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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 41

In this series, we’ve pictured operators as black boxes with inputs and outputs.  In the previous post we looked at rather ordinary addition from a less ordinary perspective: we imagined the number line arranged as a cylindrical spiral, like a … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 5

In earlier parts of this series, we have talked about devices that change their state when you press some button.  Such devices are both very normal and very common.  A very simple example of this is a counter, where the … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 4

In the two previous posts in this series, we looked at decidedly different models that each could explain the same simple external behavior.  To recap, we have been looking at internal models for a device that looks like this: and … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 2

In the previous post I introduced the idea of a device like the one pictured below: where the single digit on the little screen was observed to cycle through a repeating pattern every time the red button is pushed, as … Continue reading

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Operators, Functions, and Properties – part 1

I intend to write some things on operators in mathematics, beginning in this post.  Functions and properties will be brought in as appropriate.   The idea of operators is absolutely basic and central to computers and computing; they are also important … Continue reading

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