Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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How to explain brackets to young students

It's amazing how simple questions from young students can often uncover unexpected gaps in (at least my) knowledge, or at least the ability to explain. Today, a student asked me why she can "forget ...
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How to explain the formula for the sum of a geometric series without calculus?

How to explain to a middle-school student the notion of a geometric series without any calculus (i.e. limits)? For example I want to convince my student that $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{4^2} + ...
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How do I prove that a boolean function constructed using $\vee$ and $\wedge$ (without using $\thicksim$ ) must attain the value 1 at least once?

I made an attempt and got this solution. To prove this, lets construct a boolean expression using $\wedge$ and $\vee$ . In the boolean expression $(p\wedge q)\vee(p\vee q)$ , by entering the ...
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Undergraduate research program (REU) with focus on nonlinear analysis (accessible to European students)

Is there an undergraduate summer research program (REU) -- to which also European students can apply -- which usually has projects (i.e., specialized faculty) on nonlinear analysis (i.e., ...
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Difference of radian and degree measure.

I had noticed that in studying trigonometric functions some fields of Math favors the radian measure such as calculus and analytic trigonometry, while others favor degree measure for instance in ...
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Advancing in math [closed]

If this question have already been answered or doesn't belong in this forum I am sorry. I am currently in my second year in high school and i am planning on studying economics and finance in college ...
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Books Preparatory for Putnam Exam

I am extremely interested in the Putnam competition. Given that I am currently in 11th grade (so I have 12th grade and half my freshman year to study (plus summers and vacations, etc..)), what ...
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Undergraduate Research Thesis

1. General background information ★ At my university [whose name I will omit] the following practices are customary: ● During their third year of study, students have approximately $4$ ...
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Particles that are distinguishable and indistiguishable at the same time

Thinking about a question and my answer to it and another question I asked earlier. I've come up with the following problem: Consider two otherwise very similar marbles, a red one and a blue one. Let ...
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In Novice Terms, How Does an Ordered Pair Relate to a Database Row (Tuple)?

Im putting a technical presentation for an interview (topic I chose). I am researching real-time data streaming. I am familiar with what an ordered pair is as it pertains to a graph i.e (x, y) ...
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Is there a Set Theory textbook which include visual explanation?

Right now I am taking a class in set theory, The professor in many cases draw a diagram,pic or anything which help you intuitionally understand the material better. What was surprised me many (at ...
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How to tackle the depression and frustration regarding math? [closed]

I'm a high school student and it is my last year at school. I've always loved math from the core of my heart. Last year, I prepared a lot for the National olympiad. I cleared the regionals smoothly ...
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Find a % chance to meet or beat a number knowing a dice's average roll

A 6 Sided Dice's average roll is 3.5. I want to roll three 6 Sided Dice and meet or beat an arbitrary number 30% of the time. How do I figure out what that arbitrary number needs to be to meet or ...
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Making progress in learning hard math?

I'm not a mathematician, but a computer scientist, but the following problem has puzzled me and I'm wondering how people counter it. In the last 5-6 years, I've probably read the first 5 sections of ...
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Find element of specific order in group of a large prime power

Consider the group $\mathbb{Z}^{\ast}_p$ where $p = 8631907183416457710036142986950248939902071925468562052182263723074665 2812723253836453003270766004614328295206393288529828311628415785652726 ...
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Importance of set theory

Currently I write an article about set theory (in German). Therefore I want to answer the question, why students need to learn something about sets. Among other reasons I have currently the following ...
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Probability (Checking if my answers are correct)

Please check if my answers are correct and please show me how to answer this using equation because I answer this question using listing method Two dice are rolled. What is the probability of ...
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Understand Logarithm of Bar values manipulation step.

Currently I am learning Logarithm , but I can't understand the manipulation of the following Highlighted step how it comes How the result come after after ...
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Learning Logic and Metric Spaces

I want to learn how to manipulate metric spaces. I have been reading this book about metric spaces. ...
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Good math books to get on with my education? [closed]

im looking for a set of good math books. Since i live in norway im going through the norwegian school system, where i choose to go whats called a electrical line. Im not gonna go to deep into the ...
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How to set interesting integrals

I'm teaching integration by substitution and integration by parts and I'd like to make some interesting problems. I'd like to be able to use the chain rule and the product rule to reverse engineer ...
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How to find the minimum value of this integral?

I am struggling to find the solution to this problem. If anyone could help to explain how to solve this problem to me, it would be really appreciated. Let $$ f(x)=-\sqrt{3}x+(1+\sqrt{3}) $$ $$ ...
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How to re-learn math: books or websites?

To re-learn math, both websites and books provide visual content (text and some of them shows illustrations). So are websites an alternative to books (content quality-wise)? My goal is to re-learn ...
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Can I get a PhD in Stochastic Analysis given this limited background?

General advice on PhD apps welcome Given my limited background in stochastic analysis and other information (below), can I apply for a PhD with stochastic analysis for my dissertation topic? 1/4 I ...
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Asperger's and math [closed]

I am 19, recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Question to anyone here who has AS: Has your AS helped you or held you back while learning math? If so, in what ways?
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Beyond calculating just as an exercise, are there any other reasons to calculate an indefinite integral?

Calculus textbooks often have us calculate indefinite integrals as exercises. However, beyond calculating just as an exercise, are there any other reasons to calculate an indefinite integral?
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Fundamental Counting Principle

How many four-digit numbers can be formed from the set $\{ 0, 1, 2, 3,\ldots , 10 \}$ if zero cannot be the first digit and the given conditions are to be satisfied Repetitions are allowed and the ...
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Most efficient way to learn mathematics

So there's a lot of advice on how to learn mathematics most efficiently, and it mostly revolves around doing problems, asking questions, and considering all possible generalizations. However, I was ...
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Problem-Solving and other things in mathematics relations? [closed]

Problem-Solving and the standard curriculum in typical undergrad mathematics seems to be on different levels of difficulty. IN undergrad math, you learn new concepts and try some problems. However, ...
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math.stackexchange has so many good mathematicians, were you all good at maths since school? [closed]

I'm afraid this question will be kicked out but I have to ask this. Were you all mathematicians brilliant and had good maths brain since you were kid? I was very bad in maths when I was in grade 8 ...
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What do you suggest I do to prepare? Thanks In advance!

Firstly, I'm in the military stationed overseas and I don't have access to a calculus class except online. My query is whether you think Calculus is something that can be studied by someone who has ...
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Undergraduate summer activities in the US or Europe?

I a currently a college freshman and I would like to do something math-related in the summer. I will have taken all of the basic courses except for analysis and set theory by the end of the summer ...
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Are there word problems without an evident unknown? [closed]

I teach secondary school maths. I appreciate the expressive precision in which word problems are couched. The unknown is usually stated in question tags at the end. I want to know if this is always ...
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Does performance in math competitions accurately reflect natural aptitude in mathematics? [closed]

Many great and respected mathematicians have won accolades in math (ex: IMO), does that necessarily mean that these competitions reflect one's potential to be a great mathematician?
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Given $A \subseteq \mathbf{Z}$ and $x\in \mathbf{Z}$, we say that $x$ is $A$-mirrored if and only if $−x\in A$. We also define…

Sorry if this question seems kind of long but I am confused for part C. My proof for part C that $M_a$ is closed under addition is as follows: The set $M_a$ is closed. Let $x$ be in $M_a$ and ...
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Phi, The Greek Letter, and It's Use in Mathematics

In the following inequality (1+c)/(a+b) ≤ φ How do I say it in English? I think that I should say, "The ratio of the sum of 1 and c to the sum of a and b is less than or equal to phi." Is the ...
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Show $\left|{\frac{z_1-z_2}{1-z_1 \overline{z_2}}}\right| < 1$ if $|z_1| <1$ and $|z_2| < 1$

Show $$\left|{\frac{z_1-z_2}{1-z_1 \overline{z_2}}}\right| < 1$$ if $|z_1| <1$ and $|z_2| < 1$ Consider: $$\left|{\frac{z_1-z_2}{1-z_1 \overline{z_2}}}\right|^2$$ ...
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Meaning of Math Symbols

What is the best way to learn the meaning of the math symbols beyond the alphabet or the cardinal numbers? I understand some ϵ>0 means epsilon is greater than zero ∃δ>0 means there exists delta ...
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Why do we put absolute brackets for ln?

When writing out the final answer in $\ln$ form, why is it necessary to put absolute brackets? How does it affect the answer? I have this answer of $-3\ln|\frac{3+\sqrt{9-x^2}}{x}|$, but why does it ...
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What class would this be covered in?

Would the material in this section of a wikipedia article be covered in a standard course on Differential Geometry, or should I look elsewhere to learn those sorts of things? Specifically, topics like ...
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The definition of “Dhuruva Numbers” [closed]

From my readings I encountered this number called "Dhuruva Numbers" Dhuruva Numbers are defined as follows: Definition. The numbers which do not change when performing a single operation or a ...
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Evaluate a function along a complex curve

Well, I don't know this question is appropriate but I really need to understand it. So, please help me. In the book Love and Math, The heart of hidden reality of Edward Frenkel, chapter 15, he said ...
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Choosing a Project Topic.

I am a undergraduate student and recently i have been assigned to project (one of courses). But i have to choose my own topic. I want to work in the field of ...
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Where can I find simple integration problems (and other computational exercises) involving special functions?

Working lots of computational exercises in my pre-calculus and calculus classes has given me a great deal of intuition in dealing with elementary functions. Thanks to these years of practice, I can ...
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A future in mathematics [closed]

I am a Junior in high school right now, trying to figure out what to do next mathematically. I have familiarity with real analysis (Baby Rudin, and also a bit on the gauge integral), complex analysis ...
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Which is a better definition of a parabola?

Based from reading Math books I have this question, hope you can help me Sirs/Madams Which is a better definition of a simplified parabola A locus of an equation $Cy^2+Dx=0$ or $Ax^2+Ey=0$. (In ...
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An example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept [closed]

Question: Give an example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept (suitable at the undergraduate or lower level), and explain why you think it is great. Possible ...
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What's your favorite proof accessible to a general audience?

What math statement with proof do you find most beautiful and elegant, where such is accessible to a general audience, meaning you could state, prove, and explain it to a general audience in ...
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What is the most appropriate book for teaching, not the content but skills of mathematics

Hello Everyone I am a high school student currently doing Extension 1 Mathematics at my school. I am currently looking for a high quality mathematics book. Although I am not looking for a book, like ...
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Obtain distribution of mid-range in uniform

I want to obtain distribution of mid-range, $(x_{(1)} + x_{(n)})/2$, of an uniform(a, b) random variable. One can use the following transformation. $M = \frac{X_{(1)} + X_{(n)}}{2}$ and $W = ...