosystem. One thing you can do (I'm sure people are already doing it) is request a solution by making a comment on a problem and saying something like "@Christopher Boo , I need help on this problem, can you please write a solution?" when you can't solve it.

I dunno, that's kind of how I thought people would use @ :)

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I've realized that. Would it be possible to allow it to be used in the text of a note and solution? I could have used it on my recent note to suggest a Brilliantic of the Week instead of having to make a separate comment after it.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure it is possible. I'm not sure where it is on the priority list at the moment. (Note, by "I'm sure" I mean "I think" since I don't actually know how the feature works.)

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Ok, I understand. If it happens soon, great, but if not, I'm fine with waiting. There's nothing wrong with the comment-and-tag approach

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks @Trevor !

Now I Learned the Difference In Make Integrals

${\LARGE{\int}}$ for ${\LARGE{\displaystyle \int}}$

Is Much Elegant With \displaystyle

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Glad I could help! The only reason I did that was because the centering delimiters I would normally use, \ [ and \ ], would have made the text be centered and look kind of weird.

And thanks for showing the code you use to make text bigger! I didn't know that before.

- 6 years, 8 months ago

Let me see if that works....(I'm so new at this)

$\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^\infty\dfrac{1}{2^i}=\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{4}+\ldots=\boxed{1}$

okay, maybe I can get the hang of this

- 6 years, 7 months ago