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Product of permutation cycles, transpositions. Are there different conventions in the order?

From this answer I get that within each cycle you map each element to the one on the right, when taking the product of cycles the one on the right should be performed first, as a typical operator. ...
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How to express that one interval is included in another interval?

Would the symbol "$\in$" work for denoting that one interval is included in another interval? Like this: $(x>2) \in (x>0)$
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How do I show I've rounded to a certain decimal?

I noticed that we could say $\sqrt{0.9}\approx0.9$ if we round to one decimal, or $\approx0.95$ if we round to two decimals. But what is the correct way to show how many decimals we rounded to? ...
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Dimensionality of a function

When people refer to the "$x$-dimensional" case of a function or relation, how is the dimensionality determined? For example, let's say I have the functions $f(x,t)$ and $g(x, t)$. I could refer to ...
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Defining perpendicular lines in the 3D space

Is there a universal agreement about the definition of "perpendicularity" between two stright lines in the 3 dimensional euclidean space? Do they need to meet or it is enough to have perpendicular ...
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Is there an agreed upon convention for naming ZFC+Large Cardinal Axioms?

Is there an agreed upon convention in general for what to name ZFC+[Large Cardinal Axiom]? Or would one have to state explicitly which axiom was being added? To explain what I mean, note that anyone ...
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Limit Terminology

From the $\epsilon-\delta$ definition of a limit, we can see that any limit can be broken up into two "one-sided limits". These "one-sided" limits are simple cases that arise as a consequence of the ...
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Product of Cycles: Name to denote “direction” of composition

Is there a notation to denote the difference between these two products of cycles? It seems as though there are two conventions out there that should have a specific name for them. The subscripts for ...
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Convention - Dual $\pm$ Signs

Say I have two equations like $$z+w=x+y$$ $$z-w=x-y$$ Is there any way I can combine these into a statement like $$z\pm w=x\pm y$$ I know the above statement is not correct as that entails 4 different ...
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Analogue of right-inverse for non-surjective function

Given a function $f: X \to Y$, not necessarily surjective, is there a common name (and more concise definition than follows) for a function which maps elements in $Y$ where $f$ is defined to elements ...
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Global decimal mark use

Is it feasible that one convention will be decided on with regard to the use of a decimal comma or decimal point and similarly, thousand separators? i.e. 1.000 vs 1,000
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A question about convention of writing identities and formulas

I'm only a third year undergraduate math student, but I've seen a decent amount of formulas, identities, and equations (at least enough to formulate such a question). However, I haven't actually ...
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Symbolic denotation of the space of all eigenvectors

There is a symbolic notation for the set of all eigenvalues $$\operatorname{spec} \varphi = \lbrace \lambda \in K \mid \lambda \textrm{ is an eigenvalue} \rbrace$$ There is also a notation for the ...
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Distribution functions: differentials in the numerator or denominator

One paper I'm looking at says, $n(M, z) \, dM \, dz$, the number of sources with mass $M$ at a redshift $z$, in the mass interval $dM$ occurring in the redshift interval $dz$. While another ...
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A Summation Convention – Substitution Rule

I'm new to this forum. I'm starting a PhD – it's going to be a big long journey through the jungle that is CFD. I would like to arm myself with some tools before entering. The machete is Cartesian ...
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Why do we (mostly) restrict ourselves to Latin and Greek symbols?

99% of variables, constants, etc. that I run into are named for either a Latin character (like $x$) or a Greek character (e.g. $\pi$). Sometimes I twitch a little when I have to keep two separate ...
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How would this combinatorial process be written in conventional mathematical notation?

Now, I am going to define an operation on a list of numbers, which I will treat as a set, for want of a better approach. This may not be ideal, or even conventional, so apologies for lack of clarity ...
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Is there an open / established categorization / list of terms / concepts and synonyms for mathematics?

I am currently thinking about how to bundle some of the efforts of students to get / create good educational material. One idea of this little project (wiki-ed - still in the very early phase) is to ...
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Is there an analog of $\epsilon$ in complex analysis?

When someone writes let $\epsilon > 0$ in the context of calculus, we know the intention is that $\epsilon$ is real, and may be made as small as we like. Is there a corresponding symbol (Greek ...
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Handwriting cardinal numbers [closed]

In books the cardinal numbers are usually written with a gothic font. Is there any convention how to handwrite cardinal numbers, in particular, how to handwrite the continuum ($\mathfrak c$)
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When talking about periods of a function why is it common to introduce a factor of $2$?

In many books I have read, when talking about periodic functions, they tend to write the period as $2\omega$. Why do we need the $2$? I haven't come across any working where the factor of $2$ is ...
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asin, arcsin, $\sin^{-1}$ - is there any convention?

I've seen multiple forms how the arc sine is marked. But is there any convention which form is mostly being used? Does this depend on the country?
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Skeptical about (my understanding of) wikipedia's definition of a reflective subcategory.

I am self-learning category theory (though, at this point, I no longer remember what got me started), and I have encountered a troubling definition on wikipedia. The formal definitions of (full) ...
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What's the usual convention for directional derivatives in the $0$ direction?

Depending on the source, the definition of the directional derivative does not include the restriction that the direction vector be of unit length. In this case, it seems to me that we can then in ...
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Can a disconnected surface have a (negative) genus?

This question is rather about a convention. Is it possible (and conventional) to asign to, say the disconnected sum of two connected surfaces $X=\Sigma_h \sqcup \Sigma_g$ a genus? Since one has ...
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Vocabulary question: singularity for an analytic map

I have a question that is purely on vocabulary. My native language is not english, so I would like to know the usual convention for the following. When people say "let $f: X \to Y$ be an analytic ...
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Is $\mp a$ actually different than $\pm a$?

So, the way I understand $\pm a$ as a general concept is basically as follows: $\pm a$ is really just two numbers, functions, or whatever $a$ represents, but the catch is that one of the $a$'s is ...
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What conventions surround the meaning of expressions like $\int \frac{1}{x} dx$?

I really struggle with the notation $\int f(x) dx$ because of the whole $+\,C$ thing, and this becomes double pronounced when $f(x)$ isn't defined everywhere. For example, we learned in high school ...
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“Second kind” orthogonal polynomials and functions

Recently I've been doing reading in the subject of orthogonal polynomials on the real line (OPRL). Such OPs arise in solving the three-term recurrence relation $$x ...
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Which is more simplified: $a\sqrt{b}$ or $\sqrt{c}$?

Which is considered more simplified (if it matters)? $a \sqrt{b}$ or $\sqrt{c}$ For example: $2 \sqrt{3}$ or $\sqrt{12}$
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Conventions adopted for extended reals

It is known that $0^0$ despite being an indeterminate limit form, is usually defined to be equal to $1$. I wonder whether similar conventions exist for some other "indeterminate forms" in the context ...
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What is $\varphi(0)$? [duplicate]

$\varphi$ is Euler's totient function. My question is: When/if $\varphi$ is defined at $0$, what is it usually defined as? Is there a "most natural" or more commonly accepted definition of ...
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Conjugacy in $S_n$ with composing permutations left to right vs. right to left

I realize there are two conventions for composing permutations. Left to right: $(1\ 2)(1\ 3) = (1\ 2\ 3)$ Right to left: $(1\ 2)(1\ 3) = (1\ 3\ 2)$ Among others, Dummit and Foote and Contemporary ...
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Assignment of initial probability values

Suppose a coin is tossed until a head is observed for the first time. It is given that the coin lands heads with probability $p$ and tails with probability $1-p$. Based on only this information, can ...
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Is $(a,a]=\{\emptyset\}$?

Let $a \in \mathbb{R}$, and consider the half open interval $(a,a]$. Is it correct to write this half open interval as $(a,a]=\{\emptyset \}$? Or $(a,a]=\{a \}$?
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Proper names for different representations of the same formula

I would like to know what to call formulas that are all on one line and what to call the same formulas that are on multiple lines. One line example: P ÷ TVD ÷ 0.052 Multiple line example: ...
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What topologies are placed on the domain and range of the characteristic function?

under consideration is: $\mathbb{1}_{[0,1)}:\mathbb{R}\to\{0,1\}$ $$\mathbb{1}_{[0,1)}(x)= \begin{cases} 1,& 0\leq x<1\\ 0,& \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$$ My first question is that I don't ...
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Vector in vector notation

I'm a bit confused as far as notationally differentiating between row and column vectors goes. Suppose I define a column vector $$\boldsymbol{a} = (a_{1}, a_{2})^{T}$$ and another column vector ...
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Why is the potential function defined differently in physics and calculus?

I am very familiar with the concept of a potential function, and potential energy, from calculus-based physics. For instance, if we have the familiar force field $\mathbf{F} = -mg \,\mathbf{j}$, then ...
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For right triangle ABC, which angle is right (convention)? [closed]

For right triangle ABC, which angle is right (conventionally)?
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notation for contragredient matrix

Is there a standard notation for denoting the contragredient of an invertible matrix $A$. (The contragredient matrix of an invertible matrix is the inverse of its transpose).
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Conjugation of permutations

In the group $S_n$ I usually use the fact that if $(a_1 a_2 \dots a_r) \in S_n$ is an r-cycle and $\sigma \in S_n$ then $\sigma (a_1 a_2 \dots a_r)\sigma^{-1} = (\sigma(a_1)\sigma(a_2) \dots ...
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Writing a Series of Equalities and Inequalities across Several Lines

What is the convention for writing a series of successive equalities and inequalities across multiple lines? Let me explain. Let $E_k$ denote an expression; for example, $E_0$ could be a sum or an ...
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Matrix transponse in tensor notation

In this paper http://www.ita.uni-heidelberg.de/~dullemond/lectures/tensor/tensor.pdf at the end of chapeter 2 the author says that in index notation a matrix is written as $A^\mu_{\;\;\nu}$ and its ...
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When (and why) did the convention that exponents are evaluated from right to left arise?

Earlier, I saw this question on Quora: X^Y^Z Which one do I do first? and the current most-upvoted answer is this: The ^ operator is not associative, so that: (X^Y)^Z is not the same value as ...
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0 as an element of the natural numbers [duplicate]

For what reasons would or wouldn't one want 0 to be the start of the natural numbers as opposed to 1? Why would one want it to be 1, or why wouldn't one?
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How to translate math technical terms?

What is a good way to translate mathematical technical terms? This can sometimes be hard because some words have different meanings in some language. For example: "eigenwert" (= "eigenvalue" ...
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Does typesetting of mathematical content differ in right-to-left languages?

Languages such as Arabic or Hebrew are written right-to-left. Does the way mathematical content is written differ in those languages? Some simple examples of which I would be interested to know how ...
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Unit rules and style convention for division

I'm trying to figure out the preferred way to write unit expressions and division is causing me some confusion. I'm aware of the negative exponent notation, but here I'm looking for a solution using ...
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Has the functions having countably infinite image, but finite when the domain is bounded, a conventional name?

I'm trying to find properties for functions that cover the following properties and wondering if they have a formal name to search more efficiently. The function $f(x)$ cover the following ...