The Probability That I’ve Reached the Limit

Starting off this week, the first test in Calculus. All about limits, laws, proofs, and continuity.

Next on the agenda (Thursday), Probability and Statistics. Let’s just say that I love statistics and hate probability; of course the bulk of this semester will be an in-depth exploration of probability. Here’s a little taste via an example in class:

There are 3 rooms. You are placed in one of them. The chance of you being placed in a room has different probabilities. Now, in the room, there is a coin. Of course, there are different probabilities for each room that you will toss a head. Based on these “facts”, what is the probability that you are in Room #1?

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I walk out of that class dizzy.

The good news is that I cannot, yet, calculate the probability that I have reached my own personal limit. In fact, all I can see is a line that stretches out to infinity some point that cannot be defined. Ach spfft!

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