# Tagged Questions

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### Computing of the Gamma Function

I have stumbled upon Gamma functions when dealing with Gamma distributions on my studies with basic statistics. However, I have not understood how its computation expands factorials to real and ...
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### Explaining multiplication of fractions

The best way I've been able to describe multiplication is as $$a\times b = \sum^a_{i=1} b$$ But my definition does not account for things such as $2.99792458\times8.987551787$ and ...
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### A graph of all of mathematics

In mathematics, one often makes (proves) statements on the basis of: Previously proven statements Axioms I like to think of these dependencies as a directed graph, with edges from the accepted ...
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### University-level books focusing on intuition?

I help some students with difficulties in Mathematics and Physics (especially math, physics, and engineering majors). While in high school they usually don't study, or are not interested, etc., in ...
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### Explaining math solution to a 9-year-old

I have a problem called "The Prison Problem" that I need to explain to my 9-year-old cousin. I would think that he has just started learning about divisors and perfect squares, and as such, I have a ...
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### Learning Math Efficienctly and Succeeding in Grad School

I'm currently a second year Ph.D. student studying pure math. I've recently come to the conclusion that I must be studying wrong. Actually, more to the point, I must be thinking about mathematics ...
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### understanding maths by translating it to real world? Any learn to formulate Initiatives? [closed]

I am CSE graduate, I was very much interested in physics. I had several theories during my higher secondary school like i thought of vacuum as a special medium than nothingness and like gravity is ...
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### Visual proof ot the distributive property in $\mathbb{Z}$

Is there a intuitive/visual (not formal) "proof" that the distributive property holds in $\mathbb{Z}$? For the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ I know something like this: There are two ways to get ...
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### Are any authors experimenting with including (formally meaningless) aids to human understanding in their mathematical writing?

Are any authors experimenting with including (formally meaningless) aids to human understanding in their mathematical writing? For instance, there's at least five ways to understand a function, ...
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### How do you explain the concept of logarithm to a five year old?

Okay I understand that it cannot be explained to a 5 year old. But, how do you explain the logarithm to primary school students?
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### A Formal and Precise treatment of Simplification?

I am looking to gain a deeper understanding of, and increase my own skill in "Mathematical Simplification". But I've been finding the concept overly vague and haven't been able to find any good ...
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### Do you prove all theorems whilst studying?

When you come across a new theorem, do you always try to prove it first before reading the proof within the text? I'm a CS undergrad with a bit of an interest in maths. I've not gone very far in my ...
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### practical uses of matrix multiplication

The use of matrix multiplication is usually given with graphics initially (scalings, translations, rotations, etc). Then there are more in-depth examples such as counting the number of walks between ...
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I throw two coins (simultaneously). A student (very much a beginner in both math and probability theory) thought that the following 3 outcomes are equally likely: "two heads", "two tails", "a head and ...