Questions asking for advice on various mathematical matters. Consider adding the tag (soft-question) as well.

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How to do well on Math Olympiads

I'm a high school student who really likes maths and I'm quite good at school. I want to start training maths by myself but I think I need some guidelines. I want to do well on IMO but I don't know ...
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Looking into mappings

I'm interested in looking at mappings of functions. For example, how would I come up with a function $f:x\in[0,\infty)|\longmapsto\ (-\infty, 0]$ where $f(x)=x^2.$ Basically I want to glue every ...
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understanding maths by translating it to real world? Any learn to formulate Initiatives? [closed]

I am CSE graduate, I was very much interested in physics. I had several theories during my higher secondary school like i thought of vacuum as a special medium than nothingness and like gravity is ...
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Pyschology Statistics help in understanding a formula

I don't quite understand why we use this formula for sampling distributions between two proportions. I have an upcoming midterm in my psych class and I feel that none of this stuff is sinking in. My ...
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Cheap online graduate math courses

I am an undergraduate math major. I want to have some math graduate courses on my transcript. I can't do this at my university. Are there online graduate math courses that I can take and receive a ...
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Recommendation for learning math [duplicate]

I'm in the 11th grade. At the bachelor exam, my main focus will be on mathematics and informatics. I'm a hard working man, but due to the school norms, I can consider myself idiot at math. Why? ...
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Understand calculus

I am a computer engineering student and lately every thing I see includes math. I have taken all the math courses any one in college should have taken (high school : alg,trig & geom, -sophomore: ...
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What is an acceptable GRE math subject score? [closed]

What is a rough estimate (median or maybe third quartile) on the math subject GRE score for a math program at the PhD level, in applied math, at a Group 2 or Group 3 school? Thanks!
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Are universities teaching math too fast? [closed]

I love math and I feel happy to learn it. But in universities, I think there's too much to learn. For example, in my university, there are mathematical analysis(I,II,III), linear algebra(I,II), ODE, ...
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New ways to light the fire again

Recently I've been studying a lot of analytic geometry and this subject made my motivation drop. The thing is, the courses aren't stopping and I'm beginning to lose the passion I had before. I need ...
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Learning Abstract Algebra for a graduate degree

I would like to do a graduate degree in mathematics, and I have a full year before I will be able to do so (for personal reasons). I mainly have my weekends available to study. I am interested in ...
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First time writing a survey on population models

I am a graduate student trying to write a survey paper on population models. I am new to writing mathematical papers as you guessed. My professor did not give me much direction, but from what I ...
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Is Apostol's Calculus a Good Book to Use for GRE Math Subject Test Prep

I am going to take the math subject GRE, and after looking at the main topics (calculus, diff eqns, linear algebra, prob, and algebra), I got to wondering if Apostol's text on Calculus might not be a ...
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How do I motivate myself to do math again?

I have been thinking of asking for help for a few months now but posting in a public forum like this is intimidating. Still, I am currently in a university studying mathematics as an undergrad. I took ...
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Mathematics in cognitive sciences

Which areas of Maths can be formally studied in a cognitive sc major? Or: which areas of maths can support the study of brain. Some areas that seem relevant would be: mathematical logic, graph theory, ...
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Mathematics for Graduate Political Science

I'm preparing to attend graduate school for political science here in Canada and I'm having something of a crisis. Midway through my degree program I chose to drop my first love (English) to focus on ...
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Cool mathematics I can show to calculus students.

I am a TA for theoretical linear algebra and calculus course this semester. This is an advanced course for strong freshmen. Every discussion section I am trying to show my students (give them as a ...
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Prerequisites of general calculus

I have a unique situation in which I need to know the names of the concepts taught in Pre-Calculus and those taught at the beginning of the school year in Calculus (or just general concepts used in ...
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How to deal with lack of peers?

I am pursuing a B.S in Mathematics(freshman) in a country where people rarely study math for the sake of it and in a new university with good professors. Yet, it is new and I suffer from the lack of ...
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In What order should I Learn math in?

I am a 13 year old boy from Hong Kong, My dad is a math teacher which probably accounts for SOME of my interest in math. I am really interested in math. I self-taught myself (with little help form my ...
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How to learn mathematics as a beginner

I am a 15 year old mobile app developer. I had a tough time understanding maths when i was little, which have thrown me off balance when i try to study maths or attend a maths class. Things don't ...
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Choosing Undergraduate Math Courses to Prep for Physics Ph.D

I'm currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics, and starting next semester I'm start taking elective classes (which is defined as classes that's not required for all math majors, depending on what ...
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Math writing solutions

I will begin to learn in the university next month and I would like to know what is the best way to write math except from handwriting? I am not sure if to use a mathematical software, digital pen or ...
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Good background for PDE

What is a recommended background for graduate level PDE ? My school uses Evans ' PDE book. The PDE I class will cover first 4 or 5 chapters. Any contributing opinion will be appreciated. (My ...
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Combinatorial Game Theory Prerequisites

I am planning to self-study Combinatorial Game Theory. I have gathered some useful references from here. Reference for combinatorial game theory. I plan to make a study about a local combinatorial ...
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Balancing Coursework with original research

I am a first-year graduate student in a US university pursuing a PhD in mathematics. I am a bit frustrated in trying to balance coursework with original research. I saw students who spend most of ...
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How to tell if I'm good enough for graduate school?

I'm concerned about my level of preparation for graduate school. I have decent grades (3.64 GPA, 4.0 in math), great recommendations lined up, and some OK research experience (no publications), but I ...
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Mathematical tripos part III at Cambridge University

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor+Master program in mathematics and physics. While the material is very interesting, I feel it sometimes is lacking in the mathematical rigour necessary for Phd ...
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What is a Math Learning Graph?

I went through may topics on learning maths effectively, learning math at later years (I am 30, so I read it to get motivated) One thing I missed is a natural flow of topics that one must learn to ...
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From applied master degree to pure PhD.

I have an engineering degree, a long time after graduation i started to fall in love with pure mathematics for its abstraction and beauty that i never experienced before when i was doing math courses. ...
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Question regarding which book to use to study for an actuarial exam.

I am considering a career change and I would like to have some advice regarding the exam 1 (probability) that I need to pass as an actuary. The books that are recommended by SOA is the following. ...
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Is it a problem being unable to understand a mathematical definition without examples?

I was reading a book on coding theory, there was a definition fot the Hamming's Distance and also one example. Understanding purely from the definition was hard but the example helped to give meaning ...
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Question regarding education and master's degree in mathematics.

I am a UCB graduate with a BA in Education Centered Mathematics. Due to poor planning, I graduated without a teaching credential and ended up tutoring at a tutoring center. After 3 years working, I ...
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Are paraphrased theorems allowed?

In writing maths papers, if I want to present a theorem or definition from some other paper, would it be acceptable to cite the author and then present a paraphrased version of the theorem/definition ...
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Callahan's Advanced Calculus: A Geometric View vs Hubbard's Vector C, L A, and Di Forms vs Ad- Calculus: A Differential Forms Approach by Edwards

My friend has given me the chance to get one of the books mentioned in the title of this question for free. I've learned single variable calculus. Which one of these books do you think would best ...
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Competition style mathematics

I'm currently 18 years old and only as of the part year taken a strong interest in maths. I'm working with my school curriculum (UK a-level) and receiving A grades so I am happy with this. However I ...
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Teaching a 4 year old maths

Im 18 years old and getting to grips with advanced mathematics (pre-university) and I have a younger brother of 4 years old (quite an age gap). I want to get him interested in learning (and away from ...
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Making Math a Job [closed]

As of now, I am pursuing a degree in math with my concentration being mostly on the applied side. I got into a grad level differential equations course over the summer and got an A. That being said, I ...
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culture of PhD students [closed]

I will be beginning my PhD program in a few weeks and I am adjusting to a lot of changes. Of course, there's the transition from undergrad to grad. Aside from this, I am pursuing it in the USA with me ...
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Strategies - What to do when stuck on some math?

Since math students will likely find themselves stuck on some math at some point, I am interested in pallating this ceaseness "fact." Thus, what are strategies, solutions, or resorts for getting ...
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what is expected from a PhD student?

As a PhD student in applied mathematics or mathematics in general, are you expected to be able to prove every problem, for example, in an elementary real analysis book? I know it sounds silly but I am ...
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which branch of maths studies Standard Logical Matrices

In classical logic you have truthtables like: & | T | F ---|---|--- T | T | F F | F | F In many valued logic you have tables like: (this one is ...
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How to Garner Mathematical Intuition

Motivated by Why Is Intuition so Important to Mathematicians but Missing from Mathematics Education? $^{1}$ by Leona Burton, I would like to learn about specific ideas or strategies to attain ...
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Ideas for mathematics club

I am planing to suggest founding Mathematics Club in next fall. Here is my attempt for first prototype: -Sources: films(such as Dimensions), interactive stimulation for some mathematical ideas(like ...
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Advice on career- interested in Mathemetics

I am sorry to post this question related to career over here. But I knew this is the place where my question can be viewed by the best people who can provide best advice. To introduce myself, I have ...
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Applications of number theory and functional analysis in the real world/ job market

what do you think are the application of pure mathematics in the real world except research. would like to pursue a masters in it because i love it but is it leading me any where in the job market? ...
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advice before i embark on my graduate studies in applied math

I'll be pursuing my graduate studies in applied math this fall. I'm hoping to gather advice in order to help me somewhat plan my courses as well as provide insight as to what is realistic or not. i ...
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Is Abstract Algebra Necessary For A Thorough Understanding of Real Analysis?

Background Info: I have been studying (self-study) Real Analysis for a few weeks now, and with the help of people from here I have, comfortably, made it 3/4 of the way through the first chapter on ...
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How to go About Undergraduate Research

I apologize in advance if this question is out of the scope or focus here. I was just wondering about the whole prospect of researching as an undergraduate. How to do it? Who to talk to in my ...
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Complex analysis knowledge that required to understand material in Riemann Surface

I have taken a course on complex analysis in university, at that time the instructor chose the book "Complex Analysis" by Serge Lang. Now I am participating a cemina on Riemann Surfaces which truly ...