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Definition of elliptic pde

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptic_partial_differential_equation Very confusing. So are there non-linear elliptic pdes? It seems to be the case. And what about $$A u_{xx} + C u_{yy} + F u = 0$$ ...
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Has anyone succeeded in formalizing Leibniz notation in such a way that the chain rule and inversion rule “work”?

The notation $\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$ is ubiquitous and totally useful, but also kind of weird. It seems to be doing the following: Bind $x$ Compute the derivative Evaluate at $x$ To ...
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Definition of dimension

Let us consider Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^n$. We say it is $n$-dimensional because each vector in it is an $n$-tuple $(x_1,...,x_n)$. However, it is possible to represent this exact same space using ...
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Rapidly Decreasing Functions

Can someone explain the notion of a rapidly decreasing function? Namely, a function in the Schwartz space: $$\mathscr{S}(\mathbb{R}^n):= \{ f \in C^{\infty} (\mathbb{R}^n) : ||f||_{\alpha, \beta} ...
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Definition of global field

This is very embarrassing thing to ask but what is a definition of global field? Every text or internet sources says either a number field or function field over finite field. (Yes, I understand there ...
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Definition of Non-characteristic Manifold

What is the definition of non-characteristic manifold in the following context. "Since $ f (x, y)=0 $ is assumed to be a non-characteristic singularity manifold, we have $ f_{x}\neq 0 $." Thanks, ...
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Why we use ANY in the definition of a maximal element?

I am confused about the following definition: "a maximal element of a subset S of some partially ordered set is an element of S that is not smaller than any other element in S." I do not understand ...
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Functions with different codomain the same according to my book?

My book gives the following definition: A function $f$ from $A$ to $B$ is defined as $f\subseteq A\times B$ such that if $(a,b)\in f$ and $(a,b_1)\in f$ then $b=b_1$ and there exists a $(a,b)\in ...
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Is a definition either intensional or extensional?

Is a definition either intensional or extensional? Can a definition be neither? Can a definition be both? How about this definition? when there is only one object that satisfies a definition, e.g. ...
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What's the difference between a cyclic and periodic function?

I've seen the words "cyclic" and "periodic" used to describe characteristics of a given function. What do they mean? I can't seem to find a difference. Wikipedia says a periodic function is one that ...
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Solutions depending on something continuously

Let $V$ be a a real Banach space, $K \subset V$ a closed convex set, $A: K \rightarrow V^{*}$ a (nonlinear) operator and $F \in V^{*}$. Then the variational inequality is the following problem: find ...
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What is a complex constant and how do I use it?

I have a question I am trying to understand: "Let $b$ and $c$ be complex constants such that $z^2+bz+c=0$ has two different real roots. Show that $b$ and $c$ are real." My biggest problem here is ...
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Why is this definition of complex numbers “informal”?

I'm reading the proofwiki page about complex number: https://proofwiki.org/wiki/Definition:Complex_Number According to proofwiki there is an informal and formal definitions of complex numbers. The ...
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What is meant here with $\omega _k \in A _j=A_{n_k } $ [closed]

I'm trying to understand what is meant by the following from Borovkovs probability theory. "Denote by $n_k $ the number of events $A_j $ such that $\omega _k \in A _j=A_{n_k } $, $n_k =0 $ if $\omega ...
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How is this definition of a constant divided by zero called?

I divide a constant by zero. One example is the following: 2/0 My father told me he learned at school earlier that the result is "not defined". If I enter this arithmetic problem in Wolfram Alpha, I ...
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About definition of lexicographical order

Def. let be $\preceq_A$ a total order, $(a_1,a_2,...,a_n),(b_1,b_2,...,b_n) \in A^n$, $(a_1,a_2,...,a_n) \leq^d (b_1,b_2,...,b_n)$ if one and only one of the following holds is true: $$a_1 \prec_A ...
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Definition of disc and open ball

I have the following definitions in my notes for arbitrary discs and open balls - $$D^n = \{x \in \mathbb{R^{n+1}}: ||x|| \le 1\}$$ $$B^n = \{x \in \mathbb{R^{n+1}}: ||x|| < 1\}$$ The ...
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Vanishes of second order

I encountered the following statement in an article: Let $f(X) = f(X_1, ..., X_N) = \sum_{|\alpha| \geq 2} {a_{\alpha}X^{\alpha}}$ be a convergent power series which vanishes of second order at ...
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What is an ordered pair actually?

What does $(a,b)$ mean actually? I saw this in the 'formal defintion' of functions, and it tripped me up. We haven't even defined what an ordered pair is, before using it. Is it just a notation of ...
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What are the differences between a collation and a rule of formation?

I'm a beginner in mathematical logic, and currently studying(myself, without any colleague, which is sad and so asking in here) basics of formal system. Before asking a question, I'll introduce my ...
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Different definitions of uniform integrability

In different books and resources, I saw different definitions of uniformly integrable. For example, in some books the definition is like: Definition 1: $\{f_k\}\in L^1(E)$ is uniformly integrable ...
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Why isn't an injection an iif?

Suppose that $f:X \rightarrow Y$ is a function. Then an injection can be defined as: $\forall x_1,x_2 \in X, f(x_1) = f(x_2) \Rightarrow x_1=x_2$ Why isn't it defined instead as follows: $\forall ...
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Definition of null space

I have two definitions of null space. One by Serge Lang Suppose that for every element $u$ of $V$ we have $\langle u,u\rangle=O$. The scalar product is then said to be null, and $V$ is called a ...
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In arbitrary commutative rings, what is the accepted definition of “associates”?

In an integral domain, the following are equivalent: $r \mid s$ and $s \mid r$ $r=us$ for some unit $u$ However in arbitrary commutative rings this is no longer the case; in particular, (2) ...
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writing papers: definition in word or formula?

If we write papers, is it or is it not desirable to write definitions in formulas AND words. So if I want to define the following set: $$S:=\{ x \in \mathbb{N} : P(x) \}$$ where $P$ is some predicate ...
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The difference between a fiber and a section of a vector bundle

If $ E_x := \pi^{-1}(x) $ is the fiber over $x$ where $(E,\pi,M)$ is the vector bundle. And the section is $s: M \to E $ with $\pi \circ s = id_M $. This implies that $\pi^{-1} = s $ on $M$. So then ...
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Variable vs Constant

What is the definition of a variable as opposed to a constant? I was trying to figure it out the other day. First I thought that a constant must only take 1 value (e.g. if $x+1=0$, then $x$ must be ...
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Calculate random integer inside a range of real numbers

$$F : \Bbb R \times \Bbb R \rightarrow \Bbb N $$ $$F(\text{minReal},\ \text{maxReal}) = \text{randomInt} \in \left[\text{minReal},\ \text{maxReal}\right] $$ Let $r \in [0, 1)$ be a random value. How ...
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Name of a shape that is intersected once by each ray that starts at a given point

Is there a particular name for a shape that is intersected exactly once by each ray that starts at a given point? To illustrate: I'm looking for a name for shapes like the left one in this image: ...
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What is Abstract Algebra essentially?

In the most basic sense, what is abstract algebra about? Wolfram Mathworld has the following definition: "Abstract algebra is the set of advanced topics of algebra that deal with abstract algebraic ...
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How do I define a string in formal language by means of a definition of tuple?

I'm constructing mathematical notions and definition from the bottom of the mathematical structure. So whenever I learn, or encounter new concepts, I try to define it step by step, without using any ...
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Abbreviate a tuple with a variable?

In a book I found the following notation $M = \{(x_1,y_1,z_1), \ldots, (x_n,y_n,z_n)\}$ for a set of 3-tuples. The author always refers to a tuple by writing $(x_i,y_i,z_i) \in M$. I'm wondering if I ...
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Determinant of a non-square matrix

I wrote an answer to this question based on determinants, but subsequently deleted it because the OP is interested in non-square matrices, which effectively blocks the use of determinants and thereby ...
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How do you call a scale that starts at $∞$, has $1/n$ divisions and tends to $0$?

A linear scale $2n$ divisions: 0 2 4 6 8 Logarithmic scales $10^n$ divisions: 1 10 100 1000 10000 ...
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Why do we define functions to be set theoretic objects?

Why do we define functions to be set theoretic objects? Functions are so intuitive, why do we define it in complicated set theory language?
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What does it mean for two conjectures to be incompatible?

What does it mean for two conjectures to be incompatible? I read about Incompatibility of two Hardy-Littlewood Conjectures. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Hardy-LittlewoodConjectures.html What does ...
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Collection vs set in this textbook about category theory, and some related questions.

What is the meaning of collection in this context ? Is it here a synonym of set ? Can someone please explain what the author means by "A moment's though shows that, as sets of functions, these two ...
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Definition of forgetful functor [duplicate]

Is there an actual definition of "forgetful functor?" Wolfram MathWorld defines it in terms of functors from algebraic categories to the category of sets, but then says, "Other forgetful functors..." ...
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Can asymptotes be curved?

When I was first introduced to the idea of an asymptote, I was taught about horizontal asymptotes (of form $y=a$) and vertical ones ( of form $x=b$). I was then shown oblique asymptotes-- slanted ...
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How to define the disciplines of mathematics

Would you say that it is possible to give a unified, general definition of the different structures of mathematics and draw a clear distinction between them? I have been repeatedly trying to come up ...
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Categorial definition of free products?

If $X$ and $Y$ are objects of a concrete category $\mathcal{C}$, is there an accepted definition of "free product of $X$ and $Y$," generalizing the in the special case where $\mathcal{C}$ is the ...
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Why is the derivative at a jump undefined even if the slope remains the same?

I've searched online and found almost nothing. What in the mathematical definition of a derivative makes it so that the derivative of the following is undefined at ...
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Definition of a ring S being finitely generated as an R-algebra

What is the definition of a ring S being finitely generated as an R-algebra, where R is a ring?
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$\mathbb{Z}^{+}$ includes zero or not?

Does $\mathbb{Z}^{+}$ includes zero or not? I think that $0$ is not involved in the set of positive integers, but my book included zero in the set of positive integers in an answer.
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Limit definition of a sequence question

I'm trying to use the limit definition of a sequence to prove that the limit as $ n \rightarrow \infty$ of $\frac{1}{10^n}$ is equal to $0$. It is evident to see that this limit approaches 0,this is ...
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Meaning of proper antichain

I saw this sequence on the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, which describe the number of 3-element proper antichains of an n-element set. What does it mean to be a 3-element proper antichain ...
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When is a binary operation bipotent?

I learnt that $\max(-,-)$ is a bipotent binary operation but I'm not able to find a definition of bipotent operation. QUESTION A binary operation $*:M\times M \rightarrow M$ is bipotent if ...
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Definition singular manifold

I'm looking for the definition of a singular manifold. I haven't found it yet. For instance, in $\mathbb{R}^4$, with $f(x,y,z,t)=xy-zt$, $f^{-1}(0)$ is a singular submanifold. I only found a few ...
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What means $df(\tilde x) \in {\mathcal{L}(\mathbb{R}^n)}$

I'm trying to learn math on my own. The bad thing is, I can't google latex letters and they often have multiple meanings. For exmaple ${\mathcal{L}}$ could stand for lagrangian or something else. The ...
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Definition of Equals

DISCLAIMER: This is a first time Math.SE post from a 30-something who is only now learning math. I have read the Rules and this may not satisfy the "Questions with too many answers" criteria or ...