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Why the $\log$ is so special?

When I first learn about the logarithm function $\log$ or $\ln$. My professor said that $\log x$ is a function that when we derive we get the inverse function $1/x$. This $\log$ becomes very popular ...
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How to get a top-notch Math education (high school level) online?

For the past years, it is becoming more and more accessible to get college level content from many different sources, and, if one is willing can get very far with his math education (not only by ...
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Swapping Theorems with definitions

My question is motivated from the following passage of Gian-Carlo Rota's Indiscrete Thoughts, 'Suppose you are given two formal presentations of the same mathematical theory. The definitions of the ...
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Is there a link between level of abstraction and use of numbers?

One of my friend who stopped studying maths in high school told me once You study maths, can you help me fill my tax forms? In her mind, advancing in maths studies implied manipulating an ...
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A problem V.I. Arnold solved as a primary school student

According to a 1995 interview that Vladimir I. Arnold gave to the Notices of the AMS, his primary school teacher I.V. Morozkin gave in 1949 (when Vladimir I. Arnold was 12 years old) to a Soviet ...
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Reform of math symbols for high school texts

I am looking for references to papers and resources related to reforming math symbols for introductory courses at middle or high school level. Pointers to other forums also welcome. Eidt: For ...
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Reflections on math education

Why is there such a big difference in math education between The Americas and (Europe and Asia) ? except for a few privileged who have the opportunity to access to math much earlier than the ordinary ...
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Who made now part of the problem?

Who came up with the meme of putting the current year as a four digit number into exercise problems? Is there a known first historical account?
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Survey/encyclopaedia/website of mathematical theorems connected

Is there, or is someone creating a survey/encyclopaedia/website of mathematical theorems which connects theorems together with their assumptions (axioms, other theorems, hypotheses etc.)? I'm thinking ...
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Where can I find the 1960s New Math syllabus?

I've been looking everywhere for even a short summary of the content of the 1960s New Mathematics Math education reform in the US but I cannot ;-; Does anyone know?
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Where can I get all mathematician's birth day and death day?

Did anyone do some some similar statistic thing? wiki's page is too few. mathematician in wiki For example, I want to know which day/ month that most mathematicians be born or died.
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Who are the greatest mathematicians of the last years? Don't give a ranking, comment on recent achievements that led to new areas in mathematics. [closed]

Let me begin by saying that I agree that the question should be addressed carefully, I intend this as a pedagogical exercise. Every musician has its favorite musicians of all time, even if he agrees ...
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Is there a way to determine how many solution does “ The hundred Fowls problems” have looking at the coefficients?

I was looking at the different versions of the hundred fowls problems. I came across the problem posed by Chinese mathematicians posed in 5th century,and then Indians in 9th, 10th centuries. Alcuin of ...
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Films about math: a question about math education and motivation for learning math

I'm interested in movies about or related with mathematics or physics, I mean not documentaries which I also consider movies, but artistic or mainstream films about math. Now I have the following in ...
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Good examples for mathemathical problems/statements that are easely solvable/provable in one theory and hard to solve/prove in another

Let $P$ be a mathematical statement or a mathematical problem. I am looking for a couple of nice examples for $P$ that satisfy the following criteria: Given two (or more) mathematical points of view ...
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Real World Usage Examples and Historical Origin of Beginning Algebra (HS Algebra I and II)

I have a high schooler who I need to get energized about math. She excels in other sciences, but does not in math. The issue, I learned after some discussion, is that she doesn't find math interesting ...
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Research done by high-school students

I'm giving a talk soon to a group of high-school students about open problems in mathematics that high-school students could understand. To inspire them, I would like to give them examples of ...
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History of Quadratic Formula

My wife is planning a lesson on the quadratic formula for high school students, who have previously learned how to complete the square. It would be nice to open the lesson with some historical ...
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Expanding squares and simplification of equations

as i'm reading a paper "An Underdetermined Linear System for GPS" By Dan Kalman i understand the paper but when i traced the equations there's something i don't understand ,may be my mathematics is ...
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How much math education was typical in the 18th & 19th century?

Was it unusual for people in those days to learn Calculus? Could a grad student take a course in differential equations or multi-variable Calculus, or did they have to learn from journals? I am always ...
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What is the origin of the prefix logic notation used in WFF 'N PROOF?

The classic "modern logic" game of WFF 'N PROOF uses a set of symbols to represent logical relations that I've seen used nowhere else: $C$ for then; $A$ for or; $K$ for and; $E$ for if and only if; ...
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Historical basis and mathematical significance of Riemann surfaces

It is written in Riemann Surfaces (Oxford Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Simon Donaldson, that: "[t]he theory of Riemann surfaces occupies a very special place in mathematics. It is a culmination ...