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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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I love maths, but my school is limited in its teachings. [closed]

I'm not sure how well this question will be received but, I feel there is no harm in asking. I'm 17 soon to be 18. I was in my applied maths course, but not anymore, not due to difficulty, but I can ...
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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 ...
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What is the best way to share findings?

I have discovered something. I have some things written in pencil on paper which prove some very important things in number theory. So I want to ask how to write a proof? How do I share my findings? ...
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Algebraic topology in high school?

This winter I am planning on teaching a small seminar (20 lectures 45 minutes each) for high school students. I was was given the freedom to choose the topic of the seminar, but it is supposed to be ...
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Am I just not smart enough? [closed]

When I was doing math, let us say for example, introductory number theory, it seems to take me a lot of time to fully understand a theorem. By understanding, I mean, both intuitively and also ...
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What is the relation between two integrals?

Let us suppose that we have two integrals, $I_1$ and $I_2$ with the same non negative integrand. The integration contour of $I_1$ is a subset of the the integration contour for $I_2$. What can we say ...
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How to select the integration contour

In the following two figures which describe sets, How many possible integration contour we have for the figure 1 and how many integration contour we have for figure 2.
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Interesting and not too difficult topics in geometry

I was asked to give a talk to a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students on a topic of my choosing from differential geometry. The students will mostly not be in geometry; however, I believe I ...
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Enlightening ideas and methods that change one's appoach to problems, theorems or mathematics as a whole

I would like to collect a "big-list" of ideas and methods from different areas (although I'm particularly interested in elementary number theory, algebra, calculus, linear algebra, geometry, physics, ...
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Books that you think you should have read during your undergraduate years

A quite popular question here is "If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book at the beginning of your career as a mathematician, which book would it be?" I would like to ...
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How do I finish my problem sets on time? (The way I'm solving problems right now is very inefficient)

I'm embarrassed to say this. I'm an Applied Math major, I've been in college for three years, and I've never finished a problem set in my math classes. Despite this, I've only did well enough to least ...
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My attempt to gather mathematical spaces in a drawing

There are many spaces (Sobolev, inner product spaces, etc.) that I am not using on a daily basis, but have to recall their definition from time to time. So I decided to draw a synthetic scheme of the ...
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Program that calculates pentagon, given the side lengths

Can you suggest me a free online program, that calculates the area of an irregular pentagon, given the side lengths? Any suggestions would be appreciated! That is the pentagon I am talking about: ...
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How to Read Michael Artin's Algebra

I am currently reading Algebra by Michael Artin (for self study). I'm finding the book pretty interesting, but I'm still not sure how I should study the book. For example, should I try to prove every ...
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How to conceptualize unintuitive topology?

I found Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics in my university's library the other day and quickly FUBAR'd (folded-up beyond all recognition) the couple sheets of paper I had with me ...
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How important is the “prestige” of your university for undergraduate mathematics?

I go to a university in Canada. It's not really considered a top university (it is one of the best universities in the province but is ranked really low nationally). I study mathematics here and ...
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I'm feeling demotivated in my undergraduate course

I was a very good math student in high school. I was in the national level Olympiad team. Now I'm studying at the best college in my country with really good mathematicians. I've all almost all of my ...
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How do you go about formalizing a concept?

I am reading Godel Escher Bach. I love it. In the first few chapters, the author shows what a formal system is and gives examples that eventually lead to a typographical formal system of strings that ...
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How substantial an advance must be to justify publication in pure mathematics?

In order to publish a paper in pure mathematics, specifically functional analysis, do we really need to come out something which improves a lot of existing work in the field? I ask this because I ...
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Advices on which to choose, uncertainty or certainty?

Currently I am doing my final year project(FYP) on Large-Scale Distributed Storage System, where I apply finite field and coding theory to design new codes which can improve existing codes. I plan to ...
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A Compact Real Analysis book for a graduate student, who is short of time.

I am a Phd student in Computer Science and I want to focus on Machine Learning, especially on statistical methods. My problem is, I always keep hitting the wall when it comes to studying underlying ...
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Combinations: People want a beer, there are certain kinds of beer, but limited numbers of each kind

Four people go to a pub and each wants to drink a pint of either the lager, ale, or porter. However, there are only 2 pints of lager, 1 ale, and 1 porter available to drink. How many combinations of ...
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Learning math vs problem solving

Ok so I am about to start my final year in high school we will be learning calculus this year, but I already know single- and multi-variable calculus and linear algebra so I want to spend my final ...
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Working on strengths vs. weaknesses as an undergraduate student

I realize there's a lot of general advice on this site and elsewhere about studying mathematics, but I couldn't find anything about this, so I've decided to ask: as an undergraduate student, I'm ...
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How much set theory is necessary for serious logic?

I'm currently studying logic at my university and I have been trying to squeeze in as much set theory on the side as possible. Considering that I am spending quite a lot of time studying set theory ...
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How should I self-study calculus?

So I already took Pre-Calc, and ended up with a B both semesters. I am an incoming senior in high school. My special-ed case manager won't let me take it because she doesn't want to see me panic ...
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General question about undergrad math classes? [closed]

I'm currently in Real Analysis 2, and while I'm doing pretty well, it's just so much time and effort to finish all the problem sets and do well on the exams. I only have a few math classes left for ...