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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 ...
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Notation problem with a set of tuples and a metric

The first question: Assume we have tuples $T_i = (x_i, \vec{c}_i)$ ($x_i$ is the name of the object which is characterized by $\vec{c}_i$ in a d-dimensional space) and define a set of them $TS = ...
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A question about the boundedness theorem

I have a question about the boundedness theorem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_value_theorem The boundedness theorem which states that a continuous function $f$ in the closed interval ...
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Uniform Space: Neighborhood System [closed]

Disclaimer: This thread is meant informative and therefore written in Q&A style. Of course everybody is encouraged to give an answer as well! As the idea behind uniform spaces is to represent a ...
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If A = B, then B = A… Not Always True? Definition of “=”

A friend and I recently got into a silly argument where I stated A = B so B = A. He stated this was not always true. After asking for an example he stated ...
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Contractible objects in model categories [closed]

Please, what is the definition of contractible object in a (closed) model category (if it exists)?
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Topology: Opens vs Neighborhoods

Disclaimer: This thread is meant informative and therefore written in Q&A style. The problems are highlighted in bold face. The axiomatization of topology can be done in various ways all of ...
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Defining principal elements of every poset. Is this a new idea?

Fix an arbitrary complete lattice $\mathfrak{A}$ with order $\sqsubseteq$. I call elements $a,b\in\mathfrak{A}$ intersecting and denote $a\not\asymp b$ iff there is a non-least element ...
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definition of unitary operator

Wiki says " A bounded linear operator $U: H \to H$ on a Hilbert space $H$ is called a unitary operator if it satisfies $U^{*}U=UU^{*}=I$ , where $U^{*}$ is the adjoint of $U$, $I$ is the identity ...
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Equivalent Definitions of Negative Order Sobolev Spaces

Ignoring fractional sobolev spaces, if we restrict ourselves to $k>0$ when $k$ is an integer, then the Sobolev space of order $k$, for $W^{k,p}(\mathbb{R})$ is the space of functions $f$ such that ...
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definition or property of logarithms

I've seen a lot of complicated logarithm definitions on this StackExchange and I have a rather simple question: $$a^{b}=c \leftrightarrow \log_a{c}=b$$ Is this a definition of logarithms, which all ...
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What's the name of this type operator?

If $H$, is a seperable Hilberspace, $E$ seperable Banach space. $(h_n)$ orthonormal basis of $H$. Let $T\in B(H,E)$. If we have the condition on $T$ that $$\sum_k \left\|Th_k\right\|^p <\infty,$$ ...
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Difference between being faithful and being injective on arrows

I'm studying the concept of faithful functors, but I cannot grasp the difference between being faithtful and being injective on arrows. Could someone explain the difference and provide some examples? ...
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Name for “relative difference”

If we want to express that two numbers $x, y$ are not so far away from each other absolutely we use the absolute value function $|\cdot|$ with $0 < \epsilon \ll 1$: $$|x-y| < \epsilon$$ ...
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Why can't we define more elementary functions?

$\newcommand{\lax}{\operatorname{lax}}$ Liouville's theorem is well known and it asserts that: The antiderivatives of certain elementary functions cannot themselves be expressed as elementary ...
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definition of limit of function on topological spaces

Def.: let be $(A,\tau)$,$(C,\zeta)$ two topological spaces, $f \in C^E$, with $E \subseteq A$, and $x_0$ an accumulation point of $E$, a point $l \in C$ is limit of $f$ as $x$ approaches $x_0$ if ...
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contact point and point of intersection

I am just unable to understand the definitions of contact point and point of intersection.My doubts can be summed up into the following two questions : 1) Suppose $f(x)=x^2$ and $g(x)=0$ are two ...
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Forms - unitary group?

If $Id$ is the $n$ by $n$ identity matrix and $J$ is the $2n$ by $2n$ matrix with $Id$ in the upper right corner and $-Id$ in the lower left corner, then $Sp_{2n} = \{G\in Gl_{2n} : G^{tr}JG = J\}$ is ...
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Characters only on commutative unital algebras?

I saw the following definition of a character: Let $A$ be a commutative unital Banach algebra. Then a non-zero homomorphism $\chi : A \to \mathbb C$ is called a character. For this definition to ...
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Category of a PDE and its properties

Now I am working on numerical method for a PDE. I am considering the following PDE: $$ u_t+a^2u_{xx}=f\\ u(x,0)=u_0\\ u(x,t)|_\Gamma=u_g $$ That equation seems very like heat equation which only ...
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An “elementary” approach to complex exponents?

Is there any way to extend the elementary definition of powers to the case of complex numbers? By "elementary" I am referring to the definition based on $$a^n=\underbrace{a\cdot a\cdots ...
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The sequence in the definition of the integral

In my high school Calculus class, we learned this definition of the definite integral: $$\int_a^b f(x)dx = \lim_{n\to \infty} \sum_{i=1}^n f(x_i) \frac{b-a}{n}$$ Now that I know more about sequences ...
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What is real periodic function

I would like to know what is real periodic function. I understand what is periodic function, but I do not understand what is "real" periodic function.