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Is value of $\pi = 4$?

What is wrong with this? SOURCE
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What do modern-day analysts actually do?

In an abstract algebra class, one learns about groups, rings, and fields, and (perhaps naively) conceives of a modern-day algebraist as someone who studies these sorts of structures. One learns about ...
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Has Prof. Otelbaev shown existence of strong solutions for Navier-Stokes equations? [closed]

Moderator Notice: I am unilaterally closing this question for three reasons. The discussion here has turned too chatty and not suitable for the MSE framework. Given the recent pre-print ...
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Why does $1+2+3+\dots = {-1\over 12}$?

$$\lim_{N\to\infty} \sum_{i=1}^N \, i = +\infty$$ $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-s}$ only converges to $\zeta(s)$ if $\text{Re}(s) > 1$. Why should analytically continuing to $\zeta(-1)$ ...
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How far can one get in analysis without leaving $\mathbb{Q}$?

Suppose you're trying to teach analysis to a stubborn algebraist who refuses to acknowledge the existence of any characteristic $0$ field other than $\mathbb{Q}$. How ugly are things going to get for ...
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Why is compactness so important?

I've read many times that 'compactness' is such an extremely important and useful concept, though it's still not very apparent why. The only theorems I've seen concerning it are the Heine-Borel ...
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Is non-standard analysis worth learning?

As a former physics major, I did a lot of (seemingly sloppy) calculus using the notion of infinitesimals. Recently I heard that there is a branch of math called non-standard analysis that provides ...
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Solving the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin{x}}{x} \ dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

A famous exercise which one encounters while doing Complex Analysis (Residue theory) is to prove that the given integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin x}{x} \ dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$$ Well, can anyone ...
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Why is $1^{\infty}$ considered to be an indeterminate form

From Wikipedia: In calculus and other branches of mathematical analysis, an indeterminate form is an algebraic expression obtained in the context of limits. Limits involving algebraic operations are ...
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Evaluate $\int_0^1 \frac{\log \left( 1+x^{2+\sqrt{3}}\right)}{1+x}dx$

I am trying to find a closed form for $$\int_0^1 \frac{\log \left( 1+x^{2+\sqrt{3}}\right)}{1+x}dx = 0.094561677526995723016 \cdots$$ It seems that the answer is $$\frac{\pi^2}{12}\left( ...
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The Intuition behind l'Hopitals Rule

I understand perfectly well how to apply l'Hopital's rule, and how to prove it, but I've never grokked the theorem. Why is it that we should expect that $$\lim_{x\to a}\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}=\lim_{x \to ...
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Is the problem that Prof Otelbaev proved exactly the one stated by Clay Mathematics Institute?

Recently, mathematician Mukhtarbay Otelbaev published a paper Existence of a strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, in which he claim that he solved one of the Millennium Problems: existence ...
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Why don't analysts do category theory?

I'm a mathematics student in abstract algebra and algebraic geometry. Most of my books cover a great deal of category theory and it is an essential tool in understanding these two subjects. Recently, ...
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Is there a bounded function $f$ with $f'$ unbounded and $f''$ bounded?

Is there a $C^{2}$-function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ that is bounded and such that $f'(x)$ is unbounded, but $f''(x)$ is bounded again? For example, $f(x)=\sin(x^2)$ is bounded and has ...
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Is $[0,1]$ a countable disjoint union of closed sets?

Can you express $[0,1]$ as a countable disjoint union of closed sets, other than the trivial way of doing this?
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Why do we negate the imaginary part when conjugating?

For $z=x+iy \in \mathbb C$ we all know the definition for the "conjugate" of $z$, $\bar{z}=x-iy$. Geometrically this is the reflection of $z$ across the $y$ axis. My question is: couldn't we have ...
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Why are gauge integrals not more popular?

A recent answer reminded me of the gauge integral, which you can read about here. It seems like the gauge integral is more general than the Lebesgue integral, e.g. if a function is Lebesgue ...
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Continuity of the roots of a polynomial in terms of its coefficients

It's commonly stated that the roots of a polynomial are a continuous function of the coefficients. How is this statement formalized? I would assume it's by restricting to polynomials of a fixed ...
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Does there exist $f:(0,\infty)\to(0,\infty)$ such that $f'=f^{-1}$?

Recently the following question was posed: does there exist a differentiable bijection $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ such that $f'=f^{-1}$? (Here, $f^{-1}$ is the inverse of $f$ with respect to ...
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How hard is the proof of $\pi$ or e being transcendental?

I understand that $\pi$ and e are transcendental and that these are not simple facts. I mean, I have been told that these results are deep and difficult, and I am happy to believe them. I am curious ...
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Factorial and exponential dual identities

There are two identities that have a seemingly dual correspondence: $$e^x = \sum_{n\ge0} {x^n\over n!}$$ and $$n! = \int_0^{\infty} {x^n\over e^x}\ dx.$$ Is there anything to this comparison? (I ...
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Instructive proofs in functional analysis

I am beginning to learn functional analysis (from Folland and Royden), but I am from a non-mathematical background, so I often encounter techniques in proofs that I am not familiar with (for example ...
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Does $\zeta(3)$ have a connection with $\pi$?

The problem Can be $\zeta(3)$ written as $\alpha\pi^\beta$, where ($\alpha,\beta \in \mathbb{C}$), $\beta \ne 0$ and $\alpha$ doesn't depend of $\pi$ (like $\sqrt2$, for example)? Details Several ...
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Should I be worried that I am doing well in Analysis and not well in Algebra?

I attend a mostly liberal arts focused university, in which I was able to test out of an "Introduction to Proofs" class and directly into "Advanced Calculus 1" (Introductory Analysis I) and I loved ...
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When $f(x+1)-f(x)=f'(x)$, what are the solutions for $f(x)$?

The question is: When $f(x+1)-f(x)=f'(x)$, what are the solutions for $f(x)$? The most obvious solution is a linear function of the form $f(x)=ax+b$. Is this the only solution? Edit I should ...
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How prove this function $f(x)=x!-x^n$ is injective

Question: For any postive integer $n$ such $n\neq 2^m-1, n\ge 2$, and function $f$ defined by $$f(x)=x!-x^n$$ show that : $f:N\to Z$ is injective. My idea: maybe for $x\neq y$ with $x,y\in N^{+}$, ...
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Ambiguous Curve: can you follow the bicycle?

Let $\alpha:[0,1]\to \mathbb R^2$ be a smooth closed curve parameterized by the arc length. We will think of $\alpha$ like a back track of the wheel of a bicycle. If we suppose that the distance ...
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On calculating $\int_0^1\ln(1-x^2)\;{dx}$ — where is the mistake?

I've seen the integral $\displaystyle \int_0^1\ln(1-x^2)\;{dx}$ on a thread in this forum and I tried to calculate it by using power series. I wrote the integral as a sum then again as an integral. ...
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Why is the Daniell integral not so popular?

The Riemann integral is the most common integral in use and is the first integral I was taught to use. After doing some more advanced analysis it becomes clear that the Riemann integral has some ...
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A question about series with a strange property.

Does there exist a sequence $\left(a_n\right)_{n\ge1}$ with $a_n < a_{n+1}+a_{n^2}, \forall n=1,2,3,\ldots$ such that the series $\displaystyle{\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n}$ converges? This is the ...
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Is there a function with this property?

Is there a real function over the real numbers with this property $\ \sqrt{|x-y|} \leq |f(x)-f(y)|$ ? My guess is no but can anyone tell me why? This came up as a question of one of my collegues and ...
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Why is it hard to prove whether $\pi+e$ is an irrational number?

From this list I came to know that it is hard to conclude $\pi+e$ is an irrational? Can somebody discuss with reference "Why this is hard ?" Is it still an open problem ? If yes it will be helpful ...
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Number of local maxima of a function

Let $z_j$ ($j=1,\dots, k$) be $k$ points on the complex plane none of which lies on the real line. Is it always true that the function $$ F(x)=\sum_{j=1}^k \frac{1}{|x-z_j|^2} $$ has at most $k$ ...
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Proof of $\int_0^\infty \left(\frac{\sin x}{x}\right)^2 dx=\frac{\pi}{2}.$

I am looking for a short proof that $$\int_0^\infty \left(\frac{\sin x}{x}\right)^2 dx=\frac{\pi}{2}.$$ What do you think? It is kind of amazing that $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin x}{x} dx$$ is also ...
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Where do Cantor sets naturally occur?

Cantor sets in general of course have many interesting properties on their own, and are also often used as examples of sets with these properties, but do they naturally occur in any application?
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A stronger version of discrete “Liouville's theorem”

If a function $f : \mathbb Z\times \mathbb Z \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{+} $ satisfies the following condition $$\forall x, y \in \mathbb{Z}, f(x,y) = \dfrac{f(x + 1, y)+f(x, y + 1) + f(x - 1, y) +f(x, ...
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Proving that the sequence $F_{n}(x)=\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} \frac{\sin{kx}}{k}$ is boundedly convergent on $\mathbb{R}$

Here is an exercise, on analysis which i am stuck. How do I prove that if $F_{n}(x)=\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} \frac{\sin{kx}}{k}$, then the sequence $\{F_{n}(x)\}$ is boundedly convergent on ...
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Triple Euler sum result $\sum_{k\geq 1}\frac{H_k^{(2)}H_k }{k^2}=\zeta(2)\zeta(3)+\zeta(5)$

In the following thread I arrived at the following result $$\sum_{k\geq 1}\frac{H_k^{(2)}H_k }{k^2}=\zeta(2)\zeta(3)+\zeta(5)$$ Defining $$H_k^{(p)}=\sum_{n=1}^k \frac{1}{n^p},\,\,\, ...
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New twist on a Putnam problem

A recent Putnam problem: Let $f$ be a real-valued function on the plane such that for every square $\square ABCD$ in the plane, $f(A)+f(B)+f(C)+f(D)=0$. Does it follow that $f$ is identically ...
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Why is $\Gamma(1/2)=\sqrt{\pi}$?

It seems as if no one has asked this here before, unless I don't know how to search. The Gamma function is $$ \Gamma(\alpha)=\int_0^\infty x^{\alpha-1} e^{-x}\,dx. $$ Why is $$ ...
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Teaching Introductory Real Analysis

I am currently helping teach an introduction to real analysis course at UC Berkeley. The textbook we are using in Rudin's "Principles of Mathematical Analysis" (aka baby rudin). I am trying to find ...
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What is the limit of $n \sin (2 \pi \cdot e \cdot n!)$ as $n$ goes to infinity?

I tried and got this $$e=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k!}=\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}$$ $$n!\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}=\frac{n!}{0!}+\frac{n!}{1!}+\cdots+\frac{n!}{n!}=m$$ where $m$ is an ...
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Computing the product of p/(p - 2) over the odd primes

I'd like to calculate, or find a reasonable estimate for, the Mertens-like product $$\prod_{2<p\le n}\frac{p}{p-2}=\left(\prod_{2<p\le n}1-\frac{2}{p}\right)^{-1}$$ Also, how does this behave ...
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Global invertibility of a map $\mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}^n$ from everywhere local invertibility

I was told by a tutor that if $f: \mathbb{R}^n \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ has an invertible Jacobian Matrix for all $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $\lim_{|x_k| \rightarrow \infty}|f(x_k)|=\infty$ for all ...
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How to prove there exists $c$ such $f(c)f'(c)+f''(c)=0$

Nice Question: let $f(x)$ have two derivative on $[0,1]$,and such $$f(0)=2,f'(0)=-2,f(1)=1$$ show that: there exist $c\in(0,1)$,such $$f(c)f'(c)+f''(c)=0$$ my try: since ...
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Integral for function of square

Let $f:[0,\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a strictly positive, decreasing, differentiable function, such that $$f(0) = 1, \quad \lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} f(x) = 0$$ and $$\frac{1}{f(x)^2} = ...
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Does there exist a sequence $\{a_n\}_{n\ge1}$ with $a_n < a_{n+1}+a_{n^2}$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n$ converges?

Does there exist a sequence $\{a_n\}_{n\ge1}$ with $a_n < a_{n+1}+a_{n^2}$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n$ converges? Does there exist a sequence with the same property but with each term ...
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How to prove $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n^2}{2^n} = 6$?

I'd like to find out why \begin{align} \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n^2}{2^n} = 6 \end{align} I tried to rewrite it into a geometric series \begin{align} \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n^2}{2^n} = ...
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Is $dxdy$ really a multiplication of $dx$ and $dy$?

In the link Is $dy/dx$ not a ratio? it was told that $\frac{dy}{dx}$ cannot be seen as a quotient, even though it looks like a fraction. My question is: does $dxdy$ in the double integral represent a ...
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Is there a limit of cos (n!)?

I encountered a problem today to prove that $(X_n)$ with $X_n = \cos(n!)$ does not have a limit (when $n$ approaches infinity). I have no idea how to do it formally. Could someone help? The simpler ...