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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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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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Two different definitions of “scale invariance”

I found the following definition of "scale invariance" in the book Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences by Didier Sornette. A function $f$ is scale invariant if there is a number $\mu(\lambda)$ ...
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what is the basic difference between a mapping and a function? [duplicate]

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?
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How is the area of a set of points in $\Bbb R^2$ defined?

Let $S$ be a subset of $\Bbb R^2$. If no vertical slice of $S$ contains gaps, we could define the area of $S$ through the following. $$A(S) = \int_{-\infty}^\infty\left(\sup\{y\in\Bbb R\mid (x,y)\in ...
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Does this matrix have a name: $x=(x_0, \ldots, x_n)$, $S(x)_{i,j} = x_{i+j \mod(n)}$. Can you help me generalise the idea?

Apologies if this question is vague/unclear (especially the title). Given a vector $x=(x_0, \ldots, x_n)$ define the matrix $S(x)_{i,j} = x_{i+j \mod(n)}$. $$ S(x) = \left( \begin{array}{rrrr} ...
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What is the definition of “sheet”?

Here is a definition for evenly covered set. Definition Let $C,X$ be topological spaces and $p:C\rightarrow X$ is a continuous function. Let $U$ be an open subset of $X$. Then $U$ ...
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Composite residuosity statement.

Consider the following definition. A number $z$ is said to be $n$-th residue modulo $n^2$ , if there exists a number $y \in \mathbb{Z}_{n^2}^*$ such that $$z\equiv y^n \mod n^2$$ Let us take $n=6$ ...
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Why $R^{op}$ used in the definition of “category of $R$-modules”?

Earlier today, I was thinking: "Oh, an $R$-module is just an additive functor $R \rightarrow \mathbf{Ab}.$" Anyway, I had a bit of a read over at nLab, and it says: For any small ...
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different representations of strong induction

I've seen 2 forms of strong induction; just wondering how one follows from the other. $1) f(n_0)\wedge f(n_1)\wedge\cdots \wedge f(n_{k-1})\wedge f(n_k)\wedge \forall_n[f(n-k)\wedge ...
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Functorial cofibrant replacement does not have to be fibration?

I'm new to model category theory, and I find myself confused about the different meanings of cofibrant replacement in literature. The usual definition is that we assign to every object $X$ in our ...
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Caratheodory: Alternative Definition

Idea My idea is to facilitate Caratheodory's construction by composing it with Hahn-Kolmogorov. Problem Given a premeasure on a ring $\mu:\mathcal{R}\to\overline{\mathbb{R}}_+$. Do the ...
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What does it mean for a function to be holomorphic?

I am trying to wrap my head around the definition of holomorphic. Wikipedia tells me that: A holomorphic function is a complex-valued function of one or more complex variables that is complex ...
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Why Not Define Connectedness to Mean Path Connected?

All spaces I have seen which are connected are also path connected (apart from examples to show that the two are not equivalent). Is there a reason for using the weaker definition of connectedness ...