## Is Math A Sport? 496

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theodp writes

*"The close of the International Mathematical Olympiad prompts Slate to question if math is a sport, wondering if mathletes might someday compete in the Olympics alongside track stars and basketball players."*
## definition: (Score:1, Informative)

1.

1. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

2. A particular form of this activity.

2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.

3. An active pastime; recreation.

4.

1. Mockery; jest: He made sport of his own looks.

2. An object of mockery, jest, or play: treated our interests as sport.

3. A joking mood or attitude: She made the remark in sport.

5.

1. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation: a poor sport.

2. Informal. One who accepts rules or difficult situations well.

3. Informal. A pleasant companion: was a real sport during the trip.

6. Informal.

1. A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.

2. A gambler at sporting events.

7. Biology. An organism that shows a marked change from the normal type or parent stock, typically as a result of mutation.

8. Maine. See summercater. See Regional Note at summercater.

9. Obsolete. Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.

## Re:Absolutely (Score:0, Informative)

sport Pronunciation Key (spôrt, sprt)

n.

1.

a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

b. A particular form of this activity.

2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.

3. An active pastime; recreation.

4.

a. Mockery; jest: He made sport of his own looks.

b. An object of mockery, jest, or play: treated our interests as sport.

c. A joking mood or attitude: She made the remark in sport.

5.

a. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation: a poor sport.

b. Informal. One who accepts rules or difficult situations well.

c. Informal. A pleasant companion: was a real sport during the trip.

6. Informal.

a. A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.

b. A gambler at sporting events.

7. Biology. An organism that shows a marked change from the normal type or parent stock, typically as a result of mutation.

8. Maine. See summercater. See Regional Note at summercater.

9. Obsolete. Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.

## The answer is no! (Score:3, Informative)

Math:The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

Sport:An activity involving

physical## Re:The answer is no! (Score:2, Informative)

Chess:A board

game## Lamest Slashdot article in a long time... (Score:5, Informative)

From WordNet (r) 2.0:

sport

n 1: an active diversion requiring physical exertion and

competition [syn: athletics]

## Re:Math is a sport, then! (Score:1, Informative)

X*(X) = X*(Y)Right.

X^2 - Y^2 = XY - Y^2Right. 0 = 0

(X+Y)*(X-Y) = X*(X-Y)Right. 0 = 0 again.

(X+Y) = XX + X = X

2*X = 1*X

If X = Y = 0, yes.

2 = 1Wrong. You can't divide by 0.

## Re:Takeshi's Castle (Score:4, Informative)

swim 60 meters underwater.

stay underwater 3 out of 5 minutes.

train in a pool 7 days a week in addition to a periodized weight regimen and plyometrics.

Those things are just auxiliary. As a prerequisite, you must to have incredible overall swimming skills, cardiovascular and muscular endurance, great strength, agility, balance, discipline and superbly-honed technique.

## Re:Sure! (Score:1, Informative)

In this series, the negative terms are increasing twice as fast as the positive terms.

In this series, the negative and positive terms are increasing at the same pace. Since they are infinite, the series are thus not equal - they converge to a different value.

## Re:No. (Score:3, Informative)

## Re:Sure! (Score:2, Informative)

The problem isn't that x = 0. If it continued as written, every group of 3 terms ( (1,2,3) (4,5,6) , etc...) would sum to something strictly positive.

The problem is the exact definition of 'x'. Try to expand out the series for x just a little bit further and still get the identity x = x/2 to work out after adding the brackets. I think that you're going to have some trouble.

## Re:Sure! (Score:3, Informative)

x = 1 - 1/2 - 1/4 + 1/3 - 1/6 - 1/8 + 1/5 - 1/10

then

x = 1 - 1/2 + 1/3 - 1/4 + 1/5 -

as that's what you do in your substitution step. But those two infinite sums are totally different. Rearranging numbers in an infinite sum is not allowed without very careful consideration. It be like saying:

1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5 + 1/6 + 1/7 - 1/2 + 1/8 + 1/9 + 1/10 + 1/11 + 1/12 + 1/13 + 1/14 - 1/3 + 1/15...

was the same as 1 + 1/2 - 1/2 + 1/3 - 1/3 + 1/4 - 1/4....

The idea is the same - your are promoting the subtractions well before they would ever happen. Before you ever reached the -1/4, you would have already added up between 1/1 to 1/28 and only subtracted out 1/1 to 1/4, leaving a pretty significant sum. In fact, the sum should become roughly sum 1 + sum(1/(k+1) to 1/n) s.t. k = n/7 using integer division (rough meaning it's 10PM here and I'd rather go to bed than be precise). In fact, I think this sum goes to infinity, while the other goes to 1!

In short, alcohol and calc do not mix: do not drink and derive.

Matt Fahrenbacher

## Re:Sure! (Score:2, Informative)

## Re:Sure! (Score:5, Informative)

This isn't using divisions by zero. This particular "proof" relies on the fact that rearranging the terms of a nonabsolutely convergent series does not necessarily give the same sum. In fact, such a series can be transformed into a series with any given sum simply by rearranging the terms.## Re:Sure! (Score:2, Informative)

1) The series diverges, and the algebraic manipulations of its "value" were meaningless.

2) The series converges to 0, and there was division by 0.

3) This particular series doesn't follow that pattern past the first few terms, and the equation 2x=x doesn't follow, even if it does converge.

In any case, Riemann's rearrangement result is unnecessary.