Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Why doesn't this work? — The V.I. Arnold Primary School Problem (Two women started at sunrise…)

I've got a, perhaps silly, question. I understand the various solutions to this problem: Two women started at sunrise and each walked at a constant velocity. One went from A to B and the other ...
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1+2+3+4+… = -1/12 [duplicate]

I was browsing through Youtube and I saw this really cool thing.. but it seems really counter-intuitive could someone please explain to me why: 1+2+3+4+..... = -1/12? Here's the link to the guy's ...
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Interpretation of First Isomorphism Theorem

I understand that the first isomorphism theorem basically says that any homomorphism f from group G to group G' induces an isomorphism from G/Ker(f) to the f(G). What I don't quite understand is the ...
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How to explain to a small child that the area of a square of side a is a²?

I have a small child and I am always trying to find the best way to explain new things to her. The area of a square is a very basic concept that is related to the idea of area unity and can be used to ...
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Getting the Amps from Watts, Amps and the voltage of a line

What amperage capacity should the supplied wired be rated for a refrigerated fixture which has a 208V power supply and the following loads? 4 Evaporator fan motor rated at 9W each 4 Evaporator fan ...
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Suggestion for a work on variational calculus

Hi dear forum :D stack I must complete the Master FISYMAT in Spain my assistant professor has told me to do about calculus of variations. What suggestions on this matter can you give me ? To get the ...
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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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Thinking of mathematics in terms of analogs

I think the way that I've come to think about mathematics is becoming problematic and I'm wondering if I should abandon it. When I study mathematics, I find myself trying to compare the mathematical ...
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Severe problems understanding abstract algebra [closed]

I just came out of high school and one of my courses during my first semester of a maths B.sc. is Abstract Algebra. Now all my other courses seem logical and even easy, but this course...I just don't ...
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Why do professors sometime hide the book from which they are really teaching? [closed]

Well, the title is almost self explanatory. I am in a graduate school and have two professors this semester both of who are telling me that they are not following any particular book, and yet when I ...
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What exactly do math education PhDs do?

I have been researching this for the past hour or so, but I have not really found a sufficient answer. What I have found is that vaguely, math education PhDs set policies for math education. ...
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Bridge the gap to university mathematics [closed]

Can anyone suggest some good books to help an high school student to "bridge the gap" to university math? I've heard of http://www.amazon.com/How-Study-as-Mathematics-Major/dp/0199661316 and ...
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Solve without a calculator: What is the possible value of 2*((1+1/100)^100)?

What is the possible value of $2·((1+\tfrac{1}{100})^{100})$? Google will give $2·((1+\tfrac{1}{100})^{100}) = 5.40962765884$. How can I find the possible value without Google or a calculator? How ...
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maths for a strong visual spatial thinker with sequential processing weakness?

Can someone with superior visual spatial thinking ability but weak sequential/word ability be successful in university maths and beyond? For example, for real analysis, would definitions with lots of ...
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Most useful books for a math undergrad

What are the most useful books an undergraduate in math should read? I found Alock's "How to study as a math major" and "how to study for a math degree" very useful. Are there any other good readings ...
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Max(x,y) and argmax(x,y)

I am writing my report and I got confused on this simple maths concept. What I need is: I have 2 values i.e x and y and I want to use the maximum of either x or y as my length. So which statement is ...
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How to define a set for a matrix

I have a big matrix and I have partitioned it. So, I want to say that I am taking the summation of entries that do not belong to the blocks in the diagonal. How can I say it mathematically. Is it ...
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Need help with expected value and variance of Chebyshev's Inequality [duplicate]

Let X1,X2,...,Xn and Y1,Y2,...,Ym be independent exponential distributed random samples with mean θ. Let T_α=αx¯+(1−α)y¯, where 0<α<1. a) Find E[T_α] and var(T_α) b) Show that, for any ϵ>0, ...
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Determine sin cos and tan from slope? NON CALCULator

I am used to finding this by drawing the triangle and knowing the angle measurement. With the angle measurement i can find sin cos and tan. But i dont have angle all I have is line. I have put a ...
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The right angled triangles ABD and BCD?

AB=5cm BD=4cm and angle ABD=x Find the exact value of cos(ABC) this is the trangle...: https://twitter.com/JxstyBiebs/status/432919494466752514
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The graph of the function is $g(x)=x^3-2x^2+x+1$ and the tangent to the curve is at $x=2$?

a) Find the equation of the tangent to the curve at $x=2$ HELP and then b) Determine the angle that this tangent makes with the positive direction of the $x$-axis Please help I really need to ...
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General solution to the integral of 4/x

A friend asked me what was the solution to the problem (which was on his test)$$\int\frac4xdx$$ I proceeded to tell him that you can take out the 4 in the numerator, and then just take the integral of ...
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Mean and Variance Statistics

$X_1, X_2, \dots , X_n$ ~ i.i.d $U[0,1]$ a) Find the mean and variance of $lnX_1$. b) Let $0\le a \lt b$. Find the $\lim_{n \to \infty} P(a \le (X_1,X_2, \dots ,X_n)^{(n^ -0.5)}*e^{ ( n^{0.5})}\le ...
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Jacobian, Independence, and expectation [duplicate]

Let $Y_1,Y_2,\dots Y_n \tilde{} exp(θ)$ be i.i.d. random samples. If $Y_i$'s are sorted in ascending order, the ordered random variables $X_1,X_2,\dots,X_n$ with the join pdf: $$ ...
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Are mathematics competitions important?

So I'm seventeen and currently a junior in high school. I love mathematics very much, it's developed into a strong passion over the past few years, after witnessing the president of the math club at ...
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How to learn problem solving (IMO and IPhO)

I'm not interested in IMO and IPhO actually, but one of the most prestigious universities in my country admits students using a test which is composed by 5 IMO and IPhO questions (or slighly lower). ...
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What is a right way to think when going about trying to solve a math problem? [closed]

What is good step-by-step method to deconstruct a math problem.
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How would you prove that the graph of a linear equation is a straight line, and vice versa, at a “high school” level? [duplicate]

This is something I've been wondering about. Namely, I've always accepted "on intuition" that the equation $$ax + by = c$$ is, when graphed, a line. You can plot the points $(x, y)$ satisfying the ...
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Software for basic math notes at 5th to 10th grade level (10 to 15 years old)

So I've looked around, here and otherwise, but sadly can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for. I don't know if it even exists, I figured it was worth trying to ask, though. I've found plenty of ...
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Applications of infinity in real life [duplicate]

I am writing a mathematical essay and would like to focus on the concept of infinity. I am not sure of any real life applications of infinity to write about or some way to narrow down the topics. Does ...
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How would you explain confidence intervals to a beginner with very weak algebra skills

Let us say that you are taking AP Statistics. The prerequisite is a passing grade of D or above in Algebra II. The kids that you are working with struggle with algebra and do not retain information ...
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How to deduce this puzzle

Every station on the railway system sells tickets to every other station. Some new stations were added. 46 sets of additional sets of tickets were required. How many new stations have been added? How ...
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To take notes or not to [closed]

Is it really better to take notes as a maths major or are some better without them? I've never gotten used to taking notes and I've never done it. But I'm wondering if I'd improve if I'd start doing ...
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How to calculate the points of the triangles making up an Octahedron?

Ok guys, I'm not a great mathematician but will try to work this as accurately as I can. I hope someone can help me. I am drawing some 3D objects and I am having trouble drawing an Octahedron. I ...
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How to get a top-notch Math education (high school level) online?

For the past years, it is becoming more and more accessible to get college level content from many different sources, and, if one is willing can get very far with his math education (not only by ...
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What is the less confusing way to explain confidence intervals to a beginner

Let us say that you are back in high school and you have a friend who has missed class for a week. He needs information to be spoonfed to him, because its not his style to overthink. If you push for ...
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How to solve this Mystery with Mathematics

I read a mystery in a book but I can't solve it with Mathematics. The mystery is: "I have tripled my nephew's age, and 5 years ago I have 5 times from his twin brother age. What is my age now?" In ...
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Baloney detection kit for Math

There are folks who claim they proved Fermat's Last Theorem, Riemman Hypothesis offering no more than a half a dozen pages (sometimes one or two pages) of proof, very few if any citations of previous ...
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Math Riddles #10 - Car Meter Riddle

Today my car meter reads as 72927 kms. I notes that this is a palindrome. How many minimum kms I need to travel so my car meter find another palindrome?
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Which math software?

As a math student interested in mathematical modelling, which math software should I start with (mathematica, matlabe, octave, or what else?)?
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Figuring out deficiencies in math education.

I'm mostly self-taught and while I know (and use) many advanced mathematical topics, I often enough find holes in my understanding of lower level math. Is there an exam (or series of exams) I could ...
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What is the contribution of group theory to topology?

An answer for a question on MathOverflow.net which asked for some recommendations on textbooks for books in topology received the following comment: "It's a great book to introduce applied ...
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What are some helpful pre-requisites/hints/encouragement for going through Theodore Frankel's “Geometry of Physics” in a self-study?

I plan on working through "Geometry of Physics" by Frankel. I keep on running into little snags here and there, and I am wondering if that's just part of the process, or whether I am ill-prepared. ...
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Why are hyperbolic trigonometric functions avoided in (my) high school and early post-secondary school?

I remember seeing hyperbolic trigonometric functions (sinh, cosh, tanh, etc.) in my precalculus textbook back in high school and see them today in my calculus textbook. However, I have not had a ...
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How to introduce category theory to a high school audience?

I am a mathematician with background in Category Theory. I have been asked to give a 20 minute talk about my area of research to an audience of talented high school students and school mathematicians ...
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Get sides of triangle with only angle as given?

Can someone tell me how to get the sides of triangle(opposite,adjacent and hypotenuse) if i only have an angle as given? I got the angle by getting using atan2(y-y,x-x); Now i want to get the sides ...
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What pure mathematics foundations should an applied mathematician have?

I'm studying mathematics, with some statistics also, and I've always chosen applied courses. I'm getting to the point where I'm studying 3rd year undergraduate to graduate level material. My first ...
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Why study quadrilaterals?

My niece is in the 10th grade, and they have to do lot of theorems related to quadrilaterals. And, I was surprised to know that they have to learn by rote some theorems. This has made her feel that ...
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Darboux's Integral vs. the “High School” Integral

The definition of the integral below is what I usually call the "High School definition," because that's usually where I've seen it in use. Take a partition $\Delta = \{ x_0, x_1, x_2, \ldots, ...
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Should i continue trying or am i just not good enough [closed]

You've probably seen many of these, and i'm sorry to create another one but i'm at loss. I want to be a programmer at some point in my life (just finishing highschool) I want to go to university ...