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How to remember modular arithmetic and divisibility results?

I tried reviewing the same material $\ge 5$ times, once every 2 weeks or whatnot. Withal, I query intuition like this. But I forget these results quickly or don't remember them 100% perfectly. But ...
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Career advice: Mathematical neuroscience

I need some advice about my career. Currently, I'm an undergraduate student of math. Since I can remember, I wanted to be a scientist, so I decided to go for applied math. The field that I'm ...
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Learning Advanced Mathematics

I'm a 12th grade student and I've recently developed a passion for mathematics . Currently my knowledge in this particular area is comprised by : single-variable calculus , trigonometry , geometry , ...
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In what order does mathematics build upon itself?

I have many times come across mathematical proofs, theorems, conjectures, and generally interesting things. For example: Twin primes conjecture Millennium problems Ramsey theory Fermat's last ...
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Which math courses should I take to prepare myself for Masters in Financial Mathematics?

I am an Applied Mathematics (BSc.) student that is graduating soon. Apparently, I need to take one more elective course (but I can also fit in two more electives if I want to) before I can graduate. I ...
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What is the standard notation for Neuman Boundary Condition.

I would like some one to help me to explain how one can represent the Neuman Boundary condition in a standard way. What I wrote was like the following, $\frac{\partial \phi_{st}}{\partial n}=0$ but ...
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Becoming Better at Math

How can I become excellent at math? It really interests me but when I fail I become demotivated and begin to give up. EDIT: Could anyone suggest books for someone with a math education that just ...
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What should one do if one works on a problem and submits a paper only to find that it is already in some book?

What should one do if one works on a problem and submits a paper only to find from the editor, that the work is already in some book? The work is is not really easy to find on the internet and was ...
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Mathematics needed in the study of Quantum Physics

As a 12th grade student , I'm currently acquainted with single variable calculus, algebra, and geometry, obviously on a high school level. I tried taking a Quantum Physics course on coursera.com, but ...
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Analysis on manifolds after course on Lebesgue integration

I am an junior currently taking a course on measure theory and Lebesgue integration using Royden's text. Before this, I took a standard intro to analysis course covering the first seven chapters of ...
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What area of Abstract Algebra do you find most interesting? [closed]

For my Abstract Algebra class, we will be doing small presentations (2 class periods) covering some topic in Abstract Algebra. Thus far, I have studied groups, rings, fields, modules, tensor ...
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What happens if your manuscript is accepted as a filler?

I just got a responce from a journal of the MAA that my manuscript is accepted as a filler. The email says : "The Editorial Board likes your submission and has asked me to move it to the ...
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Linear Congruence Theorem - Are these solutions too? Where'd they hail from?

(1) Can't the signs - I colored them in red - of x and y be switched? Aren't $x = x_0 - bn/d$ and $y = y_0 + an/d$ also solutions? They satisfy $ax + by = c$? (2) How can I remember these ...
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Intuition - Divisibility results - If c divides some integers, then c divides any linear combination of them.

Not querying about proofs here. I don't want to memorize, thence are there intuitions or illustrations for them? As a student, how else can I remember these results? Origin - Elementary Number ...
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Struggling with Topology. Any advice?

I'm a Junior Mathematics major at a small Liberal Arts college. I'm currently taking first semester topology (Munkres text). I feel like I'm barely able to tread water in this course. I was able to ...
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What are some ways to practice mathematical problem solving?

I am currently a high school senior and, naturally, I have participated in many math competitions in my years. In fact, in preparation for such competitions, I have probably spent upwards of $250$ ...
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My first simple direct proof (very simple theorem on real numbers). Please mark/grade.

What do you think about my first simple direct proof? What mark/grade would you give me? Besides, I am curious about whether you like the style. Theorem Let $I = [a,b]$ be a non-empty closed ...
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On ambiguity in statements expressed in natural language, where the statements use an indefinite article, e.g. “a”.

Please consider the following example statements and judge the meaning of the article "a". Example: A house is a building. Example: A house is being built next to our house. In example 1, "a" is ...
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Learning to understand proofs faster?

There are many books, written by highly decorated academics, which feature proofs that I can hardly comprehend in an acceptable amount of time. Roughly each week, it happens that I find myself having ...
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Where should somebody who isn't very good at math, start?

I'm 18 years old and I want to learn math. I'm wondering how far can somebody in math go, if they have an average IQ, but math interests them. Also where should one start?
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Is Arizona State University known for their applied mathematics REU/PhD program?

I've been accepeted to ASU's NSF REU program for this summer, but I've also been accepted to Mayo as well for their REU (although not technically sponsored by the NSF). Have you guys heard about ...
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Topics on Algebra-Ring Theory for an essay-project on undergraduate level!!

I'm an undergraduate in the mathematics field. So i want to be a little more productive and wanted to do an essay or project on Algebra Ring-Theory (because I got it as a course this semester -Ring ...
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Should I drop Differential Equations?

For many years, my university offered only one Bachelor's degree in math, "Bachelor in Mathematical Subjects." Here, Differential Equations is a mandatory part of the degree. Further specialization in ...
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Integration Exercise.Help!

I have to integrate the function F(x,y)=x+y on the line segment x=t , y=1-t , z=0 from (0,1,0) to (1,0,0) .So what i did is think the line segment as a vector function(curve) σ(t)=(t,1-t,0) with ...
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Tools or Resources for pictures and visualizations

The popularity of books like Visual Group Theory and Visual Complex Analysis validates the importance of pictures and visualization for complex subjects. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of similar books ...
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When should I start learning Set Theory?

I started to learn a few disciplines on my own over the break after my first year in college and one of them was Real Analysis. In the process I came across many issues in Analysis texts concerning ...
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Difference between Vector Functions and Vector Field

I understand that a vector function is a function that has a domain $\mathbb{R}^n$ and range on $\mathbb{R}^m$ so it takes vectors and gives vectors right? So what is a vector field?And how can I ...
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which university and specific degree in maths to go for after B.tech(computers).

I am an Indian,B.tech(Computer Science).I am working as Software engineer in India. I do have very much interest in maths and wish to continue my studies in it through distance learning courses or I ...
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Doing for the first time a mathematical essay! Tips [closed]

I am an undegraduate and i though of doing my first essay on number theory!I kinda have the topic and i started selecting info from different references..but i dont want it to be just a copy paste ...
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Where can I find good examples about Algebra (but not only): Usual counter-examples, but also limit cases, rare ones, etc [duplicate]

I recently discovered the importance of examples and couter-examples in mathematics. Where could I find good examples books or anything related to it ? I am particularly looking for rare limit-cases, ...
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What are some cool projects that can be done in a high school math class?

I'm studying to be a secondary math teacher and will be starting student teaching next month (an algebra 2 class). It's difficult to find activities and projects that are actually informative and time ...
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Is there a specific term for such collections of filters?

Let $U$ be a set. Concept = "a set $\mathscr{C}$ of proper filters on $U$ such that if $X\in\mathscr{C}$ and $Y$ is a proper filter on $U$ and $Y\supseteq X$, then $Y\in\mathscr{C}$." Is there a ...
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How to proceed doing number theory?

I'm an undergrad majoring in mathematics. Being in first year I'm still exploring new branches of mathematics and till now, It is analysis and Number theory that I've come to have a great interest ...
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How to be a successful math undergraduate student?

I am an undergratuate student in my first year of combined bachelor of electrical engineering and bachelor of mathematics. For my mathematics degree, this year I am supposed to take two math courses ...
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Topics on Number theory for undergraduate to do a project

Im an undergraduate in the mathematics field ..So i wanna be alittle more productive and wanted to do an essay or project mostly on number theory or Algebra(Rings or Groups) and i want to ask if you ...
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Some Questions regarding preparing for Math Olympiads (searched but didn't get answers)

Many questions have been asked on this site regarding preparation for olympiads like the Putnam. I've read those questions and accordingly decided to start with Engel's "Problem Solving" but I have a ...
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How do you describe your mathematical research in layman's terms?

"You do research in mathematics! Can you explain your research to me?" If you're a research mathematician, and you have any contact with people outside of the mathematics community, I'm sure ...
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Thinking of mathematics in terms of analogs

I think the way that I've come to think about mathematics is becoming problematic and I'm wondering if I should abandon it. When I study mathematics, I find myself trying to compare the mathematical ...
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best book for real analysis for undergraduate [duplicate]

I am in under graduate first year. I want to learn some advanced real analysis. Can you give me some suggestions? One suggestion I got is Rudin's mathematical analysis. Can I buy that?
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Writing mathematics one is only slightly familiar with

Reading Paul Halmos' book I want to be a mathematician, he emphasizes early his personal experience with writing mathematics - using long, clear sentences, claiming that it is more beautiful, engages ...
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Literature on Chern-Weil Theory and the Chern-Gauß-Bonnet Theorem

At my university there are plans for a graduate seminar on Chern-Weil Theory and Chern's generalisation of the Gauß-Bonnet Theorem. Unfortunately I am having a though time in finding adequate and ...
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How to write for phd? [closed]

I'm a professor in high school and I would like to get a phd but I don't know how to do research for some phd topic. Could you guide me how to do this? When I was a student I was very interested in ...
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What are the prerequisites to learn mathematical logic?

I have no background in mathematical logic.
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Ask your professor your questions?

Most questions occur to me outside of class, when I'm reading a textbook or working on an assignment, so I e-mail my math professors with questions. Otherwise the alternative is wait until next class ...
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Binomial Theorem Practical Problem

I have been studying the 'Binomial Series', Chapter 16, Pg.125 within the Engineering Mathematics Book by John Bird. After completing this section I have attempted to complete the exercises for ...
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Surveys of Current (last 50 years) Mathematics at Graduate / Research level?

I'm wondering if there are any books or broad survey articles that survey current mathematical areas, i.e. mathematics of the last 50 years. Ideally, these would continue in the style of the various ...
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How to test whether I am suitable to pursue mathematics? [closed]

I am a high-school student. I have developed a recent affection towards mathematics (especially proofs), although I was always into logic (I've been a programmer since the age of eight). Now I am ...
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What pure mathematics foundations should an applied mathematician have?

I'm studying mathematics, with some statistics also, and I've always chosen applied courses. I'm getting to the point where I'm studying 3rd year undergraduate to graduate level material. My first ...
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start studying advanced topics in number theory

I am a first year undergrad and have had elementary course in Number Theory which includes only basic introductory topics like: divisibility,gcd-lcm,primes,congruences, number theoretic functions etc. ...
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Mathematical logic book with answers to exercises

I'm sure a question similar to mine has been asked before, but I am looking for a mathematical logic book with answers to the exercises. I am studying independently and although I have good logic ...