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A better way to answer this question

So my team and i were asked this question a few years ago on a small Math-A-Thon on my hometown. It went something like this: "We need to transport a neon tube (or any tube, who cares) of 92cm ...
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Continuous function $0$ on one closed set and $1$ on the other

Looking for a better approach of the following question if possible. Question: Let $A$ and $B$ be disjoint nonempty closed sets in a metric spaces $X$, and define ...
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Prove Sum Approximation Theorem [closed]

Prove if $S=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}x^{n}$ converges for $|x|<1$, and if $|a_{n+1}|<|a_{n}|$ for $n>N$, then $$|S-\sum_{n=0}^{N}a_{n}x^{n}|<|a_{N+1}x^{N+1}|/(1-|x|)$$ I have already proven ...
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Searching simpler proof for convergence of a sequence

It is known that if $f_n \to f$ uniformly and $x_n \to x$ then $f_n(x_n) \to f(x)$. As an example, this can be applied in order to show that $$\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{\left( 1-\frac{1}{n} \right)^k}{k!} ...
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Hamel Basis in Infinite dimensional Banach Space without Baire Category Theorem

Prove that every Hamel basis in an infinite dimensional Banach Space is uncountable without using Baire Category Theory. We are assuming axiom that vector space dimension (if exist) is well-defined. ...
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Alternative Quadratic Formula

Well the formula for solving a Quadratic equation is : $$\text{If }\space ax^2+bx+c=0$$ then $$x=\dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 -4ac} }{2a}$$ But looking at this : [Wolfram Mathworld] (And also in other ...
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Prove that the image of a a closed and bounded interval in $\mathbb{R}$ is a a closed and bounded interval in $\mathbb{R}$?

According to the excercise 7.22 of the book Topology by Franzosa: Combining the Extreme Value Theorem and the Intermediate Value Theorem, prove the following theorem: Let $[a, b]$ be a ...
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Direct Proof for Statement on Linear Independence and Unique Representations

The Statement Show that if a set of vectors is linearly independent, then any vector in the span of that set has a unique representation as a linear combination of these vectors. My Proof I'm going ...
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Change of variable formula for the image of a hypercube

Let $\varphi: \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}^n$ be an injective $C^1$ map. Let $I=[0, 1]^n$. I want to show that $$m(\varphi(I))=\int_I \left|\det D\varphi(x)\right|dx.$$ This is a special case of the ...
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What is $\lim_{n \to \infty} n^3 a_n$? [duplicate]

$a_n$ is the Fourier coefficient of $$f(x) = \left(1 - \frac{|x|}{\pi}\right)^4$$ The answer is infinity, but can someone give an answer that doesn't require explicit computation of the $a_n$? I'm ...
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Proving a differential inequality without performing iteration

I'm seeking a better proof of the following fact: If $g$ is a non-negative bounded function, $g(0)=0$ and $g'(t)\leq \sqrt{g(t)}$ for all $t>0$, then $g(t)\leq t^2/4$. The upper bound $t^2/4$ is ...
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How is $\sin 45^\circ=\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}$?

I've been reading about the proof of $\sin 45^\circ=\dfrac{1}{\sqrt 2}$ in my book. They did it as following, let $\triangle ABC$ be an isosceles triangle as shown, Since the triangle is isosceles ...
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Question about required rigour in mappings proof

I was just working on some intro problems from an algebra textbook, and one of the proofs I had seemed to make sense to me, but when I compared it to a solution given online, it was seemingly very ...
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Is there any published research on the value of finding new proofs for old theorems?

There have been many conjectures in history of mathematics that some of them after passing long journey have resulted in lengthy and high-level-math proofs. Perelman's proof on the Poincare's ...
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Alternative way to count the number of solutions to the equation $x^2 + y^2 = -1$ over $\Bbb Z /p$

$x^2 + y^2 = -1$ is a weird equation because it has no solutions over $\Bbb R$. I want to count the number of solutions it has over $\Bbb Z / p$ where $p$ is prime. If $p = 2$ then it has $p$ ...
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Limits without L'Hospital

Evaluate: $$\lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{e^{2h}-1}{h}$$ Now one way would be using the Maclaurin expansion for $e^{2x}$ However, can we solve it using the definition of the derivative (perhaps ...
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Alternative proof of $\cos^6{\theta}+\sin^6{\theta}=\frac{1}{8}(5+3\cos{4\theta})$

In this question, the only proof of the trigonometric identity: $$\cos^6{\theta}+\sin^6{\theta}=\frac{1}{8}(5+3\cos{4\theta})$$ is via factoring the sum of cubes: ...
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$\operatorname{Ext}^n$: computation verification

I would like someone to verify my computation of $\operatorname{Ext}^n$. Problem: Let $p$ be a prime, $k$ a field of characteristic $p$, $G = \langle x \mid x^p = 1 \rangle$, $B = kG$, $S = k(1 ...
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Parallelpiped formula induction

Good one guys! I've been able to prove (a) and (b), but (c) just got me struggling for a week now, and when I asked my orientator for help he said that I had to prove the parallelpiped diagonal ...
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Show an $\arctan$ and $\arcsin$ function is constant

Show that for every $x\geq1$ the following is true: $2\arctan x + \arcsin \frac{2x}{1+x^2} = \pi$ One way (mentioned in the link at the bottom) would be to calculate the derivative of the left side, ...
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Proving $\int_{0}^{\pi/2}x\sqrt{\tan{x}}\log{\sin{x}}\,\mathrm dx=-\frac{\pi\sqrt{2}}{48}(\pi^2+12\pi \log{2}+24\log^2{2}) $

When trying to solve this problem: How to Integrate $ \int^{\pi/2}_{0} x \ln(\cos x) \sqrt{\tan x}\,dx$ I found his sister integral has an interesting closed form provided my calculation is correct. ...
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$\frac{1}{{9\choose r}} -\frac{1}{{10\choose r}} = \frac{11}{6{11\choose r}}$. Is there a way to find $r$ without using algebra?

$$\frac{1}{\dbinom 9r} -\frac{1}{{\dbinom{10}r}} = \frac{11}{6\times \dbinom{11}r}$$ I guess directly applying algebra for this problem would be enough. But are there any simpler and prettier ...
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Proof Verification for Putnam Problem [Alternate Solution] 1997 A4

I have come across an interesting problem from the Putnam 1997 test, question A4: Problem: Let $G$ be a group with identity $e$ and $\phi: G \to G$ a mapping such that $\phi(g_1)\phi(g_2)\phi(g_3) = ...
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Proving a formula using another formula

These questions are from the book "What is Mathematics": Prove formula 1: $$1 + 3^2 + \cdots + (2n+1)^2 = \frac{(n+1)(2n+1)(2n+3)}{3}$$ formula 2: $$1^3 + 3^3 + \cdots + (2n+1)^3 = ...
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Clever proofs that prove one identity is equal to another, without going through the original identity?

In a previous question I attempted to formalize the argument of going from one proof of an identity to another, which turned out to be harder than I thought. The thing is, while it may be impossible ...
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What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational?

What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational? Here is my favorite: Theorem: $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational. Proof: $3^2-2\cdot 2^2 = 1$. (That's it) That is a ...
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Did I solve exercise 4.5.4 (b) of 'How to Prove it' by velleman correctly and concisely?

4.5.4 Suppose R is a strict partial order on A. Let S be the reflexive closure of R. (b) Show that if R is a strict total order, then S is a total order. Suppose R is a strict total order. ...
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Finding all solutions to $x^2+y^2=2010$

I need to find all integer solutions to $x^2+y^2=2010$. we can take $x\leq y$ for commodity. The problem can be tackled through brute force. We need $1005\leq x^2\leq 2010$ and so $32\leq x \leq ...
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Extreme value theorem, without Heine Borel.

I was wondering, if there are any mistakes, in this proof of the extreme value theorem: Theorem. Let $X$ be a compact set and $f:X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, s.t. $f$ is continuous. Then there exists ...
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Seeking a More Elegant Proof to an Expectation Inequality

Let $X$ and $Y$ be i.i.d. random variables, and $\mathbb E[|X|]<\infty$, prove that $$\mathbb E[|X+Y|]\geq\mathbb E[|X-Y|].$$ This question is a re-posting of An expectation inequality. I can ...
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To a given straight line in a given rectilinear angle, to apply a parallelogram equal to a given triangle.

There's again one small detail on which I'm not sure. (Proposition 44 - book 1) http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/bookI/propI44.html Here's the quote : "Then HLKF is a parallelogram, HK ...
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Triangles which are on the same base and in the same parallels equal one another.

I have a small question regarding proposition 37 of the elements of Euclid. http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/bookI/propI37.html The only problem I got with the proof is the fact that we ...
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Straight lines which join the ends of equal and parallel straight lines in the same directions are themselves equal and parallel

I have a small question regarding proposition 33 of the elements of Euclid. http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/bookI/propI33.html We want to prove that two lines joining equal parallels ...
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Theorem 7.2 in General Topology by S. Willard

Theorem 7.2 If $X$ and $Y$ are topological spaces and $f:X \to Y$ , then the following are all equivalent :- I) $f$ is continuous. II) for each E $\subset X$ , $f(\bar E) \subset ...
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Union of infinite broom and topologist's sine, connectednes, locally connectednes properties…

I'd like to know if my answer of the following exercise is correct. I really appreciate any suggestion you can provide to improve my argument or corrections in case I made a mistake :) Let ...
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A question on Primes in Arithmetic Progression

We know that an arithmetic progression has to have a composite number since there are arbitrarily large gaps between primes. But I was wondering whether the following construction is possible: Can ...
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Visual proof of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4} = \frac{\pi^4}{90}$?

In a gorgeous paper "How to compute $\sum \frac{1}{n^2}$ by solving triangles", Mikael Passare offers this idea for proving $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$: Proof of equality ...
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Question 7F from general topology by Stephen willard?

Can someone help me with 7F from Willard? In part two : $\mathbf{7}$F. Functions to and from the plane. The facts presented here for the plane will be proved in more generality for ...
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$\sum a_n$ converges $\implies\ \sum \sqrt{a_na_{n+1}}$ converges?

Let $a_n > 0.$ When $\sum a_n$ converges $\sum \sqrt{a_n a_{n+1}}$ converges or not? For, $$\frac{\sqrt{a_n a_{n+1}}}{a_n}=\frac {\sqrt{a_{n+1}}} {\sqrt{a_n}}$$ $\because$ By comparison test ...
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Should a certain entire function be a polynomial?

Assume $f$ is an entire function such that $$\lim_{z\to\infty}\frac{|f'(z)|}{1+|f(z)|^2}=0,$$ then should $f$ be a polynomial? Picard's Theorem proves this instantly; which states: Let $f$ be a ...
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Finite solution of Power Diophantione Equation.

Given an equation $x^2+k=y^3$ where k is a constant and $y=f(x)$,$f(x)$ is differentiable and algebraic. for which- $$\frac{d}{dx}x^{2} \neq\frac{d}{dx} f(x)^3$$ 1. Can I infer that the ...
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Proving that a punctured disk is not simply connected, using a specific definition

I am dealing with the same set based on my previous question. I want to show that the set $H = \{z \in \mathbb{C} : 0 < |z| < 1\}$ is NOT simply connected, using the following definitions, that ...
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Proofs of theorems, where picture is sufficient

A while ago I have had the pleasure to come across those lectures of Topology & Geometry by Dr Tadashi Tokieda (I do recommend watching at least the first lecture, both parts). My question is ...
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Is $x^4+nx+1$ irreducible?

Consider the polynomial $\xi= x^4+nx+1\in \mathbb Z[x]$. Show that if $n=\pm2$ then $\xi$ is reducible and that $n\neq\pm2$ implies $\xi$ is irreducible. I got the answer by writing the ...
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Proving the uniqueness of the weak limit

In "A First Look at Rigorous Probability Theory" by J. S. Rosenthal there is the following exercise: Prove that weak limits, if they exist are unique. That is, if $\mu, \nu, \mu_1, \mu_2, \ldots$ ...
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Is it possible to prove $g^{|G|}=e$ in all finite groups without talking about cosets?

Let $G$ be a finite group, and $g$ be a an element of $G$. How could we go about proving $g^{|G|}=e$ without using cosets? I would admit Lagrange's theorem if a proof without talking about cosets can ...
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If the Greeks had been four dimensional, would they have been able to derive the pi squared coefficient for the hypersphere volume without calculus?

I was reading about Archimedes' pre-calculus proof of the volume of the sphere and I realized that the trick he uses (volume of hemisphere + volume of cone = volume of cylinder) doesn't generalize to ...
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Seemingly easy Ordinary Differential Equation

For which values of $T$ can we find a unique solution of the ODE $x''(t) = −x(t) $ satisfying the boundary conditions $x(0) = a_1$ and $x(T) = a_2$ for any values of $a_1$ and $a_2$ ? I can solve ...
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Let $p\gt 3$ be a prime number and: $\sum_{j=1}^{p-1}\frac{(-1)^{j}}{j} \binom{p-1}{j} =\frac{a}{b}\Rightarrow p^2\mid a$

I want to prove the following statement: Let $p\gt 3$ be a prime number and let: $$\sum_{j=1}^{p-1}\frac{(-1)^{j}}{j} \binom{p-1}{j} =\frac{a}{b}$$ Which $a,b\in \mathbb Z$ and $\gcd(a,b)=1$. ...
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On a connection between Newton's binomial theorem and general Leibniz rule using a new method.

In calculus the general Leibniz rule asserts that Let $n$ be a natural numbers, if $f$ and $g$ are $n$-times differentiable functions at a point $x$, then the function $fg$ is also $n$-times ...