• Question: What's the most hardest equation you've had to solve?

    Asked by TML to Alex, Carl, Hayley, Melanie, Tim, Yewande on 13 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Alex Seeney

      Alex Seeney answered on 13 Jun 2018:

      I don’t really work with equations in my job. The closest I get to that is working with statistics. So lets say I want to see whether a particular fish is found more often in a river than another species – I need to look at the data and work out whether the difference in numbers is significant (i.e. are we certain it’s an important difference). This can be quite tricky sometimes.

    • Photo: Hayley Wragg

      Hayley Wragg answered on 13 Jun 2018:

      I’ve worked with lots of equations where it’s been proven they can’t be solved. Instead we look at using methods to find the closest thing to a solution.

    • Photo: Carl Barford

      Carl Barford answered on 14 Jun 2018:

      Shroedingers, which is hard to understand, followed by Bernouli which is easy to understand but hard to make work accurately.
      After that , shopping it easy

    • Photo: Tim Craig

      Tim Craig answered on 15 Jun 2018:

      Much of what I do relies upon using large computers to solve equations numerically, because we can’t actually solve them directly. And some of those equations can be super complex!