Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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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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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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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 ...
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How often should math students take day breaks and longer breaks or vacations? Any research?

John Edensor Littlewood wrote in page 197 of Littlewood's Miscellany "For a week without teaching duties - and here I think I am preaching to the converted - I believe in on afternoon and the ...
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Teaching irrational numbers?

I'm interested in teaching the irrational numbers to high-school students, and I need your ideas on how to do in an 'optimal' and innovative way. And my question is: What should the teacher know ...
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Exercises or courses to improve logical rigor and reasoning skills

There is plenty of math that is beautiful without needing much explanation of theory, such as fractals, geometric patterns and the Game of Life, that may interest beginners in mathematics. However, if ...
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What does typed and character mean?

Sometimes while I'm on the website I see stuff like simply typed lambda calculus, or "characters". What does this mean and where can I learn about that stuff? Thanks in advance
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Question about secant and cosecant.

Ok so if we take a right triangle and consider an angle $\alpha$ we get the following: From here we can define the fundamental trigonometric functions sine and cosine where ...
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What is a sound curriculum for exponent rules in freshman algebra in high school?

We all know the the rules of exponents covered in freshman algebra. The question is, what is the best way to approach these topics as most 9th graders struggle in this area? I work as an after school ...
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Explaining how to simplify a quotient with negative exponents?

I work as an after school tutor at my high school. I've had kids come up to me asking how to do these types of problems: $\left(\displaystyle \frac{5xy^{-2}}{3z^{-1}} \right)^{-2}$ My approach is ...
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Different fields of work in different fields of mathematics?

I'd like to get some insight into what sorts of jobs one can expect from the different branches of mathematics degrees. The B.sc. degrees I am familiar with are: Pure mathematics. Applied ...
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How to maintain enthusiasm and joy in teaching when the material grows stale

I recently finished my third semester of teaching calculus to freshman college students. This means I was drawing the same pictures, solving the same example problems, and discussing the same ...
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Line Drawing Using Bresenham Algorithm

Indicate which raster locations would be chosen by Bersenham’s algorithm when scan converting a line from screen co-ordinates (1,1) to (8,5). First the straight values (initial values) must be found ...
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Puzzle of Probability Can give an idea …

A bird keeper has got $P$ pigeon, $M$ mynas and $S$ sparrows. The keeper goes for lunch leaving his assistant to watch the birds. Suppose $p=10, m=5, s=8$. When the bird keeper comes ...
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Philosophical side of MATH. knowing the path then walk it. [closed]

Can I find a book that gives me the purpose of theorems and definitions without going deep into proofs. It's just like knowing the path then walk it. That's will me the understanding reach the next ...
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Standard deviation: When to use which sum-coefficient?

I'm wondering when to use $\sigma = \sqrt{\frac{1}{n-1} \sum_{i=1}^{n}(X_{i}-X_{mean})^2}$ and when to use $\sigma = \sqrt{\frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^{n}(X_{i}-X_{mean})^2}$ which I have both seen in ...
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Relative Percentage vs Percentage Change

If I have a number say "500" and I say that it spiked 4 times (400%) of the original value i.e. "2,000". Does that make sense mathematically and grammatically because I'm talking about relative ...
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What do you want your children to learn? [closed]

Very unusual question here. Do those of you who have children in elementary school (age 6-10) think that memorization of mathematical facts is over-emphasized compared to concepts? It seems like math ...
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Teaching algebra in a culturally relevant way while fitting Common Core standards

I've been assigning algebra textbook and worksheet problems (from the publishers and my own) that look like this: Simplify the following expressions. $x^{- 3} y^2$ $c^2 d^{-5}$ ...
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$\epsilon, \delta$…So what?

Over the course of my studies I often encounter phrases in reference material of the type "and this avoids the need for using $\epsilon$, $\delta$ definitions" or "by this we can omit those ...
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Examples of open ended calculus “class project” ideas

I have instructed calculus I an II, each once, at the college level and would like to emphasize that math is not just about memorizing formulas and concepts for a test and that applied math is not a ...
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Examples of groups in the real world

I'm looking for some examples of groups in the real world to show students in a liberal arts math course. For example the Rubik's cube. Keep in mind these students have only a college algebra ...
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Stopping the “Will I need this for the test” question [closed]

I am a college professor in the American education system and find that the major concern of my students is trying to determine the specific techniques or problems which I will ask on the exam. This ...
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How to combat memorization

As a student in high school, I never bothered to memorize equations or methods of solving, rather I would try to identify the logic behind the operations and apply them. However, now that I've begun ...
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What we're never taught explicitly

I would like to make a complaint really. School math(s) can be the most boring way to learn: sitting down and rote learning binomial expansion or the volume of a cylinder is just not interesting. It ...