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How much regularity is needed, anyway?

When doing real analysis, the difference between functions which are continuous and functions which are not is intuitive. The graph of the later may exhibit shearing, or extreme distortion (in higher ...
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Representative Pedagogical Examples of Groups, Real Functions, Modules, etc.

In the preface of Munkres's Topology, he writes, Fortunately, one does not need too many counterexamples for a first course; there is a fairly short list that will suffice for most purposes. Let ...
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Need to make order in my mind about classifying hypercomplex numbers systems [closed]

I know that starting from Real numbers I can create a lot of hypercomplex numbers but I can't figure how to have a complete list of them. The set over the one we build up complex systems are the ...
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Examples of categories which appear naturally without objects

Regarding the morphisms-only-definition of a category (which is equivalent to the usual one dealing with objects and morphisms), I would like to ask: Which examples of categories in practice appear ...
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Looking for examples on Jordan Form

I am not asking a very specific question, but rather I am looking for any good examples that illustrate the following; $\mathbf{Theorem}: $ Let $T: V \to V$ be a linear operator with characteristic ...
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Funny translations of mathematical words [closed]

As already noticed in this question there are some mathematical words that literally translated from a language to english (or from english to this language) means something totally different. A few ...
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What other classes of commutative rings can be defined by requiring that $\{0\}$ is the only proper ideal satisfying some condition?

A field is just a commutative ring $R$ such that $\{0_R\}$ is the only proper ideal. Interestingly, there's a similar characterization of integral domains. Given a subset $A$ of $R$, let $A^\perp$ ...
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Honest application of category theory

I believe that category theory is one of the most fundamental theories of mathematics, and is becoming a fundamental theory for other sciences as well. It allows us to understand many concepts on a ...
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Big List of examples of recreational finite unbounded games

What are some examples of mathematical games that can take an unbounded amount of time (a.k.a. there are starting positions such that for any number $n$, there is a line of play taking $>n$ times) ...
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What is the prerequisite knowledge for Navier–Stokes Existence and Smoothness problem?

I am highly interested in the Millennium Problem of Navier–Stokes Existence and Smoothness (also here) and my aim is to reach some level of knowledge to do research on it. The problem seems simple to ...
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Avoiding proof by induction

Proofs that proceed by induction are almost always unsatisfying to me. They do not seem to deepen understanding, I would describe something that is true by induction as being "true by a technicality". ...
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Fake induction proofs

Question: Can you provide an example of a claim where the base case holds but there is a subtle flaw in the inductive step that leads to a fake proof of a clearly erroneous result? [Note: Please do ...
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Uniform convergence in series definitions of functions

Are there examples of well-known functions which are defined as the limit of a sequence of functions (for example, power series definitions) and are not uniformly convergent? Thanks!
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Suplement books for calculus course?

I'm looking for books that could enhance the learning of calculus. At the moment, I have the following titles: Counterexamples in Calculus; Irresistible integrals; Inside calculus; The Calculus ...
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Surveys: problems, conjectures, and questions in some areas of nonlinear analysis

I would like to create a "big-list" of resources (e.g., survey papers, webpages, conference proceedings, monographs, etc.) that collect and offer some context and ...
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Induction - Examples where the induction step is correct but the base case is always wrong [duplicate]

I'd like to present to my students some induction examples that always satisfy the inductive step but never the base case. It could be for natural numbers, graphs or anything else.
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Open/publicly available textbooks worth their salt

I've been reading a bit about "open textbooks", i.e. textbooks made available for easy, online access. These can be nice for those without access to a great library, or who might not be willing to ...
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Counterexamples for “every linear map on an infinite dimensional complex vector space has an eigenvalue”

Every linear map on a finite dimensional complex vector space has an eigenvalue. Not so in the infinite case. I'm interested in nice counterexamples anyone might have. Here's one: Consider the ...
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Does Analysis Appear on Putnam?

I was recently searching past Putnam problems, I believe I saw some sort of Real Analysis, but I am not sure. Is Real Analysis (Mathematical Analysis) a topic, which appears on the Putnam Exam? Which ...
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Ahlfors Complex Analysis solutions for reference

I am a math major and currently I am self studying complex analysis from Ahlfors Complex Analysis - third edition. I prefer working on problems first by myself and then refer back to see if I am right ...
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GRE Mathematics Practice Exams

I will be taking the subject test in the near future. Can you recommend me some sources (online or print) from which I can find realistic practice exams? I would like to get my hands on as many ...
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Doing Michael Spivak's Exercises

I am doing Spivak's Calculus, and I find it EXTREMELY difficult. I usually ask questions here because I cannot do the problems on my own. How long should it take to do a Spivak problem? Is it ...
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What are the subjects an analytic number theorist must be well versed with after undergraduate studies?

I am a mathematics major and I aspire to be an analytic number theorist. In general, what are the subjects an analytic number theorist must be well versed with after undergraduate studies (i.e. in ...
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Books in the spirit of Problems and Theorems in Analysis by George Pólya and Gábor Szegő

In the Preface of the first German Edition of the book Problems and Theorems in Analysis by George Pólya and Gábor Szegő, one can read [emphasis mine] : The chief aim of this book, which we trust ...
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Different Types of Waves

I am making a basic 2D rigid body simulator as a hobby. It involves springs. Naturally, I need to render them. Rigid body simulators, such as Algodoo, render them simply like this Another (more ...
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Learning Olympiad Level Combinatorics

Combinatorics has always been my weakest point, I want to improve it. There are such problems like: "Five friends should give each other gifts. They have made a gift each, as they should give away ...
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What are some really cool problems that involve “least squares and Eigenvalue problems”?

I am required to find a research topic in this domain, so I'm really interested in finding out what kind of problems are covered in this domain, and how others are using these techniques to solve ...
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Other Diophantine problems that use a Pell equation

What Diophantine equations employ Pell equations in their solutions? A well-known example is the case of Pythagorean triples where the legs differ by 1, like, $$20^2+21^2 = 29^2$$ These are ...
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Higly axiomatic geometry book recomendation

Recently I have started dipping my toes in mathematical waters besides calculus,and with varying success I have started learning bit of something about "everything". But I have one issue,namely I can ...
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Different ways to prove convexity of quadratic form associated to rank 1 matrix

Let $v \in \Bbb R^n$, and $f:\Bbb R^n \to \Bbb R^n$ with $f(x)=\langle x,(vv^T)x\rangle$. Show that $f$ is convex. I'm looking for different approaches to solve this (rather simple) problem. ...
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Do you know any almost identities?

Recently, I've read an article about almost identities and was fascinated. Especially astonishing to me were for example $\frac{5\varphi e}{7\pi}=1.0000097$ and ...
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Arc length contest! Minimize the arc length of $f(x)$ when given three conditions.

Contest: Give an example of a continuous function $f$ that satisfies three conditions: $f(x) \geq 0$ on the interval $0\leq x\leq 1$; $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=0$; the area bounded by the graph of $f$ and ...
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Surprising applications of topology [closed]

Today in class we got to see how to use the Brouwer Fixed Point theorem for $D^2$ to prove that a $3 \times 3$ matrix $M$ with positive real entries has an eigenvector with a positive eigenvalue. The ...
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What computations would advance math knowledge a lot?

Suppose we where given a super computer that would be capable of computing anything, but only for one day. We could for instance compute many of the Ramsey numbers. What would be some computations ...
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Theorems discovered without observation

Can you name me a few theorems that were discovered without first observing some special cases? In other words, by brute logic: Starting from the known and logically deducing the unknown? EDIT: As an ...
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Different ways to prove Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

This is just a curosity .I know some proofs of the fact that Every non constant polynomial with complex coefficient has a complex root via using Liouville's theorem in Complex Analysis.Proof goes as ...
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Examples of open problems solved through short proof

Are there good examples of reasonable open problems in mathematics that had an 'obvious' solution via application of a theorem already known/not yet found in mathematics but could have been found with ...
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New proofs of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Apart from the standard one, are there any other proofs of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which have been published recently?
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An example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept [closed]

Question: Give an example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept (suitable at the undergraduate or lower level), and explain why you think it is great. Possible ...
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What's your favorite proof accessible to a general audience?

What math statement with proof do you find most beautiful and elegant, where such is accessible to a general audience, meaning you could state, prove, and explain it to a general audience in ...
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Toy examples for Kan extensions

Background: If $\mathcal{C}$ is a cocomplete category and $f : I \to J$ is a functor between small categories, then $f^* : \mathrm{Hom}(J,\mathcal{C}) \to \mathrm{Hom}(I,\mathcal{C})$ has a left ...
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Examples of orthogonal/orthonormal functions which are not finite degree polynomials?

I've been reading "Fourier Series & Orthogonal Polynomials" by Dunham Jackson. Great introductory read for anyone interested by the way! My question is, what are other examples of Orthogonal ...
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Methods for evaluating polynomials quickly

I am wondering what methods exist for effectively evaluating polynomials (manually or in the head) in a quick, efficient fashion. For example, one of my favorite methods is the "nested form of a ...
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Big list of “guided discovery” books

K. P. Bogart wrote Combinatorics through Guided Discovery, available freely online. In the preface, he writes (emphasis mine): The point of learning from this book is that you are learning how to ...
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A fan, a horn, and a snowflake - unusual math terms [closed]

From time to time, I come across some unusual mathematical terms. I know something about strange attractors. I also know what Witch of Agnesi is. However, what prompted me to write this question is ...
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What are some elementary results (number theory) using theorems that went long-unproven?

Firstly, I do not mind if there are examples from fields other than number theory! This was just the first field, and where I think the richest examples, may come from. Now to elaborate on the title, ...
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For finding limits of functions, when are graphs deceiving?

What are some examples of limits which exist of functions $f:A \to B$ where $A$, $B \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ that require by-hand, "analytical" methods and the value of the limit is seemingly ...
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Elementary Applications of Cayley's Theorem in Group Theory

The Cayley's theorem says that every group $G$ is a subgroup of some symmetric group. More precisely, if $G$ is a group of order $n$, then $G$ is a subgroup of $S_n$. In the course on group theory, ...
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Innocent looking open problems in real analysis

Are there any apparently easy problems or conjectures in basic real analysis (that is, calculus) that are still open? By apparently easy, I mean: so much so, that, if it was for the statement alone, ...
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Connectedness arguments in elementary mathematics?

To begin, let me explain a proof strategy (which I'll call the connectedness principle for want of a better, more canonical term): One way to prove that a mathematical object $O_1$ has some property ...