Mathematical intuition is the instinctive impression regarding mathematical ideas which originate naturally without regard to formal mathematical proofs. It may or may not stem from a cognitive rational process.

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What separates the dot product from the scalar projection?

Just a little problem with geometric intuition here (or perhaps I just haven't slept in far too long!). I know that the scalar projection of vectors $ \vec{u} $ and $ \vec{v} $ is defined as $ ...
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Heuristics of the sum of squared naturals $(1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 \cdots + n^2)$

I'm new and this is my first question (though I've been lurking). English is not my native language. Studying on my own. I'm really interested in deriving the formula $1^{2} + 2^{2} + 3^{2} + \cdots+ ...
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Intuituive reason why Fermats last theorem holds

I am unsure of whether it is normal, but to me, intuitively Fermats last theorem should not hold. If anyone intuitively believed it to be correct, why? Can someone explain so I understand ...
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Requirement That a Vector be Related to Itself Through Identity

If I have two vectors for which the relation can be written $$ \begin{bmatrix}\vec{I}_1\\\vec{I}_2\\\vec{I}_3\end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix}A\end{bmatrix} ...
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Understanding why the public exponent $e$ is chosen the way it is in RSA

I am trying to get a better understanding of RSA. At the moment I am unable to understand the difference between the correctly chosen value of the public exponent $e$ and other possibilities ...
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Nine plus ten really does equal 21… [on hold]

Well I was watching some vines and this kid responded 21 to "What is 9+10?"Well if you add it normally it's 19 but I tried a few other ways and it was 21 BUT I added a few modifications... Either the ...
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Negation of uniform continuity

The definition of uniform continuity is: Given any $\varepsilon>0\ \exists\delta>0\ \forall x\in I \ \forall y\in I\ \left(\text{if }|x-y|<\delta\text{ then }\ ...
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Intiution behind the derivative of dirac delta function

Let me first begin what I mean by saying the intuition behind the " $\delta'(x)$ ". For example the smooth approximations of the delta function looks like the following: (Left:the smooth ...
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Motivation for the binary entropy function

What is the motivation for the definition of the binary entropy function $H(x) = -p\log_2(p) - (1-p)\log_2(1-p)$? I understand that we want the entropy to be zero at $p = 0$ and $p = 1$ (no ...
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Explicit formula for floor(x)?

In number theory we have so-called explicit formula's in terms of the Riemann zeta zero's. For instance to count the sum of the logarithms of the primes below some given integer. ( second Chebyshev ...
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Physically, what meaning have Taylor series which have their lower order terms equal to zero, but their higher order terms non zero?

Usually, when using a Taylor series to describe a function (which may itself be a model of some physical phenomenon), we often throw out the higher order terms, as they are quite small relative to the ...
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What does $H X H^T$ do?

I regularly encounter the use of: $$H X H^T$$ Where: $H$ is a $(n\times m)$ matrix, with $H^T$ it's transpose $X$ is a $(m \times m)$ matrix If we rephrased this as a function (unquely defined ...
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Product of two Gaussian PDFs is a Gaussain PDF, but Produt of two Gaussan Variables is not Gaussian

The Product of Two Gaussain Random Variables is not Gaussian distributed: Is the product of two Gaussian random variables also a Gaussian? Also Wolfram Mathworld So this is saying $X \sim N(\mu_1, ...
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On the matrix representation of a composition of Mobius transforms

Let the Mobius transform associated to the matrix $A=\begin{pmatrix}a&b\\c&d\end{pmatrix}$ be defined as $\mu_A:\mathbb C\to\mathbb C:z\mapsto\frac{az+b}{cz+d}$ provided $\det A\neq 0$. It is ...
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Meaning of $\mathcal A_{\tau}$ for stopping time $\tau$.

Let $(X_n)$ be a stochastic process, adapted to a filtration $\mathcal A_n$, and let $\tau$ be a stopping time, then $$ \mathcal A_{\tau} := \left\{ A \in \sigma\left(\bigcup_n A_n\right) : A \cap \{ ...
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Intuitive Aproach of Dolbeault Cohomology

I would like to understand an intuitive approach to the definitions of Dolbeault Cohomology (using $\partial$ and $\bar{\partial}$) similar to the one given here. All suggestions are welcome.
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Intuitive Approach to de Rham Cohomology

The intuition behind homology may be summarized in a sentence: to find objects without boundary which are not the boundary of an object. This has geometric meaning and explains the algebraic boundary ...
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Intuition behind functional dependence

What is the intuition behind functional independence ? (This is defined in the following way: Let $k\leq n$. The $C^1$ functions $F_1,\ldots,F_k:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ are functionally ...
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Elementary proof of the fact that any orientable 3-manifold is parallelizable

A parallelizable manifold $M$ is a smooth manifold such that there exist smooth vector fields $V_1,...,V_n$ where $n$ is the dimension of $M$, such that at any point $p\in M$, the tangent vectors ...
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Is there an intuitive reason why hippopede, the intersection curve of a sphere and a cylinder, is traced by composing two rotational motions?

The hippopede is historically famous because Eudoxus used its properties in the first mathematical model of planetary motion. He nested concentric spheres rotating at different inclinations to each ...
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The set $\omega \times \omega$ is equinumerous with $\omega$.

Proposition: The set $\omega \times \omega$ is equinumerous with $\omega$, i.e. the set $\omega \times \omega$ is countable. "Intuitive Proof" $$\mathbb{N}^2=\{ (n,m): n,m \in \mathbb{N} \}$$ $$1 ...
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Is my intuition on projectivization correct?

Is my intuition on what a projectivization of an affine curve in $C^2$ is and why it is useful correct? From what I understand given an affine curve $C$ we are trying to find a projective curve ...
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Clifford Algebras for Projective and Conformal Geometry

According to Clifford Algebra: A Visual Introduction, A Clifford Algebra over $\mathbb{R}^3$ may describe the rigid motions in space (namely, conjugation acts as a reflection by a plane). A ...
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Meaning of a long exact sequence

Edit: The setting for the question is some abelian category. From this question I learned that one way to view a short exact sequence $$0\rightarrow A\rightarrow B\rightarrow C\rightarrow 0$$ is as ...
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Connections between the solution of simple ordinary equation, normal distribution and heat equation

The solution to the following simple first-order linear ordinary differential equation: $$x'=-tx, x(0)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}$$ is the Standard normal distribution! One solution to another famous ...
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Rotman, Algebraic Topology, Lemma $4.22$

Lemma 4.22. Let $X$ be a space and, for $i=0,1$, let $\lambda _i:X\rightarrow X\times I$ be defined by $x\mapsto (x,i)$. If $H_n (\lambda _0)=H_n(\lambda _1)$, then $H_n(f)=H_n(g)$ whenever ...
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Intuition behind definition of limit of sequences at infinity with example

The definition given is for every $c>0$, there exists an N such that $a_n$>c for all $n>N$ Please could someone explain this is really basic terms as im struggling to get my head around it. ...
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Homotopy Invariance: Cone Construction and Prisms Operators

I'm looking at different approaches to proving the homotopy invariance of homology. Rotman and Dieck both mention "the cone construction", but hatcher only introduces the prism operators and does not ...
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Substructure of $\omega$-catogorical theory $T$.

I need some help understanding part of my Model Theory notes: "Given that $T$ is $\omega$-categorical and $\mathfrak{A} \vDash T$, for $S \subseteq A$, let $\langle S\rangle$ denote the smallest ...
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How can I understand $\Bbb Z\times \Bbb Z/2\Bbb Z$

This may be stupid request, but I would like to have a intuition for the group $\Bbb Z\times \Bbb Z/2\Bbb Z$ in terms of 'real' objects. 'Real' could mean geometric but not necessarily. I perhaps what ...
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Why is $(AB)^{-1}=A^{-1}B^{-1}?$ [closed]

If we have two matrices $A$ and $B$ then the following property is true. $$(AB)^{-1}=A^{-1}B^{-1}.$$ I can't understand how the property is true. Can anyone give me a intuitive proof for the ...
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Modern treatment of Topology that focuses on intuition and is full of explanations and visual insights.

I'm interested in a modern treatment of Topology (point-set, and general topology at the undergraduate level) that focuses on intuition and is full of explanations and visual insights. This will be ...
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How are long proofs “planned”?

I just graduated with my bachelors in mathematics last year, so I have little experience in writing huge, very involved proofs. The longest proof I've ever written was about 10 pages, but it wasn't ...
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How to prove this using natural deduction

⊢ P ∨ ¬P I found this question on the net. I know the solution but i find it complicated. How should i approach to this sort of question? Or can you provide me another solution ?
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Parallel Programming the 1-D dam breakage problem

I am to write a parallel program to simulate the 1D dam break problem by using the Galerkin Equations with WENO limiter. The equations are on domain [0,2000]. At the beginning a dam divides the ...
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An elliptic integral of first kind expresses the time of motion along an elliptic phase curve in the corresponding Hamiltonian system

Arnold in his essay On teaching mathematics made the following statement: The de-geometrisation of mathematical education and the divorce from physics sever these ties. For example, not only ...
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Why do repeated linear factors have to be dealt with in this way?

When dealing with partial fractions, and your denominator has a repeated linear factor, the way to solve is this: $\frac{2x+3}{(x-2)^2}=\frac{A}{(x-2)^2}+\frac{B}{(x-2)}$ $2x+3=A+B(x-2)$ and so on. ...
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How the cardinality of $\mathbb{R^+}$ and $\mathbb{R}$ same?

Let me first confirm you that this question is not a duplicate of either this, this or this or any other similar looking problem. Here in the current problem I'm asking to disprove me(most probably ...
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Let $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ be complex vertices of an equilateral triangle. Show $z_1^2 + z_2^2 + z_3^2 = z_1 z_2 + z_2 z_3 + z_3 z_1$.

Prompt: Let $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ represent vertices of an equilateral triangle in the complex plane. Show $z_1^2 + z_2^2 + z_3^2 = z_1 z_2 + z_2 z_3 + z_3 z_1$. Question: I hope the following ...
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Why is this intuitive method valid?

Problem. There are $2$ white and $3$ black balls in the urn. A person randomly picked $2$ balls and put $1$ white ball. What is the probability of the event that the next randomly-picked ball would be ...
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How to upgrade Category Theory skills for Algebraic Geometry?

I am doing a second advanced graduate course in Algebraic Geometry, with Hartshorne as a textbook. The skillset I am least satisfied with is the application of the Category Theory to Algebraic ...
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How do I close the gap between intuitively knowing something is true vs being able to prove it?

For example, one of my review problems is: Let $S_k$ be the kernel of $T^k$. Show there is a $K$ such that $S_K = S_{K+1} = \cdots$ Somewhere in the back of my brain there's an intuition that told ...
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How to visualize(inside ones brain) the Four-dimensional_space

Can the fourth dimension https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-dimensional_space be visualized intuitively by the humans. Does the professional mathematicians can do this ? If so what are the things to ...
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Nonobvious examples of metric spaces that do not work like $\mathbb{R}^n$

This week, I come to the end of the first year analysis, and suffer from a "crisis of motivation." With this question, I want to chase away my thought, "Why is it important to study the general ...
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Intuition for using vectors in sale related problems

I am reading Linear Algebra from David Lay's book. He gives one example to showcase use of linear combination of vectors : I understand the solution, but I am completely clueless about how to ...
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Why does the sum of the reciprocals of factorials converge to $e$?

I've been asked by some schoolmates why we have $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{n!}=e.$$ I couldn't say much besides that the $\Gamma$ function, analytic continuation of the factorial, is defined with ...
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Is there a notion in mathematics saying that, in a sense, all finite dimensions are actually infinite dimensional?

So then every ordered pair or triplet and so on would be actually represented by an infinite sequence of numbers, and what we think of as 3 dimensions would mean that the point has an infinite number ...
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Steady state state distributions.

I am looking for a less "proofy" explanation of how a finite, irreducible, aperiodic Markov chain has a unique steady state $\pi$. No need define terms or include proofs of Bezout's lemma or number ...
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Gradient points in the direction of greatest change

Can anyone provide me with an alternative, possibly more intuitive proof of this proposition? I'm confused with where $cos\theta$ has come from?
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Non- intuitive connected space.

There exist knowing examples of connected spaces such that its picture is a counter intuitive for us?. I mean a topology on a set who makes see the space as connected (no connected) but it is no ...