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    I would like to know how is math used in Law Enforcement I've heard swat guys need it,but an example of how would be great! I have also heard speak about using it in traffic investigations but I'm not sure how..Just in case you might be wondering I'm a student who is interested in LE and for my math class we where given a sort of "punishment" project to find how Math pertains to some real world job that interest us. Any response is welcome!

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    How many grams in an eight ball?

    How much is a dime bag?

    Or the infamous word problem: If a peep is sentenced to a year in county jail and receives credit for time served at 1/3 the time....how many days does he actually do?

    Do I need to continue?
    Last edited by deputy x 2; 03-03-2011, 06:21 PM.
    This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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    • #3
      LoL I think I might actually use that

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      • #4
        I use arithmetic (addition, subject, ect) most days at work for various things. From counting money quickly to figuring someone's age.

        Other than that, I might bust out some basic algebra in the course of an accident investigation. But that is about it.

        I guess I've probably used geometry a time or two also. But I've known cops who are completely math ignorant and do just fine. LOL, I'm not making the best case for your teacher here.

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        • #5
          I'm going to take mercy on you, as our normal forum policy is not to assist students with class work. There is much use of math in LE. The Department head who prepares and submits budgets, The fleet manager who budgets spare parts for vehicles, The accident investigator who investigates and reconstructs accidents. Geometry and Trigonometry are needed here. The helicopter pilot who measures flying time against on board fuel, the list goes on. Expand on those a little, should make your teacher happy. Good luck.

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          • #6
            "Crack head #1 needs a fix. Crack dealer #2 needs a ride to the city. Crack head #1 agrees to lend crack dealer #2 his car in exchange for an 8-ball. While in the city, crack dealer #2 meets heroin user #3 who is in desperate need of a ride for her and her junkie friends. If crack dealer #2 lends heroin user #3 crack head #1's car, please estimate (to the nearest decimal) the number of days until crack head #1 reports the car stolen AND determine (using current street values) the amount (in drug currency) of the transaction between crack dealer #2 and heroin user #3."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by careerchange#2 View Post
              "Crack head #1 needs a fix. Crack dealer #2 needs a ride to the city. Crack head #1 agrees to lend crack dealer #2 his car in exchange for an 8-ball. While in the city, crack dealer #2 meets heroin user #3 who is in desperate need of a ride for her and her junkie friends. If crack dealer #2 lends heroin user #3 crack head #1's car, please estimate (to the nearest decimal) the number of days until crack head #1 reports the car stolen AND determine (using current street values) the amount (in drug currency) of the transaction between crack dealer #2 and heroin user #3."
              Don't fall for it, it's a trick question....he left out an important variable......the ensuing gunbattle between dealer and user.....

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              • #8
                α = tan-1 (d/R)
                cos(α) = R/(R2 + d2).5
                V1 = V0(cos[α])


                And that's just to get through something simple like radar school......
                Originally posted by kontemplerande
                Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                • #9
                  Simple addition for totaling up losses in a theft case. Math equations in relation to accident investigations, such as determining speed at impact based on skid analysis. Helicopter pilots determing weight loads, fuel cosumption, and flight time. Etc. Etc.
                  Today's Quote:

                  "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
                  Albert Einstein

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                  • #10
                    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0222094826.htm
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                    Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun.
                    And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
                      How many grams in an eight ball?

                      How much is a dime bag?

                      Or the infamous word problem: If a peep is sentenced to a year in county jail and receives credit for time served at 1/3 the time....how many days does he actually do?

                      Do I need to continue?



                      SOMEONE!!!!!!! owes me a screen cleaning,you know how sticky beer gets?????
                      Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".

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                      • #12
                        Figuring out your overtime hours and how much in taxes will be taken out..

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                        • #13
                          Jesus man, how about english first?

                          One problem at a time...

                          M-11
                          “All men dream...... But not equally..
                          Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
                          but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
                          for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

                          TE Lawrence

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChiTownDet View Post
                            Figuring out your overtime hours and how much in taxes will be taken out..
                            That's a simple one. "Two for the government, one for me"

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                            • #15
                              Math is used to figure out how much” Buy” money you can spend on strippers without the evidence guy knowing you skimmed any.
                              It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

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