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Recovering past years [on hold]

I am a senior math student studying at an average college. I was familiar with abstract algebra and number theory before I start the college. However, for the past 4 years, I have faced some ...
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What kind of mathematics do I need to know to understand virtual reality very well? [on hold]

In my life I want to develop the virtual reality industry and I wanted to know what kind of mathematics will help me get there, I'm sure that every mathematical subject is helpful, but I mean ...
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Why is recursion theory suffering from terminological bloat?

Several questions on MSE in recent months and most recently this one have made me feel that recursion theory is suffering from terminology bloat. Why have so many synonyms for "recursive" and ...
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What is the mathematical nature of $i$? [duplicate]

It is well known that $i$ is unit imaginary part of any complex number, but many uses of $i$ show that has others mathematical properties, for example in integration area, if I want to compute ...
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Is there a unique solution to this upstream/downstream canoe rowing proposition?

A man jumped into his canoe and paddled upstream for one mile. After this, he continued for another fifteen minutes. Having arrived at his destination, he then turned around and paddled downstream, ...
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How does advancing through the math major work? [on hold]

I am an undergrad math major that just completed Calculus 3 last semester. This semester I signed up for Discrete Mathematics, and will be taking Intro to Advanced/Abstract Math next. Of course-- I ...
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How do I get my mathematical thinking back on track? [on hold]

I used to be very good in math at school (though I suppose in a "big fish in a small pond" kind of way). The last years, however, the material was not that challenging, the pace was slow, and I ...
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Reference in Latex [migrated]

For my thesis references, When I run latex, in pdf appear like below Aliabadi, M. H. The Boundary Element Method, Applications in Solids and Structures, Vol. 2, J. Wiley, New York, 2002. 4 Baudouin, ...
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Polar System with Short Answers, How $U(0, \theta)=\pi$ will be calculated?

I read some notes on Laplace. I ran into a short answer question as follows. We have a Laplace equation in Polar Systems: $\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}(r\frac{\partial u}{\partial ...
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Good introductory book in geometric probability

I recently came across the proof of the Buffon theorem and I was fascinated by geometric probability. Could someone indicate me a good introductory book? Maybe with many exercises?
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Is it to the students' advantage to learn the language of infinitesimals?

A colleague of mine asked an interesting question reproduced below with his permission. It is reasonable to ask whether it is to the students' advantage to learn the language of infinitesimals - ...
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Dynamic systems formula

One simple questions that i dont seem to find a answer for, is there a general equation for dynamic systems and/or is there a way to describe dynamic systems in equations? Thank you!
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Methods for solving for partial fraction coefficients.

When I present partial fraction decomposition, there are typically two approaches to solve for the coefficients of the fractions: Clear the fractions, multiply out the products, and equate ...
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What are some surprising appearances of $e$?

I recently came across the following beautiful and seemingly out-of-the-blue appearance of $e$: $E[\xi]=e$, where $\xi$ is a random variable that is defined as follows. It's the minimum number of ...
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How to express $\log_5 2$ in terms of a and b (Refer to qn)

In my textbook, I came across this interesting question which I am currently struggling to solve: If $\log_6 2 = a$ and $\log_5 3 = b$, express $\log_5 2$ in terms of a and b The solution given is ...
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convert Hex value to two's Complement

for example, let's say: 0xE5 assume the system is 8 -bit in decimal it's = 229 and in Binary it's = 1110 0101 the Two's Complement rules said: sign-bit, which's the most left, indicates a negative ...
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Game Theory Projects for Undergrads

I am looking for some project ideas for beginning math students in the topic of game theory. I am not very knowledgeable in the topic so it would be great if I could get an good introductory source to ...
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recommend math books [closed]

So i completed an year ago my schooling and i am pretty good at maths well at my level and i am very interested in maths and want to learn as much maths as possible and i like stuff like number ...
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Why are surds put on the numerator in the final answer when it is a fraction. [duplicate]

I have learnt that a fraction with a surd in its most simplest form should have the surd in the numerator and not the denominator? Why is it convention not to leave the surd on the denominator? Is it ...
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mathematician who changed the world [closed]

I’m interested to know about mathematician and mathematical problems that changed the world. For example enigma machine + code braking, if you know amazing stories like this please comment them below
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Why do we teach Calculus in High School instead of, say, programming? [closed]

I was wondering "Why do we teach Calculus in High School instead of programming?" 'Calculus' only goes up to about partial derivatives, then its called different things like real analysis and other ...
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Why are math textbooks that are considered good books so hard to read? Why do authors make their books difficult to read? [closed]

I've noticed that many books that are difficult to read are considered some of the best. Why does hard to read indicate that it is rigorous? For example: Rudin, Apostol, Lang, Hungerford, Ahlfors, ...
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consider the coordinates of the bounding area inclusive the range coordinates

I am stuck with a very trivial issue here. I have following coordinates: (xMin,yMin) = (-500,-500) (xMax,yMax) = (764,-26) and the step size is 79. I need to consider all the coordinates inclusive ...
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E versus e when using scientific notation

When I was calculating pressures in different units, I decided to use Google out of laziness. First I tried: 1.013e-10 mbar and received a result of: ...
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Mathematical usage of “$\dots$” during enumeration, is it ok to be imprecise?

I am guilty of writing things like the following in proofs: so by lemma 1.2 we have that for $k<n$ all of the integers $k,k+1,k+2,k+3,\dots ,n$ are pompous. I really like how this looks, the ...
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Theorem 2.27 (a) in Baby Rudin: Is his proof complete enough?

Here's Theorem 2.27 (a) in the book Principles of Mathematical Analysis by Walter Rudin, 3rd edition: If $X$ is a metric space and $E \subset X$, then $\overline{E}$ is closed. Now here's ...
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What's the mathematical symbol to say “It doesn't depend on …”?

If I want to say x doesn't exist I would use the symbol $\nexists$ If I want to say x is a member of... I would use $\in$ But what's the symbol to say y doesn't depend on x? I know I could write ...
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Logic with numbers

Nick wrote each of the numbers from 1 to 9 in the cells of the 3x3 table below. Only 4 of the numbers can be seen in the figure. Nick noticed that for the number 5, the sum of the numbers in the ...
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How to prove $\sin3θ=3\sinθ-4\sin^3θ$

I was solving an A Level past paper (November 2014 P32) when I stumbled upon this question. It first asks us to expand $\sin(2θ+θ)$ which is easy using the identity $\sin(A+B)=\sin A\cos B+\cos A\sin ...
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How important is the choice of books in studying Analysis?

I am in a fix. I have done a graduate course in Pure Mathematics.I love to study abstract algebra.I want to do postgraduate in Mathematics especially in Abstract Algebra . In order to enter a ...
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What does meant “Uncounditional proof” and why should believe it that is a complet proof?

I have tried many times to understand what it does meant "Uncounditionally proof" but i don't succed , only I think that is the proof which produced from Insufficient conditions and and havn't enough ...
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Got some problem with math [closed]

First of all sorry, if this is the wrong place to post this, didn't found a better tag for it. So I used to be/am quite good in math, however recently I discovered a big weakness I have. Whenever I ...
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List of Interesting African Mathematics Blogs

Title says it all: looking for info on any Mathematics blogs that are either contributed to by bloggers on the African continent, or have an African continent focus (for example someone living outside ...
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Estimating Number of Scratch Tickets Remaining

So, in my statistics class we discussed the recent huge jackpot, but we decided to focus on something more "trackable"—scratch tickets. A part of the assignment is to figure out how many tickets are ...
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What is the probability that a person wins the game on the first roll?

I can't seem to find an answer for the title/question above and so I thought I'd ask. The aim of the game is to get a higher number than your competitor using only one dice. If two people (For ...
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Understanding (proportional to) through an example.

This question may be redundant and I apologize in advance but I am really having a hard time to digest the notion of proportional to in mathematics. Kindly, can someone simplify the idea of it and ...
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Can someone explain how I can triangulate using angles and one side of a Right-angled triangle?

I've been looking around, trying to find a simple way explaining why and how to calculate distance using the triangulation technique, but I'm still pretty confused, I've got some simple math notions, ...
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Increased Math Productivity on Mobile Devices [closed]

I have been answering questions on Math.SE for a (relatively) short time now, and I have found that answering questions on my Android phone is somewhat of a nightmare. I end up commenting much of the ...
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summer program for college freshman

I'm a college freshman and I'm studying mathematics. Do you know any summer programs that would be suitable for a European student? If you have any personal experience, can you tell me about it? ...
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Are there any online math games similar to CheckIO or CodeCombat?

There are several nice online programming games where you need to solve problems in one place to unlock other places on the map. Are you aware of similar games focussing on math problems? Or (even ...
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Freshman calculus - Stokes's theorem proof

Many calculus text books and courses do not introduce full proof of Stokes's theorem because of differential forms and topological concepts. There are only restrict proofs (for example, simple ...
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Input a matrix with integral element in matlab

I am working on stochastic fractional differential equation , like below $$ D^2y+D^{\frac{3}{2}}y+y=1+t ,\space y(0)=0 ,y(1)=2$$I use RBF's (radial basis function) to solve it .so $y \sim \lambda_1 ...
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Scratch paper alternatives? [closed]

How do you practice complicated calculation when the problem is displayed on your computer screen? Do you always have pieces of paper on the side, or do you have a Wacom tablet connected to your ...
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New method to solve this fractional differential equation

this is my problem \begin{align} & D{{\text{ }}^{2}}\text{ }y\left( x \right)\text{ }+\text{ }D{{\text{ }}^{\frac{3}{2}}}\text{ }y\left( x \right)\text{ }+\text{ }y\left( x \right)\text{ ...
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why don't standard analysis texts relax the injectivity requirement of the multivariable change of variables theorem? [duplicate]

In standard multivariable analysis texts, the change of variables for multivariable integration in Euclidean space is almost always stated for a $C^1$ diffeomorphism $\phi$, giving the familiar ...
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Is there a place that lists graduate institutions and their specialties? [closed]

I'm currently a sophomore at a Canadian university, and due to some recent head butts in a few maths classes, I'm realizing I don't know what I want to do in grad school (or if I even want to go for ...
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New Elementary Function?

In the February 2000 issue of FOCUS magazine, a short article suggests that the Lambert W function could be introduced into curriculum as a new elementary function saying: "... a case can be made for ...
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How to explain “why study prime numbers” to 5th Graders?

I tend to teach 5th graders math ever so often just so they can be "friendly" with math in a playful manner, instead of being afraid. However, one question that I constantly struggle with is this: ...
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What is the Pedagogical Justification for Substitution?

My mom is re-learning calculus for the third time (She tutors High School students). And she asked me a question invovling limits: $$\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} \frac{\ln 2x}{\ln 3x}$$ I led her ...
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Why does topology rarely come up outside of topology?

I am currently taking topology and it seems like a completely different branch of math than anything else I have encountered previously. I find it a little strange that things are not defined more ...