Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
0answers
76 views

Are “Transition Books” (Spivak/Apostol/Courant) really necessary?

Why do so many people recommend Spivak, Apostol, and Courant calculus textbooks, especially as a preparation toward the advanced courses like analysis and abstract algebra? Are they really necessary? ...
0
votes
3answers
55 views

I can't understand how to factor a quadratic

I can't figure out why some actions are possible in factoring $\frac{r–3}{r^2+11r–42}$. Factor the quadratic out of the denominator $\frac{r-3}{(r-3)(r+14)}$. This does not make sense how can $+11$ be ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Textbook error or my own error, Law of sines question.

A triangle with side 8 inches and corresponding angle 13 degrees, side x inches and corresponding angle 120 degrees. To answer this I set up a proportion: $sin(13)/8=sin(120)/x$ ...
6
votes
3answers
140 views

What are the differences in mental skills required to master abstract algebra and analysis?? [on hold]

I had took undergraduate-level abstract algebra and analysis courses before. And I find I can do proofs in analysis faster than in abstract algebra. However some other students is opposite to me. I ...
-1
votes
0answers
49 views

Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others? [migrated]

Not sure if this belongs on the Academia site, but since I'm a math major and the question is based solely on my observation of mathematics professors, I figured this site would be best. At my ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

Are the geometric sequences a subspace of all infinite sequences of real numbers

I'm a little confused about how to prove that the given infinite sequence is a subset of "the space of all infinite sequences." so V = subspace of all infinite sequence of real numbers so $$(x_0, ...
10
votes
0answers
99 views

Is it a good approach to heavily depend on visualization to learn math?

I am a third year undergraduate and I am a beginner on these "real mathematics" (no pun intended). Before contacting the "real math", my math level should be considered to be "good", although I was ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Applied Linear Algebra | Linear Dependent Matrix

Question: My response: Am I solving the above question correctly? Or am I on the wrong path? Thank you for your help.
0
votes
2answers
26 views

Applied Linear Algebra |

Question: Determine whether or not any column in the matrix is a linear combination of other columns. Provide a general method for answering the same question for any n x n matrix A. My response: ...
0
votes
3answers
51 views

Struggling with integration/differentiation

quick question as I'm sure this is simple but it has me stumped. I have to integrate and differentiate this equation. Not sure on the exponential, had a couple of goes but it doesn't look right. ...
1
vote
2answers
45 views

How to score a second try on a multiple choice test

Suppose a multiple choice question has $n$ answers. You allow a student $m$ tries. The student gets the correct answer on the $k$-th try. What is a "fair" score?
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Understanding and teaching the concept of derivative

I need to prepare an introductory lecture about derivatives and the concept of differentiation to a class of people with a general mathematical background (who have also studied calculus a few years ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Is there a standard notation for $(p_i-k)(p_{i-1}-k)(p_{i-2}-k)\cdots$ where $k$ is a small positive integer

For $k=0$, there is: $p_i\# = (p_i)(p_{i-1})(p_{i-2})\cdots(5)(3)(2)$ For $k=1$, there is: $\varphi(p_i\#) = (p_i-1)(p_{i-1}-1)(p_{i-2}-1)\cdots(5-1)(3-1)(2-1)$ Is there any other notation that ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Prob. 2.7-10 in Kreyszig's Functional Analysis Book: Is my solution good enough for anciliary purposes?

With valuable help from the SE community, I've managed to come up with the following solution to Prob. 10 after Sec. 2.7 in Introductory Functional Analysis With Applications by Erwine Kreyszig. I ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

Ideas for math problem solving class for undergraduate students in university

In our university there is a huge gap between two group of students. a group of them came from Math Olympiad competitions and have a very strong background from high school but others, they have just ...
5
votes
4answers
840 views

Albert, Bernard and Cheryl popular question (Please comment on my theory)

Here is the problem, I think that there is one point that makes the question ambiguous, I think they should explicitly say the reason why Albert knows that Bernard does not know the date. Case 1: ...
4
votes
3answers
159 views

Monotonous function or monotonic function

I am from a non-English speaking country. Should we say monotonous function or monotonic function?
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Pursuing Maths after Majoring in Engineering

I will be graduating this summer with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. I want to pursue my interest in the field of mathematics. If anyone can provide guidance on how to go about it? ...
3
votes
1answer
105 views

Mathematics books that tell you what is really happening? [closed]

Many book I've read teach you symblobic manipulations instead of pointing out what's really happening. So my question would be: what mathematics textbooks don't do that? Books that rather than listing ...
8
votes
1answer
77 views

Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
2
votes
0answers
50 views

What are the current frontiers of mathematics? [closed]

In language suitable for an undergraduate student familiar with the basic objets of interest and classical techniques used in the major subfields of mathematics, what are the ''frontiers'' of modern ...
-1
votes
2answers
90 views

Mathematics problems clock

Long ago, I had an idea of creating (actually, labeling) a clock that will have, instead of the numbers 1,…,12, important mathematical problems whose solution turned out to be that number. Such a ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Variable weight more than another in probability

I'm about to create a ICU pediatric indicator about died and survived patients. I have the next table about the formula that I wish create. My question is... is there any subject inside the ...
0
votes
1answer
249 views

Does one necessarily need an MS in Math before taking a PhD in Math? [closed]

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Help needed for a step by step calculation

I hope I can get some help to understand step by step calculations for formulas below. If I have a weighted distance formula like below: $d(O, P) = \sqrt{\frac{\hat{x_1^2}}{\hat{s_{11}}} + ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

How should a DE course be re-written, if Gian-Carlo Rota is correct?

Admittedly a soft question but an important one, I think. The questions I've asked below are questions that can be answered, and not just discussed. I read this essay yesterday by Gian-Carlo Rota ...
1
vote
5answers
65 views

What does the solution of a PDE represent?

So I took a course in PDE's this semester and now the semester is over and I'm still having issue with what exactly we solved for. I mean it in this sense, in your usual first or second calculus ...
3
votes
1answer
136 views

Advice on mathematical cources and profession

I am a class 9 student studying in India. I deeply love mathematics and I am aspiring to become a mathematician ( I am aiming for research and development). My hobbies include learning and trying to ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Finding extrema of a cubic equation

I'm brushing up on my calculus and working through Dennis Zill's Calculus w. Analytic Geometry. Problem #39 in section 4.7 describes two light sources and gives the illuminance function of a light ...
1
vote
2answers
53 views

If negative of negative (--) = positive then why not positive of positive(++)= negative

As per my understanding positive and negative are just indicative of direction of number axes with zero at the center. If that is the case we should apply same laws to both positive and negative ...
3
votes
8answers
175 views

Find Matrix $A^{50}$?

Find the matrix $A^{50}$ given $$A = \begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ as well as for $$A=\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 0 \\ 2 & 1\end{bmatrix}$$ I was practicing some questions ...
5
votes
1answer
45 views

Any elementary proof for Euler's product formula for sine

Is there a proof for the following fomula of Euler which does not use complex analysis or fourier analysis? $${\sin (\pi x)} = \pi x\prod_{n=1}^\infty\left(1 - \frac{x^2}{n^2}\right).$$ Suppose that ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

rectangular prisms

The question I'm currently trying to solve calls for 6 different ways to stack rectangular prisms evenly. So, each outcome must differentiate from one another, in terms of surface area. L = 19.7cm / ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Why does Herstein define Normalizer and Centralizer to be the same?

Topics In Algebra 2nd edition, Section 2.5 exercise 13, "If $a \in G$, define $N(a)=\{x \in G \mid xa=ax \} \dots N(a)$ is usually called the normalizer or centralizer of $a$ in $G$." Usually the ...
3
votes
4answers
125 views

Good way to convince a young kid that $0*0 = 0$?

My little brother (6 years old) asked me a question ("What is $0*0$?") and gave an answer to his own question which I found ridiculous so I refuted it but he still thinks he is right. He says that ...
4
votes
1answer
100 views

Quality of Videos Lectures and Lectures vs Textbooks

I am a student trying to learn different subjects by watching video lectures and reading on my own time. I was wondering if the lectures from ICTP and nptelhrd are a great use of my time. I tried ICTP ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

How to get real value after discount.

Suppose my item real value is 100. and i have given discount 10 % to my customer. Now the changed value of item id 90. If i set value 110 and give 10% discount then i got result 99. but i need result ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Potential Careers in Math For Someone with Testing Disability

I've been studying math for several years (Bachelor's in pure mathematics) at university, and so far, I've been receiving excellent scores on the homework exercises (over 95% average) in all subjects ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

Finding the equations of two lines that meet in a point.

"Give the equations of two lines that meet at the point (2, -3, 5) and which meet at right angles, but do not use that point in either of the equations." I am having a bad time with this one. I ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Question about graduate textbook and class.

I am a senior in mathematics, and I have had Advanced Cal I, but currently go to a no name school (there were only three people in the class). I have also taken Advanced Cal II as an independent ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

how many fewer grames of caffeine is she consuming each week?

how many fewer grames of caffeine is she consuming each week? I try with the following 2*97*7 + 5 * 6 *7 = 1358 +210 = 1568 mg convert to gram = 1.568 but not correct , please help how calculate ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

Where can I find colleges around Tallahassee, Florida that offer math courses that qualifies someone to teach college level math classes?

Are there any colleges around Tallahassee, Florida where I can take 1 or 2 math classes to teach math on the college level? I applied to teach full-time at the community college in Tallahassee but ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

Undergraduate research in logic and/or algebra

I am currently an undergraduate in my junior year and am planning to do a yearlong project next year (essentially a yearlong undergraduate thesis). I am interested generally in algebra and logic, and ...
5
votes
2answers
89 views

How to prove whether the equation set has a unique solution?

\begin{eqnarray} \begin{cases} \sin A \sin C-(\sin B)^2=0 \cr AC-B^2=0 \cr A+B+C-\pi=0 \cr A>0,B>0,C>0 \end{cases} \end{eqnarray} How to prove whether the equation set has a unique solution ...
3
votes
2answers
60 views

Which optimization problem to use when I want to explain the concept of optimization to a layman?

I am looking some problem, which would be: Easy to understand Hard to solve intuitively Touch our everyday lives I am doing research in optimization using evolutionary computation. When people ...
0
votes
2answers
43 views

Consider the following expression about natural number: \forall n\exists m: m^{2}=n .

$$ \forall n\exists m: m^{2}=n $$ How do I interpret this? This is part of my assignment question but I cant carry on without understanding this.
1
vote
1answer
10 views

Finding the number of years in a compound interest formula

My question is: Suppose that I have $\$2,500$ in an investment account. I want this to grow to $\$5,000$. Approximately how long it would take to do this if my account earns $3.5\%$ compounded ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

Adjacency vs Laplacian matrix

There are different ways to represent a graph but adjacency and laplacian matrices are the two most powerful ones having various properties. Recently, a student asked me when exactly we should use ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Which book was used for Math 112 at Harvard back in 2001--2002?

I've downloaded problem sets for the course Math 112 of 2001--2002 at the Harvard Mathematics Department. In some of the problems, there're references to a certain book, but since there is no syllabus ...
10
votes
1answer
243 views

How to Self-Study Mathematical Methods?

Edit: Ok, user Chinny84 made comment that truly helps narrow the focus of my question. Basically, I'm asking for a self-study course of Mathematical Methods. Thanks to his recommendation I ...