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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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### When can we use substitution for both integrals and summations?

This question is partially inspired by Qiaochu Yuan's answer to "Will moving differentiation from inside, to outside an integral, change the result?". Essentially, I would like to know, if we have: ...
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### Why is the expected number coin tosses to get $HTH$ is $10$?

Can someone please explain why is the expected number of coin tosses to get the sequence of $HTH$ is $10$? What is the intuition and formulas behind this?
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### Developing intuition in algebraic geometry through differential geometry?

I'm interested in algebraic geometry (I'm working through Ravi Vakil's notes and also have worked with curves and general varieties in the past), and I have seen some basic definitions from ...
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### If $z = f(x, y)$, then why are $\partial_x z$ and $\partial_y z$ functions of x and y also? [Stewart P905]

This is Figure 5 from P905 which appears to show this, but Stewart doesn't write this explicitly or explain. I'm interested in an informal, intuitive explanation please. I'm not interested in a ...
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### What is a smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$ intuitively?

While studying for my exam, I've run into some problems understanding what a smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$ is. I first thought that, intuitively, I could think of a piece of string on a piece of ...
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### Why is $\cos(x)$ the derivative of $\sin(x)$? [duplicate]

The derivative of $\sin(x)$ is $\cos(x)$, and the derivative of $\cos(x)$ is $-\sin(x)$. Is there a simple proof of this, preferably using pictures?
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### rank($A$)=rank($A^T$) [duplicate]

Is there an elementary explanation of why the row-rank of a matrix equals its column-rank (without using adjoint maps, resp. lots of technical computations)? What is the geometric intuition behind ...
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### Intuition and Motivation - Linear Operator $T - \lambda_k I$ ? [Lay P270 Thm 5.1.2]

Let $T$ be a linear operator on a vector space V, and let $\lambda_{1},\ \lambda_{2},\ \ldots,\ \lambda_{k}$ be distinct eigenvalues of T. If $v_{1},\ v_{2},\ \ldots,\ v_{k}$ are eigenvectors of $T$ ...
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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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### Find the area bounded by the hypercycloid

Parametrization : $x = acos^3(t), y = asin^3(t)$ $a>0$ If you can solve it for me that would be awesome.:D If not, can you give me some hints? Tell me how to set it up and stuff. It's solveable ...
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### Intuition - Linear Congruence Theorem

Let a and b be integers (not both 0) with greatest common divisor d. Then an integer $c = ax + by$ for some $x, y \in Z$ $\iff d|c$. In particular, d is the least positive integer of the form ...
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### Fermat's Little Theorem fails for composite instead of prime numbers.

I know Fermat's Little Theorem = Fermat-Euler's Totient Theorem when $n$ is prime. Elementary Number Theory, Jones, p83 writes if we simply replace p with a composite integer n, then the ...
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### Ground plan of Forward direction - Let $p$ be an odd prime. Prove $x^{2} \equiv -1 \; (mod \, p)$ has a solution $\iff p\equiv 1 \; (mod 4)$

Prove by contradiction. Thence suppose NOT $p\equiv 1 \; (mod 4)$. Thence 3 possibilities remain: $4|p, 4|(p - 2), 4|(p - 3)$. But $p > 2$ is prime, thence $4 \not | p$. (1) How can you ...
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### Natural example where $\ell_\infty$ distance appears.

The $\ell_2$ distance has a natural connotation: the straight line distance between two points "as the crow flies". Similarly, the $\ell_1$ distance has a natural connotation: the length of a path ...
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### How can one visualize a homomorphic mapping.

It has been a year or so studying Group theory and Ring theory. Funnily enough, this is the part where i am able to solve most of the questions of the book quite easily, yet not fully understanding ...
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### Ramanujan's personification of small positive integers

I dimly recall reading somewhere (perhaps in "The Man Who Knew Infinity"?) that Ramanujan associated personalities (perhaps it was mystical personalities, e.g. specific gods and goddesses?) with small ...
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### Why does $1+2+3+\cdots+p = {(1⁄2)}\cdots(p+1)$ [duplicate]

I saw this from Project Euler, problem #1: If we now also note that $1+2+3+\cdots+p = {(1/2)} \cdot p\cdot(p+1)$ What is the intuitive explanation for this? How would I go about deriving the ...
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### Geometric intuition behind subspaces in $\mathbb C^n$

While learning elementary linear algebra one develops a great deal of geometric intuition in $\mathbb R^n$. It helps to see the forest for the trees and leads through proofs. After meeting ...
I want to understand intuitively why it is that the gradient gives the direction of steepest ascent. (I will consider the case of $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$) The standard proof is to note that the ...
### A sequence converges $\iff$ it's Cauchy. Proof of ($\Leftarrow$) (Abbott p 59 t2.6.4)
Lemma 2.6.3 $\implies (x_{n})$ is bounded. So use the Bolzano-Weierstrass Theorem to produce a convergent subsequence $(x_{n_{k}})$ . Set $x= \lim x_{n_{k}}.$ So \$(x_{{n_{k}}}) \to x. \quad \Large{(♪)...