Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Why can we square both sides when LHS and RHS is square rooted?

When we have something in this form: $\sqrt{x + a} = \sqrt{y + b}$ A common technique to solve is to square both side so that: $(\sqrt{x + a})^2 = (\sqrt{y + b})^2 \implies x + a = y + b$ I'm an ...
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Real numbers as decimals

I'm looking for a book that develops the theory of real numbers in a rigorous way in terms of their decimal expansions. The exposition should be concrete and preferably aimed at mathematically ...
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Why learn abstract mathematics? What is the point? [closed]

I'm a mathematics college lecturer and have an mphil degree in the subject. But I often wonder why I'm learning this senior undergrad level mathematics---analysis, topology, functional analysis, ...
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Countability - Constant Functions

I am learning about countability. I know about diagonalization and I am confused about constant functions and whether or not they are countable. A constant function in my case would be: $f(0) = 1,$ ...
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Mathematical thinking

I was curious to know some books that would lead to more mature development of mathematical thinking? I know mathematics is not just the computation, but the science of developing patterns and ...
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Example of caculation the cummulative probability

I have a question about probability that I am confusing. I have k bit symbols. Now, I want to calculate the successful decoding probability for k bits. It can defined by this equation ...
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Prove that the exponential function is differentiable

Imagine that you are writing a book on the foundations of analysis. You have already proved that for each $a > 1$ there is a unique function $f_a(x) = a^x$ satisfying the following: $f_a$ is an ...
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A Very Elementary Article or Webpage about Secret Sharing

I'm looking for an article or webpage about secret sharing with Latin squares, accessible to middle school students. I searched but found none. Can you help me? Thanks.
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Arithmetic Progressions Formula

I'm studying progressions in math class in Portugal, and I don't know the words/translation in english for certain things so I'll try to explain. I have this arithmetic progression: 2, 8, 18, 32 ... ...
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How can I learn to recognize the obvious questions?

I have heard and seen several references to "obvious questions", "obvious axioms" and other "obvious" things (I am not referring to obvious results!). Now, in a seminar I am taking, at the end of each ...
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First hand written draft Or LaTex typed draft; when some one want to publish?

When some one solve a math research problem and want to publish it somewhere; of course one should type it in LaTex. My Question: What should be the ideal way(time) to type it, I mean first one ...
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Find Dot Product of two points in latitude and longitude.

Let's say we have two points $P1 = (\text{lat}1, \text{long}1) , P2 = (\text{lat}2,\text{long}2)$. How do i find the cross product of this two points?
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Taking Calculus II and Calculus III at the same time?

A little background: I'm a high school student enrolling at a local university next fall. I plan to pursue a mathematics degree, have studied this Calculus book. During the next semester, I plan to ...
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Teaching non-integer exponents

Say I'm teaching a younger student the concept of exponents. Now the basic example to begin with is say $2^3$ where it can be 'visualised' as having two blocks, then doubling the number of blocks, ...
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Large round brackets in equation

I cannot recall what the large () brackets mean - Google seems to be full of links on how to create them but not what they actually are or how to resolve them. $ ...
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Good community colleges for mathematics in US

Which community colleges in the US have the strongest mathematics programs ? After searching a bit on my own, I found North Seattle Community College - it seems to have a little stronger program ...
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Is there a way to simplify this equation

Is there a way to simplify this equation? $$ CE = 2 FD \sin \left( \arctan \left( \frac{AF}{FD} \right) - \arccos\left( \frac{AB}{\sqrt{AF^2+FD^2}}\right) \right) + \sqrt{AF^2+FD^2-AB^2} $$ Edit: ...
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Why do we need zeroes when writing some of those kinds of numbers?

I've looked up that zero is a placeholder in numbers that have this digit. I also figured out what would happen if there's no zero in 5,074 in a math journal. The number would be 5,74, which would ...
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How to find the order of a group generated by two elements?

What is the order of a group $G $ generated by two elements $x$ and $y$ subject only to the relations $x^3 = y^2 = (xy)^2 = 1$? List the subgroups of $G$. Since the above relation is the 'only' ...
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Order of a study

So i just recently had to drop two math courses, topology, math logic, because my math maturity wasn't up to the level needed to excel in them. I intend on taking them again, but not without first ...
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Appreciating the Distributive Law

I'm going to introduce my middle school students to the distributive law in arithmetic, in a meaningful way so that they understand its importance and value. I need some interesting examples and ...
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How can I retrieve all the results in one go? [closed]

Please excuse me for posting this question here, but I'm just not sure where this question properly belongs; moreover, as I'm in search of a funded Masters or PhD in Mathematics abroad, perhaps this ...
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I want to study higher mathematics. Where do I start?

Since last year, I've been interested in higher mathematics and don't really know where to start and don't know what knowledge I still need to obtain, before being able to understand the concepts. ...
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What did mathematicians study as an undergraduate/graduate before modern mathematics such as modern algebra and analysis?

I am curious as to what mathematicians such as Leibnitz and Gauss and the Bernoulli's studied when they were students in university. I find it fascinating how we are taught calculus and abstract ...
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Theorem of the convergence of the series of fourier! [duplicate]

During the demonstration of the theorem of the convergence of the series of fourier, my teacher wrote :$$ \frac{1}{2}+ \sum_{k=1}^{n} \cos(ky)=\frac{\sin((n+\frac{1}{2})y)}{2\sin(\frac{y}{2})} $$ he ...
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Solved to be 7 after arithmetic

I recently made a blunder while trying to explain a question asked to me in an interview, The question was Think of $X$ Add $X$ to itself ($X+X = y$) Times the result by $3$ ($y\times 3 = z$) ...
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How to compute Final Grade with assignment weightings?

I have just finished the Final for my Computer Hardware course, and I'm trying to figure out where my grade currently stands. The way the class is broken up is 50% weight for the homework, 25% for the ...
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Probability Intersections

$A$ and $B$ are two events from certain probability space $\Omega$. Knowing that: $P(A)=0.6$, $P(B)=0.7 $ and $P(A\cup B)-P(A\cap B) = 0.2$ Determine $P(A\cap B)$ It says in this sheet that the ...
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Choosing final year project [closed]

I'm studying pure math now yet I would like to develop a career in actuarial science. For my final year project, I can choose to either the topic of probability analysis or statistic. While I know ...
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Intiutive argument that $\exp' = \exp$

Is there any intuitive argument or visual "proof" that $\exp' = \exp$? Suppose you have defined the Euler number $\mathrm{e}$ as limit of the sequence $(a_n)$ where $a_n = \left (1 + \frac{1}{n} ...
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Find smallest number bigger than y that is multiple of x

I can't seem to find an answer for this, as all the topics regarding multiples deal with integers... I need to find the smallest number after x that is multiple of 0.36. For example if x = 3000, ...
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Distance Bachelor's degree in mathematics in Europe

This question is largely off-topic for Mathematics stack exchange, but not entirely. Much of the answer depends on personal experiences in learning mathematics. I am looking to go back to school for ...
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From algebraic master degree to algebraic geomery Phd

I am a foreign master student in algebra at the final year. I'm familar with categorical algebra and have interesting in algebraic geomery and number theory. I have learned some knowledge about scheme ...
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Is there an example to demonstrate why $\frac{1}{(1/2)}$ equals $2$?

To explain why $\frac{1}{2}=\frac{2}{4}$ I use slices of pizza and show how eating one slice of a pizza cut in half is the same thing as eating two slices of a pizza cut in quarters. Is there a way ...
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What does conjugation in the time-domain of a signal mean?

I've never been explicitly told what the conjugation of a signal in the time-domain means. I'm mainly asking because in my signals class, my professor stated that for a signal x(t) to be real: x(t) = ...
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Math learning after Differential Equations?

I made it up to DE(Pre-Calc, Calc I and Calc II with basic stats before that same school) in community college through a special program(I'm poor). I'll have to self-teach from now on but am still ...
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Distance Mathematics Education

I want to study mathematics however being employed I could not join a full time course nor I am eligible to study mathematics in India as I study accounting and commerce. So I am looking for an ...
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Is the field of Algebraic Topology still an active field of research?

I have been studying some Algebraic Topology in my free time, and I began to wonder whether it was still an active field of research? If not, what are some of the most active research fields nowadays. ...
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A silly question about potential functions

Why have physicists had the idea to define a potential function of a gradient vector field $\vec F$ to be a function $g$ such that $\vec F=-\nabla g$? What changes if we don't put the negative sign? I ...
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How can I retain the mathematics that I've supposedly learnt?

So my question simply is "What is the best method to make sure you retain what you have learnt?" Okay so I've tried learning mathematics up to where I should be at in the past. Every time though I ...
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Definition of a function and the notation $f:A\to B$.

In some textbooks on analysis, I have encountered a definition of function/mapping that distinguishes the terminology mapping on $A$ to $B$ and mapping from $A$ to $B$; the first one refers to a ...
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Big list of serious but fun “unusual” books

I would like to have some suggestions about serious (that is, with good mathematical content) but fun books that cover topics (or propose problems) in "recreational mathematics"; in any other field ...
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continues function statement in real analysis [closed]

I ran into a challenge, i read following sentence in one note. anyone could describe or prove it for me? F is a continues function at point $ x_0 \Leftrightarrow (x_n \to x_0 \Rightarrow ...
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Is this correct - confused in this riddle - where does the one rupee come from…? [closed]

I have 50 rupees, and spending like this and where does that ONE rupee come from.... am right or wrong ??????
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Is this correct? A snail climbs up a 20 metre wall. [duplicate]

A snail climbs up a 20 metre wall. Every hour it climbs up 5 metres then slides back 3 metres. How long does it take the snail to climb up the wall. My solution: By 16 m, the snail would have taken 8 ...
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Very *mathematical* general physics book

I am searching for a book to study physics. So far, I've been suggested Resnick, Halliday, Krane, Physics, but it doesn't seem to be very suited for a math major. Can you suggest some more ...
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The normal plane to a path

PROBLEM: Let $\vec x(t)$ be a path with $\vec x'$x $\vec x'' \ne 0$ and suppose that there is a point $\vec x_0$ that lies on every normal plane to $\vec x$. Show that the image of $\vec x$ lies on a ...
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What intuition stands behind implicit differentiation

I'm trying to undestand implicit differentation Let's take as a an example equation y^2 + x^2 = 1 1. How i think about how the equation works I think the function as : if x changes then the y term ...
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Which functions could be discussed in a calculus course?

In a typical calculus course, students are exposed to many functions. Some have their origin in a field of study, while others are simply combinations of polynomials, trig functions, exponentials, and ...
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Is the actual learning of a course done in second reading?

I am now a graduate student. When I was an undergraduate, I would mostly study on my own directly from the books, and not concentrate much on lectures. Also, since I was a pretty good student, I would ...