Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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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 [closed]

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 ... ...
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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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Good books for 4th graders focusing on fun, interesting and challenging math topics and exercises

My son shows strong interests in math and he is currently a 4th grader. I wonder if there are any good books that could be used to keep up his interests and at the same time challenge him a little ...
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Is Mathematics graduation important for a Computer Scientist?

I know this might be a personal problem, but I often find some friends in the same problem as me so I think this might be helpful to them after all. I am going to graduate in Computer Science in ...
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Depth of the winding river… Not satisfied with answer…

I'm currently studying for the SAT. I'm taking a practice quiz and came across this problem: Now, using simple logic (and a bit of cheating by trial and error) we can easily determine the answer ...
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$\max_{y} \min_{x} f(x,y)$ as motif for exploring mathematics

It's been several years since my undergraduate math days, and I would like to spend a bit of time refreshing and then tackling a few things I never completely mastered. Rather than proceeding topic ...
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What is this called? (Equations involving percentages)

I am trying to describe our formulas to our users, and have forgotten the basic math term for these 2 types. First one is: $$y=x+10\% $$ $$z=y+10\%$$ if $x$ was $10$, then $z$ would be $12.1$. Other ...
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Do you need real analysis to understand complex analysis?

I'm debating whether I should take a course, in complex analysis (using Bak as a text). I've already taken Munkres level topology and "very light" real analysis (proving the basic theorems about ...
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Outline and Goals of a One-Year Calculus Sequence

Our department is considering restructuring our traditional three semester calculus sequence so that the calculus requirement for our majors is satisfied in two semesters. Does your department ...
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Difficulties with Chapter 2 in Rudin

I have been reading Rudin (Principles of Mathematical Analysis) on my own now for around a month or so. While I was able to complete the first chapter without any difficulty, I am having problems ...
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The difference between 10 and 9.99999 … (recurring) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does .99999… = 1? At supper today my daughter was discussing her maths (she's 13) - she had been studying putting decimal numbers into what she called standard ...
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One year course in Mathematics for Computer Science [closed]

I am not sure if I should ask this here. If I should not, apologize for the same. I have done B.Tech in Information Technology and working as a Software Engineer in India. I would like to know if ...
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What should be the next step?

This is a soft/educational question and I'll flag it to be made community wiki. A little bit of background, first. I am in my last undergraduate year, and I took a graduate course in category theory; ...
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How should I teach a high school student about inverse functions?

Today I tried to teach a high school student about inverse functions. I gave him this problem and defined the parts that he didn't understand: Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, $x \mapsto ...
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Practical implementation of Mathematics

I am 21 years old now. I have been studying Mathematics in school, college and now in university but I simply feel that I don't practically understand it. For example, I can solve complex questions on ...
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Books to study for Math GRE, self-study, have some time.

I just graduated from a regional university in the US with a minor in mathematics. There is a masters program overseas, for economics, that I want to attend but they require applicants to take the ...
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How can I find videos of mathematics at graduate level, especially on linear algebraic groups

I am studying mathematics by myself, and I find it very helpful to watch online course videos. There are many such videos on undergraduate courses, such as elementary calculus, abstract algebra, ...
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How to not make mistakes like ($4-20=16$) and other simplistic errors? I've lost 40% of the exam because of this :s [closed]

I would like to ask here a question that is not only about math but about attention. How I might improve in order to don't make mistakes like this.. thanks (: UPDATE1: Recheck every calculation is ...
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Foreign undergraduate study possibilities for a student in Southeastern Europe

In the (non-EU) country I live in, the main problem with undergraduate education is that it's awfully constrained. I have only a minimal choice in choosing my courses, I cannot take graduate courses, ...
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Ways to teach fractions

I'm tutoring elementary-level kids on equivalent fractions and am not doing a very good job of explaining it. I've tried using the example of a pizza or a pie and have shown them how they can come up ...
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Random variables: How would you explain it to a beginner?

Different types of random variables: (discrete) Binomial, hypergeometric, geometric, Poisson (continuous) Uniform, normal, exponential Random variables are very useful tools when solving simple and ...
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Programs for precocious prodigies

I am the director of my university's mathematics honors program, and we just had an inquiry from the parent of a 15 year old who has already completed most of the math courses for a standard ...