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An introduction for integral tricks.

I wonder if there's a good book or internet page introducing integral tricks? For example integration by parts, and Feynman's trick. I'm not looking for an exercise book such as "Problems in ...
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Examples of “Non-Logical Theorems” Proven by Logic

I am still an undergraduate student, and so perhaps I just haven't seen enough of the mathematical world. Question: What are some examples of mathematical logic solving open problem outside of ...
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Text on Witt vectors that are accessible to undergraduate students

I am looking for a thorough text on Witt vectors that is accessible to an undergraduate student that have completed the following courses: Calc 1, 2, Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra. (In Norway, ...
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1answer
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Other Interesting solutions to $a=bq+r$? [closed]

The division algorithm says $a=bq+r$, with $r$ between $0$ and $b$. Are there interesting restrictions on $r$ using number-theoretic properties that make the equation $a=bq+r$ hold, or hold with ...
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Is there any visual animation to show the basic concept of algebraic geometry? [closed]

Is there any visual animation to show the basic concept of algebraic geometry? There are rarely pictures in textbooks, so are there any animation to show basic but important concepts?
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What are the problems that you tried to find their solutions and you did not know that it is impossible?

Tell us your story about Mathematics. Have you dream one day to do a big contribution in Mathematics because you are curious and love challenges. What are things that you tried to prove which then ...
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Things you've believed for a long time were true, but are false in reality [duplicate]

Do you have any things (mathematical statements, statements about mathematics) you've believed for a long time were true, but now with enough mathematical knowledge you realize were wrong? For ...
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Relations between definite integrals not having a known closed form

Are there any known cases, when there are two (or more) definite integrals, none of them having any known closed-form expression on its own, but there is still a non-trivial$^\dagger$ elementary ...
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What was the book that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics?

Of course, I am generalising here. It may have been a teacher, a theorem, self pursuit, discussions with family / friends / colleagues, etc. that opened your mind to the beauty of mathematics. But ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Book ref. request: “…starting from a mathematically amorphous problem and combining ideas from sources to produce new mathematics…”

I couldn't find Charles Radin's Miles of Tiles at the local university library or the public library, and cannot afford its Amazon price right now. Thus, while sorely disappointed for the moment, I ...
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What [precisely] is special, algebraically, about fundamental Pell solutions?

I'm asking for a list of algebraic identities which "uniquely identify" (or nearly so) the fundamental solution (or those immediately around it) of a Pell equation. As a concrete [numerical] example, ...
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What jobs in Mathematics are always in demand, and are deeply Mathematically specialised or greatly general?

I am wondering what jobs in the field of Mathematics are (seemingly) always in demand. I am also wondering what jobs there are that are (once again seemingly) greatly Mathematically demanding in ...
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'Obvious' theorems that are actually false

It's one of my real analysis professor's favourite sayings that "being obvious does not imply that it's true". Now, I know a fair few examples of things that are obviously true and that can be proved ...
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Paradoxical models of $\sf ZF$ without choice [closed]

There are some models of $\sf ZF$ without the Axiom of choice, where some paradoxical statements hold that are not possible in $\sf ZFC$ (we do not require that all those statements necessarily hold ...
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Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for ...
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An equation that generates a beautiful or unique shape for motivating students in mathematics

Could anyone here provide us an equation that generates a beautiful or unique shape when we plot? For example, this is old but gold, I found this equation on internet: $$ \large\color{blue}{ ...
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List of Bounds of $n$-th composite

I am looking for a list of all the bounds on $c_n$, the $n$-th composite. There is a trivial bound $2n \geq c_n >n$ $\forall n \geq 5$. But I am looking for bounds stronger than this. I have ...
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Nuking the Mosquito — ridiculously complicated ways to achieve very simple results [closed]

Here is a toned down example of what I'm looking for: Integration by solving for the unknown integral of $f(x)=x$: $$\int x \, dx=x^2-\int x \, dx$$ $$2\int x \, dx=x^2$$ $$\int x \, ...
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Interesting “real life” applications of serious theorems

As a student one sometimes encounters exercises which ask you to solve a rather funny "real life problem", e.g. I recall an exercise on the Krein-Milman theorem which was something like: "You have a ...
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Integers with interesting properties. [closed]

A few weeks ago I found the book "Lure of the Integers" by Joe Roberts, in my schools library, and promptly ordered it from Amazon. It is a wonderful book for those of us who are interested in number ...
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1answer
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Examples of interesting/unconventional solutions to rather “standard” problems?

For example, I recently came across the following way to evaluate the integral of $\cos^2 x - \sin^2 x$ without using double angle formulas: $$\int dx (\cos^2 x - \sin^2 x) = \int dx(\cos x + \sin ...
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Discrete and Continuous analogues

What are some famous theorems who have both discrete and continuous versions but only one of them is well-known?
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Mathematicians ahead of their time?

In every field there's always that person who's just years ahead of their time. For instance, Paul Morphy (born 1837) is said to have retired from chess because he found no one to match his technique ...
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Real life applications for logarithms [duplicate]

Can someone please tell me what purposes logarithms have in the everyday world? What non-theoretical applications are they in and when would one use them?
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Beautiful Theorems and what constitutes as beautiful [closed]

I often hear the phrase "mathematical beauty". That a proof or formula or theorem is beautiful. and I do agree I was awestruck when I first saw Euler's formula, connecting 3 seemingly unrelated ...
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1answer
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What are the differences in mathematical notation around the world? [duplicate]

I just learned that $\text{sen}\,x$ is the Portuguese notation for $\sin x$, and I was inspired to ask: What differences are there in how mathematics is written around the world? Note 1: I am likely ...
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If there are obvious things, why should we prove them?

Obviously, there are obvious things in mathematics. Why we should prove them? Prove that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\dfrac{1}{n}=0$? Prove that $f(x)=x$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$? $\dotsc$ Just ...
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Mental Math Techniques [closed]

What are some interesting mental math techniques that you know? Here's one that I got from my Grandmother who got it from a book: To square a two-digit number (from $26$ to $49$), take the number ...
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Revise high school material

Can you suggest me a comprehensive book to revise high school mathematics (up to besic calculus)? It should be extremely clear and complete and "scientific" (not like most high school books). Thank ...
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Create a Huge Problem

I am wondering if any problems have been designed that test a wide range of mathematical skills. For example, I remember doing the integral $$\int \sqrt{\tan x}\;\mathrm{d}x$$ and being impressed at ...
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The term $rank$ in methematics

Reading wikipedia's disambiguation page about the "rank" word I see many concept of rank of many different matematical object. I only know about the rank of a graded poset and the rank of a set that ...
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Surprising constructions in algebraic topology that facilitate one's understanding of underlying theory

I am recently come into the world of algebraic topology and find it a fascinating place with lots of beautiful constructions that challenge one's intuition. Also, understanding these constructions are ...
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5answers
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What area of Abstract Algebra do you find most interesting? [closed]

For my Abstract Algebra class, we will be doing small presentations (2 class periods) covering some topic in Abstract Algebra. Thus far, I have studied groups, rings, fields, modules, tensor ...
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What is the best Mathematical Insight you have had? - PLEASE MOVE TO META [closed]

I've used this site a lot but am new to the actual forum. Basically, I am wondering if we could collect a list of mathematical insights / explanations / neat proofs etc. that people on this forum have ...
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5answers
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Tell me problems that can trick you

I am looking for problems that can easily lead the solver down the wrong path. For example take a circle and pick $N$, where $N>1$, points along its circumference and draw all the straight lines ...
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Visually deceptive “proofs” which are mathematically wrong

Related: Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain Beside the wonderful examples above, there should also be counterexamples, where visually intuitive demonstrations are actually ...
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Recommendation for Number Theory Textbook

. Greetings, every mathematicians! I'm a foreigner (meaning English is not my first language) and an undergraduate student. I'm currently studying linear algebra, set theory and have already studied ...
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42answers
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Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain

Since I'm not that good at (as I like to call it) 'die-hard-mathematics', I've always liked concepts like the golden ratio or the dragon curve, which are easy to understand and explain, but are ...
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Simple & Intuitive Statements that are Difficult to Prove

Looking through the webcomic, I came across one of my favorite comics: (from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) It seems that people have an ongoing interest in results in mathematics that are ...
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338 views

Most inspirational mathematical books [closed]

I would like to know which books on mathematics (from university texts to divulgative pop-math books) inspired you the most. My choice is Spivak's Calculus, which is, IMHO one of the most ...
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Interesting mathematical problems for 1st year university students [closed]

Can you explain some mathematical problems that you find the most interesting (NB: the problem must be accessible to a 1st year university student: that is, a problem for which there is an elegant ...
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“Here's a cool problem”: a collection of short questions with clever solutions

This game will be familiar to many mathematicians, and it is always good fun to play. I am looking to find a list of good questions with short, when-you-see-it solutions. The kind of question one ...
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2answers
488 views

Surprising applications of cohomology

The concept of cohomology is one of the most subtle and powerful in modern mathematics. While its application to topology and integrability is immediate (it was probably how cohomology was born in the ...
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University-level books focusing on intuition?

I help some students with difficulties in Mathematics and Physics (especially math, physics, and engineering majors). While in high school they usually don't study, or are not interested, etc., in ...
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List of crucial results deserving more attention for first course in Real Analysis

Can it help to form a list of crucial results for basic courses that are concealed as exercises or neglected? I don't know of other resources for this, as I wrote here. I am happy for this to be ...
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1answer
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Why Did You Specialize in X?

For those of you who are researchers or graduate students, why did you choose to specialize in the field of mathematics X (as opposed to some other field Y)? Is it because you think X is important, ...
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193 views

Definitions which should be propositions/theorems

I am asking for a list of concepts which some sources present as definitions whereas other sources pose them as propositions/theorems. For example, most abstract algebra books will define a group ...
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30answers
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Examples of mathematical results discovered “late”

What are examples of mathematical results that were discovered surprisingly late in history? Maybe the result is a straightforward corollary of an established theorem, or maybe it's just so simple ...
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1answer
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Have any definitions in mathematics been redefined

Based on certain intuitions and motivations we make certain definitions and then proceed to use these concepts in further developing our intuition. For example, we have an intuition that a line has ...