Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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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 ...
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What does mean the exact value of derivative

i'm starting my calculus's journey and i have a question. What does mean the exact value of a derivative Take an easy example we have a derivative of $f(x)=x^2$, that is $f'(x)=2x$. Someone would ...
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The Use of Sound in Mathematics. [closed]

I'm not sure that this question is appropriate here. There's a good chance it's too opinion-based. If that's the case, I'm sorry. I was sat in a research seminar recently and wondered whether it'd be ...
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Path to 3d Mathematics programming, where to start?

This might read like duplicate of this question https://math.stackexchange.com/search?q=where+to+start However since that one wasn't answered, and I have a more specific problem in regards to ...
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Proof of big-O notation

Prove the following: If f is a polynomial of degree $d$, then $f(n)=O(n^{d})$. For every $d \in N, n^{d} = O(e^{n})$ Intuitively, it makes sense to me that for the first one, growth order depends ...
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Prerequisites for learning 'computer mathematics'.

O.K. I know basic arithmetic and nothing else. I want to be able to implement the algorithms in Knuth's 'The Art of Computer Programming'. I have my own curriculum for the programming aspect. I need ...
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Are variables the same in pure mathematics??? [closed]

my question is In pure mathematics, $x$ always $=x$ $x = x$, the variables are abstract. In modelling, $t$ could mean the time that has elapsed since you started a machine for example. Or ...
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Vectors and polyhedra: a surprising fact

Given a $n$-faced polyhedron, associate to each face an outward-pointing normal vector with length equal to the area of that face. Show that the sum of these $n$ vectors is zero. I've already proved ...
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How important is the “prestige” of your university for undergraduate mathematics?

I go to a university in Canada. It's not really considered a top university (it is one of the best universities in the province but is ranked really low nationally). I study mathematics here and ...
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I am looking for a book designed for self teaching applied/engineering mathematics. Can someone help me find a few?

I have used Shaum's differential equations. Are there others that I could use that are designed for self-study?
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Solve a problem using vectors

The purpose of this problem is to use vectors to show that the medians of a triangle all meet at a point. First, I have to show that $P$ (see the picture below) must lie two-thirds of the way from $B$ ...
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How useful is Web Development to a Mathematician?

I'd like to ask for a career advice here if that's ok. I've graduated as an engineer in 2010 and recently got offered a place on the Computation Mathematics program in a university in the UK, entry in ...
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Partial fractions and Hermit reduction?

According to the late Manuel Bronstein in his "Symbolic Integration Tutorial" (ISSAC 98), and available here, the partial fraction algorithm "should not be used in practice, yet it remains the method ...
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Pure Mathematics to Actuarial Science.

I did my undergraduate in pure mathematics and recently after a three year break I decided to get a master's degree in Actuarial Science. I am in the second week of classes and I feel completely lost. ...
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Success in maths (soft question)

I would really like to hear from any professional mathematicians who didn't just sail through their university education. If one looks at the pages of many of today's mathematicians, one finds that ...
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Intuitive characterization of the graph of a twice differentiable function

In high school textbooks, the following characterizations are often found: A function is continuous if its graph can be drawn without lifting the pencil. and A function is differentiable if ...
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How to calculate how much to add so that buying 1 expensive item is better than 10 cheap items

I am trying to make a shop for self learning but i have a small hiccup! I have this list of items that has a USD value assigned to it. But I want to make it so if they buy a "100 GB/s" it should be ...
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A question about a mathematical analysis book

I am a newcomer to Analysis. All knowledge I know about "Analysis" are differentials,limit and integration (basically, what we have been taught in high school) I am studying Principles of ...
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Fun proofs for layperson?

I'm not quite sure whether this question belongs here, because it has no definite answer. But I'll give it a shot. If any of the mods objects, then I will, of course, respectfully delete this ...
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Why is there no collection about all mathematical theorems and open questions?

I really would like to have a giant math collection which is sorted according to the Mathematics Subject Classification, but with more then 3 levels, and it should contain all known theorems and also ...
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Is$\frac{\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{b}}$ the same as $\sqrt{\frac{a}{b}}$?

My idea is that the two functions are not the same since for the first function, the domain of the function is only non negative reals for the numerator and positive reals for the denominator. ...
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Finding eq of tan to the curve

I am trying to figure out how to find the eq to the tan to the curve x = cost + cos2t, y = sint + sin2t, (-1,1) I'm lost at the point where you plug in t in order to find the slope. I have the ...
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Do mathematics researchers regularly solve problems like this?

I'm not sure that this is the right exchange for this question. It asks about the possibilities of research in mathematics and computer science. Extended Background I am very interested in ...