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Nonorientable surfaces: genus or demigenus?

The genus $g$ of a closed, orientable surface is the maximum number of disjoint simple closed curves that can be drawn on the surface without disconnecting it. In terms of the Euler characteristic, ...
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what is the definition of linearly independent subset of abelian group?

WHat is the definition of linearly independent subset of abelian group? I know the concept of this, but i don't know how to define this term precisely. Below is what i tried to formulate: Let ...
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Linear maps and matrix coefficients

I am currently working through this page in my script: Can somebody explain what this means and how it works in practice? Perhaps if I saw an example I could follow it. Thanks for your help!
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What is the definition of “disjoint cycles”?

I'm the one who thinks clear definition(clear with meta-language) is very important for doing mathematics. Below, i list my definitions for cycle and orbit. Let $X$ be a nonempty set. Let ...
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What is “the orbit of a permutation”? Is the term “orbit” consistent with that for group action?

reference: What is the orbit of a permutation? To be honest, i don't understand the answer in the link. The orbit of a group action is defined as follows: Let $G$ be a group acting on a set $X$. ...
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Integral definition of e

I know that $e$ can be defined via a convergent series: $$ e = \sum_{n=0}^\infty {1\over n!}$$ Or as a limit: $$ e = \lim_{n \to \infty} { \left(1 + {1 \over n}\right)^n }$$ Or as the value which ...
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A doubt in the rigorous definition of limits.

I studied the definition of limits today, and I think I mostly understood it, but I have a little doubt. In the definition: $f(x)$ is defined on some open interval containing $a$, except at possibly ...
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Lipschitz continuity of $f(x,y)=4x^2+xy-\frac{1}{y-1}$ on an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace)$

Problem: Find an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace )$ which includes the points $(0, 1/2$) and $(0,3/2)$ such that the function ...
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Definition of an integrand

General Question: Say we have integral $$ \int f(z)\ dz $$ Is the integrand in this context (i) $f(z)$ or (ii) $f(z)\ dz$? In any case, is $f(z)\ dz$ a formally defined mathematical object in its ...
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Definition of tangent vector

I have a small bit of confusion with the definition my text is providing me with for a tangent vector. Given a manifold $M$, it is first stated that to define a tangent vector, a curve $c:(a,b) ...
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Notation - Transpose of Block Matrices [Lay P121 Q2.4.12]

Definition of Transpose is $(A^T)_{ij} = A_{ji}$ $1.$ Why $\begin{bmatrix} M & N \end{bmatrix}^T = \begin{bmatrix} M^T \\ N^T \end{bmatrix}$, and NOT $\begin{bmatrix} M \\ N\end{bmatrix}$? ...
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What is the definition of a norm in the context of rings?

On several places in ring-theory I encountered so-called 'norms'. For instance on integral domain $\mathbb{Z}\left[i\right]$ with prescription $a+bi\mapsto a^{2}+b^{2}$ where it also serves as a ...
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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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What is the meaning of an algebra?

An algebra $A(*,\hat{} ,\sim)$ is said to be Boolean algebra if it satisfies some conditions...In this statement what is the meaning of starting word an algebra?
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The semigroup of powers of the differential operator in fractional calculus.

In my ignorance I'm slightly wary of a follow-up question here as it might belong in MO. If so, I'm sorry. Motivated simply by curiosity and this question, I'd like to investigate the semigroup $S$ ...
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What is the “Principle of permanence”?

While reading the book "The Number-System of Algebra (2nd edition)." term "Principle of permanence" occurred to me. I remember I had read this in the book "Beginning algebra for college students.". I ...
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The phrases “has … in ” vs. “contains … of” in Baby Rudin

Consider the following two statements. (Assume $E \subseteq K$.) $E$ has a limit point in $K$. vs. $E$ contains a limit point of $K$. What do they each mean and how are they different?
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Precise definition of a “game of incomplete information” (Game Theory)

Question: In game theory, what is the precise definition of a "game of incomplete information"? What I've found so far: In the standard first year graduate economics textbook on microeconomics ...
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Fixed point - definitions (asymptotically stable, repelling)

Given the following fixed point $(\widehat{x},\widehat{y} )$. If this point is not asymptotically stable, can I then conclude it is a repellor? Is a repellor/repeller defined to be a not ...
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Tensor product is o?

$K$ generated by $(ar,rb)$ for every $a\in A$, $b\in B$, $r\in R$. $F$ generated by $r(a,b)$ for every $a\in A$, $b\in B$, $r\in R$. $(a,rb)=(ar,b)=r(a,b)$,then $K=F$, $F/K=0$ Apparently I ...
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Definition of Derivative for $sgn(x)$

When using the definition of the second derivative for $sgn(x)$, I'm a little confused on evaluating something like $sgn(x+h)$. Since $h\rightarrow 0$ does that mean that I should treating $sgn(x+h)$ ...
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Orthogonal Projections: Definition + Characterization

Hey there I'm hanging at so many little steps when proving: $P\text{ orthogonal projection}\iff X\text{ orthogonal decomposable}$ My problem is there is simply missing a precise definition of what an ...
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What is the definition of 'line' in $\hat{\mathbb{C}}$?

What is the definition of straight line in $\hat{\mathbb{C}}$? Is it defined as $\{x\in\mathbb{C}: \frac{Re(x-a)}{Re(b)} = \frac{Im(x-a)}{Im(b)}\}\cup \{\infty\}$? ($a,b$ are complex numbers and ...
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Odd and even functions.

I have a book which says: If a function $f$ satisfies $f(-x)=f(x)$ for all $x$ in its domain, then $f$ is called an even function. However, if $f(-x)=-f(x)$ for every $x$ in the domain of $f$, ...
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Orthonormal Bases

I am struggling to get my head around orthonormal bases, this is the defintion in my course notes: If anyone could clarify/explain the concept to me, it would be much appreciated. I am a university ...
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Rank of a Matrix under certain conditions

I am a little confused about the rank of a matrix. When does the rank of a matrix equals to zero? Is rank of a matrix equal to zero when it is a zero matrix or the matrix has no elements in it? Thank ...
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Computing the differential (not the Jacobi-Matrix) independent of a basis choice

I am eager to learn more about the differential. I was told that it is a good practice to compute the differential independent of a choice of a basis using the following definition Definition: ...
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The differential is NOT the Jacobi Matrix?

In the book Analysis II by C.T. Michaels the differential is introduced as the Jacobi-Matrix. In class we had the following definition: Definition: Let $U \subset \mathbb{R}^m$ be open, $f: U \to ...
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Derivatives from the left and right

I need to give a definition of the derivative from right and from left. (I know it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it is supposed to be similar to the same thing as the limits from the right ...
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Homomorphisms, Linear Transformations, and Distributivity

What are the differences between homomorphisms, linear transformations, and distributive operations? To me, they all seem essentially the same, they just are different names for the same phenomenon ...
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A question about the span of functions.

I am having trouble understanding the span of functions, my problem is: What is $\operatorname{span}\{a\sin(x),b\}$, and what is its dimension? I understand this in terms of vectors, but not in ...
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Can't remember definition of $\lvert G \rvert_{p'}$

For $G$ a finite group, I know that $\lvert G\rvert$ denotes the order of the group. My question is: What is $\lvert G\rvert_{p'}$? Also is this the same as $\lvert G\rvert_p$ (without the prime on ...
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Writing order of geospacial coordinates

Is there a defined order in which to write geospacial coordinates? When looking at GPX files generated by my GPS, latitude is named first but when looking at a KML file generated by google earth ...
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Approximation Theory: Iterative Methods

Can someone explain to me the general idea of what's going on? I don't get how the functions are being formed, nor do I know why we redefine $h(x)$ to ensure convergence after we defined $g$ ...
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If a finite poset has greatest and least elements, is it a lattice?

Let $P$ be a finite partially ordered set with elements $0$ and $1$ such that $0 \le x \le 1$ for any $x \in P$. Does it follow that $P$ is a lattice? If not, what is a counterexample? I believe this ...
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What is the definition for holomorphic functions on the Riemann sphere?

I'm trying to study complex analysis in general setting, but i have troubles with defining things in this general setting. I have skimmed definitions in Ahlfors, Conway and wikipedia, but these all ...
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Definition of set.

A set is defined as a collection of distinct objects. Why have we defined a set to contain only distinct objects? Why is a collection of objects which may have identical objects not called a set? ...
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Equivalent definitions for strictly positive elements

We have two usual definitions for strictly positive elements in C*-algebras: Let $A$ be a C*-algebra Definition (a) [MURPHY, C$^*$-algebras and Operator Theory] An element $a\in A_+$ is said to be ...
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What is the definition of a positive integer?

I am reading the book "The Number-System of Algebra (2nd edition)". At the starting of page-4 the author writes: A positive integer is a symbol for the number of things in a group of distinct ...
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What is this metric called?

Ahlfors -complex analysis p.20 Consider a stereographic projection between the 2-sphere and $\overline{\mathbb{C}}$ (i.e. one-point compactification of $\mathbb{C}$) Let $z,w$ be complex numbers. ...
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A question on Holder spaces

A function $f$ is said to belong to the Holder space if Holder condition is satisfied, i.e. $\exists \beta,L\geq0$ such that $$|f(x)-f(x')|\leq L|x-x'|^\beta$$ for all $x,x'$ in the domain of $f$. ...
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Why do we define product of morphisms in this way

I'm always forget the definition of product of morphisms in a category, maybe the main reason is because I don't know the motivation beyond the definition: I need help to see this abstract ...
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Can someone explain me how to read members of a set to prove uncountability?

I have trouble in understanding what the elements in the following set are: $$ V = \{f:\mathbb{N}\to \mathbb{N} \mid \text{there is $N_f \in \mathbb{N}$ so that $f(x) \le N_f$ for all ...
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what is the argument of 0?

When $z\neq 0$, $\arg z$ is defined to be the set $\{\theta \in \mathbb{R} : z=|z|e^{i\theta}\}$. What if $z=0$? Usually does one leave the argument of $0$ undefined? Or is $\arg 0 = \mathbb{R}$?
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Embedding and monomorphism

What is the difference between an embedding and a monomorphism? As far as I can see, most introductory abstract algebra texts treat them as if they are the same, i.e. an injective function from one ...
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How to understand structure groups?

I'm studying fiber bundles and I'm somewhat confused on how Structure Groups appears. The definition of fiber bundle I have is the following: A bundle is a tuple $(E,B,\pi)$ where $E,B$ are ...
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Limits to infinity?

As a part of homework, I was asked What does $\lim_{x\to a} f(x)=\infty$ mean? In an earlier calculus class I was taught that in order for $L=\lim_{x\to a}f(x)$ to exist, we need that ...
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What precisely is a vacuous truth?

Is there a proper and precise definition that goes something like this? Definition. A statement $S$ is a vacuous truth if ... ...
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$\epsilon$ rules for uniform and pointwise convergence.

Could someone please provide with the $\epsilon$ definitions of uniform and pointwise convergence. I'm trying to really get my head around the differences between them (I do know the differences, but ...
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Can I create my own function like Trigonometric or Exponential

When I want to solve mathematical problems, most of the time I meet the following functions Algebraic like polynomials. Trigonometric like sin(), cos(), tan(), cot(). Logarithmic like log(). ...