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

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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 much practice is too much practice?

I have an exam in single-variable calculus tomorrow. Seeing as its my first exam at the university level, I have been spending some time doing old exams in order to get used to the format. While doing ...
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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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How much time is reasonable to complete baby Rudin?

I've been teaching myself math for more than a year. My current aim is towards algebraic topology and differential geometry. Apart from a messy (by which i mean some rigorous and some not) ...
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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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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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Is Abstract Algebra Necessary For A Thorough Understanding of Real Analysis?

Background Info: I have been studying (self-study) Real Analysis for a few weeks now, and with the help of people from here I have, comfortably, made it 3/4 of the way through the first chapter on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it worth it to start over in math?

Alright, so I wasn't sure where to ask this question but this website seemed the most relevant. I wasn't too good of a math student in middleschool and highschool, I got through my classes, sure, but ...
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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 ...
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Transitioning From Pure Maths To Applied.

I was wondering if anyone had any experience transitioning from pure mathematics to applied mathematics? I am currently doing an Msc in pure maths and my background is mainly algebraic. I was ...
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Senior Research Group

I have been elected to participate in a senior research group where each undergrad has the freedom to choose any advanced topic in mathematics. As far as background, I've taken multivariable calculus ...
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Question pertain to graduate programme in astronomy from mathematical background

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics, and wanted to pursue a career in astronomy area. What graduate programme should i take? is applied mathematics sufficient? I am currently ...
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What's the interested topic or applications about random graph, probabilistic method or combination?

I want to pick some topics or applications to do a project of a current course. Those topics should be related to graph theory, combinatorics, random graph, probabilistic method etc. Such as social ...
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Lemma or proposition?

Let statement 1 be an obvious consequence of the statement 2. Let the statement 1 go before the statement 2 in the text. The statement 1 is actually used to prove statement 2. I label the statement 2 ...
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Reading advice: Mathematical finance for a student of pure mathematics

Which books/lecture notes should a student with a background in pure mathematics (in my case it was geared towards algebraic geometry) read in order to do financial math? I have done one basic course ...
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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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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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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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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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General Strategy for solving mathematical problems

Lately I noticed that I am good at solving only those problems, similar to which I have encountered before. I get stuck with problems which ask for new(at least to me) mathematical reasoning. When I ...
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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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math student looking to do better in math competitions.

I am currently in my summer vacations. Next year I will star my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I used to be in mathematics competitions. Last year I got a silver medal in my countries national ...
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Which math courses should I take to prepare myself for Masters in Financial Mathematics?

I am an Applied Mathematics (BSc.) student that is graduating soon. Apparently, I need to take one more elective course (but I can also fit in two more electives if I want to) before I can graduate. I ...
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What is the standard notation for Neuman Boundary Condition.

I would like some one to help me to explain how one can represent the Neuman Boundary condition in a standard way. What I wrote was like the following, $\frac{\partial \phi_{st}}{\partial n}=0$ but ...