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

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Advice on helping a talented highschool student [on hold]

I've watched an interview of the famous mathematician Pierre Deligne. In it he says that the family had given him 'Set theory' by Bourbaki, which is known for its difficulty, and I happen to know a ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Should I read about Manifolds or Algebraic Topology?

I really enjoy doing maths and it fills quite a lot of my spare time. I'm starting my first year in the university on october and I probably won't have that much time for independent reading once ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old. [closed]

My 12 year old daughter needs to strengthen her math skills. My strategy up until a year or so ago has been pretty relaxed. I subscribe to the idea that the best motivation for learning is the ...
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Problem solving strategy?

This question has always bothered me, and I've never had a maths coach to guide me along the way and show me what to do next. Nevertheless, I did make top 50 nationally in my national mathematics ...
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Some examples of applications of Game Theory

I'm approaching my junior year of HS now, and I'm looking for a good science fair project to do. I love mathematics, so I decided to a category of mathematics that can help base logical conclusions to ...
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submit paper in two Journals due to the slow referring process [closed]

The paper is submitted,but the referring process is very slow, I can't wait for more months. What happen if I submit the paper to another Journal( if it will be accpeted quickly then I will withdraw ...
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Science Fair project ideas? [closed]

It the summer for me right now, and I'm approaching my junior year. I'm attending a very rigorous high school in Florida in the Math, Science and Engineering program. The program requires that I ...
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Understanding mathematical texts

Please could you comment on following: I always wanted to know what mathematicians mean by "understanding a piece of mathematics". For example, I have just finished the second chapter from Rudin's ...
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Gap year to study math

This is a plan in its earliest and thus least concise stage, so either bear with me or don't read the following babble (I bolded some of the important stuff): I am a high school graduate who is about ...
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Master in Mathematics and Computer Science

I have google-d 'master in Mathematics and Computer Science' and the master program does exist. My question is: Would it be favourable to apply for the program? Currently I am a final year ...
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When to give up on a hard math problem?

I practice olympiad problems from books like Putnam and Beyond. Often I come across a problem that I simply can't solve. After $\sim30$ minutes of deep thinking it feels like I'm ramming my head into ...
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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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I'm forgetting maths.. [closed]

I'm 14, and I'm the Math topper in my grade. But suddenly, I've started loosing confidence, and I've started forgetting maths.. I am looking for a good solution. (If it helps, I'm forgetting a bit of ...
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Does PDE uses core Analysis?

Hi I need advice/suggestion from you guys who have done PDE. I'm being offered admission in an institute which specializes in PDE(only) and I'm till now(completed BSc) interested in Analysis, up ...
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Masters' thesis in group theory [closed]

I would like some ideas on topics in group theory which would be suitable for a masters' thesis. What sort of problems would be suitable for this level? Because it is at masters' level, no original ...
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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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Complex analysis a good thing to take with algebra?

This is sort of a follow up to a question I asked awhile ago. I'm working out which courses to take my first semester of my second year of university. I've had linear algebra, calculus, and analysis ...
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What are some strong algebraic number theory PhD programs?

I am currently applying for PhD programs in the US. My main interests are number theory and algebra. More specifically, I am interested in algebraic number theory (number fields, Galois groups, ...
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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 to study math to really understand it and have a healthy lifestyle with free time?

Here's my problem. I'm studying math and when I really work hard, I think I understand things very good, but that comes at a big cost: in the last few years, I've had practically zero physical ...
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Changing streams in PhD

I've a masters degree from a reputed Indian university in pure mathematics, with a specialization in Algebraic Number Theory. However, I'd like to apply for a PhD in computational math/theoretical ...
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What's after undergrad? Advice needed.

I'm currently a rising senior at a small, yet well ranked liberal arts college studying Pure Mathematics. I've taken multiple high level mathematics courses and plan on doing a few more independent ...
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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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Multivariable calculus and real analysis in one semester. What is the best way to study for such course?

I am in my first year of EECS and planning on taking a lot of maths classes. I have already taken single variable calculus and linear algebra and did well in them and decided to take multivariable ...
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what is deformation of a contour and Fourier inversion in general?

I would like to to know how one can do contour deformation and Fourier inversion in general? I shall be very thankful to you if some one explain it with the help of example.
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Advice for self-studying Inequalities and Calculus

I'm interested in self-studying the following books over the next year or so: Spivak's Calculus (I'm already in Ch. 5 and it is very slow going) The Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class by J. Michael Steele ...
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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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Which course is best to take after calculus, linear algebra, and real analysis?

During my first year at university I took our honors versions of multivariable calculus and linear algebra (which was very abstract) as well as an introductory real analysis course focusing on ...
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Is it bad to keep aside Lang's Algebra in graduate school?

Question is as it is stated in title. I will be joining for PhD program in this July 2014. I am interested in working in Algebra/Algebraic Geometry/Algebraic Number Theory. I tried to learn algebra ...
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What languages to learn for maths?

For people with "hands-on" experience in mathematical research, what languages are the most beneficial to learn? I know that many graduate programs require some degree of non-native lingual ...
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Use induction to show that $a_{n+1}-a_n=\biggl(-\frac{1}{2} \biggr)^n (a_1-a_0) .$

Let $a_0$ and $a_1$ be distinct real numbers. Define $a_n=\frac{a_{n-1}+a_{n-2}}{2}$ for each positive integer $n\geq 2$. Prove that $$a_{n+1}-a_n=\biggl(-\frac{1}{2} \biggr)^n (a_1-a_0) $$ ...
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Which 4 maths courses to take as an Economics PhD student?

I am doing a PhD in economics and I have the chance of taking one subject a semester in the maths department (I would like to do more, but "unfortunately" I have to work on my thesis). I want to have ...
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Path to Differential Geometry

What do I need to learn to start on the rigorous study of differential geometry? I'm about to start my 3rd undergrad year at school, and have taken Cal 1-3, Linear Algebra, Elementary Number Theory, ...
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Analysis or (abstract) algebra first?

Which one would you recommend? I only know calculus and linear algebra when it comes to university-level mathematics. Is one required to understand the other?
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Follow up to Pinter's abstract algebra

I wanted to learn abstract algebra this summer so I bought Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra. I was planning on reading it over the course of the summer, but just finished the last problem of its ...
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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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List of Advanced Math Text Books with answers

Can anybody please recommend a list of Advanced Mathematics Books for physics that can be used for self study. Most importantly they must have answers for odd or even problems. I have a big list of ...
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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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Book: Functional Calculus

Is there a good book that investigates in detail the various kinds of functional calculus? I'm having now some knowledge about unbounded operators and integration but I would like to understand ...