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Why $1$ isn't a prime?

I was wondering the reason behind defining the Prime Numbers in a manner of which $1$ isn't an example. I read in Rotman's A First Course in Abstract Algebra that one reason that $1$ is not called a ...
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What's the definition of a “local property”?

Is a property called local if and only if for every point there exists a neighbourhood for which the property is true? For example: Let $X,Y$ be topological spaces. Then $f: X \to Y$ is continuous if ...
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Does this definition of “limit point” really work

I am reading Tapp's introduction to matrix groups for undergraduates. He gives the following definition of limit point of a set: A point $p \in \mathbb R^m$ is called limit point of a subset $S ...
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symbol for input domain 'range'

I have a set of problems, all with differing domain definitions i.e. $x\in[-5,5]^n$, $x\in[-100,100]^n$ (n being the number of dimensions to the problem). I'm writing a formula that modifies an input ...
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is there a discipline of mathematics that studies graphical versions of various operations?

What I am interested about is a discipline that deals with mathematical operations that can be done graphically, in this case meaning using some kind of "structures" that are manipulated to arrive at ...
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Confusion about the definition of function

Yesterday I was talking to one of my friends about the definition of function. The formal definition of function is given by Cartesian Products but my friend's question was whether it is possible to ...
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Correct definition for convergence of a subsequence?

I only have the definition for convergence of a sequence, but can't find a definition for convergence of a subsequence. I have two guesses: For all $\epsilon > 0$, there exists an $N \in ...
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Defining median for discrete distribution

In probability theory, a median of a probability distribution is a number $M$ such that the CDF of this distribution $F_\xi(x)$ satisfies $F_\xi(M)=\frac{1}{2} \tag1$ This works for continuous ...
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Definition and applications of Push Down Machines [on hold]

What are push down machines? Please explain in simple and short. What are the applications of push down machines ? Is DTM and NDTM are its applications ? If not then what they are ?
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Is there a difference in definition between an increasing sequence and a monotonically increasing sequence?

Is there a difference in definition between an increasing sequence and a monotonically increasing sequence? In some places I see they call it just inc/decreasing and some call it monotonically ...
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Does the word scalar still apply if it's not a vector?

If I take the value of something, say $50$g and I multiply that value by something else, so perhaps $50\text{g} \times 3$ what would that $3$ be called? It acts like a scalar but I'm not sure that ...
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Question about proving $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty} n=\infty$ using the limit definition for a converging sequence

Prove $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty} n=\infty$ using the limit definition for a converging sequence. What I did: Suppose by contra position that $n$ tends to a finite real limit $L$, so from ...
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Explanation for the definition of monomials as products of products

I'm attempting to learn abstract algebra, so I've been reading these notes by John Perry. Monomials are defined (p. 23) as $$ \mathbb{M} = \{x^a : a \in \mathbb{N}\} \hspace{10mm} \text{or} ...
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Manifold Orientability Definition

In Shigeyuki Morita's Geometry of Differential Forms, orientability is defined in the following way: If we can assign an orientation to each point on a manifold $M$ in such a way that the ...
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Definition of well-defined for special case

I have a question about what well-defined means in a certain case. For an operator from $X$ to its dual $X^{*}$, say $A:X \rightarrow X^{*}$,why does the definition of $A$ being "well−defined" seem ...
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Definition of nonlinear bounded operator

Hi I am interested in confirming the definition of a bounded operator for a nonlinear operator. Let $X,Y$ be normed spaces. It is well known that a linear operator between $T:X \rightarrow Y$ is ...
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points in general position

I'm really confused by definition of general position at wikipedia. I understand that the set of points/vectors in R^d is in general position iff every (d+1) points are not in any possible hyperplane ...
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Definition of division algebra

The definition on Wikipedia of a division algebra $D$ is given as: Given $a,b \in D$, $b \neq 0$ there exists a unique $c\in D$: $a = bc$ and a unique $d \in D$: $a = db$. My question(s) are: What ...
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Definition of inverse function

I have been wondering... Is there a mathematical equation for the inverse of a function? I mean apart from the typical "replace the x's with y's" way... I tried using the inverse function derivative ...
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Why do we focus so much in math on functions (as a subclass of relations)?

Why is it that math so focuses on the subclass of relations known as functions? I.e. why is it so useful for us in nearly all branches of mathematics to focus on relations which are left-total and ...
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Tangent Space: Identifications

Given a manifold $M$. Denote a chart by $\kappa$. Introduce the directional derivative: $$\partial:\mathbb{R}^n_a\to T_a\mathbb{R}^n:v\mapsto\partial_v\rvert_a$$ That is an isomorphism with inverse ...
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Confusion in the definition of set

Which of the following is the correct definition for set? Set is a well defined collection of objects. Set is a collection of well defined objects.
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Is this how the limit of a sequence of sets is commonly defined?

I was looking at the wikipedia page for the Cantor set which defined the set using a limit. I had not previously seen a limit expression involving a sequence of sets rather than real numbers, so I got ...
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Most general definition of homomorphism and isomorphism

What is the most general definition of homomorphism and isomorphism? It is clear what they mean when there is an algebraic structure to be preserved, but what about when there is no such structure? ...
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What is a nice way to call continuants?

I'm reading this paper : http://www.numbertheory.org/pdfs/continuant.pdf and here is a definition for continuant : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuant_(mathematics) Let $\{a_n\}$ be a ...
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What is the domain of continued fraction?

I'm trying to formally define (generalized) continued fraction. Consider $[i;\sqrt2,i,i]$. This is not well defined since $i+\frac{1}{i}=0$. What would be a domain of continued fraction? (As a ...
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From the viewpoint of modern geometry, is there a “best” definition of the term “triangle”?

I can think of at least six different possible definitions of the term "triangle" in Euclidean geometry. a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ that can be expressed as the convex hull of three or fewer points. ...
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Difference between $\Delta f$ and $\Delta f(x)$

What is the difference between $\Delta f/\Delta x$ and $\Delta f(x)/\Delta x$? Are they the same? I've been watching a lecture and the professor seems to describe the slope $$m = \lim_{x\to0} \Delta ...
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Lower Central Series and Generators

Let $G$ be a group generated by $S=\{x_1,\cdots,x_n\}$ and let its lower central series be defined as $\Gamma_1=G$, $\Gamma_m=[\Gamma_{m-1},G]$ for $m\geq 2$. By definition $\Gamma_m$ is generated by ...
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Coercivity definitions

Hi I was given the following definition of coercivity: Let $V$ be a Banach space. The first definition: $A:V \rightarrow V^{*}$ is coercive iff $\exists \zeta: \mathbb{R}^{+} \rightarrow ...
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Definition of $C^1, $the vector space of continuously differentiable functions

I asked a question on clarification of the symbol $C^k$. It was confirmed to me that $C^k$ is actually a space of functions. Now my next question in the definition is on $C^0$ and $C^1$. $C^0$ is ...
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Definition of Butterfly Effect

The Wikipedia definition of the Butterfly Effect seems to imply that linear functions can exhibit the Butterfly Effect. In particular if the state space is $\mathbb{R}$ with the usual metric then if ...
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What is the name of this function? index?

Burton- Number theory p.163 Let $n\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. Let $r$ be a primitive root mod $n$, so that $<r>=\mathbb{Z}_n^*$ Let $a\in \mathbb{Z}_n^*$ Let $k$ be the smallest ...
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Definition: Equipollent

Does the term Equipollent simply mean bijective? I have seen that by definition a mapping is equipollent iff it is bijective. What is the point of such a statement? Context: It will be used in ...
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Definition of the set of independent r.v. with second moment contstraint

I am trying to nice write the definition of the following set. Def: The set of all distributing of the pair $(X_1,X_2)$ such that $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent Have second moment constraint ...
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Conceptual definition: Injection, surjection and Bijection.

I was wondering if this conceptualisation is correct: Injection means that we don't have two arrows come from an element of the domain towards the range. Hence we don't have one archer standing in ...
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Amann & Escher Integral vs. Lebesgue Integral

In the textbook the authors define the integral via cauchy sequences of simple functions: $$S_n\to F:\quad\int F\mathrm{d}\mu:=\lim_n\int ...
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Is the symmetric definition of the derivative equivalent?

Is the symmetric definition of the derivative (below) equivalent to the usual one? \begin{equation} \lim_{h\to0}\frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h} \end{equation} I've seen it used before in my computational ...
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Equality of positive rational numbers, Part-2

I am reading this answer. I have some doubts which I want to clarify. Question 1. The author defines a rational number $\dfrac ab$ as, $$b\times\left(\dfrac{a}{b}\right) = a$$ He presumes that ...
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How the branch cut make a multi-valued function several branches of single valued function?

In the wikipedia article, it describe the branch points and branch cuts: A branch cut is a curve in the complex plane such that it is possible to define a single analytic branch of a multi-valued ...
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proving that a subset of a set has a functional mapping that is a subset of another

i wanted to prove: Let $f:X\to Y$ be a mapping from $X$ into $Y$. Show that if $A$ and $B$ are subsets of $X$, then: $$(A \subset B) \implies \left(f(A) \subset f(B)\right)$$ but i thought ...
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what is a fiber for function mapping?

I have read that a fiber is the pre image of a mapping.. does this mean that i can think of a fiber as a line that connects x to y where the line is a function? so for example with $f(x)=2x$ there ...
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Is this “the winding number”?

Note that $p:\mathbb{C}\rightarrow \mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}:z\mapsto e^z$ is a covering map. Let $\alpha:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{C}\setminus\{0\}$ be a closed curve. Let $\gamma$ be any ...
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Defining miscellaneous products in a miscellaneous mathematical structure

This is a question about elementary sets, functions and relations, and about a functor $F$ that maps functions $f\subseteq X\times Y$ to relations $F(f)\subseteq F(X)\times F(Y)$. The miscellaneous ...
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True false about direct sum and their bases of vector spaces

I am not entirely sure about the following true/false questions For all the following : $V$ a vector space and $W_1$ and $W_2$ two subspaces such that $V = W_1 ⊕ W_2$ 1) for all subspaces U of V : ...
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Meaning of the word “conjugate” across mathematics?

Clearly, the word conjugate or conjugation is used for a myriad of different concepts across mathematics and even in science (see the Wikipedia page). Its meaning can range from the fraction used to ...
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Do these arithmetic rules work? They extend the number system by a zero not based on the empty set that is a divisor with unique quotients.

These rules are part of an attempt to define an additive identity in terms of division in basic standard arithmetic. The difficulties with defining division by $0$ are well known. In order to ...
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Definition of $\sum_{a \in A} I_a$

If $(I_a)_{a \in A}$ a family of ideal of $K[x_1,x_2, \dots, x_n]$, I have the following definition in my notes: $$\sum_{a \in A} I_a=\{ a_{i1}+a_{i2}+ \dots+ a_{ij} | a_{ij} \in I_{a_j} \}$$ Is ...
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Definiton of No Tear and No Paste

Topologists often mention an example beginning by "If there is no tear and no paste, then ...". As a student, I am confused with this "term", and I want to know the exact mean of it. First of all, ...
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what is the basic difference between a mapping and a function?

what is the basic difference between a mapping and a function? many say they are same but the opposite views are also seen. is mapping a restricted version of a function?