Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Why it is always circle to represent a Set?

When we draw a Venn diagram, we use circle to represent a Set. We can use any closed plane figure but most of the time it is a circle. Why? are there any specialty about that?
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What are Basis images?

I have read that using Fourier transformation we can decompose any arbitrary image into orthogonal basis images and reconstruct it back. But what are basis images actually?
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What's after undergrad? Advice needed.

I'm currently a rising senior at a small, yet well ranked liberal arts college studying Pure Mathematics. I've taken multiple high level mathematics courses and plan on doing a few more independent ...
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SAT word problem

Set S consists of all positive multiples of 5 that are less than 100, and set T consists of all positive multiples of 10 that are less than 100. The median of the numbers in set T is how much greater ...
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Rigorous Book on Topology of Surfaces and Simplicial Complexes

In the undergraduate course I am on the topology course covered the basics of point set topogly very well and everything was done, but then moved on to simplicial complexes and surfaces which was very ...
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Textbooks, lecture notes, and articles from arXiv for undergraduate students

I have found some interesting textbooks and articles on arXiv, such as the following one, that are accessible to an undergraduate student: Course of linear algebra and multidimensional geometry, ...
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Learning higher-mathematics on your own

I was hoping someone had an opinion on how to learn higher-mathematics (specific fields that could be of use to me) outside of a classroom setting. I graduated with an M.S. in Computer science about ...
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how to check the variables which underwent the maximum change in a time course data?

I have time series data of many variables (these data for these variables are coming from a high-throughput experimental studies) The time series looks like $x \to x_1, x_2, x_3..$ which is the value ...
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$f(x)=\log x\Leftrightarrow f^{-1}(x)=e^x$. Why $e=2.73\cdots$?

$$f(x)=\log x\Leftrightarrow f^{-1}(x)=e^x.$$ Ok, $\log x$ is defined as the function $f(\cdot)$ such that: $f'(x)=\dfrac{1}{x}$. How to get, from this, the inverse of it $f^{-1}(x)$? And why ...
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What is the difference between the derivative of a sine function between the degrees and radian values?

Is the derivative of the sine function, where the angle is measured in degrees, the same as the derivative of the sine function, where the angle is measured in radians.? Please spare me the ...
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I want an intutive/theoretical understanding of the $\sin(\omega t +f)$

What is the meaning of $x(t)=x_0\cos(\omega t+f)$, where $x_0$ is the amplitude, $\omega$ the angular frequency, $t$ time and $f$ phase constant? I know how to solve the mathematical problems which ...
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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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how to see the logarithm as the inverse function of the exponential?

I saw here in math.stackexchange some proofs of how the log and exp functions are related to each other, but I want to get an intuition for that. In layman terms, how would you explain the connection ...
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How do you use reference books?

Reference books at the research levels often does not include any problem or exercise. While you can't read these books like novels(you normally need to work on other sheet of paper), I'm just ...
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How do we emphasize that $\displaystyle x\mapsto\frac{1}{f(x)-y}$ “makes sense” if we know $y\notin\text{im }f$?

Please take a look at the following function $$x\mapsto\frac{1}{f(x)-y}$$ where $f$ is "some other function". Suppose we know $y\notin\text{im }f$, i.e. the expression in the denominator "makes ...
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Help for Mathematics High school

I'm looking for mathematics books, courses + exercises for high school level. My daughter was high school certificated but she has stopped her studies for 5 years. She would like to be involved in new ...
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How to get the domain of $x^x$?

The function $$f(x)=x^x.$$ is defined on $(0,\infty)$ because it is equal to $\exp\left(x\log\left(x\right)\right)$. But what happen when $x\leqslant0$? I tried for example $x=-1$, so ...
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How is math used in computer graphics? [closed]

I'm doing a research paper on the mathematics of computer graphics and animation (3D) and I do not know where to start. What mathematical equations and concepts are used for computer graphics and ...
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In which field of science that we can prove $0! =1$ and what i can say to studentof high school if he asked about it's prove ?? [duplicate]

In mathematics there are some data , we have took them by convention and mathematics is not able to show us them proves , now want just to know if the "convention" term enough mathematics ...
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Euclidean Geometry in Physics

I've started tutoring my 13 year old niece in math. She learning geometry this year (it's a year-round school). Obviously, it'll just be basic Euclidean geometry -- though I might try to get to a ...
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Does math have to be learned linearly?

I am asking because often times one doesn't know where to start in math. "Just learn what you need" is very vague and unspecific ... for example, assume I'm a beginner at Algebra and was considering ...
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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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Do only certain people exceed at math well? [closed]

It's obvious if you look around that math has always been one of the toughest subjects in all areas, from federal-traditional public schools to simply people learning it as an autodidact, hobby, or as ...
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Which is the best transitional mathematics book for self-teaching among the ones listed?

What is Mathematics, An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods - Courant Robbins Stewart How to Solve It, A New Aspect of Mathematical Solving - Polya Introductory Mathematics, Algebra and Analysis ...
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Explaining to kids that $2^n$ can quickly yield high values

I have to explain to kids that $2^n$ can yield high values. Not with math and numbers but with a story rather. There was a story about a pharaoh and wheat..
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How to defend Mathematics from “ignorant” people? [closed]

Some of my friends are blaming me to stop talking about and studying Math. But I love Math so much and I do Math almost everyday. The problem is that some of my friends told me "go and get a life". I ...
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Going to math grad school with low GPA [closed]

I am a pure mathematics major and I want to do Ph.D in math, however I want to change to Applied math. I have a low 3.2 < GPA < 3.3 though. I have taken most of Pure math requirements, and ...
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What are some good statistics resources?

A year ago, I took a statistics course at my university. The course was based on Rice's "Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis". Apart from the fact that I did not find the book terribly good, I ...
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What is the difference between math learning and math exam? [closed]

I really have a strong feeling that the process of learning the concept and structure of them is quite different from the actual exam feeling. What's more, how can I do better in dealing with exam ...
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An ice cream cone is 8 inches tall and

An ice cream cone is 8 inches tall with a slant height of 10 inches . The opening of the cone is a circle.What is the diameter of the opening of the cone?
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Are upper division math courses textbook- or lecture-based?

I'm a sophomore studying computer science. I have the option of finishing up my degree, or switching to math and taking my minor in CS. I'm contemplating switching for a variety of reasons - don't ...
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Structured Self-Learning Program for Calculus I & II

I'm interested in a organised program which comprehensively covers the topics of Calculus I and Calculus II. I've recently finished taking my secondary school's university-level Calculus I course, ...
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Why in formulas a return value of a function sometimes shown as an argument?

Sorry for a perhaps newbie question, I had a hard time in the school. Well, the title says the problem, let's look at example, which I stole from the coursera video-lectures about an algorithms: ...
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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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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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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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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 ...