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Is “iff” the same as equality if each member is a predicate?

"Iff" - if and only if ($\Leftrightarrow$ or $\leftrightarrow$, although the first usually carries a "meta" meaning, something that is not evaluated) - is used in $2x=3\Leftrightarrow x=\frac32$, ...
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Polynomials and sign conventions

I can never make up my mind when dealing with polynomials how to "format" them. Are there any general guidelines to follow? Which of the following is the best practice? $-a^2 + b$ $b - a^2$ $-(a^2 − ...
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decimal digit grouping delimiters

I feel a bit silly having to ask this but I just can't seem to find any resources that give an answer to this. When dealing with decimal values that have a large number of digits to the right of the ...
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Is there a convention for precedence of operators in an additive category?

The laws for an additive category are that there must be a zero object, binary products, that every Hom-set is an abelian group, and that the morphism addition distributes over composition. My ...
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What's the name of each pseudo-rectangle in a spherical surface?

Consider the common surface of a spherical segment crossed with a spherical wedge. This produces a pseudo-rectangle in the sphere surface, and a perfect rectangle in a mercator projection. What's the ...
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Commas separating adjectives to describe mathematical objects.

Is there a convention which rules that in mathematics an object with some properties should be referred to as a "property 1 property 2 property 3 ...object" rather than a "property 1, property 2, ...
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Matrix with rank more than $1$

Is there a shorter way of saying that a matrix $A$ has rank more than $1$? I am looking for something like "full-rank", or "rank-deficient."
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Given a set of rotation matrices, is it possible to determine the rotation conventions employed?

Given three rotation matrices, is it possible to determine the conventions used in defining them? These conventions include: passive or active transformation, pre- or post-multiplication, right- or ...
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Where should the 2$\pi$ go in the Fourier Transform?

In some lecture notes on Harmonic Analysis from Terence Tao here, he defines the fourier transform by $$\hat{f}(\tau)=\int_{\mathbb{R}}e^{-2\pi i t\tau}f(t)dt$$ and then says This is really the ...
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Canonical way of denoting the set of all (totally) ordered subsets

Given a finite set $S$, we usually denote the set of all subsets of $S$ by $\mathcal{P}(S)$, i.e. the power set of $S$. I need to denote the set of all totally ordered subsets of $S$, let us call it ...
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Definition by Recursion and a Question about Induction

I have some questions to ask. Suppose I want to define some sequence of propositional formulas $\{\varphi_{j}\}_{j\in\mathbb{N}}$. First, I define it this way. Fix an enumeration ...
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Why do we restrict the range of the inverse trig functions?

I understand why we restrict the domain, but why do we restrict the range? Why do we necessarily care so much for the inverse trig relations to be functions? Thanks!
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What type of input does trigonometric functions take in

I see in my Book that 45 deg is equivalent of π/4 . Ι also do the conversion if I simply convert degrees into radians like this 45* π/180 = π/4 radians and ...
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Why are the order-of-operations conventions good?

Children are sometimes taught silly mnemonics like "PEMDAS" to remember conventions on order of operations. (I never heard of "PEMDAS" until long after graduating from college, as far as I can ...
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What is $2 - 1 + 1$? [duplicate]

$2-1+1$; a fairly straightforward question, but I (well, not me, but Henry Reich) found something strange. Most people would evaluate it as $2+(-1)+1 = 2$; however, this goes against the famed, and ...
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Advocating base 12 number system

I had a calculus professor who suggested we should be using base 12 number system. What are the advantages of using such a system?
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What could be better than base 10?

Most people use base 10; it's obviously the common notation in the modern world. However, if we could change what became the common notation, would there be a better choice? I'm aware that it very ...
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Notation: permutation and its inverse

Consider the sequence $S = (A, B, C, D, E)$ and the permutation $\pi = (4, 1, 3, 5, 2)$: Which of the following is true? $$ \pi(S) = (B, E, C, A, D) \quad and \quad \pi^{-1}(S) = (D, A, C, E, B) ...
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Some questions regarding the convention used

I've some questions regarding the following problem from Herstein. BTW I'm not looking for its solution: Do $\lambda_g$ is actually $\lambda_g(x)=xg$ when I write $x\lambda_g$ as $\lambda_g(x)?$ ...
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Square brackets in indices?

What do these brackets within the indices mean in an equation like $$ \delta ^\mu _{[\alpha} \eta _{\beta ]\nu} ?$$ I can't find a text, which uses this notation, that explains it.
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Notation for $X - \mathbb{E}(X)$?

Let $X$ be a random variable with expectation value $\mathbb{E}(X)=\mu$. Is there a (reasonably standard) notation to denote the "centered" random variable $X - \mu$? And, while I'm at it, if $X_i$ ...
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Extend the domain of a function

I get back to a question I post long time ago, because that is quite important to me... Let $\mathbb{X} = \{a, b, c...\}$ be a finite set, $\mathbb{N}$ refers to the set of all natural numbers. I ...
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Difference of 2 notations with powerset

Let $\mathbb{N}, \mathbb{V}$ two sets, $\mathcal{P}(\ldots)$ means the power set of a set. $\mathcal{P}({\mathbb{N}})\rightarrow \mathbb{V}$ can be the type of a function mapping a part of ...
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Define a domain filter of a function

Let $\mathbb{B}, \mathbb{V}$ two sets. I have defined a function $f: \mathbb{B} \rightarrow \mathbb{V}$. $\mathcal{P}(\mathbb{B})$ means the power set of $\mathbb{B}$, I am looking for a function ...
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Name a stable output of a function taking 2 arguments

$\mathbb{C}$ is a fixed finite set, a fair chaotic sequence $(c_n \in \mathbb{C})$ is defined such that $\forall c \in \mathbb{C}, \exists n_0 \in \mathbb{N}, n > n_0 \wedge c_n = c$. That means ...
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Notation of functions which get a element of a pair

Given a pair $(a, b) \in A \times B$, I would like to know how to write the functions which get the first element and the second element of the pair... In a programming language, one can write ...
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Notation of an iterated function on 2 sets

Let $X$ and $C$ be two sets, I have defined an iterated function on them $f: X \times C \rightarrow X$. What interests me is the iterations of $f$ on an initial value $x \in X$, and a sequence ...
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How do you write / represent the 'all ones matrix'?

Is there a convention to write the all ones matrix in formulas? I'm going to write about the following formular: $$ A = B + XD + DX + N $$ Where D is a diagonal matrix and X the all ones matrix: $$ ...
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Why is $0^0$ undefined? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Zero to zero power I'm wondering why $0^0$ is considered undefined. Why isn't 1 considered a valid solution? Considering $0^0 = 1$ seems reasonable to me for two ...
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Complete instead of Complex, Irregular instead of Imaginary

Will the terms complex and imaginary ever be replaced? At least within beginning classes? I imagine it is more of a kind of hazing into the "mathemitician's club" to allow the terms to confuse ...
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Square root principle value convention

Why is the principal square root of a complex number defined as $\sqrt z = \sqrt r e^{-i \varphi / 2}$ for $\varphi \in (-\pi, \pi]$ ? Wouldn't it be more natural to let $\varphi \in [0, 2\pi)$ as it ...
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Is there a fundamental reason that $\int_b^a = -\int_a^b$

Is there a fundamental reason that switching the order of the limits in an integral results in the negative, i.e., $$\int_b^af(x)\,dx = -\int_a^bf(x)\,dx?$$ As far as I can tell, this is just chosen ...
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Obtaining the $\frac{1}{2\pi}$ factor in the Fourier transform

This MathWorld page gives this definition of a Fourier transform: $$F(k) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) e^{-2\pi i k x}dx.$$ But, I wish to speak in terms of linear frequency $\nu$ and time $t$ ...
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How to Convert a Number to Roman Numerals

i don't How to Convert a Number to Roman Numerals Using mathematical equation. if M=1000,D=500,C=100,L=50,X=10,V=5,I=1 then how convert any decimal number to Roman Numerals? such as if 1952 then its ...
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Name of region defined by two points in higher dimensions

Perhaps this isn't the best place to ask, but I'm trying to figure out the proper name for the region that exists in-between two points in higher dimensions. Under certain conditions, n-cube or ...
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Zero polynomial [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Polynomial of degree $-\infty$? Today in Abstract Algebra my instructor briefly mentioned that sometimes the zero polynomial is defined to have degree $-\infty$. What ...
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Naming conventions for super- and subscripts when naming sets and functions

Ok, so say I want to create a bunch of sets and functions for my to-be paper (that surely will get the attention of those comity members in Stockholm), and I want to identify them with the help of ...
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Why does this text insist on changing the variable name here?

In What is mathematics? by Courant, Robbins, and Stewart, "5. An important inequality", the authors change $n$ in this example: $$(1+p)^n\geq1+np$$ to $r$ in this example: $$(1+p)^r\geq1+rp$$ In ...
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Convention of digit grouping after decimal point

I read that different cultures have different ways of grouping digits before the decimal point for readability e.g. 1234567890 can be grouped as 1 234 567 890 (English), 12 3456 7890 (Chinese) or 1 23 ...
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What is a Neighborhood?

Which of these definitions is more commonly used, and in which contexts? Fix a point $x\in (X, \tau)$. Then a neighborhood around a point $x$ is: a set $N\ni x$ and $N\in \tau$ a set $N$ with $x\in ...
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Can mathematical definitions of the form “P if Q” be interpreted as “P if and only if Q”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Alternative ways to say “if and only if”? So when I come across mathematical definitions like "A function is continuous if...."A space is compact ...
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What does a “convention” mean in mathematics?

We all know that $0!=1$, the degree of the zero polynomial equals $-\infty$, the interval$[a,a)=(a,a]=(a,a)=\emptyset$ ... and so on, are conventions in mathematics. So is a convention something that ...
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Why is the range of arctan $[ -\frac{\pi}{2} , \frac{\pi}{2}]$?

I've been taught in school and it says on Wikipedia that the range of arctan is $[ -\frac{\pi}{2} , \frac{\pi}{2} ]$. Why isn't it $[0,\pi]$ ?
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$\{1,1\}=\{1\}$, origin of this convention

Is there any book that explicitly contain the convention that a representation of the set that contain repeated element is the same as the one without repeated elements? Like $\{1,1,2,3\} = ...
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Notation of instantiating variables by their value in a constraint set

I have a constraint set $C = \{1 \leq x \leq i, j \leq y \leq j+2\}$, now I would like to get another constraint set $C'$ from $C$ to instantiate all $j$ by a value 5, so $C' = \{1 \leq x \leq ...
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How many solutions for $x^2 = 1$?

Let $F$ be an non-archimedean local field, let $o$ be its ring of integers, and let $p$ be the maximal ideal Is there a closed form for the cardinality $$ | \{ x \in o / p^N: x^2 = -1 \bmod p^N\} | ...
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Convention of writing constraint sets

As I will write constraint sets very often, I would like to make sure that I respect the convention. First, I would like to represent a set of constraints and their relation are conjunction. For ...
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Are segments and intervals always subsets of $\mathbb{R}$?

Which of the following is the accepted mathematical practice? Any segment $(a, b)$ or interval $[a, b]$ contains only real numbers. If you want all the rational numbers between $a$ and $b$, you ...
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Good Hygiene in using Quantifiers

When using quantifiers it is probably important to pick up certain habits that Veterans agree upon as early as possible. Since it was pointed out to me by a highly esteemed member that it's ...
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use of $\sum $ for uncountable indexing set

I was wondering whether it makes sense to use the $\sum $ notation for uncountable indexing sets. For example it seems to me it would not make sense to say $$ \sum_{a \in A} a \quad \text{where A is ...