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About ejlflop

Intrepid explorer of music, mathematics, computer programming. physics (an unordered list). Enthusiastic semi-lay-person.

Implicit coordinate transforms are weird

There’s a wide class of coordinate transforms that are typically given backwards. Witness spherical polar coordinates: Typically we already know what our cartesian coordinates are, and we want to express them in this fancy new coordinate system . That is, … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with tautological 1-forms?

Epistemic status: All pretty standard derivations, except the last section on mechanics which is a bit hand-wavy. When formulating mechanics on cotangent bundles, one comes across an object called the ‘tautological 1-form’ (often denoted ) which is supposedly key to … Continue reading

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Volume forms on the mass-shell

The setting for dynamics is the cotangent bundle of a manifold with pseudo-Riemannian metric ; relevant observables can be functions of both position and momentum. For example, the distribution function , which is the number density of particles in phase … Continue reading

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Composing array masks

Let’s say you have an array , containing (~millions) points . Perhaps it’s the output of an n-body simulation or something more complicated. Anyway, suppose you also have several other arrays of size , each listing some quantity that is … Continue reading

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From notated music to audible sounds

This is the second post in a series devoted to music from a mathematical point of view. The first post dealt with written intervals and notes; the moral of that post was that there is some structure (a vector space) … Continue reading

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Cheap & Easy differential forms

There’s a way of motivating the notions of tangent vectors and covectors that’s hinted at but generally glossed over – at least in the physics courses that I take. This post is a quick overview, serving mostly as a reminder … Continue reading

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Algebraic structure of musical intervals and pitches

Here’s the first in what will hopefully be a series of related posts about one particular (limited) aspect of the interaction between music and mathematics. In my mind, I’ll be explaining things to a hypothetical musically uneducated mathematician, who should … Continue reading

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Blog relaunch

To misquote The Who, “Meet the new blog, same URL as the old blog”. I have a post-New Year’s resolution, which is to write more frequently, and more interestingly. One of the traditional, less-frequent, less-interesting posts is shown below, just … Continue reading

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Piping from GNU Screen to GNU Emacs

I’m continually discovering nifty new features of GNU Screen, and I’ve taken advantage of one of them to fix one of my long-standing annoyances with what’s otherwise a nearly-perfect piece of software – the rather awkward scroll-back buffer. Here’s a … Continue reading

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