Questions related to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Applied Linear Algebra | Linear Dependent Matrix

Question: My response: Am I solving the above question correctly? Or am I on the wrong path? Thank you for your help.
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Applied Linear Algebra |

Question: Determine whether or not any column in the matrix is a linear combination of other columns. Provide a general method for answering the same question for any n x n matrix A. My response: ...
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Teaching the Concept of Infinity to Children.

I was recently out with the family and we left it up to the children where we ate lunch (11 and 9 years old). They couldn't agree and were going back and forth calling each other names. This ...
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What are some strong algebraic number theory PhD programs?

I am currently applying for PhD programs in the US. My main interests are number theory and algebra. More specifically, I am interested in algebraic number theory (number fields, Galois groups, ...
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best books for learning algebra

My name is Aniket and I have started 11th class recently. I have studied only my school textbooks(NCERT Books) and I am not happy with them. I want to learn Algebra,i.e, all the topics covered in ...
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Struggling with integration/differentiation

quick question as I'm sure this is simple but it has me stumped. I have to integrate and differentiate this equation. Not sure on the exponential, had a couple of goes but it doesn't look right. ...
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Undergraduate Research Thesis

1. General background information ★ At my university [whose name I will omit] the following practices are customary: ● During their third year of study, students have approximately $4$ ...
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How to score a second try on a multiple choice test

Suppose a multiple choice question has $n$ answers. You allow a student $m$ tries. The student gets the correct answer on the $k$-th try. What is a "fair" score?
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Understanding and teaching the concept of derivative

I need to prepare an introductory lecture about derivatives and the concept of differentiation to a class of people with a general mathematical background (who have also studied calculus a few years ...
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Albert, Bernard and Cheryl popular question (Please comment on my theory)

Here is the problem, I think that there is one point that makes the question ambiguous, I think they should explicitly say the reason why Albert knows that Bernard does not know the date. Case 1: ...
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Is there a standard notation for $(p_i-k)(p_{i-1}-k)(p_{i-2}-k)\cdots$ where $k$ is a small positive integer

For $k=0$, there is: $p_i\# = (p_i)(p_{i-1})(p_{i-2})\cdots(5)(3)(2)$ For $k=1$, there is: $\varphi(p_i\#) = (p_i-1)(p_{i-1}-1)(p_{i-2}-1)\cdots(5-1)(3-1)(2-1)$ Is there any other notation that ...
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I want to learn math from zero

I finished high school 2 years ago and now I'm stuck in a university in Turkey. I am interested in learning precalculus, discrete mathematics, physics and chemistry. Question: I need to learn math ...
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Prob. 2.7-10 in Kreyszig's Functional Analysis Book: Is my solution good enough for anciliary purposes?

With valuable help from the SE community, I've managed to come up with the following solution to Prob. 10 after Sec. 2.7 in Introductory Functional Analysis With Applications by Erwine Kreyszig. I ...
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Ideas for math problem solving class for undergraduate students in university

In our university there is a huge gap between two group of students. a group of them came from Math Olympiad competitions and have a very strong background from high school but others, they have just ...
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Are all mathematicians human calculators?

I asked my dad why he did not major in math he said "because he is not good at math". I think I like math, and I think I'm ok at it, but I'm not gifted or anything like that, I just like math. I think ...
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How I can solve this exercice? [closed]

We want to divide \$34800 over a group of people with equality. If there are 5 absent persons, The amount of each person of this group will increase to \$1160. How many of those persons are ...
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Monotonous function or monotonic function

I am from a non-English speaking country. Should we say monotonous function or monotonic function?
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How to show every subgroup of a cyclic group is cyclic?

I'm teaching a group theory course now, and I wanted to give my students a proof that every subgroup of a cyclic group is cyclic. The easiest way I could think to do this is to say that any cyclic ...
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Pursuing Maths after Majoring in Engineering

I will be graduating this summer with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. I want to pursue my interest in the field of mathematics. If anyone can provide guidance on how to go about it? ...
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Mathematics books that tell you what is really happening? [closed]

Many book I've read teach you symblobic manipulations instead of pointing out what's really happening. So my question would be: what mathematics textbooks don't do that? Books that rather than listing ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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What are the current frontiers of mathematics? [closed]

In language suitable for an undergraduate student familiar with the basic objets of interest and classical techniques used in the major subfields of mathematics, what are the ''frontiers'' of modern ...
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Mathematics problems clock

Long ago, I had an idea of creating (actually, labeling) a clock that will have, instead of the numbers 1,…,12, important mathematical problems whose solution turned out to be that number. Such a ...
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Variable weight more than another in probability

I'm about to create a ICU pediatric indicator about died and survived patients. I have the next table about the formula that I wish create. My question is... is there any subject inside the ...
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Does one necessarily need an MS in Math before taking a PhD in Math? [closed]

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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Can I get a PhD in Stochastic Analysis given this limited background?

General advice on PhD apps welcome Given my limited background in stochastic analysis and other information (below), can I apply for a PhD with stochastic analysis for my dissertation topic? 1/4 I ...
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Help needed for a step by step calculation

I hope I can get some help to understand step by step calculations for formulas below. If I have a weighted distance formula like below: $d(O, P) = \sqrt{\frac{\hat{x_1^2}}{\hat{s_{11}}} + ...
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Math is too hard for me. How can I make it easier? [closed]

I am trying to study, and I keep finding that math is hard (any kind), and it doesn't get easier(only harder). I am trying to learn these things all in progression (asynchronously): 1.Math for all ...
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How should a DE course be re-written, if Gian-Carlo Rota is correct?

Admittedly a soft question but an important one, I think. The questions I've asked below are questions that can be answered, and not just discussed. I read this essay yesterday by Gian-Carlo Rota ...
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What does the solution of a PDE represent?

So I took a course in PDE's this semester and now the semester is over and I'm still having issue with what exactly we solved for. I mean it in this sense, in your usual first or second calculus ...
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Advice on mathematical cources and profession

I am a class 9 student studying in India. I deeply love mathematics and I am aspiring to become a mathematician ( I am aiming for research and development). My hobbies include learning and trying to ...
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Finding extrema of a cubic equation

I'm brushing up on my calculus and working through Dennis Zill's Calculus w. Analytic Geometry. Problem #39 in section 4.7 describes two light sources and gives the illuminance function of a light ...
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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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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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If negative of negative (--) = positive then why not positive of positive(++)= negative

As per my understanding positive and negative are just indicative of direction of number axes with zero at the center. If that is the case we should apply same laws to both positive and negative ...
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Software for helping kids learn advanced mathematics? [closed]

What is the best software for helping a 10-year-old learn about advanced mathematics?
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Educational Math Software

What is the the most educational software for high school and college math? Not the one that just gives you the answer, but has any of the following: Edit: Software mentioned in answer added in ...
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Which math software? [closed]

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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Why does Herstein define Normalizer and Centralizer to be the same?

Topics In Algebra 2nd edition, Section 2.5 exercise 13, "If $a \in G$, define $N(a)=\{x \in G \mid xa=ax \} \dots N(a)$ is usually called the normalizer or centralizer of $a$ in $G$." Usually the ...
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How to Self-Study Mathematical Methods?

Edit: Ok, user Chinny84 made comment that truly helps narrow the focus of my question. Basically, I'm asking for a self-study course of Mathematical Methods. Thanks to his recommendation I ...
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Find Matrix $A^{50}$?

Find the matrix $A^{50}$ given $$A = \begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ as well as for $$A=\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 0 \\ 2 & 1\end{bmatrix}$$ I was practicing some questions ...
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Is it possible to learn mathematics right from the source instead of reading textbooks. By studying the masters and not their pupils

I was wondering if mathematics learning process require the use of textbooks. When I was a high school student, I read as a preparation for university, Legendre book on Elements of geometry and ...
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Any elementary proof for Euler's product formula for sine

Is there a proof for the following fomula of Euler which does not use complex analysis or fourier analysis? $${\sin (\pi x)} = \pi x\prod_{n=1}^\infty\left(1 - \frac{x^2}{n^2}\right).$$ Suppose that ...
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rectangular prisms

The question I'm currently trying to solve calls for 6 different ways to stack rectangular prisms evenly. So, each outcome must differentiate from one another, in terms of surface area. L = 19.7cm / ...
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Maths brain teaser. Fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock

Fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o'clock. How many minutes is it to six o'clock..? I have got the solution online but have doubts in it : ...
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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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Quality of Videos Lectures and Lectures vs Textbooks

I am a student trying to learn different subjects by watching video lectures and reading on my own time. I was wondering if the lectures from ICTP and nptelhrd are a great use of my time. I tried ICTP ...
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Why do we need to learn integration techniques?

After a lifetime of approaching math the wrong way, I took two college math courses this quarter with a newfound zest for math. These classes are integral calc and multivariable calc. Integral calc ...
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Good way to convince a young kid that $0*0 = 0$?

My little brother (6 years old) asked me a question ("What is $0*0$?") and gave an answer to his own question which I found ridiculous so I refuted it but he still thinks he is right. He says that ...
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Sum of digits and product of digits is equal (3 digit number)

My child got a question in school (grade) that is: Find biggest and smallest 3 digits number, which has sum of it's digits equal to product of those digits. Help please since I cannot explain my ...