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What makes a line “straight”?

In Euclidean space, there can be several definitions that makes a straght line: Line of shortest distance between two points Line that is linear, i.e with the points satisfying a linear equation ...
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Precise definition of affine, smooth, and irreducible

A book which I'm reading now says that "the Drinfeld curve $$ \mathbf{Y} = \{\, (x, y) \in \mathbf{A}^2(\mathbb{F}) \mid xy^q - yx^q = 1 \,\}$$ is affine, smooth, and irreducible." Here $p$ is an odd ...
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Intuitive explanation of “deterministic system”?

Wikipedia Definition: In mathematics and physics, a deterministic system is a system in which no randomness is involved in the development of future states of the system. A deterministic model will ...
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Two definitions of left-invariant vector fields of a Lie group

I am reading these lines from a text which shows why the bracket of two left-invariant vector fields is also a left-invariant vector field. But cannot easily get one of the lines. Let $L_a$ be the ...
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How is greater than defined for real numbers? [closed]

Is there a formal definition of greater than? I need it to describe how much better I am than my friends at math. EDIT: I would like to clarify this is partially a joke, and partially a serious ...
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Algebraic Structures: Does Order Matter?

(I want to link to similar question with a very good answer: Question about Algebraic structure?) An algebraic structure is an ordered tuple of sets. One of these is called the underlying set, and ...
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The “Empty Tuple” or “0-Tuple”: Its Definition and Properties

(I would like to link to a previous discussion on the subject: What is A Set Raised to the 0 Power? (In Relation to the Definition of a Nullary Operation)) In axiomatic (ZFC) set theory, we define ...
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Weierstrass conditions, what does strong mean, and are both conditions required?

I have the Weierstrass condition: In order that the extremal $\bf{C^*}: x = x^*(t)$ give a strong local minimum to $\bf{J[x]}$ it is sufficient that: # ...
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Rotational invariant curve definition

I have a question about the definition of rotational invariant curve. The definition I have is the following "By an invariant curve for a twist map $F$ we mean a simple closed curve that is invariant ...
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Can a linear functional be infinite at a point?

On a Banach (or Hilbert) space $X$, when we define a linear functional (not necessarily bounded), we define it to be a linear function from the elements of $X$ to the field $\Bbb F$. (Say, $\Bbb R$). ...
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Definition of intersection multiplicity in Hartshorne VS Fulton for plane curves

In exercise I.5.2 in Harshorne there is the following definition of intersection multiplicity for two curves in $\mathbb{A}^2$: \begin{equation} \mathrm{length}_{\mathcal{O}_P}\mathcal{O}_P / (f,g) ...
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What is free product?

I have searched for it, but I found there are several many different definitions. Even wikipedia states just free product of $2$ sets, not an infinite product. I know what exactly free group of a ...
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Is my understanding of free group correct?

Let $(G,*)$ be a group. Let $S$ be a subset of $G$. Then, construct the free group $(F(S),*')$ on $S$. If there exists an isomorphism $\phi:(G,*)\rightarrow (F(S),*')$ such that $\phi(s)=(s)$ on ...
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Cauchy property of a series

Are these two definitions equivalent, even though the first one has an extra term: If we consider the series $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}x_{n}$ and the formal definition of a Cauchy property defined in terms ...
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Exact definition of a circular helix

I know that a cylindrical helix is a curve $\alpha: I \to \Bbb R^3$, such that exists a constant vector $\bf u$ which makes a constant angle with the tangent vector $\bf T$ to the curve, at every ...
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Definition question.

Suppose we have $x \in \mathbb{R} / [0,1)$. We call $\lfloor x \rfloor$ the integer part of $x$. What do we call $\bar{x}=\frac{x}{\lfloor x \rfloor}$??? I would call it fractional part but it ...
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Confusion about the associative property and the mechanics of Parenthesis

This is a follow up question on my earlier post (Updated): Showing that a set $M$ with two elements classifies as a field. I feel this post is necessary because I realize that what confuses me is how ...
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Give the definition of S $\subseteq$ T for general sets S and T.

The answer I can come up with is; S is a subset of T, denoted by S $\subseteq$ T, or equivalently, T is a superset of S, denoted by T $\supseteq$ S. Can someone correct me if I am wrong, or provide ...
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Definition of a summation from minus infinity

Formally, an infinite series is defined as the limit of its partial sums: $$\sum_{n = 0}^\infty a_n \equiv \lim_{n \to N} \sum_{n = 0}^N a_n$$ However, how does this work for summations such as the ...
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Why is the structure group for lengths $\mathbb{R}^+$ and not automorphisms in $\mathbb{R}^+$?

While reading what is a gauge to understand what a gauge is, I got stuck at a point where Terry Tao wrote: This isomorphism group is called the structure group (or gauge group) of the class of ...
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Understanding of the formal and intuitive definition of a limit

The intuitive definition for $\lim\limits_{x \to a} f(x) = L$ is the value of $f ( x )$ can be made arbitrarily close to $L$ by making $x$ sufficiently close, but not equal to, $a$ . I can easily ...
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Concise description of Lebesgue measure in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$

I would like to confirm that the following is an acceptable description of the Lebesgue measure in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. The outer Lebesgue measure $E \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$: $$\lambda^{*}(E) = ...
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Regarding retractions of $X$ onto subspaces

Let $A \subset X$ be a subspace of $X$. Recall that a retraction of $X$ onto $A$ is a continuous map $r: X \to A$ such that $r(a) = a$ for every $a \in A$. Let $X = \bf R$ endowed with the standard ...
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Product over a vector space

When looking at the definition of a vector space, I see that it's basically a set with two operations and a set of 8 axioms. However, none of those axioms talk about the product of two vectors. Is ...
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The definition of a submanifold

I am wondering why it is insufficient to define a submanifold of a manifold $M$ as a subset $S\subset M$ such that $S$ itself is a manifold. Why do we need the notions of embedded submanifolds or ...
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What is the intuition behind homeomorphism, especially behind the geometrical notion of “gluing together”?

Intuitively, a homeomorphism is a way of mapping two spaces without any tearing or gluing together. Thus, I would expect the formal definition of homeomorphism in terms of continuous functions to be ...
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Why is that for any trigonometric function $f, f(2\pi + \theta )=f(\theta )$ for any value of $\theta$ [proof reading]

Here was the question asked to me :: Why is that for any trigonometric function $f, f(2\pi + \theta )=f(\theta )$ for any value of $\theta$ I spontaneously said that it was because of their very ...
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Commutative diagrams with antiparallel arrows

A diagram in category theory is said to commute when for all objects $A$ and $B$ in it, every the composite morphism resulting from a possible path from $A$ to $B$ are the identical. Does that mean ...
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Different definitions of an affine algebraic set

Hartshorne assumes we are working over an algebraically closed field $k$ and we simply define algebraic sets to be any set of the form $V(I)\subset k^n$, where $I\subset k[X_1,\ldots,X_n]$ is an ...
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Is every set a subset of a vector space?

I was taught that a functional is a map from a subset (not subspace) of a vector space into the reals, $F: D\subset V \to \mathbb{R}$. I know there are other definitions, but is there any reason to ...
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What does $R[[X]]$ and $R(X)$ stands for?

I'm reviewing Linear Algebra these days and I saw these two notations in my notes without definition. Those are, $R[[X]]$ and $R(X)$ where $R$ is a commutative ring with unity. I remember that one ...
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What does it mean to say a simplex has all its vertices distinct?

In Hatcher I'm trying to solve the problem: Show that the second barycentric subdivision of a $\Delta-complex$ is a simplicial complex. Namely, show that the first barycentric subdivision produces a ...
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What do $A \upharpoonright x$ and $\mu s \ge x$ denote?

I am reading Computability Theory by Cooper and I do not understand the notation in the definition on the page 230: Let $\{A^s\}_{s \ge 0}$ be a $\Delta_2$-approximating sequence for $A \in ...
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Maximum/Maximal set

Maximum or maximal set with property $P$ When I was reading some textbooks, I noticed that I do not get the meaning of the following two phrases. ($P1$) $\quad$ maximum set with property $P$ ($P2$) ...
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Changing the zero product property and defining division by zero [duplicate]

I know that defining division by zero is not possible because it violates the zero product property we define, that is, $0\times a=0$ for every $a$. I wonder whether we can somewhat circumvent and ...
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How would you describe category $\mathsf{Rel}$?

I encountered two definitions for a category denoted by $\mathsf{Rel}$: Objects are pairs $\left(A,R\right)$ where $A$ is a set and $R$ a relation on $A$. Arrows in ...
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Calculating the argument of a complex number… something tends towards infinity?

A simple question, but I like to be clinical with my choice of words: I have a complex number, $z=-i$. If I were to calculate the argument of this complex number, $arg(z) = tan^{-1}( \frac{-1}{0}) ...
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Why is the expression $\underbrace{n\cdot n\cdot \ldots n}_{k \text{ times}}$ bad?

For writing a (german) article about the power with natural degree I have the following question: In school one defines the power with natural degree via $$n^k = \underbrace{n\cdot n\cdot \ldots ...
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What is the usual definition of a zero divisor?

Let $R$ be a ring. I found there are two distinct definitions: Wikipedia Definition $a\in R$ is a zero divisor iff there exists nonzero $b\in R$ such that $ab=0$ or $ba=0$. Another: ...
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Definition of Random Sample in Estimation

In my statistics class, we're just beginning to talk about (point) estimation. I understand the basics for the most part, but I have a small question that might actually be due more to notation than ...
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Recurrence vs Recursive

Say team 1 is studying the recursive characteristics of a function. Team 2 is studying the recurrent characteristics of the same function. Are the 2 teams studying the same thing? I have found for ...
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Under what assumptions can one compute conditional probability as $p(x)/p(y)$?

Conditional probability is often introduced in the following way: Consider a normal, fair 6-sided die. If you toss it then the probability $p(x=2)=1/6$. Now given that we already observed that the ...
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Definition of neighborhood

I am starting to work through Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis. For $(X, d)$ a metric space and $x \in X$, Rudin defines the neighborhood $N_r(x)$ of $x$ to be the set consisting of all ...
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Cant understand some definitions of abstract algebra, can you help me please?

I was reading different definitions of vector space but still I have some dark places without meaning... I cant understand exactly what type of relation is defined between the vector space and the ...
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Definition of strong tangent.

Let $\alpha:I\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ a parametrized curve. What is the definition of strong (weak) tangent of $\alpha$ at the point $t_0$? Thanks!
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About the definition of homology

can someone explaine me this definition of Homology: "The homology groups of $X$ measure "how-far" the chain complex associated to $X$ is from being exact." I know that homology measure the number ...
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Is $\sum c_n z^n$ analytic when $c_n$ is Banach-valued?

I'm trying to define "Analytic function". I want a definition that covers all interesting cases. To be specific, let me explain what exactly I want Here is the definition of analytic function in ...
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Definition of local truncation error

In the first reference of Wikipedia the local truncation error defined as $$ \tau_n = y(t_n)-y(t_{n-1})-hA(t_{n-1},y(t_{n-1}),h,f) $$ But in the second reference mentioned that $$ \frac{\tau_n}{h} ...
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What is the correct statement of the infinitary associativity law?

Let $X$ denote a non-empty set. Write $\mathcal{L}$ for the class of all ordered pairs $(L,f)$ where: $L$ is a linear poset (possibly empty), and $f$ is an arbitrary function $L \rightarrow X.$ ...
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Problem on function definition

I'm trying to solve this problem about functions: "Explain why $x^2-4=0$ is not a real function of real variable." I have yet solved many similar problems, but now i have a doubt; is my solution ...