Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Educational Math Software

What is the the most educational software for high school and college math? Not the one that just gives you the answer, but has any of the following: Edit: Software mentioned in answer added in ...
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I want to learn math!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Filip and I am going to 10th grade now. My school deals with electrotechnics and computers (programming, hardware etc.) I was always good at math but not quite ...
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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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Definition of definition

I was wondering if there is a good way to "define" what definition means exactly in mathematics. Since the answers may be subjective or philosophical, I want to ask only for references on this topic. ...
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Where to begin in approaching Stochastic Calculus?

I have experience in Abstract algebra (up to Galois theory), Real Analysis(baby Rudin except for the measure integral) and probability theory up to Brownian motion(non-rigorous treatment). Is there a ...
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Best software to take math notes?

I have read some old discussions about this topic and would like to get some up-to-date advice, if possible. How can I take math notes, write formulas and draw graphs on my pc (win 7), the easiest ...
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Is “locally linear” an appropriate description of a differentiable function?

In this answer on meta, Pete L. Clark said: I think the question concerns the idea that a differentiable curve becomes more and more like a straight line segment the closer one zooms in on its ...
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Are there any memorization techniques that exist for math students?

I just watched this video on Ted.com entitled: Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do and it got me thinking about memory from a programmers perspective, and since programming and mathematics ...
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Where to go after calculus?

Ok this is a bit of an unanswerable question, but hopefully someone will answer. As I have been going through college & high school there has been a kind of "path" through which you learn math. ...
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Largest prime factor of 600851475143 [duplicate]

I'm trying to use a program to find the largest prime factor of 600851475143. This is for Project Euler here: http://projecteuler.net/problem=3 I first attempted this with the code that goes through ...
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Would it be fine to use Serge Lang's two Calculus books as textbooks for freshman as Maths major?

I'm a freshman in Maths major, but the recommanded textbook(Calculus:A Complete Course by Robert A. Adams) by Prof. of Calculus course is too much expensive, well, I found there're Serge Lang's two ...
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Need a result of Euler that is simple enough for a child to understand

Talking to my 8 yr old about "the greatest mathematician of all time", I said it was probably Gauss in my opinion, but that Gauss was not very kind to his kids (for example, forbidding them to go into ...
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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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Research in differential geometry

I am an 3rd year undergrad interested in mathematics and theoretical physics. I have been reading some classical differential geometry books and I want to pursue this subject further. I have three ...
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Evaluating the reception of (epsilon, delta) definitions

There is much discussion both in the education community and the mathematics community concerning the challenge of (epsilon, delta) type definitions in real analysis and the student reception of it. ...
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Where does the “Visual Multiplication” technique originate from?

There is a geometric technique to perform multiplication of numbers. But as the internet goes, it is hard to figure out who deserves the credit. What I've heard is A mayan technique From Vedic ...
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How to explain the perpendicularity of two lines to a High School student?

Today I was teaching my friend from High School about linear functions. One of the exercises we had to do was finding equations of perpendicular and parallel lines. Explaining parallel equations was ...
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What should the high school math curriculum consist of?

"Life is open book." With the advent of widely accessible, inexpensive (or even free) computational tools and Computer Algebra Systems (TI-89, Wolfram|Alpha, etc.), much of what traditionally ...
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Is it a good approach to heavily depend on visualization to learn math?

I am a third year undergraduate and I am a beginner on these "real mathematics" (no pun intended). Before contacting the "real math", my math level should be considered to be "good", although I was ...
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How do you rebuild your Math skills after college?

I minored in Math in college (B.S. Software Engineering), and went through advanced Calc, Differential Equations, etc. But about 6 months after I graduated I had lost all my formulas. Now, about 5 ...
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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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Need good material on multifractal analysis

I'm searching for some good reading material on multifractal analysis. Preferably something accessible that doesn't put the stress too much on mathematical proofs but rather on applications. As long ...
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When the approximation $\pi\simeq 3.14$ is NOT sufficent

It's common at schools to use $3.14$ as an appropriate approximation of $\pi$. However, here it's stated that for some purposes, $\pi$ should be approximated to $32$ decimal places. I need an example ...
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What sequence should I study these topics in?

I will shortly list a series of topics that amount to what is essentially the first two years of an undergraduate degree. I'd like to know what is considered best order in which to study these ...
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Mathematical disciplines [closed]

Once I spoked to a mathematician about mathematics and he asked me what was my favourite area in Maths. My answer was "Chaos Theory" and he said this is not a discipline in Mathematics. What is a ...
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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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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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Elementary Geometry Nomenclature: why so bad?

A long-ish wall of text, and I apologize. Some background: when I was a first-year university student, my chemistry professor was lecturing and was trying to find the word to describe a shape. A ...
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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 question: What one can do to help students one is grading?

Due to unknown reason I was assigned as a grader this semester for a certain proof writing class in my universtiy. The class size is 65 and students took it usually comes from a computer science ...
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Good way to learn Ramsey Theory

What are some good books on Ramsey theory? I have Van Lints book on Combinatorics: is this enough preparation to start reading about Ramsey theory? I want a book that includes important results and ...
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Online classes/books in multivariable calculus?

So does anyone know of any good online courses in multivariable calculus? (Or in a possible alternative leap of curriculum, if said path has proven to be better/moar interesting.) I'm coming straight ...
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Is there a simple geometrical description of $e$? [duplicate]

Of course I am not looking for a definition through $\int_1^e{1\over x} \, \mathrm{d}x=1$ or that slope of $a^x$ at $x=0$ is $1$ when $a=e$. I am looking for something understandable by a kid who has ...
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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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Study program for algebra for an math-phobic person

I have a female friend (Mid 20's) who wants to get an associates degree, who has an absolute phobia of math, and algebra in particular. I'm trying to find a good program that can help her to study ...
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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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Which discussion board is good for homework questions?

I'm a CompSci university student and i want some help for my math questions. Therefore i am looking for a good discussion board for math homework questions. I don't know any (good), because I come ...
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Common misconceptions about math

YARFMO (Yet another reposting from Mathoverflow) ;-) The more you know about math the more you find conceptions previously thought correct to be false: 1.) math is not as exact as many believe - in ...
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Why do we want probabilities to be *countably* additive?

In probability theory, it is (as far as I am aware) universal to equate "probability" with a probabilistic measure in the sense of measure theory (possibly a particularly well behaved measure, but ...
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What's the deal with integration?

So at uni we learned tricks and techniques for integration until cows came home. But to what end? Any/All definite integrals can be evaluated using numerical methods. Most integrals in application can ...
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How To Reach The “Next Level” of Mathematics

I am a junior-high pre-algebra student. I feel that my class is holding me back, so I wanted to learn "higher-level math". So what should I learn now? What do you believe is a "next step"?
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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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Prove withoui calculus: the integral of 1/x is logarithmic

It was known in the 17th century that the function $$ t \mapsto \int_{1}^{t} \frac{dx}{x} $$ is logarithmic: a geometric sequence in the domain produces an arithmetic sequence in the codomain. This ...
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Is it possible to learn abstract algebra no precalculus or calculus?

See above. I am trying to re-teach myself mathematics in a different manner than is formally taught (i.e., set theory, number theory, mathematical logic, abstract algebra, discrete math and then ...
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What's the right moment to learn Set Theory?

I've seen a question in which the OP asked when is the right moment to learn Category Theory, it seems this moment comes a little after a course of algebra, and indeed some books on abstract algebra ...
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Minimizing perimeter given rectangle's area for 10-years-olds

I was recently in touch with some person from Russia how is busy with books for Russian elementary schools, in particularly I learned that now they give elementary set theory for the 2nd grade ...
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What textbook should I get to self-learn Calculus? [duplicate]

I did not have the option to take calculus during high school. I would like to pick up this subject during my free time. I am a software engineer. I would like to improve my understanding of maths. ...
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At what education level is this “simple” problem adequate?

Given the following problem: Alice, Bob and Carl stand on a straight line. Alice is one rod away from Bob. Dana stands one rod away from both Bob and Carl. Carl is as far from Alice as Alice ...
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Looking for a simple problem for math demonstration

I'm holding a 3-5 minute speech next week on mathematical problem solving, and how it makes me happy, to 15-20 non-mathematicians. As a part of it, I had thought about demonstrating two problems, but ...
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A vector should more be thought an identity of an entity in space rathar than magnitude + direction?

Can I say that vector is more like a "unique identity" of an entity in space rather than calling it an entity with magnitude and direction ? For example a line. A vector $(10,10,0)$ is the identity ...