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Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain

Since I'm not that good at (as I like to call it) 'die-hard-mathematics', I've always liked concepts like the golden ratio or the dragon curve, which are easy to understand and explain, but are ...
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'Obvious' theorems that are actually false

It's one of my real analysis professor's favourite sayings that "being obvious does not imply that it's true". Now, I know a fair few examples of things that are obviously true and that can be proved ...
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How do I motivate myself to do math again?

I have been thinking of asking for help for a few months now but posting in a public forum like this is intimidating. Still, I am currently in a university studying mathematics as an undergrad. I took ...
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Interesting Math for 3-graders

I'm supposed to give a 30 minutes math lecture tomorrow at my 3-grade daughter's class. Can you give me some ideas of mathemathical puzzles, riddles, facts etc. that would interest kids at this age? ...
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Are the solutions of $x^{x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}}}=2$ correct?

Problem: Find $x$ in $$\large x^{x^{x^{x^{ \cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}} }}}}=2$$ Trick: $x^{x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}}}=2$, so, $x^{(x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}})}=x^2=2$, and, ...
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A Poster About Prime Numbers [closed]

We're going to design a poster about prime numbers, which will appear in a mathematics magazine for middle school students. The poster should be both visually attractive and mathematically rich. Do ...
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Fractals reference

I want to present an elementary lecture about Fractals in the Nature. So, I am searching open or online references with good pictures like the following one: I prepared a good program that makes ...
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Some questions about Fractals and software

Ever since I read this article on math.SE I have been amazed by the wonder of fractals. I have been trying to learn what are fractals and how to write an equation for one, and I am truly confused, I ...
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Divisibility of the difference of powers

Consider the following theorem: For any $a, b \in \mathbb{Z}^+$, there exist $m, n \in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $m > n$ and $a\ |\ b^m - b^n$. What's the best way to prove it? I have an idea ...
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Prove or Disprove the existence of a basis

I'm asked to prove or disprove the existence of a basis $(p_0,p_1,p_2,p_3)$ of $F(t)(3)$ (Polynomials of degree at most 3) such that each of the polynomials $p_0,p_1,p_2,p_3$ satisfies the equation ...