Questions asking for advice on various mathematical matters. Be careful that your question is answerable, and also that it is not a polling question (e.g. "What is the best / your favorite way to...").

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Partial Differential Equations Course And Differential Geometry Prerequisites

Is the ordinary differential equations course a prerequisite for the partial differential equations course for a person who has passed the integral calculus course? Is it really required to have ...
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Advice about Grad School [migrated]

I'm about to finish my undergraduates studies; I majored in mathematics and minored in physics, and I always intended on going to grad school to pursue a PhD in mathematics, but I've been having ...
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Effective Research Notes

Note-taking for research is vital to your success as a mathematician. As I look back at some of my handwritten notes, I realized how poor they were. I had thought to myself, "What happened?" I was ...
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So bad at maths sometimes I feel depressed about it

I taught myself how to count before I even learnt how to talk or read. Playing with numbers was all I did when I was young. I didn't have anyone to foster that type of passion that I believe I still ...
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Advice inquiry: Financial mathematics

I am a math instructor at an education center studying to become an actuary. Currently I am studying for Exam FM and practicing problem from a book. Some of the problems in the book says "use a ...
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Book recommendations for topics leading upto Algebraic geometry

I'm interesting in studying algebraic geometry (specifically either from Shafarevich or Hartshorne). Assuming a high school and basic college math education, what should be the topics and the order ...
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What topics have complex analysis among their prerequisites?

I have one spot left in my bachelor's curriculum and am trying to decide between complex and functional analysis. What the latter is good for, is more or less clear to me: e.g. for advanced ...
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How to argue that one point on real line is on the right of the other?

I have the two points on the real line as shown in the figure, how one can argue or prove that $b$ is on the right side of $a$ or $a$ is on the left side of $b$?
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Should i study Mathematics? [closed]

I would like to ask you guys for some advice. I'm currently studying Bsc. engineering(2nd year). I really like mathematics and for example I really liked the calculus courses from 1st year and am ...
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Texts on Coxeter groups

I'm looking for an introductory text on Coxeter groups. It can assume undegraduate knowledge of Algebra (Groups up to and including the Sylow theorems in Fraleigh, elementary knowledge of rings, ...
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Advice needed in Cryptography

I'm currently in my undergrad studies (3rd Year in 2015) , majoring in pure mathematics and statistics. I'm thinking of pursuing cryptography for my Honours project, as its the closest thing that ...
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Should I start with complex variables before fourier series?

My math professor has said that it would be useful to start with complex analysis before learning fourier series in the signals and systems course(I'm an undergrad EE). Do you agree with that and why ...
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How to improve concentration when beginning to work on a math problem that seems boring?

I am a college student and my current situation is that I have an extremely hard time getting myself to start doing math. I feel like math is 'boring,' but ONLY until I start actually doing it. Once I ...
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Is a thorough study of algorithms useful for a mathematician?

In my university, there is a core course called "basics computer science for mathematicians". The topics covered range from algorithms, to the bases of programming, to theory of computability. The ...
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Dollar weighted return. Formula or definition?

I was learning dollar-weighted return and I was a bit puzzled by the following and I would like to have some advice. I understand that it's basically the internal rate return, but using simple ...
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Instructive examples of elegant, clear, rigorous, terse, but “non-dull” mathematical prose

On the "About" page of the Mathgen project one can read: "More seriously, I think this project says something about the very small and stylized subset of English used in mathematical writing. ...
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“Advice to young mathematicians”

I have been suggested to read the Advice to a Young Mathematician section of the Princeton Companion to Mathematics, the short paper Ten Lessons I wish I had been Taught by Gian-Carlo Rota, and the ...
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Which math class next

I just finished and Algebra for Calculus class this semester. I'm trying to work up to taking calculus (have to do up through calc 3). One person told me I should take trig next, and another calculus. ...
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Help with finding an optimal bilingual skill-based routing calculation.

First time post, I'm not sure if it is in the correct forum but this seems to be as a good place to try: I was wondering if anyone out there had experience dealing with a similar issue or knew of any ...
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Nobody told me that self teaching could be so damaging…

Even though I've been teaching myself math for a couple of years now I only just started (a month ago) at the university. My experience is rather mixed. For starters, I'd like to mention that I'm 21 ...
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Advice for Math Majors -What to do if you come into college with a lot of college credit? [closed]

In high school I was a good maths student and took AP Calculus BC my freshman year and got a 5 and then took Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Introduction to ...
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Project-Math-Computing

Im an undergraduate student and me and my roomate who is an undergraduate also would like to do a project together. Im on the pure and some aplied math branch and he is on the computing branch.We are ...
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Why one interval is the subset of an other interval, both lies on the real line?

We have two real intervals [a,b] and [c,d] on the real axis. If the interval [a,b] lies inside the interval [c,d] or in other words [a,b] is the subset of [c,d]. How we can show mathematically or by ...
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How to argu on the interval of real line?

We have the two real intervals [a,b] and [c,d] as shown below, From figure it is very clear that $c\leq a$ and $b \leq d$. I wanted to know what one can give argument on it why is $c \leq a$ and ...
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How beginner researcher or ph. d student should learn new concepts?

I hope this question is o.k for S.E. M. When some one is reading book(monograph); possibly helpful in his/her research, and content is large enough; At the first glance it seems very frustrating and ...
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How to submit a conjecture for review?

I was recently attempting to solve one of the more known, already proved, problems in mathematics when I stumbled across an observation I thought might be worth digging into further. Unfortunately I ...
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Level of Difficulty of an Undergraduate Curriculum

I'm considering joining an University which is renowned for mathematics in my country. The curriculum it offers is as follows : All the courses listed below except the course on Writing of ...
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Research in algebra.

First of all, I don't know if this is the right place to ask about this. If not, please direct me somewhere I can get more help. I like algebra alot as a mathematics undergraduate student on his 3rd ...
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First hand written draft Or LaTex typed draft; when some one want to publish?

When some one solve a math research problem and want to publish it somewhere; of course one should type it in LaTex. My Question: What should be the ideal way(time) to type it, I mean first one ...
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Career advice in Mathematics combined with another sciences

First of all, I don't know if this is the right place to ask about careers. If not, please direct me somewhere I can get more help. Im an undergraduate student in Mathematics on my 3rd year.My ...
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James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition: How to check my work?

I'm trying to learn, or revise, some topology from James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition. I'm working alone; that is, I'm self-learning. It is quite fun. But the problem is how do I check if I've ...
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Book recommend for topics of Integrals in multivariable calculus.

I am an average student and have to study following topics on my own for the exam : The measure of a bounded interval in $\mathbb R^n$ , the Riemann integral of a bounded function defined on a ...
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In need of some advice! [closed]

I am doing Mechanical Engineering (2nd year) and it's already becoming clear that I am no more interested in this course.I am very much motivated to study Theoretical Physics and Pure Mathematics(I ...
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Good community colleges for mathematics in US

Which community colleges in the US have the strongest mathematics programs ? After searching a bit on my own, I found North Seattle Community College - it seems to have a little stronger program ...
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Group Theory Research Topics [advice]

I'm currently a Senior Mathematics student in the US. I'm interested in Abstract Algebra, specifically Group Theory (I've taken a course that dealt entirely with Fields, but I enjoy Groups a bit more) ...
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A topic for seminar in finite group theory.

I am doing a course on "Structure of finite groups" and we have a choice of giving a presentation on topics related to the course, Course outline is as follows- I was thinking of O-Nan Scott ...
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How to show that integration contours are related?

I have one geometry below in which the integration contours are shown with red and blue line. How I can show that the contour in blue line i.e (B to C) is with in the integration contour in red ...
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Self-learning Book recommendation for topics in ring-theory

I failed badly in my Internal examination in ring theory , and at any cost want to improve upon my grades in the final eamination,with a month and a half to go .... I haven't yet covered the below ...
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Integration contour relationship.

We have the two integration contours as shown below, How we can prove that the integration contour B is the subset of the integration contour A? Also note that the figures does not represent the ...
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How to show that the integral converge or diverge?

I have the following integral and wish to see whether it converge or diverge. where the integration contours $-l_1$ to $l_1$ belong to real numbers. I have tried by comparison test like the ...
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Bad at computations… but not math?

Very generally, the question I'm trying to ask is: Can someone be a good professional mathematician without being particularly good at (or even being - relatively - bad at) computations? More ...
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How to relate two integration contour?

How one can relate two integration contour? For example if I have an integration contour like $\int_{-a}^{a}f(x)dx$ here let say a=infinity. How I can say that the integral $\int_{2}^{3}f(x)dx$ is a ...
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Analytic skills in applied math

I am an unexperienced undergraduate student just took few basic math classes. And I have found analysis classes really interesting, like basic analysis, measure theory and functional analysis, and ...
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Easiest Book to start Manifolds.

Ok, so here is the thing. I do not like analysis,Calculus or topology much, nor are they my strong point, but next week I have an exam on manifolds which I have a course First time in my life. I have ...
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Value in retracing mathematicians' steps (specifically Galois)?

So I'd like to learn Galois Theory, which I am probably not "qualified" for in an ordinary sense (I've never done abstract algebra, and I'm just now learning linear algebra in my vector calculus ...
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Best way to learn material dealing with cosets, quotient groups and the isomorphism theorems

I'm self studying abstract algebra from Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote. I've been able to get through the first few chapters and do problems without any issue, until I hit the material on ...
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self-study hints

A question to those who took rigirous courses like math 25 (Harvard), MATH 295-396 Michigan and etc Being not able to collectively discuss problem sets from the course, as those who involved in ...
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should i try to continue in academia?

I actually have 2 questions. 1.What are my chances of going to grad school, 2.Should i go to grad school If I decide to go to grad school, what are my chances if: I got a C in Algebra first ...
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Prime Gap Conjectures

There are many conjectures which can be proven by proving a tight enough upper bound for the prime gap above $n$. Some of these conjectures are stronger than other conjectures and imply the weaker ...
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Career counselling undergraduation underconfidence

I don't know whether this is the right place to ask this, but I expect you to help me. I am a third year undergraduate student in the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore. After completing two ...