Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Is there a way to simplify this equation?

$$ A = \left( 4000 \left( 1+\frac{x}{y} \right) \right)^4 \cdot \left( 1 + \frac{x+0.002}{y} \right)^4 \cdot \left(1+\frac{x+0.002+0.002}{y} \right)^4 $$
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Math Competitions such as Intel Science Talent Search for High School Freshmen

I am extremely interested in mathematical competitions. I was wondering if there was something like the Intel Science Talent Search, where one can present his/her research, for freshmen in high ...
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What are real applications of factorization of integers?

Why is factorization of integers important on a first number theory course? Where is factorization used in real life? Are there examples which have a real impact? I am looking for examples which will ...
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I still forget concepts even after answering numerous math problems

Note: this is particularly aimed at high-school/entry level college problems When I'm learning a new topic: 1) I read the theory given in the textbook at the start of each topic 2) proceed to read ...
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Graduate School?

I'm completely clueless on the process, but on track to graduate in two years, so I have a few questions about what I should do. 1) What's the difference between a Master's degree in Mathematics and ...
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Is formal logic necessary for pure/“higher” mathematics?

I'm asking this as an autodidact who wants to learn math rigorously for its own sake. And I was just wondering if understanding proofs could be achieved without a formal grounding in symbolic logic. I ...
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How should one go about obtaining “mathematical maturity”?

tl;dr: Is mathematical maturity better obtained by doing hard subjects slightly out of your reach, or by doing more simple subjects to gain experience? The end of the semester is close, and I ...
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Problem with symbology

I know this may be a pretty basic question, but what is the difference between $\approx , =,\cong, \text{and}\sim $ ? I had problem while changing schools and now I am confused.
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Causality of a discrete recursive system

I am new in this site and this my first question. How can I mathematically prove that the system with a transfer function like the below one is causal? P.S: I know that for a system to be causal ...
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Should I understand a theorem's proof before using the theorem?

I find myself embarrassed when using results in books. For example, there are so many results in Sobolev spaces that I think I would not be able to understand all of them. Yes, I could try to ...
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A graph of all of mathematics

In mathematics, one often makes (proves) statements on the basis of: Previously proven statements Axioms I like to think of these dependencies as a directed graph, with edges from the accepted ...
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How many times should students repeat reviews? Frequency of repetitions? [closed]

The usual advice is that a math student has to read or study something "a couple of times" to appreciate it. But is there a narrow range of the optimal number? Any research on this? And what's the ...
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Grade School Math: Bad math, or new meanings?

I came across this online quiz discussing the new Common Core education standards, and it all seemed pretty reasonable, until I came across this question: In the number below, how many times ...
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Abstract Algebra before or after [duplicate]

Do you recommend I take a course in Abstract Algebra before or after a course in Linear Algebra? I have never taken any abstract mathematics courses before. So this would be my first one.
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Advice on taking a Course in Logic.

Is a course in Mathematical Logic necessary for a well-rounded Mathematical education? I asked a question about taking a Set Theory course before and was advised to do so. However the course offered ...
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Using math to help people [duplicate]

So I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado. I love math. From calculus to category theory to everything in between, I have tried and, for the most part, loved it. However, I ...
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Incrementing Number Formula

I am trying to find a formula to express the nth term, the pattern is as follows: n = 4, 5, 6, 7 its corresponding values are as follows: 6, 10, 15, 21 I know this is not worded very well, if ...
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How to remember modular arithmetic and divisibility results?

I tried reviewing the same material $\ge 5$ times, once every 2 weeks or whatnot. Withal, I query intuition like this. But I forget these results quickly or don't remember them 100% perfectly. But ...
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Why are the areas non-positive?

I learnt that the integral of a function $f(\cdot)$ is the measure of an area, i.e. $\int\limits_{a}^{b}f(x)\,\mathrm{d}x$ is the area of the intersection of $x=a$, $x=b$, and $y=f(x)$. How come some ...
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What is the history of the use of the term “scalene triangle”?

A "scalene triangle" is a triangle with three unequal sides. As far as I can tell, this term is not in much use in serious mathematics — in fact, before I became a high school math teacher, I'd ...
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Getting interested in mathematics again after I finished Computer Science program.

So, I finished Computer Science study about 3 years ago (I'm 28 now) and lately I've been craving math. As a daily job I work for a start up company building a web application. I mostly done web apps ...
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Do the things that you don't know in mathematics frighten you? [closed]

I have zillions of things that I don't know in mathematics. I feel I would never know any of them completely. Especially after this age (26)... and I immediately run away since I am a perfectionist. ...
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What is $(k+1)^2[(k+1)+1]^2$ in factored form?

What is $(k+1)^2[(k+1)+1]^2$ in factored form? I'm a bit confused as to what the term "factored form" means in this context. Thank you.
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Arithmetic and Algebra exercises on latex source code.

I´m currently writing a little book for two student that I teach. The book covers school arithmetics and algebra, and it include theory and examples. Since I don´t have time to prepare a good sets of ...
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mental math: approximating fractional exponents

Does anyone have any good tricks for estimating expressions with fractional exponents (besides guess and check)? For example, I want to easily calculate $9.1^{1/3}$. Currently, the best I've got is ...
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Limits as x approaches 0

I was wondering how this worked when submitted, anything over 0 was infinite.
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Trigonometry when to divide and times

OK, so I am revising for an upcoming test and am a bit confused. I have previously learn Trigonometry, however that was around a year ago, and i have completely forgotten it now. I went on to ...
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Instructive video content for High School kids?

I need some math Youtube channels (or any other visual media, movies maybe...) that I can recommend to High School students, not solely as a method of learning math but more to illustrate the beauty ...
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Is all of mathematics based on logic?

I do not understand the discipline in mathematics that is called "mathematical logic". For me, all of mathematics is based on logic and that is what makes it the exact science. Every theorem or lemma ...
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$2 \cos^2 x − 2 \cos x− 1 = 0$ Find the solutions if $0^\circ \le x < 360^\circ$

Find the solutions of $$2 \cos^2 x − 2 \cos x− 1 = 0$$ for all $0^\circ ≤ x < 360^\circ$. For $0^\circ \le x < 360^\circ$, I'm getting $x=111.5^\circ$ and $x=248.5^\circ$. Is this ...
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Measure Theory or Set Theory?

Having taken Real Analysis I before (the seven first chapters of baby Rudin) I have the option to take Measure Theory now. However I am torn between that and Set Theory. Which course would you go for ...
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Becoming Better at Math

How can I become excellent at math? It really interests me but when I fail I become demotivated and begin to give up. EDIT: Could anyone suggest books for someone with a math education that just ...
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Other conditions than necessary and sufficient conditions, $\Rightarrow$, $\Leftrightarrow$?

I know that $$A\Rightarrow B$$ means that $A$ is a necessary condition for $B$ and $B$ is a sufficient condition for $A$. Also, $$A\Leftrightarrow B$$ means that $A$ is necessary and sufficient ...
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Tools (electronic notebook and ontology viewer) of mathematical formulas (definitions and facts)

I am reading math books and articles (for applications in other disciplines, mostly about logics for computer science and AI) and the hardest part is to memorize formulas, to look up some ...
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A Poster About Prime Numbers [closed]

We're going to design a poster about prime numbers, which will appear in a mathematics magazine for middle school students. The poster should be both visually attractive and mathematically rich. Do ...
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How to teach newbie multiply of complex number

I want to teach a newbie the arithmetic law of complex numbers. the law of add is acceptable psychological. but multiply is not. for example, assume $$z = a+bi, w = c+di$$ He (She) may ask me: why ...
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Finding Multivariable Limits

Is there any good way to find a multivariable limit other than switching to polar coordinates? For example, students each year are inundated with problems like $$\lim_{(x,y)\to ...
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If there are obvious things, why should we prove them?

Obviously, there are obvious things in mathematics. Why we should prove them? Prove that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\dfrac{1}{n}=0$? Prove that $f(x)=x$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$? $\dotsc$ Just ...
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Mathematics or physics at university

I have a strong interest in maths, and I feel that advanced physics is cool too (although I've only studied classical mechanics at high school, which is kind of boring). So I'm not sure about which ...
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school exersise/ Differentiation

If $f$ is differentiable in ${\bf R}$ and for every $x \in {\bf R}$, $$ f(x+\cos x)-f(1-x) \leq x\cos x , $$ then prove that $f'(1)=1/2$. How is a school kid supposed to solve this exercise ? ...
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Revise high school material

Can you suggest me a comprehensive book to revise high school mathematics (up to besic calculus)? It should be extremely clear and complete and "scientific" (not like most high school books). Thank ...
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Things to do before starting math (or physics) at university

What is better to do before starting a math degree? I was thinking that maybe I should do something like: learning latex learning how to use matlab Any other suggestions?
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Why does $n^0 = 1$?

Why is it that $n^0 = 1$? I understand how $n^2 = n*n$ and how $n^1 = n$ but I can't understand why $n^0 = 1$.
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Math literature for teaching kids

If you were going to teach you kids programming and asked me what book to use as a guide, I would recommend you either Java programming for kids or Python for kids. But what if I want to teach kids ...
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Create a Huge Problem

I am wondering if any problems have been designed that test a wide range of mathematical skills. For example, I remember doing the integral $$\int \sqrt{\tan x}\;\mathrm{d}x$$ and being impressed at ...
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Why all games are not Potential?

A definition given in wikipedia of an exact potential game as follow: A game $G=(N,A=A_{1}\times\ldots\times A_{N}, u: A \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^N)$ is: an exact potential game if there is a ...
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Why optimization problems cannot be solved by simple derivative?

Let $f(\cdot)$ be a linear function. $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ $\;\quad\;\mathbf{x}\;\rightarrow f(\mathbf{x})$. Let $\mathbf{A}$ be a matrix in $\mathbb{R}^{m\times ...
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Establishing fairness in test grading

Consider a group of 75 students who sit an exam consisting of 20 open questions, and are then randomly divided into 3 groups of 25 students {A, B, C} for grading by 3 different persons. Let us ...
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Which discrete mathematics book to read for a software engineer?

I'm a computer science student, but I lack a good mathematics background. So I decided to start working on that. I was searching in the topic and I found that for computer science a good knowledge of ...
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What courses require multivariable analysis?

For which undergraduate and introductory graduate mathematics courses is a rigorous course in multivariable analysis an essential prerequisite?