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Dear Prof Scott

Is it possible to automate automobile Headlights operations I.e Switched on in darkness and switched off in broad daylight?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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That is probably possible right now, but they also need to be dimmed at night when there is an oncoming car.  Perhaps it would be possible to have them dimmed if a light was up ahead as well.  If the other vehicle didn't have its lights on, this would be good as well, for it would remind them to do so.  Of course, perhaps this sensor would also dim the lights for a neighbors front porch being too close to the road if their front porch lights were on.  It might be possible to avoid this by making sure it only looks for lights that are low and found on a car.  Now this might not work if a truck were coming that had high headlights, so maybe it should only check in front.  Of course, that would mean it would turn them on before the other car was completely by, so perhaps we need a distance measure.  This is getting to fancy to make, for it would cost way too much ...

Of course, every now and then perhaps even we see a car at night with its brights on and complain about the oncoming car without even realizing our lights aren't on.

Here is an example of where we shouldn't complain about anything but just thank God that we can make it through as He reveals to us what needs to be done.  When problems occur, I re-assess what I'm doing.  Our my lights on?  Am I making sure I'm in my lane?  Is there something on me that's dragging?  Is my car intact?  Am I dragging something behind me?

Yet in all this, just remember that Jesus is the true light and always bow down, give Him thanks, and move on forward.

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I can answer any question in general math, arithetic, discret math, algebra, box problems, geometry, filling a tank with water, trigonometry, pre-calculus, linear algebra, complex mathematics, probability, statistics, and most of anything else that relates to math. I can also say that I broke 5 minutes for a mile, which is over 12 mph, but is that relevant?

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My master's paper was published in the OSU journal. The subject of it was Numerical Analysis used in shock waves and rarefaction fans. It dealt with discontinuities that arose over time. They were solved using the Leap Frog method. That method was used and improvements of it were shown. The improvements were by Enquist-Osher, Godunov, and Lax-Wendroff.

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Master of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematics. Bachelor of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematical sciences. This degree involved mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I also took sophmore level physics and chemistry while I was attending college. On the side I took raquetball, but that's still not relevant.

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I earned high honors in both my BS degree and MS degree from Oregon State. I was in near the top in most of my classes. In several classes in mathematics, I was first. In a class of over 100 students, I was always one of the first ones to complete the test. I graduated with well over 50 credits in upper division mathematics.

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My clients have been students at OSU, people who live nearby, friends with math questions, and several people every day on the PC. I would guess that you are probably going to be one more.

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