I have a pretty specific question that I want to ask on Math.SE but I'm unsure if it's the place to do so.
The question I want to ask on Math.SE: How is it that Prime Polynomials are applied to Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSR)? I know that exponents in the polynomial indicate taps, but how do they actually indicate those taps? What's the connection?
My question here (on meta): Is asking questions about applied mathematics like this acceptable? There is an application of a subject, is this the place to seek an understanding as to how that link works?
Of course it'd be better formed if I actually ask this question, but I mean this as an example.