Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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I'm teaching a college geometry course. What should I cover?

I've been asked to teach "Foundations of Geometry" at the University of South Carolina. Apparently, professors in the past have all done very different things, and I have a lot of choice in the ...
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How to get better at algebraic manipulations?

I've always been able to manipulate equations found in school homework easily. But when tackling more challenging questions from puzzle books - where I might need three quarters of a page to ...
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How to introduce basis vectors

What is attractive way to introduce basis vectors? I am looking for a hook that students will find motivating. It needs to have an impact. I have normally introduced it by just stating independent ...
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Can the order of learning be changed?

I have been advised by many people to learn from scratch. So I decided to learn it. But I have the following questions in my mind. Can we skip "the Trinity" and learn something else directly? ("the ...
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Getting a masters in Mathematics

I'm not entirely sure that this is the right medium for this question, so feel free to close it at will. I'm basically wondering where there are some strong programs to get a masters in mathematics. ...
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Riddles involving Truth Tables

I'm looking for a simple riddle I can use to introduce the concept of a truth table. Thanks
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Too many topics taught in class? Frustrated student in need of advice and encouragement. [closed]

Location: New York CUNY (as education systems might be different in other places) I started my life studying philosophy and psychology and then at 22 transitions to computer science. It took me a ...
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Programmer understanding academic writings on maths

I would like to know in which order I should learn different areas of maths so I can have a robust overview of all the theory in case I need something for a computer programming problem. So I've ...
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Can Kolmogorov's dream of '62 be realized? [closed]

Can Kolmogorov's dream of '62 be realized? Let me try however to formulate my long-time dreams: to formulate the general logical foundation of mathematics in a way that would allow them to ...
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Math department space design ideas

I'm looking for resources on design space for academic departments, particularly, We've been asked to provide ideas on designing a "dream math department". I'd like to gather some ideas for doing ...
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Resources for kids education

Most of the questions on MSE about educational resources are for high school. At least I haven't found questions which deals with sites on very elementary mathematics. I will be grateful if someone ...
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Studying quantum mechanics without physics background

I am a first year PhD math student, and I am wondering if I should study quantum mechanics even though I don't have an undergrad background in physics. I posted this question in physics ...
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Teaching abstract maths concepts to young children.

I am interested in opinions and, if possible, references for published research, about the pros and cons of teaching abstract maths concepts to young children. My younger brother (five years old) ...
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What is the importance of determinants in linear algebra?

In some literature on linear algebra determinants play a critical role and are emphasized in the earlier chapters. (See books by Anton & Rorres, and Lay). However in other literature it is totally ...
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Would nonmath students be able to understand this?

For a course, I am required to do a presentation. The topic could either be something mundane, like a career strategy report, or something more interesting, such as a controversial topic, or an ...
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Numerator vs. denominator vs. nominator

What is appropriate usage of "numerator", "denominator", and "nominator" to refer to parts of a fraction? I'm posting this question and answer here because I had little luck finding a clear ...
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Should students be taught that $\int dx/x = \log(|x|)$? [closed]

I think in precalculus students should be taught the following: Euler's identity for $e^{i \theta}$. The principal value of $log(x)$ for $x<0$. Then in Calculus they should be taught that $\int ...
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“Negative” versus “Minus”

As a math educator, do you think it is appropriate to insist that students say "negative $0.8$" and not "minus $0.8$" to denote $-0.8$? The so called "textbook answer" regarding this question reads: ...
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When is something “obvious”?

I try to be a good student but I often find it hard to know when something is "obvious" and when it isn't. Obviously (excuse the pun) I understand that it is specific to the level at which the writer ...
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Mat-1.1020 L2 course material generated by students? [closed]

Mat-1.1020 L2 course is a course usually taken by theoretical-physicist-dept students in Aalto University, here official site. It is a mass course that a massive amount of students fail every year. It ...
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What remains in student's mind

I'm a first year graduate student of mathematics and I have an important question. I like studying math and when I attend, a course I try to study in the best way possible, with different textbooks ...
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Mathematics for beginners

I am not great at math. Last test I did I got a 5.5, just made it. My questions is: Is there a Website(software/on line-books) that can help me practice my math? It doesn't matter how many sites ...
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Extracurricular ideas for UK GCSE level maths student

My daughter is 15 years old and enjoys her maths classes (perhaps only because her maths homework takes her the least amount of time). Until now I have managed to introduce her to subject matter ...
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Where does binary arithmetic/manipulation enter the mathematics/engineering curriculum?

Binary arithmetic is both an educational basis for elementary logic and an pervasive tool for practical mechanics in managing computer systems (at a very particular level). That is the state of ...
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The Importance Of Good Teachers and Guidance In the Academics

I'm a first year student for a math degree. I'm very curious on how good students overcome their bad teachers in the journey of learning and grasping the courses material fully, all in the pressure of ...
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Derivation vs. proof

I imagine that Ramanujan and many other gifted mathematicians achieved results by derivation, meaning they followed a trail that led to a result, then proved it later if at all. Is this so and if so, ...
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What math should a programmer know?

I am an application programmer focussing on Line Of Business (LOB) applications. I am from non-mathematics and non-CS background. What mathematics should I learn which help me improve my programming ...
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Factoring $ac$ to factor $ax^2+bx+c$

I was watching a first-year high-school-algebra student struggle with factoring quadratics last night. Given a quadratic $ax^2+bx+c$ (I'll give you the exact example in a moment), her method — ...
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Proofreading services for mathematical texts

Are there any reputable proofreading services out there for texts with mathematical content? I may need such a service soon. My native language is not English and, even if it were, I would want the ...
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Loss estimation for replacement of stolen item

If an item of price $x$ is stolen from me or lost (assume that it is never going to be found again or returned to me), and I replace it by buying it again, but at its current price $y$, what is my ...
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any Math game for kids?

I need to plan a "game" for kids about 10-11 years old that involves mathematics and some physical activity or game. It must be short-time and not very difficult because it's a stage of a big game. ...
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Undergrad Student Trying to Figure Out What to Study

this is my first time on stack exchange and I am seeking advice for my future studies. Some background first; I am a undergraduate student pursuing a degree in mathematics and I hope to pursue ...
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General definition of growth in mathematics

From high school math one knows "linear growth", "exponential growth", "logistic growth", "bounded growth" etc., but is there a common accepted general definition of "growth" which covers the special ...
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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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Masters in Actuarial Science

I am applying to a grad school for the Masters in Actuarial Science. Now i am getting cold feet. I do love math, i was always good in math (not excellent or a genius). Did all adv. calculus classes ...
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Good math software [closed]

I have finally decided to go more deep into math and cs, so to do that I will need proper tool, math tool. Could you please tell me what's the best open source math tool on the web today, since as far ...
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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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Learning approach of simultaneously enhance creation and imagination skills instead of 'follow' approach

I am a math-major bachelor student. And I want to get some advice about the approach I'm trying now for learning maths, not for efficiency, but for depth and fully-mastered. Firstly, I want to know ...
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When my teacher gives me a question involving summation notation, do they expect us to calculate it by hand?

Assuming we don't have a calculator that can do summation notation. My class is not up to summation yet, but I'm asking a question involving this concept because I'm not all that experienced using it. ...
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Which calculus text should I use for self-study?

I am 36 years old, and have forgotten a lot of math from high school, of which I only took up to Algebra 2. However I am teaching myself mathematics and am now, as an adult, completely fascinated ...
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Math Database For Problem Descriptions In An App.

I am developing an app for kids and they will have a variety of problems from percentage problems, absolute value problems, negative number problems, fraction problems, etc. I was hoping to have a ...
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Starting my nephew out on the journey to higher mathematics.

My nephew is 8 years old and shows great promise as a student. Sadly, as most of you know most programs in secondary education don't offer any foundational courses for higher mathematics. What ...
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How do I get into a masters course in pure mathematics?

My question is as stated in the title and to elaborate more: I would like to know if there are any standardized international exams to enter a masters course in pure mathematics (besides GRE Math) ...
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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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Mind maps of Advanced Mathematics and various branches thereof

I would like to get a list of mind maps of advanced mathematics topics. As an example, I have posted one below. I would be happy if you post such other maps. Making one and posting it here is also ...
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Opinions on foundational math materials to teach 8th grade, 9th grade kids at a Summer Camp

I have been asked to teach mathematics/physics to a few 8th grade/9th grade kids for a summer camp. I have been thinking about it and I realized that I could go about it in two ways: One of the ways ...
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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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Where can I find math plans for US primary / secondary education?

I'd really like to have an overview of how math is being studied in US. I would love to see how it compares to primary / secondary education in Europe (ex Yugoslav countries). TIA
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Quickest way to understand Kruskal's Tree Theorem

I came across the Kruskal Tree Theorem the other day and thought it looked pretty interesting (especially the stronger finite form due to Friedman). I'm currently a first year mathematics ...
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Is a good GRE score enough for a non-math graduate to be accepted in a decent pure mathematics graduate program?

I have a computer engineering degree , and i have studied several mathematics courses like single variable and multiples variables calculus , complex variables , probability , numerical analysis ... ...