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GRE Math Subject Test

I am studying for GRE Math. I am looking for specific tips. What types of questions usually come up? Does anyone know any tricks (e.g. integration tricks) that might be helpful? Which theorems are ...
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How to work faster on the GRE.

I'm fixin' to go to grad school next year, so lately I've been studying for the mathematics subject GRE. What I have heard, from MSE and other places, is that the most important thing is to learn to ...
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Prerequisite for Differential Topology and/or Geometric Topology

What are the prerequisites to learning both or one of the items? Consider that one will have done some of the "core" classes like Differential Geometry, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra and POint-Set ...
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Need advice. How relearn what Ive forgotten? [closed]

The last time I studied mathematics and algebra was six years ago. I've since forgotten everything except quadratic equations, trigonometric functions and other things at the same level. Now I want to ...
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What is the most effective way of teaching mathematics to my 7 year old kid?

I want to help my kid excel in Math. I can see she has some trouble with additions,subtraction, multiplication and division. Will it help if I let her memorize the multiplication table? or use ...
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Multiplicative inverse of a complex number.

Find the multiplicative inverse of $1+ 3\sqrt{2}$ in the ring $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2})$ and use it to solve the equation $(1+3\sqrt{2})x=1-5\sqrt{2}$. I think that the inverse is the conjugate, so it ...
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Studying mathematics efficiently

I am particularly angry at myself for the last few days. I noticed how inefficiently I work. Here is the general scenario: I decided to study abstract algebra and analysis some days back. I tried ...
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Is it possible to practice mental math too often?

I'm far from a mathematician, but the field I'm trying to break into (management consulting) requires a fair amount of mental arithmetic. I'm okay, but I'm not even close to as good as I need to be in ...
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Lattices inside matrix groups $SL_2(K)$

I am currently a second year undergraduate majoring in math and our university is offering an opportunity for undergraduates to do a project over the summer break. I have spoken to my professor who is ...
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Taking Differential Topology concurrently with Analysis

So I'm trying to finalize my schedule for this semester. I can't decide whether I should enroll in a grad level Differential Topology (Milnor) class or just the undergrad general topology one. The ...
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What are some good math specific study habits?

What are/ were some of your good mathematician's study habits that you found really worked for you? I'm a CS major at a respected school and have a solid GPA... However, I definitely lack when it ...
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How long should I insist?

While studying math, I usually get stuck on some topics, how long should I insist trying to understand it alone? What are the strategies for when this happens?
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What am I losing if I decide to perform all math by computer?

I solve mathematical problems every day, some by hand and some with the computer. I wonder: What will I lose if I start doing the mathematical problems only by computer? I've read this text and the ...
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Module Theory for the Working Student

Question: What level of familiarity and comfort with modules should someone looking to work through Hatcher's Algebraic Topology possess? Motivation: I am taking my first graduate course in ...
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Math and mental fatigue

Just a soft-question that has been bugging me for a long time: How does one deal with mental fatigue when studying math? I am interested in Mathematics, but when studying say Galois Theory and ...
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Math Textbooks for High School

I'm a high school student who is trying to figure out a complete course of self study for each year of high school. Is there a way to self learn grades of math without devoting too much time? For ...
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Advanced Linear Algebra courses in graduate schools

After studying general a linear algebra course, how would an advanced linear algebra course differ from the general course? And would an advanced linear algebra course be taught in graduate schools? ...
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Advice for study plan.

I'm studying math by myself, and now I'm wondering what is the most appropriate for me to study. I think my interest goes to rather pure mathematics than applied math or math for engineers. So far I ...
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Complete course of self-study

I am about $16$ years old and I have just started studying some college mathematics. I may never manage to get into a proper or good university (I do not trust fate) but I want to really study ...
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Motivation and methods for self-study

First, a little background: Beginning with calculus in my first semester of college, I fell in love with mathematics. That was the point at which the concepts became interesting to me, and I started ...
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How to address mistakes in published papers?

I have recently discovered some mistakes in a published maths article. I have contacted the author pointing out politely my concerns, but I got no specific answer, just a "polite" one, that the ...
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I want to start mathematics from scratch. What should I begin with?

I've just finished high school but I don't feel my knowledge of mathematics is good enough. I'd like to start again from scratch, possibly adding a bit (a lot) of problem solving to it. What is the ...
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Schaum's Outlines for self-study

I wish to learn Physics via self-study. I realize that I have a long way to go as far as Mathematics prerequisites: I will need to begin with Precalculus(I took that course many years ago, so I am ...
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Recommendation textbooks on D-module

I am going to take part in a seminar on D-module and applications, the textbooks that will be used are : D-modules, Perverse Sheaves, and Representation Theory, and A Primer of Algebraic D-Modules ...
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How to select an field of study?

As my question implies, I am a young, developing mathematician, with concerns about my future math career. In particular, I'd like to know how to select a future field of study. Through my courses ...
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Graduate school self-doubt (currently an undergraduate)

I don't know if this is the right place for such a question, so please redirect me to a more appropriate place if necessary. My main question is, if you go to a small school, are you doomed to fail ...
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Am I too young to learn more advanced math and get a teacher?

I am still 15 years old, but I am very interested in pure math. I have been teaching myself though books, from the internet and from others for the past year or so. I haven't mastered all the topics ...
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Teaching abstract maths concepts to young children.

I am interested in opinions and, if possible, references for published research, about the pros and cons of teaching abstract maths concepts to young children. My younger brother (five years old) ...
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Recommendations for real analysis

I have completed two courses in real analysis that covered up to chapter 9 in Rudin's Principle of Mathematical Analysis (and one on complex analysis). So if I am interested in continuing on in ...
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Tips and examples for a poster presentation in pure mathematics

I will be presenting a poster in a few weeks but have no experience with them. I've seen and given plenty of talks, read and written papers, but I have never made or even seen a poster in pure ...
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Spotting crankery

Underwood Dudley published a book called mathematical cranks that talks about faux proofs throughout history. While it seems to be mostly for entertainment than anything else, I feel it has become ...
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Math for computer science?

Math for computer science? I'm a computer science major and just completed linear algebra. Many courses are available to take now. Of particular interest: number theory and abstract algebra (Modern ...
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How does one give a mathematical talk?

Sometime tomorrow morning I will be presenting a mathematics talk on something related to commutative algebra. The people present there will probably be two mathematicians (an algebraic geometer and a ...
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Question on mathematical writing

I am now writing my graduate thesis, it includes some basics mathematical theorems/propositions. I got a trouble in writing, more concretely, I do not know when can I state a mathematical claim as a ...
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Independent undergraduate research — what to do?

I hope this question is within the scope of this website. I am currently a rising senior, and need to decide on a topic for my independent undergraduate research/thesis. I was hoping to get some ...
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What math should a programmer know?

I am an application programmer focussing on Line Of Business (LOB) applications. I am from non-mathematics and non-CS background. What mathematics should I learn which help me improve my programming ...
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Math for a high school junior?

I don't find the math taught at my school too challenging so out of personal interest I teach myself other fields of math. I was wondering if you could recommend some areas with a bit more complexity? ...
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What makes Probability so difficult to get it right in the first place? [closed]

I took two classes of Probability, I did very well and was confident on the subject. Now I meet it again in my Combinatorial Algorithm course, and guess what? I feel completely blank again! I have to ...
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I need some advice for $ \; “ \; 3xy+y-6x-2=0 \;”\, $

PS: I edited the title again and I think, it's better now... :) Actually, almost the whole solving way is wrong but, I understood why... :D :) You can check that or add some more useful links about ...
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Learning Math On my own

I'm a physics major and I'm pretty sure that I'm interested in theoretical physics research. However, I haven't been able to take math courses in a systematic way (as a math major would) due to ...
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Perspectives on Riemann Surfaces

So, I have come to a somewhat impasse concerning my class selection for next term, and I have exhausted all the 'biased' sources. So, I was wondering if anyone in this fantastic mathematical community ...
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Dealing with many entities that need a symbol

What does one do when one needs a lot of symbols and one has exhausted the useful symbols of the latin and greek alphabets? (I say useful symbols because letters like iota (ι) and upsilon (υ) seem too ...
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Is Foundational Research a Dead Field?

I'm a second year mathematics major at a pretty good school. Ever since I became a math major I have been most interested in set theory and logic, which I guess can be lumped into the category of ...
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1 or 2 Year Master's Program [closed]

I have been admitted to two Master's Programs in math (both with funding). One is 1 year long and the other is 2 years long. I plan on obtaining a PhD directly afterwards. The 1 year option lets me ...
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Where to get peer-reviewed before submitting a paper to journal?

As a student where should he first approach for review of his paper, even more so a first one, before submitting to peer reviewed journal? Teachers tend to be busy with school and personal work, ...
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What is the correct terminology to say that $\small f(x)=a+bx+cx^2+…$ can be expressed by $\small g(x)=A(1-x)+B(1-x)(2-x)+C(1-x)(2-x)(3-x)+… $

Hm, I do not even know the best formulation for my question in the header. It is not for the math but for the proper writing/terminology. I've come across the term "base change" recently but the ...
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What made you choose your research field?

I was wondering how come modern mathematicians do not seem to discover as many theorems as the older mathematicians seem to have done. Have we reached some kind of saturation limit where all commonly ...
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Video of Terence Tao on Poincaré's Conjecture

Last year, I found a video of Terence Tao on the Poincaré Conjecture, which could be downloaded in mp4 format. I did downloaded it, however I had to format my computer, then I lost it. I searched in ...
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Is a good GRE score enough for a non-math graduate to be accepted in a decent pure mathematics graduate program?

I have a computer engineering degree , and i have studied several mathematics courses like single variable and multiples variables calculus , complex variables , probability , numerical analysis ... ...
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Learning roadmap for mathematical biology

Which courses (undergrad level but also master's level) in mathematics and statistics should be taken by a student aiming for a PhD in mathematical biology? The basics I imagine are: Calculus ...