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Understanding mathematical texts

Please could you comment on following: I always wanted to know what mathematicians mean by "understanding a piece of mathematics". For example, I have just finished the second chapter from Rudin's ...
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Master in Mathematics and Computer Science

I have google-d 'master in Mathematics and Computer Science' and the master program does exist. My question is: Would it be favourable to apply for the program? Currently I am a final year ...
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I'm forgetting maths.. [closed]

I'm 14, and I'm the Math topper in my grade. But suddenly, I've started loosing confidence, and I've started forgetting maths.. I am looking for a good solution. (If it helps, I'm forgetting a bit of ...
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Gap year to study math

This is a plan in its earliest and thus least concise stage, so either bear with me or don't read the following babble (I bolded some of the important stuff): I am a high school graduate who is about ...
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Complex analysis a good thing to take with algebra?

This is sort of a follow up to a question I asked awhile ago. I'm working out which courses to take my first semester of my second year of university. I've had linear algebra, calculus, and analysis ...
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Masters' thesis in group theory [closed]

I would like some ideas on topics in group theory which would be suitable for a masters' thesis. What sort of problems would be suitable for this level? Because it is at masters' level, no original ...
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Changing streams in PhD

I've a masters degree from a reputed Indian university in pure mathematics, with a specialization in Algebraic Number Theory. However, I'd like to apply for a PhD in computational math/theoretical ...
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What's after undergrad? Advice needed.

I'm currently a rising senior at a small, yet well ranked liberal arts college studying Pure Mathematics. I've taken multiple high level mathematics courses and plan on doing a few more independent ...
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Multivariable calculus and real analysis in one semester. What is the best way to study for such course?

I am in my first year of EECS and planning on taking a lot of maths classes. I have already taken single variable calculus and linear algebra and did well in them and decided to take multivariable ...
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Advice for self-studying Inequalities and Calculus

I'm interested in self-studying the following books over the next year or so: Spivak's Calculus (I'm already in Ch. 5 and it is very slow going) The Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class by J. Michael Steele ...
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Which course is best to take after calculus, linear algebra, and real analysis?

During my first year at university I took our honors versions of multivariable calculus and linear algebra (which was very abstract) as well as an introductory real analysis course focusing on ...
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Is it bad to keep aside Lang's Algebra in graduate school?

Question is as it is stated in title. I will be joining for PhD program in this July 2014. I am interested in working in Algebra/Algebraic Geometry/Algebraic Number Theory. I tried to learn algebra ...
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What languages to learn for maths?

For people with "hands-on" experience in mathematical research, what languages are the most beneficial to learn? I know that many graduate programs require some degree of non-native lingual ...
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Use induction to show that $a_{n+1}-a_n=\biggl(-\frac{1}{2} \biggr)^n (a_1-a_0) .$

Let $a_0$ and $a_1$ be distinct real numbers. Define $a_n=\frac{a_{n-1}+a_{n-2}}{2}$ for each positive integer $n\geq 2$. Prove that $$a_{n+1}-a_n=\biggl(-\frac{1}{2} \biggr)^n (a_1-a_0) $$ ...
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Path to Differential Geometry

What do I need to learn to start on the rigorous study of differential geometry? I'm about to start my 3rd undergrad year at school, and have taken Cal 1-3, Linear Algebra, Elementary Number Theory, ...
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Analysis or (abstract) algebra first?

Which one would you recommend? I only know calculus and linear algebra when it comes to university-level mathematics. Is one required to understand the other?
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Follow up to Pinter's abstract algebra

I wanted to learn abstract algebra this summer so I bought Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra. I was planning on reading it over the course of the summer, but just finished the last problem of its ...
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List of Advanced Math Text Books with answers

Can anybody please recommend a list of Advanced Mathematics Books for physics that can be used for self study. Most importantly they must have answers for odd or even problems. I have a big list of ...
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Book: Functional Calculus

Is there a good book that investigates in detail the various kinds of functional calculus? I'm having now some knowledge about unbounded operators and integration but I would like to understand ...
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About the convergence or divergence?

Whether the following integral converge or diverge by comparison test. \begin{align*} ...
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General Strategy for solving mathematical problems

Lately I noticed that I am good at solving only those problems, similar to which I have encountered before. I get stuck with problems which ask for new(at least to me) mathematical reasoning. When I ...
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Too “young” for advanced mathematics?

Is it harmful to try to learn an advanced topic that is way beyond your mathematical maturity, even if you're really interested in it? Should I focus only on standard material for undergraduates and ...
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Questions about the field Business Mathematics

What interests should one have to decide to pursue a master's degree in Business Mathematics? Which subjects are related with this field? What career opportunities are there having this master's ...
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Is it worth it? [closed]

I am studying pure mathematics at university, as well as minoring in physics. I am soon to finish to BSc degree, and I am considering continuing on with studying pure mathematics. However, I do have a ...
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Can a mathematician be a multi-discipline expert?

My professor says: If you be a mathematician then you can easily learn any discipline like physics, chemistry, engineering and even medical! Is he right? I am an enthusiast of all scientific ...
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Confusing -Probabilities.!!

Ok so far what i understand is this lets say...Having to draw a card from 52card-deck its probability is of course 1/52.Now the probability to say that i will keep drawing this same card 10 times of ...
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Which is the best transitional mathematics book for self-teaching among the ones listed?

What is Mathematics, An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods - Courant Robbins Stewart How to Solve It, A New Aspect of Mathematical Solving - Polya Introductory Mathematics, Algebra and Analysis ...
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How do high-achieving students in math study for their exams?

I'm taking a real analysis course that is a bit more advanced than usual in that it introduces you to the Lebesgue theory and has some deeper concepts in metric spaces. This is an honors and advanced ...
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When to give up on a hard math problem?

I practice olympiad problems from books like Putnam and Beyond. Often I come across a problem that I simply can't solve. After $\sim30$ minutes of deep thinking it feels like I'm ramming my head into ...
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Pure mathematics curriculum for self study with interests in foundational issues

I wonder if I want to make my own pure mathematics curriculum to study along the next 4 or 5 years. What topics should I include? I want it to be like one which an undergraduate student of pure ...
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What should be in your graduate toolbox?

I've just finished my undergraduate degree at an average uni in the UK. Clearly the content will not be as in depth or rigorous as some of the higher ranked universities. I intend (well, hope!) to ...
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Graduate course selection for prospective probability student

I am about to begin my masters in applied mathematics, with the hopes of eventually researching probability theory and it's applications to physics. With that in mind, I was wondering which of the ...
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Questions about a computer science field

I would like to have some information about the computer science field, " Algorithmic and Systems Analysis ". Is this a field of theoretical computer science? What subjects are related with this ...
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Math Competitions such as Intel Science Talent Search for High School Freshmen

I am extremely interested in mathematical competitions. I was wondering if there was something like the Intel Science Talent Search, where one can present his/her research, for freshmen in high ...
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Post Baccalaureate Studying

So I'm currently finishing up my last quarter of undergrad, but unfortunately I have to take a year off before starting grad school. My degree is in physics, but I've been far more interested in ...
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Intuition or wisdom for stability and instability properties of locally linear system. Boyce, p513, Table 9.3.1

Our instructor requires us to memorize this table for our differential equations exam. So I wonder if anyone has some deeper intuition or observation to help with this? For example, I noticed ...
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I am failing at Analysis again. [closed]

I am stuck at this very hard course again. I don't want to put blames but if you were to ask me, what is going wrong I would say: The professor teaches too bluntly The book is too hard to ...
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Research Proposal help

Soft question, so I hope this is still in the right place. I have applied for a PhD position at the university I have just finished my undergrad degree at. I have to write a research proposal in the ...
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When working proof exercises from a textbook with no solutions manual, how do you know when your proof is sound/acceptable?

When working proof exercises from a textbook with no solutions manual, how do you know when your proof is sound/acceptable? Often times I "feel" as if I can write a proof to an exercise but most ...
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Should the theory be studied thoroughly before solving exercises?

Most of the books claim in the preface that the important part of the book is in the exercises, which makes sense considering that solving problems improves in great depth the understanding of the ...
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math student looking to do better in math competitions.

I am currently in my summer vacations. Next year I will star my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I used to be in mathematics competitions. Last year I got a silver medal in my countries national ...
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How should one go about obtaining “mathematical maturity”?

tl;dr: Is mathematical maturity better obtained by doing hard subjects slightly out of your reach, or by doing more simple subjects to gain experience? The end of the semester is close, and I ...
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What should a student (with algebraic-geometry minded) study in differential geometry?

One of my friend who is an undergraduate student, has known something about algebraic geometry (equivalent to chapter 1 and a little bit chapter 2 in GTM 52 by Hartshorne). He is now has to study a ...
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Gift advice: present for high school graduate interested in math

I am a PhD student in mathematics who recently found out that I will be attending my girlfriend's cousin's high school graduation party. I have never met the cousin, but hear that he is very ...
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How to balance learning and researching as a new PhD student?

As a new PhD student, how to balance learning and researching? I am in Australia and here we don't have any course in PhD period. I know I need to learn something about my programme, but sometimes ...
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What Maths are the most important for Artificial Intelligence?

I am just curious about this. Please don't include anything about programming.
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Ultimate GRE Prep

I'm planning on taking the math GRE Subject Exam in April (~11 months from today). I want to start preparing now in the hopes of scoring in the 95+ percentile. I have already taken a number of ...
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How many times should students repeat reviews? Frequency of repetitions? [closed]

The usual advice is that a math student has to read or study something "a couple of times" to appreciate it. But is there a narrow range of the optimal number? Any research on this? And what's the ...
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Is it worth it to start over in math?

Alright, so I wasn't sure where to ask this question but this website seemed the most relevant. I wasn't too good of a math student in middleschool and highschool, I got through my classes, sure, but ...
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Intuition - Linear Congruence Theorem

Let a and b be integers (not both 0) with greatest common divisor d. Then an integer $c = ax + by$ for some $x, y \in Z$ $\iff d|c$. In particular, d is the least positive integer of the ...