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

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How important is the “prestige” of your university for undergraduate mathematics?

I go to a university in Canada. It's not really considered a top university (it is one of the best universities in the province but is ranked really low nationally). I study mathematics here and ...
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advanced algebra function word problem [duplicate]

can you please explain the answer and why you got it? the distance in feet $d(t)$ a dropped object falls in $t$ seconds is given by the function $d(t)=16t^2$. suppose you drop a ball from a height of ...
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Efficient ways to read and learn a new topic

I started reading the book "Topology without tears" by Sidney A Morris and lecture notes on "Elementary Number Theory" by WWL.Chen. To get the maximum out of the book and understand the material ...
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How do you go about formalizing a concept?

I am reading Godel Escher Bach. I love it. In the first few chapters, the author shows what a formal system is and gives examples that eventually lead to a typographical formal system of strings that ...
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I'm feeling demotivated in my undergraduate course

I was a very good math student in high school. I was in the national level Olympiad team. Now I'm studying at the best college in my country with really good mathematicians. I've all almost all of my ...
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What are the prerequisites for taking introductory abstract algebra?

I am a maths student in my second year of university. I have taken and done quite well in Calculus I, II, III as well as a linear algebra (application focused) class. I have not worked much with ...
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How substantial an advance must be to justify publication in pure mathematics?

In order to publish a paper in pure mathematics, specifically functional analysis, do we really need to come out something which improves a lot of existing work in the field? I ask this because I ...
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Advices on which to choose, uncertainty or certainty?

Currently I am doing my final year project(FYP) on Large-Scale Distributed Storage System, where I apply finite field and coding theory to design new codes which can improve existing codes. I plan to ...
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A Compact Real Analysis book for a graduate student, who is short of time.

I am a Phd student in Computer Science and I want to focus on Machine Learning, especially on statistical methods. My problem is, I always keep hitting the wall when it comes to studying underlying ...
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Combinations: People want a beer, there are certain kinds of beer, but limited numbers of each kind

Four people go to a pub and each wants to drink a pint of either the lager, ale, or porter. However, there are only 2 pints of lager, 1 ale, and 1 porter available to drink. How many combinations of ...
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Learning math vs problem solving

Ok so I am about to start my final year in high school we will be learning calculus this year, but I already know single- and multi-variable calculus and linear algebra so I want to spend my final ...
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Working on strengths vs. weaknesses as an undergraduate student

I realize there's a lot of general advice on this site and elsewhere about studying mathematics, but I couldn't find anything about this, so I've decided to ask: as an undergraduate student, I'm ...
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The maths required for an economics degree

I have a degree in computer science and I wanted to do another degree in economics. However, my maths have been weak since high school always scoring slightly above passing rate. During my course of ...
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How much set theory is necessary for serious logic?

I'm currently studying logic at my university and I have been trying to squeeze in as much set theory on the side as possible. Considering that I am spending quite a lot of time studying set theory ...
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Too old to start math

I'm sorry if this question goes against the meta for posting questions - I attached all the "beware, this is a soft-question" tags I could. This is a question I've been asking myself now for some ...
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What sequence should I study these topics in?

I will shortly list a series of topics that amount to what is essentially the first two years of an undergraduate degree. I'd like to know what is considered best order in which to study these ...
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I need help finding a rigorous Pre-calculus textbook

I dislike modern textbooks; their cookie-cutter approach and appearance, over reliance on breaking things down into little boxes, the general spoon-feeding they engender and most of all the poor ...
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How should I self-study calculus?

So I already took Pre-Calc, and ended up with a B both semesters. I am an incoming senior in high school. My special-ed case manager won't let me take it because she doesn't want to see me panic ...
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How hard should a mathematician work?

Of course I would never compare myself to, and don't expect to be, one of the great mathematicians. However, I am curious as to how my work habits, dedication and passion differs from theirs. How ...
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Preparation for Putnam?

If all the training I have right now is Calc 1-3, Linear Algebra and some introduction to set theory/discrete math, what would you recommend focusing on over summer in preparation to Putnam? Real ...
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General question about undergrad math classes? [closed]

I'm currently in Real Analysis 2, and while I'm doing pretty well, it's just so much time and effort to finish all the problem sets and do well on the exams. I only have a few math classes left for ...
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As a high school student, how do I go about doing research and writing a research paper?

I am currently a high school junior living in India and have already taken Differential Calculus and will be finishing Integral Calculus in 2 months time. I am interested in doing some research and ...
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Math required for medical statistics

I have never been good with Math. I talk to many of my medical colleagues and it seems to me that most of them have a poor understanding of statistics. Many of them claim to understand it but actually ...
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Going Back to Grad School After Being Away from Math

I graduated with a degree in Math-Computer Science(dual degree) from a college in the US in 2012, and have been working in the Software industry ever since. From 2012 to mid 2014 I was a software ...
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Progressive division

Given: L: known length of a line which is to be divided S1: known value represening the starting segment, also maximum segment value SN: known value representing the length of ending segment, also ...
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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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What should an amateur do with a proof of an open problem?

Assuming that somebody is not an employee of a university, just a math amateur, and makes a proper proof of some well known open math problem, what should he do with it? Publish on the internet for ...
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Dealing with questions with unknown answers

The vast majority of textbook exercises are worded essentially in the format: This assertion is (true/false). Prove this or find a counterexample. This, of course, is not how mathematics is ...
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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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Being mathematically critical: how should a student approach statements that appear to be obvious?

Very occasionally, I will read or hear a theorem, and think: isn't that obvious? Not in a contemptuous "I can immediately see how to prove this" way, but rather in a "I would have thought this was ...
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Is tutor essential for success in mathematics? [closed]

Everyone in my Pre-Calc - Calc I class is failing, except the kids who go tutor. They get top percentile ranks in the class. Should I drop maths all together so I don't have to invest in a tutor? I ...
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How much mathematics should a student of mathematical logic know?

I would like to know what areas of mathematic are directly related to mathematical logic, besides the usual courses on model theory, proof theory and computability. If you suggest only one book on ...
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What are the concepts that I need to understand before studying Fourier Analysis?

Background ( Long Story Short ) : For some reasons, I am taking a class in my university that focus on Fourier Analysis Laplace Transform, and Partial Diffiential Equations Problem : I have done ...
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In what order should I study?

I would like to study the basic fundamentals of mathematics from the beginning and move on from there as my understanding of the subject is lacking. In what order should I study? Arithmetic ...
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What is so special about $a*b^{ -1}$ equivalence?

This equivalent is used often in group theory. For example, using this equivalnce you prove Lagranges theroem and also this equivalence gives you the cosets and other things. This equivalence also ...
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A tenth grader's starting point on mathematics

This question primarily concerns the elementary books a Canadian high school student could read and work through to gain further insight into mathematics and be attracted to it. My brother, who has ...
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Is $g$ increasing?

Suppose $f:[a,b]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ and define $g:[a,b]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ as follows $$ g(x)=\sup\{f(t):a\leq t\leq x\}, $$ with $x\in[a,b]$. Someone told me that $g$ is an increasing ...
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A question from an engineering undergraduate

My question primarily concerns the necessary transition from an undergraduate program in electrical engineering to graduate program in applied mathematics or pure mathematics. I'm an electrical ...
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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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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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Actuarial Science or Financial Mathematics?

I’m a second year undergraduate student of Actuarial Science that equally loves finance and pure mathematics. I only knew of Actuarial Science as a career that suited best these two requirements ...
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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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Favorite Textbooks for introducing a subject?

I'm interested in learning more about number theory, about fractal geometry, and about probability. Anyone have any good recommendations? I've taken calculus and statistics at university if that helps ...
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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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what prerequisite classes must I have before I take Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis at the undergrad level?

what prerequisite classes must I have before I take Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis at the undergrad level? Will these prerequisites help me with these two coursea at the graduate level? or do I ...
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How to see 4th dimension? [closed]

Anyone has tricks or methods? Great help, thank you. P.S.: Abstractly of course, not actually seeing 4D, which I don't think is possible.
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Re professional mathematicians working on several problems at once. Source needed.

Recently I read a quote from a working mathematician where he pointed out that professionals have to get used to carrying around several unsolved problems at once. Can anyone help me with the source ...
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Is it necessary to know all the details in proofs of theorems you study in PDE's?

I've been studying PDE from the book by L.Evans for some time now. I came across some statements in the proofs which I couldn't justify. But to complete the exercises I didn't need to know all these ...
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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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Career advice in mathematics

First of all, I don't know if this is the right place to ask about careers. If not, please direct me somewhere I can get more help. So, I'm in my first year of university, majoring in applied ...