Questions asking for advice on various mathematical matters. Be careful that your question is answerable, and also that it is not a polling question (e.g. "What is the best / your favorite way to...").

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Identification of a quadrilateral as a trapezoid, rectangle, or square

Yesterday I was tutoring a student, and the following question arose (number 76): My student believed the answer to be J: square. I reasoned with her that the information given only allows us to ...
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What can I do if I feel like getting nowhere with my undergraduate career? [on hold]

I am an international student currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, at a liberal arts school in US that is not known for its Mathematics program. Besides, the school has too many ...
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Is it ill-advised to read books casually for entertainment? [closed]

I'm a student who has about a year (and a few months) to go before entering a university and I've been reading some math books recently. I'm on Chapter 6 on Rudin's PMA, Chapter 5 in Munkres' Analysis ...
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Real or Complex Analysis next quarter?

I apologize if this is the wrong place for to ask a question about a math course I should take, but I didn't see a better stack-exchange forum for this. Long story short, I am a fourth-year chem PhD ...
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Proof base math Course in highschool

I am a sophomore in multivariate calculus and I am interested in taking a proof based math course and doing mathematical research. However, it will be hard for me to access such courses. No student ...
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Prerequisite of Algebraic Geometry

Algebraic geometry, as far as I know, is a very important branch of mathematics, which is also very difficult. I am going to take a try to taste that. Before really going into the field, I have two ...
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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 ...
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How do I get good grades in an exam?

I study hard throughout the year and I am able to solve most problems in the text assigned to us and I am frequently the only one who can solve the hardest problems in the assignments or the problem ...
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How to get the most out of attending a conference talk or a research presentation?

I'll say up front that I imagine there's a resource for this somewhere, but I was unable to find it. I've been attending conference talks and research presentations for about a year at my university, ...
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I need help organising these books by topic [closed]

Okay, this should be a quick and easy question for those of you who've studied calculus. I have a list of books that I want to order by topic, the books are as follows: Michael Spivak - ...
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How do mathematicians find formulas? [closed]

How do mathematicians find formulas? For instance, the area of a triangle is $$\mathrm{area}=\frac{\mathrm{base}\times \mathrm{height}}{2}.\tag{1}$$ When I study maths, the book I am using tells ...
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What are some strong algebraic number theory PhD programs? [on hold]

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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Does set theory help understand machine learning or make new machine learning algorithms?

When I was in a university, I didn't major in math but took some math classes. However, I dropped out of math classes pretty quick. Some person recommended that I learn some ...
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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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Learning mathematical concepts

Our teacher loves to test us on pure concept based questions and test if we really know what we are doing when learning a particular lesson. For example, when we first started learning about ...
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How can I start to learn proof theory?

I'm studying computer science and I realized that I have problems in working with mathematical proofs. They are for example part of my class Formal Systems and Automata. I'm really interested in ...
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How to remember various set operations very easily?

I need an way to remember the set operations very easily. Does anybody have any idea? For example, how do you remember the distinction between Set-Intersection and Set-difference? I regularly mess ...
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Prove that $\mathbb{Q}(r+s\sqrt{t})=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{t})$.

Let $r,s,t\in\mathbb{Q}$. Prove that $\mathbb{Q}(r+s\sqrt{t})=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{t})$. Ok. So I've fallen a little behind in my algebra class, and I'm a bit confused on how to approach this ...
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Formula to convert currencies

I know this currency exchange rates: 1.000000 USD = 0.943837 EUR 1.000000 USD = 0.683463 GBP What would be the formula to find: 245 EUR = ??? GBP
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Is there a companion to the book 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics' by George S. Carr?

A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics by George S. Carr is as most of you probably know a book that was famously used by the great mathematician Ramanujan. It is said he ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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High school looking to prepare for university

I am a high student and doing the general math course at my high school, it will cover: Geometry Graphs and Relations Matrices Statistics Next year I want to enroll in a science degree and major ...
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How to study math to really understand it and have a healthy lifestyle with free time? [closed]

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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Mathematical Career Advice to a young 16 year wannabe mathematician [closed]

I am high school math enthusiast I am very much interested in mathematics. I try to learn stuffs from the internet but I can't seem to find the resources and am also confused about where to start. I ...
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How to say when the integral converge and when diverge?

I have the following integral. $$I=\int_a^b |x|^{-p} dx$$ where $a<b$ are finite real numbers and $p\leq 0$ is a non-negative real number. If we start solving the integral we will come up the ...
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Does one necessarily need an MS in Math before taking a PhD in Math? [closed]

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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Can I get a PhD in Stochastic Analysis given this limited background?

General advice on PhD apps welcome Given my limited background in stochastic analysis and other information (below), can I apply for a PhD with stochastic analysis for my dissertation topic? 1/4 I ...
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Advice on mathematical cources and profession

I am a class 9 student studying in India. I deeply love mathematics and I am aspiring to become a mathematician ( I am aiming for research and development). My hobbies include learning and trying to ...
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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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Partial Differential Equations Methodology

I am currently studying PDE's i got an almost standard methodology for the First order PDe's mostly using the characteristic's Method.Now Im on the Second order Pde's .So i wanted to get some things ...
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I almost quit self-studying mathematics, but should I continue?

Before I move on to the main idea of this post, I need to tell you some background information about myself. Hopefully, it proves useful for you in giving me advice. I'm a 16 year old high school ...
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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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Quality of Videos Lectures and Lectures vs Textbooks

I am a student trying to learn different subjects by watching video lectures and reading on my own time. I was wondering if the lectures from ICTP and nptelhrd are a great use of my time. I tried ICTP ...
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Book Suggestion, Analysis (Multivariable Calculus)

I am doing my 4th Analysis course. Now we are doing functions from $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ to $\mathbb{R}^{m}$ And we are talking about differentiabiity . I have a lot of problems understanding the course ...
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Good way to convince a young kid that $0*0 = 0$?

My little brother (6 years old) asked me a question ("What is $0*0$?") and gave an answer to his own question which I found ridiculous so I refuted it but he still thinks he is right. He says that ...
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What topics should I study to understand this document?

Background I'm trying to understand a document I found online. The reason I'm reading it is because I need to translate the Nedelec element into code for my research. Problem My background is in Food ...
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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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Math GRE Subject Exam

I am studying for the GRE Mathematics subject exam [1]. I am looking for tips regarding how to more effectively study for it. Does anyone know of any good study materials or have any tips in general? ...
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In balancing effort and advancement in what concerns learning

What's new besides showing modern advancements in modern mathematics as well as eloquently written notes also contains some good advice to young people like me in this room (career advice:!). in ...
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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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What is the best approach when things seem hopeless?

I'm finding that I am getting to the point of being hopelessly behind in one of my courses. What is the best thing to do when it feels impossible to get caught up in the literal sense. Being "caught ...
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Ackermann Function - Book recommendation

What books would you recommend me for the topic "Ackermann Function" ?? I will have a presentation at the end of the semester for this topic and I would get some information...
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Mathematical Research seems daunting [closed]

Suppose you are a research mathematician. I imagine your problems are generally unlike the problems of fellow scientists in the physical sciences, because you deal with proofs, and proofs demand ...
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Advice on methods to capture lecture board and add notes [closed]

I am looking for a method to save the lecture materials, and examples without hand copying from the boards during the lectures. Unfortunately some courses don't have the material available, and ...
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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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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 ...
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Opportunities for Mathematicians to Work in Biological/Disease Areas

Yesterday, I was reading some of the question Can I Use My Powers for Good? and it got me thinking. It's quite an old question (3 years), so I don't want to resurrect it and also my own question's ...
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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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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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Can you succeed in undergraduate math, if you can't create proofs unseen and new to you? [closed]

TL & DR. Here I only mean proofs that I personally never stumbled across, either in a book, lecture, or practice question, NOT proofs that are too hard for even the best math undergrads. I ask an ...