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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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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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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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Strategy for self-studying after M.S.

For someone who has finished their M.S. degree in pure mathematics, what is a good way to keep learning mathematics within your specialization? Would you suggest reading research articles from ...
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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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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 ...
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Isolation and self-study

A little background: I am currently a sophomore (studying mathematics) at an unknown university in the Middle East. My mother is European so it does not make sense to study mathematics in the Middle ...
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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? [closed]

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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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. [closed]

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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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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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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Time managment while self-studying rigorous mathematical textbooks

Lately I have been introducing myself to Calculus.But I have an issue with time. Namely I have found that on average I need about 2-3 hours per page of material.This of course includes finishing all ...
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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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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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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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Breaking Out of Algorithmic Thinking

I have been taught my whole life to solve math with an algorithm or method. My teachers in school trained us to identify patterns in equations and then use a method to solve it. No one has ever ...
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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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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 ...