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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Confusion on how to calculate mean value

I've done this type of thing in multiple classes over multiple years since high school, and still, when it's presented to me, I fumble around like a dope. Consider a gas of $N_0$ non-interacting ...
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Protomodular categories

The axioms for abelian categories are nice and clear. The axioms for protomodular categories - and therefore semi-abelian categories - are beyond me entirely. I'm looking for a breakdown of the ...
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Derived Category in terms of Torsion Theory?

It is known that there's a bijection between hereditary torsion theories on, and localizations of, a fixed abelian category. Is this bijection natural? How/why not? How can I think of the derived ...
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How to relate algebraic properties of the fundamental group to the topological properties of a space

After just finally getting a somewhat intuitive grasp on just what the fundamental group of a topological is, I'm curious as to how one would relate the algebraic properties of the group to the ...
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why are these two intuitive ways of understanding division equivalent?

The elementary school example of division, say 12:4 is saying that you have to share out 12 cookies to 4 kids. However, another (only slightly less intuitive) way would be to ask how many times 4 ...
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Intuition for the Positive Real Number $\epsilon$ in Topology

Although this question might sound a little too simple, it is a problem that I must get addressed. In addition, there is no way for me to formally describe it. If you have something you can add, by ...
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Intuition for chain homotopy via tensor products

An approach to chain homotopies, alternative to the usual boundary relation, uses the monoidal (closed) structure of $\mathsf{Ch}_\bullet(R\mathsf{Mod})$ with $R$ a commutative ring. In particular, a ...
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How (the graphic of) a $\mathcal C^1$ but not $\mathcal C^2$ function looks like

We know examples of functions (obviously we are in the context of real valued functions) which are continous but not derivable; the simplest is $x\mapsto|x|$. In particular we have a precise graphic ...
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What is an intuitive way to think of Cauchy's theorem?

I am looking at a problem which involves an understanding of why a finite group $G$ has an element with order $p$ if $p$ is a prime factor of $|G|$. I have looked at several resources and proofs ...
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Why are ill-conditioned systems of equations hard to solve iteratively?

Is there some intuition as to why ill conditioned system of equations hard to solve iteratively ( i.e. the convergence is slow) ? I've read convergence proofs of several methods, but still don't have ...
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Why does $\int_0^1 \frac 1 { \sqrt{ x (1 - x) } } \, \mathrm d x = \pi$?

I was wondering why the following is true: $$\int_0^1 \frac 1 { \sqrt{ x (1 - x) } } \, \mathrm d x = \pi$$ It is easy to obtain this result by doing a trig substitution but it's messy and not ...
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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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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 Möbius transforms

Let the Möbius 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 to 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 ...