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Is there a book only about epsilon delta proofs?

I want to know if there is such book, with beautiful epsilon delta proofs of all kind.
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Absolute Value in Linear Differential Equation

I have a question about dropping the absolute value sign when solving a linear differential equation. If $y'-y/x=1$ Integrating Factor $=e^{\int{-1/xdx}}=e^{-lnx}=1/x$ $y/x-y/x^2=1/x$ $[y/x]'=1/x$ ...
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Is it possible to find $\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$ by parametrizing the curve $y^4-x^4=1$?

I found this integral in a handbook of integrals: $$\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$$ I already have evaluated this integral by trigonometric substitutions and my answer agrees with that of the ...
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existence of solution of volterra integral equation of the first kind

$$ \int_0^t k(s,t)f(s)ds=g(t) $$ To know the existence and uniquness of solution of volterra integral equation(VIE) of the first kind, we differentiate it and convert to the VIE of the second kind. ...
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Is Courant's Introduction to Calculus and Analysis still up-to-date?

I just found this marvelous book and I think that it's the best book in this category, but I'm worried that it is not up-to-date. I've heard that Hardy's A Course of Pure Mathematics has some switched ...
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Proving u-substitution the hard way — use only definition of integration with partitions

I am trying to prove integration by substitution, i.e. for $f:[c,d] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ continuous and $\phi: [c,d] \rightarrow [a,b]$ continuous on $[c,d]$ and $\mathscr{C}^1$ on $(c,d)$. Then ...
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Convection-diffusion-reaction problem

I seek to solve to the system $$ \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial t} = D_{a} \frac{\partial^{2} \phi_{a}}{\partial x^{2}} - v_{a} \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial x} + \mathfrak{K}_{b}\phi_{b} ...
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Can Lagrange multipliers be used to give a good bound on the number of critical points?

I will explain my problem by illustrating a simple case. Easy question: Let $f(x,y)$ be a "generic" polynomial in two variables, of total degree $\le D$. What's a good upper bound for how many ...
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A trigonometric integral with sin(cos(x)) in exponent

Evaluate: $$\int_0^{\pi} x\csc^{\sin(\cos x)}(x)\,dx$$ I honestly don't know how to deal with this case. If I apply the property $\int_a^b f(x)\,dx=\int_a^b f(a+b-x)\,dx$, I get: $$\int_0^{\pi} ...
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Integral of product spherical harmonics

I'm trying to calculate this integral: $$\int_0 ^\pi\int_0^{2\pi} [\sin\theta(\cos\theta \sin \phi + \sin\theta \cos(2\phi))]^2 \sin\theta d\phi d\theta $$ We could compute this integral ...
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L'Hopital quicky

suppose L'Hopital applies and $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}$$ under what conditions is it true then that $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\frac{f(x)}{g(x)} ...
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Integral $ \int_0^\infty \frac{x^n\ln x}{(x^2+\alpha^2)^2(e^x-1)}dx$

Hey I am trying to integrate $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{x^n\ln x}{(x^2+\alpha^2)^2(e^x-1)}dx,\quad \alpha,n \in \mathbb{R}^{0+}. $$ This integral is old. I am also looking for literature on these ...
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Calculation of $\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\frac{\sin (\pi\cos^2 x)}{x^2}$

Calculation of $\displaystyle \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\frac{\sin (\pi\cos^2 x)}{x^2}$ $\bf{My\; Try::}$ Given $\displaystyle \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\frac{\sin (\pi\cos^2 x)}{x^2} = \lim_{x\rightarrow ...
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Ugly-nice double series

I'm trying to evaluate the following ugly double sum (presented in raw notation as used in my calculations): $\sum _{m=1}^{\infty } \sum _{n=1}^{\infty } \frac{4 m \cos \left(\frac{2 \pi m ...
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Was the Weierstrass function constructed or discovered?

Reading Halmos' I want to be a mathematician, he mentions a continuous function without a tangent. Naturally, I was curious to see how such a function could possibly exist, and I imagined it to be ...
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Symbolic math engines barf on this ostensibly tractable integral.

$$\frac14 \int_{-M\pi}^{N\pi - s} \cos(tu/M) \cos((t+s)u/M)(1-\cos(t/M))(1-\cos((t+s)/N))\space \mathrm d t$$ with integer $u$. Alpha runs out of time. Maxima gives a tremendous result that can ...
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Could $4+2+4+2+4+2+\cdots = -1 $?

In physics classes, on this StackExchange and even in blogs the sum $1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \cdots = - \frac{1}{12} $ has been under the microscope. Why does $1+2+3+\dots = {-1\over 12}$? The ...
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$\int e^{-x} \log \log x dx$ - another special integral?

I came across this integral in some old notes. After several unsuccessful attempts I ran it in WA and got an interesting result: the antiderivative (closed form) doesn't exist, but the bounded ...
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Measuring how change in input variables contributes to output in non linear equation.

How do we measure how a variable contributes to an output as its value increases, and how it relates to other input variables? Let's say we're playing a video game, where you can buy items to augment ...
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General and basic question about convergence of a series

Let $(a_{i,j})_{i,j=1}^n$ be a sequence of real numbers such that the following series converges $$ S = \lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{i=1}^n\sum_{j=1}^na_{i,j} $$ It is known that for each $i$th the ...
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Difficult Sum: Any Tips?

I'm trying to integrate a very difficult expression, and I've arrived at a particular step involving this sum, which I want to turn into a closed expression so that I can raise it to a power, re-sum ...
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integration of simple function

So I have this question I saw this week which I do not understand the answer for it. Let $a,b \in \mathbb{R} a <b \ $ and let $f_1:[a,b] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and I know that $\int_a^x ...
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Extracting Taylor coefficients of a quotient

I was wondering if anybody has come across functions of the form $$\Phi_n(z):=\frac{f(z)^{n+1}}{zf'(z)-f(z)}\quad (n\geq 1).$$ Here, $$f(z)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} a_kz^k$$ is holomorphic on the open unit ...
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Differential calculus on Banach space

I'm revising for my upcoming test, and this problem dated back some years ago. I've been working on this problem for almost a day, but I don't even know how to start it correctly. Problem Given the ...
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Laplacian of a generalized Whitehead potential

I'm trying to calculate the Laplacian $\triangle\Phi_W^{IJ}$ of the following "generalized Whitehead potential": $$ \Phi_W^{IJ}(\vec{x}) = ...
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Second derivative of a vector field

I wonder how to treat the "second derivative" of a vector field. For example, imagine we have a vector field $f:\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$. Then we evaluate the derivative at two points ...
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The Limit of the Following Derivative

Suppose you have two functions $F$ and $G$ with the following properties. $G(0)=F(0)=0, G'>0, G''<0, F'>0, F''<0 $ and also $\lim_{x\to0} F'(x)=\infty, \lim_{x\to\infty} F'(x)=0, ...
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How many points does one need for an epsilon-net

Does anyone know, how many points does one need to have an $\varepsilon$-net on a unit sphere sitting in the three-dimensional Euclidean space? Thanks!
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When are sums and integrals “identical” in form?

In the answer to this question Eric Näslund showed that logarithms can be written as the following limit of a sum: $$\displaystyle \log(x) = \lim_{k\to \infty } \, \sum\limits_{n=k}^{x k} ...
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Good introductory book for matrix calculus

Hi I am an electronics graduate and working on image processing for the past one year...I have a basic exposure to linear algebra(thanks to Gilbert Strang..!!!). Now I am facing problems with matrix ...
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Re: Rain droplets falling on a table

This questions is almost exactly similiar to the the following question, with an extra condition : Rain droplets falling on a table Suppose you have a circular table of radius R. This table has ...
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Evaluating $\int \limits_{a}^{\infty} \frac{\exp\left(-ax\right)}{\log(x)\left(c+x\right)^2}dx$

I have the following integral $$\int \limits_{a}^{\infty} \frac{\exp\left(-ax\right)}{\log(x)\left(c+x\right)^2} dx$$ that I do not know how to evaluate. Could you please give me a hint? Thanks in ...
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Fastest convergence Series which approximates function

The question is the following: Is there any proof that shows that the Taylor series of an analytical function is the series with the fastest convergence to that function? The motivation to this ...
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How can I prove this inequality?

I have a pretty nasty looking function $$\sigma (t,y) = \sqrt{\frac{\sum_{i=1}^N \lambda_i \sigma_i \exp \left (-\frac{1}{2 t \sigma_i^2}\left(\ln{\frac{y}{S_0}} - \left(r - \frac{\sigma_i^2}{2} ...
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Understanding surface area of a revolution/length of curve

I don't quite understand why the formula to find the surface area of a revolution is what it is: $$A = 2\pi \int_a^b x\ \sqrt{1 + \left(\frac{\text{d}y}{\text{d}x}\right)^2}\ \text{d} x.$$ I ...
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Find roots of sum of sinusoids

Given this function and an initial point, find the next root: $$ \begin{align} f(t) & = -L\\ & {} + A \sin(\Theta_1 + \omega_1 t) \\ & {} +B \cos(\Theta_1 + \omega_1 t)\\ & {} - ...
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Help with removing singularities involving $ \int_{1}^{\infty} \exp\left( - \frac{x^2}{2y^{2r}} - \frac{y^2}{2}\right) \frac{dy}{y^r}$

This post can be thought of as the prototype proof and the motivation for the question posted here Using a laplace type expansion to get bounds on an integral arising in the study of Brownian motion ...
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Why is this change of variables true?

I have an equation $F_{xx}+yF_{yy}+{1\over 2}F_y=0$ defined on $y<0$. I found that the characteristics are $\alpha={2\over 3}(-y)^{3\over 2}-x,\,\,\,\,\,\beta={2\over 3}(-y)^{3\over 2}+x$ and that ...
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Integral of the derivative of a function of bounded variation

Let $f\colon [a,b] \to \mathbb R$ be of bounded variation. Must it be the case that $|\int_a ^b f' (x) |\leq |TV(f)|$, where $TV(f)$ is the total variation of $f$ over $[a,b]$? If so, how can one ...
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Computing complex principal value integral - sgn-function?

I currently face a less appealing integral which emerged computing the expectation of some random variable. It reads as (omitting all unnecessary constants except $\alpha\in(0,1)$) $$ PV ...
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Calculating in closed form $\int_0^{\infty} \frac{\text{PolyLog}^{(1,0)}(1,-x)}{1+x^2} \, dx$

Can you confirm the following result? Mathematica and other computational stuff I used seem unable to do anything about this result. Maybe to confirm it numerically? $$\int_0^{\infty} ...
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Transform an improper integral with $\sin,\cos,\ln$ into an equal integral over $[0,2\pi]$

As there are many properties of integrals and methods of integration often some seem to escape being "readily seen how to...". This is one of the many. The integral in question is \begin{align} ...
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Effect of adding a constant to the torsion of a 3D curve

Let $\gamma$ be an arc-length parametrized curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let say I add a constant to the torsion of $\gamma$ and let $\widetilde{\gamma}$ be the curve associated to the curvature of ...
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Estimating the sum of a series within to arbitrary certainty.

Find the sum of the series $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^5} = a_n$ within three decimal places. The sum is estimated by $\displaystyle a_n \approx \sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k^5}+R(n)$ ...
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Is Risch algorithm learnable by a human being?

I've discovered a few months ago about the Risch's algorithm. It seems to be the best thing we have to find antiderivatives. Some days ago, I've found lectures on the integration of elementary ...
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Origin of the Integral (Theory Behind It - How it came about)?

How exactly was the integral derived? Like similarly to how the difference quotient explains where the derivative came from, what can we use to explain the origins of the integral? Like how does ...
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A derivation of the Euler-Maclaurin formula?

The generating function for the Bernoulli numbers $B_n$ is $$\frac{x}{e^x-1}=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{B_n}{n!}x^n$$ The sum of an infinite geometric series is $$\frac{1}{1-x}=\sum_{k=0}^\infty x^k$$ ...
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Related Rates - possible textbook error

recently I've been asked to do some exercises from a textbook but I cannot get where the author came up with the answer. The exercise and my solution follow. Can you please help me? 2- At 8h boat A ...
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How to solve the Few Scientists Problem (big word problem) in its general form?

I'm trying to figure out how to solve this word problem. I'm pretty sure it involves calculus or something even harder, but I don't know how to solve the general form. Let me start with the concrete ...
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Problem using the Fourier transform and convolution to compute an integral

I'm trying to write a subroutine (in Fortran) to compute integrals of the form $$I=\int_{-L}^{L} f(x)g(y-x) \:\mathrm{d}x, $$ using the convolution theorem and fast Fourier transforms. In my routine, ...