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Positive and negative complex numbers?

Can there be such a thing as positive and negative complex numbers? Why or why not? What about positive or negative imaginary numbers? It seems very tempting to say $+5i$ is a positive number ...
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Why is $ |z|^2 = z z^* $?

I've been working with this identity but I never gave it much thought. Why is $ |z|^2 = z z^* $ ? Is this a definition or is there a formal proof?
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Is there any definition for homogeneous rotations?

Most of the geometric transformations can only be represented into square matrices via homogeneous coordinates, e.g., translation and 3D rotations with axes not through coordindate system origin. ...
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Reusing Variables First Order Logics

Assume we have a parametrized FO formula of this form: $$\varphi(x_1,x_2, y_1, \dots ,y_m) := \xi(x_1,x_2) \land \psi(y_1,\dots,y_m)$$ We want to use as few additional bound (quantified by $\exists$ ...
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Borel - Regular elements

In Borel's Linear Algebraic Groups (2ed) page 160 a regular element is defined in terms of its semisimple part, “thus $g$ is regular if and only if $g_s$ is regular.” A unipotent element $g$ has ...
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How is addition on N formally defined in textbooks on real analysis?

This is a follow-up question to Why does the definition of addition require proofs? In Landau's Foundations of Analysis, his definition of addition on the natural numbers seems a bit strange to me -- ...
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How would you define the square of the linear operator

If you define the linear operator norm of $A:X\to Y$ to be $$\|A\|_{op} = \inf\{C>0: \|Ax\|_Y \leq C\|x\|_X \text{ for all } x \in X \}$$ Then how would you define $\|A\|_{op}^2$? My guess is you ...
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Defining the integral of differential $1$-forms

Assume $M$ is a smooth manifold, $g:[0,1]\to M$ is a smooth curve on $M$, and $w$ is $1$-form on $M$. Definition: $$\int_gw=\lim_{\Delta\to 0}\sum_{i=1}^nw(x_i)$$ The tangent vectors $x_i$ are ...
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Equivalence between submodular function definitions.

I am trying to show that the definitions, given by wikipedia, of a submodular set function are equivalent. See section definition of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submodular_set_function. Mainly I ...
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Graph Theory: What is the definition of the “Sorted Edge” algorithm?

I've been googling for a while and can't find a clear definition of the "sorted edge" algorithm--can anyone provide it please? A description would be helpful, but a simple statement of the algorithm ...
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Uniformly bounded function?

For all I know, the term "uniformly bounded" only makes sense when applied to a family of functions, sequences of functions, sets of functions with one parameter and such. But I've seen in several ...
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Connected sum of surfaces with boundary

The connected sum of closed surfaces (2-manifolds) is defined by removing a disk from each and gluing the exposed edges together. When defining the connected sum of surfaces with boundary, is the ...
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Characterization of lim sup, lim inf

If $(a_n)$ is a real sequence, in lecture we had: $\limsup_{n\to\infty} a_n=a \iff (i)\forall \epsilon >0 \,\exists n_0\in \mathbb{N} :a_n<a+\epsilon$ $ \forall n\ge n_0$ and $(ii) \forall ...
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What is the intuition behind the name “Flat modules”?

I am studying Atiyah and MacDonald's book "Introduction to Commutative Algebra" and I have just read the definition of a flat module. It seems to me that if they have called that kind of modules ...
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Codomain of a function

At high school we were told that a function has a domain and a range, the function maps from the domain to the range. Such that the domain contains all and only the possible inputs and the range ...
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Precise definition of oscillation behavior of functions like $\sin(\frac1{x})$

I tried today precisely defining the oscillation behavior present in functions like $\sin(\frac1{x})$ i.e: To do this, I started with the domain of function as in limits, and let $f(x)-L$ have ...
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Application of Picard-Lindelöf to determine uniqueness of a solution to an IVP

I am still struggling quite a lot with the Picard-Lindelöf-Theorem (also known as the Cauchy-Lipschitz-Theorem). Problem: Consider the following IVP with $\alpha \neq 1$ $$\begin{cases} y'&= ...
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What is the Support of a permuation

Is this definition of the support of a permutation correct: let $\pi\in S_{\Omega}$ for $\Omega$ a finite set, and $S_\Omega$ the set of all permutations (bijections) on $\Omega$. Ie ...
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Is the function $f(x)=x$ on $\{\pm\frac1n:n\in\Bbb N\}$ differentiable at $0$?

This is really a question of definitions. If a function $f$ is not defined on an open set containing $x$, how do we define the derivative of $f$? Is it sufficient to be locally approximable by linear ...
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How to define the magnitude of a rotation in $\mathbb{R}^n$?

Is there some well established way on how to quantify rotations in $\mathbb{R}^n$? To say which rotation is greater and which is smaller? In $\mathbb{R}^2$ the rotation is characterized by a single ...
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If a series converges does its sequence of partial sums converge?

By Definition, a series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n$ converges if it's sequence of partial sums $S_n = \sum_{k=1}^n a_k$ converges. My question is, is the converse true? If $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n$ ...
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Why is the length of one of the segments negative in the Menelaus' theorem? Aren't all distances by definition positive?

Why is the length of one of the segments negative in the Menelaus' theorem? Aren't all distances by definition positive? I think we all know the Menelaus' theorem, which claims that the following ...
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How is this function continuous?

The textbook stated that the following function whose domain is $\mathbb{R}$is continuous for every point in the domain: $g(x)=1, 0\le x\le1$ $=2, 2\le x \le3$, and it continues this patern. What ...
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A problem with the domain of function in the defintion of limits

My Stewart's Calculus gives the following definition of limit: $f(x)$ is defined on some open interval containing $a$, except at possibly $a$. So, $\lim_{x\to a} f(x) = L $ if and only if for ...
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Simple closed curve definition of genus

The genus of a connected surface can be defined as the maximum number of disjoint simple closed curves that can be removed from it without disconnecting it. Why must the simple closed curves be ...
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Question about definition of some classes of bimodules.

Suppose that we have a ring $R$ and a $R$-$R$ bimodule $M$ such that: For every $r\in R$ and $m\in M$ there exists $r'\in R$ such that $m\cdot r=r'\bullet m.$ Examples of this bimodules can be seen ...
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A question in Isomorphism

Let G be a cyclic group. Soppose G and G' are isomorphic groups. Show that G' is also cyclic. Can Someone Solve this pleaase? I have an exam 2 hours later!
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Confused about the definitions of atom

I went though half a dozen books on measure theory, and it occurs to me that the definition of atom is not particularly unified. Version $1$: A set $E$ in a $\sigma$-algebra $\Sigma$ is called ...
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On the canonical isomorphism between $V$ and $V^{**}$

I am trying to understand more about the Bidualspace (or double dual space). The whole idea is that $V$ and $V^{**}$ are canonically isomorphic to one another, which means that they are isomorphic ...
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Beginning Proof on functions and Sum of functions

I've been having a hard time with this proof because I do not know where to go from where I am. The proof we were assigned to in class is as follows: Let $f : \mathbb Z \rightarrow \mathbb Z$ be a ...
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“internal” definition of complete regularity?

There is something strange (I think) about the complete regularity separation axiom. Consider the definitions. T0 means for every two distinct points there is an open set containing exactly one of ...
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What are some practical uses of functions? [closed]

Functions are basically formal equations that relate a set of inputs to output. What are some practical uses for functions and inverse functions?
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Notation for Partial Functions

Suppose we have sets $f$, $A$ and $B$ such that $f\subset A\times B$ and $\forall x\in A\space \forall y,z\in B: [(x,y)\in f \land (x,z)\in f \implies y=z]$ i.e. $f$ is a partial function mapping ...
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Different ways to formally define trigonometric functions

When I first learnt trigonometric functions I was in highschool and obviously the explanation they gave me was mostly intuitive. Now that I have taken my first curse of calculus I learnt a formal ...
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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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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?