My math-teaching brother's wish is that 2020 is the year everyone learns that "exponential" doesn't mean "very fast" it means "imperceptibly gradual and then suddenly overwhelming".
@richdecibels My wish is still that no one learns this, if you know what I mean. 😕
Anonymous Sasquatch say: "non-primitive man who think he know math, really not worth explaining to."
@richdecibels this is the thing that I've tried to convey to people. You're not going to see anything while the slope is near horizontal. and then it develops to diagonal and then near vertical in a very short time frame.
Italy is at the vertical. Spain just left the diagonal for the vertical. New York has just gone from the horizontal to the diagonal. Washington is still on the horizontal but the diagonal is rapidly approaching.
Florida is about to hit a fucking wall.
@richdecibels this is a very lovely verbal description
@richdecibels very fast would be just "x". lol.
@richdecibels very accelerating
@richdecibels that is really well put! since i pondered this morning how to explain best to people that we tend to file both power- and exponential functions under ‘grows fast,’ while having no intuitive handle on *how* fast exponential functions will start growing out of nowhere, i shall be using this and do my part in making your brother’s wish come true.
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