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Effective Research Notes

Note-taking for research is vital to your success as a mathematician. As I look back at some of my handwritten notes, I realized how poor they were. I had thought to myself, "What happened?" I was ...
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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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How beginner researcher or ph. d student should learn new concepts?

I hope this question is o.k for S.E. M. When some one is reading book(monograph); possibly helpful in his/her research, and content is large enough; At the first glance it seems very frustrating and ...
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Big geometry grad schools - for an average applicant

What are some schools that have a lot of geometry going on, but that might accept some middle-of-the-range applicants? Let me add some context... I left grad school (UC Davis) with an MS in 2012 ...
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Prerequisite of Projective Geometry for Algebraic Geometry

I studied Euclidean Geometry in high-school, and I have not studied anything relates to geometry since I started studying in university. I am now intending to study Algebraic Geometry, however, I ...
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What is the best way to go about learning math?

I know this is a very subjective question, but after struggling on my own for a while I figured I might as well ask it. I did all the normal math classes in college (LinAlg, MultiVariable Calc, ...
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Is there a proper etiquette for asking an author for their (mathematical) software?

This may not be the correct place to ask such a question. I have read a mathematical paper on multiclass total variation clustering. I wish to use the algorithm in the contents to compare with another ...
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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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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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should i try to continue in academia?

I actually have 2 questions. 1.What are my chances of going to grad school, 2.Should i go to grad school If I decide to go to grad school, what are my chances if: I got a C in Algebra first ...
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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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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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How to balance learning and researching as a new PhD student?

As a new PhD student, how to balance learning and researching? I am in Australia and here we don't have any course in PhD period. I know I need to learn something about my programme, but sometimes ...
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start studying advanced topics in number theory

I am a first year undergrad and have had elementary course in Number Theory which includes only basic introductory topics like: divisibility,gcd-lcm,primes,congruences, number theoretic functions etc. ...
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How can math students (not instructors) improve studying by Learning through Testing?

I hit upon Alex K. Chen's answer on What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners" follow? which links to this New York Times article To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test . ...
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A partial ordering on textbooks

After college, it has been very difficult to continue learning math as a hobby, I have the time for it, but I get incredibly frustrated when I run into something that it feels like I will never ever ...
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Group Theory Research Topics [advice]

I'm currently a Senior Mathematics student in the US. I'm interested in Abstract Algebra, specifically Group Theory (I've taken a course that dealt entirely with Fields, but I enjoy Groups a bit more) ...
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A topic for seminar in finite group theory.

I am doing a course on "Structure of finite groups" and we have a choice of giving a presentation on topics related to the course, Course outline is as follows- I was thinking of O-Nan Scott ...
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My attempt to gather mathematical spaces in a drawing

There are many spaces (Sobolev, inner product spaces, etc.) that I am not using on a daily basis, but have to recall their definition from time to time. So I decided to draw a synthetic scheme of the ...
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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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Which is the best transitional mathematics book for self-teaching among the ones listed?

What is Mathematics, An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods - Courant Robbins Stewart How to Solve It, A New Aspect of Mathematical Solving - Polya Introductory Mathematics, Algebra and Analysis ...
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Isolation and self-study

A little background: I am currently a sophomore (studying mathematics) at an unknown university in the Middle East. My mother is European so it does not make sense to study mathematics in the Middle ...
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What should one do if one works on a problem and submits a paper only to find that it is already in some book?

What should one do if one works on a problem and submits a paper only to find from the editor, that the work is already in some book? The work is is not really easy to find on the internet and was ...
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My first simple direct proof (very simple theorem on real numbers). Please mark/grade.

What do you think about my first simple direct proof? What mark/grade would you give me? Besides, I am curious about whether you like the style. Theorem Let $I = [a,b]$ be a non-empty closed ...
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Bachelor Thesis - Galois Theory Research Topics?

I'm on the last semester of my bachelor's degree (undergrad degree) and I will be writing my thesis next semester. I have talked to a professor at my university and one of the topics he suggested was ...
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What is the most relavant math for statistics students?

As they say "the more math you learn the better". Unfortunately, I did not have a lot of mathematical training in my undergraduate. Now I am doing a master in mathematics, mainly to make up some ...
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Topic appropriate for undergraduate research program

This may be not appropriate to ask this kind of question here. But please feel freely helping me. In our Maths faculty, there is not a program like Undergraduate Research Program(URP), however, the ...
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First hand written draft Or LaTex typed draft; when some one want to publish?

When some one solve a math research problem and want to publish it somewhere; of course one should type it in LaTex. My Question: What should be the ideal way(time) to type it, I mean first one ...
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How to relate two integration contour?

How one can relate two integration contour? For example if I have an integration contour like $\int_{-a}^{a}f(x)dx$ here let say a=infinity. How I can say that the integral $\int_{2}^{3}f(x)dx$ is a ...
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self-study hints

A question to those who took rigirous courses like math 25 (Harvard), MATH 295-396 Michigan and etc Being not able to collectively discuss problem sets from the course, as those who involved in ...
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How do I finish my problem sets on time? (The way I'm solving problems right now is very inefficient)

I'm embarrassed to say this. I'm an Applied Math major, I've been in college for three years, and I've never finished a problem set in my math classes. Despite this, I've only did well enough to least ...
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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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On ambiguity in statements expressed in natural language, where the statements use an indefinite article, e.g. “a”.

Please consider the following example statements and judge the meaning of the article "a". Example: A house is a building. Example: A house is being built next to our house. In example 1, "a" is ...
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Should I drop Differential Equations?

For many years, my university offered only one Bachelor's degree in math, "Bachelor in Mathematical Subjects." Here, Differential Equations is a mandatory part of the degree. Further specialization in ...
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which university and specific degree in maths to go for after B.tech(computers).

I am an Indian,B.tech(Computer Science).I am working as Software engineer in India. I do have very much interest in maths and wish to continue my studies in it through distance learning courses or I ...
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What are some cool projects that can be done in a high school math class?

I'm studying to be a secondary math teacher and will be starting student teaching next month (an algebra 2 class). It's difficult to find activities and projects that are actually informative and time ...
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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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How do I approach the foreign language requirement for PhDs in pure mathematics?

I see that many PhD programs require students to demonstrate students’ abilities to translate English mathematics papers to two of French, Russian, and German and different papers in those languages ...
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Math gre subject test scores and results?

I took the math gre scores back in October and did terribly (52%) even though I was scoring in the 70-80% on practice exams. I am interested in applying to Stanford's ICME and Berkeley's Stats ...
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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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Advice needed in Cryptography

I'm currently in my undergrad studies (3rd Year in 2015) , majoring in pure mathematics and statistics. I'm thinking of pursuing cryptography for my Honours project, as its the closest thing that ...
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Which math class next

I just finished and Algebra for Calculus class this semester. I'm trying to work up to taking calculus (have to do up through calc 3). One person told me I should take trig next, and another calculus. ...
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Help with finding an optimal bilingual skill-based routing calculation.

First time post, I'm not sure if it is in the correct forum but this seems to be as a good place to try: I was wondering if anyone out there had experience dealing with a similar issue or knew of any ...
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Project-Math-Computing

Im an undergraduate student and me and my roomate who is an undergraduate also would like to do a project together. Im on the pure and some aplied math branch and he is on the computing branch.We are ...
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Good community colleges for mathematics in US

Which community colleges in the US have the strongest mathematics programs ? After searching a bit on my own, I found North Seattle Community College - it seems to have a little stronger program ...
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Best way to learn material dealing with cosets, quotient groups and the isomorphism theorems

I'm self studying abstract algebra from Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote. I've been able to get through the first few chapters and do problems without any issue, until I hit the material on ...
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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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Math Competitions such as Intel Science Talent Search for High School Freshmen

I am extremely interested in mathematical competitions. I was wondering if there was something like the Intel Science Talent Search, where one can present his/her research, for freshmen in high ...
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Is there a specific term for such collections of filters?

Let $U$ be a set. Concept = "a set $\mathscr{C}$ of proper filters on $U$ such that if $X\in\mathscr{C}$ and $Y$ is a proper filter on $U$ and $Y\supseteq X$, then $Y\in\mathscr{C}$." Is there a ...
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Soft question - having difficulty with rigorous proofs

What exactly is in your opinion the best way to understand rigorous proofs?I seem to be having a number of problems when it comes to learning mathematics. .While I easily get the intuitive part, the ...