Questions about the process of learning mathematics, both inside and outside a formal environment, including learning strategies, recommendations for learning particular subjects, and studying habits.

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Effective Research Notes

Note-taking for research is vital to your success as a mathematician. As I look back at some of my handwritten notes, I realized how poor they were. I had thought to myself, "What happened?" I was ...
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AoPS Intermediate Algebra vs. Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight? And some more questions about learning math.

Ok. I'm learning algebra at the level of AoPS algebra 2, and I want to quickly progress through math. Allow me to explain the situation. I am highly interested in artificial intelligence/computer ...
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How can I pick up analysis quickly?

I have a 2-3 week recess from university for winter break. In this time, I would like to learn analysis, starting with Walter Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis, and then, if at all possible, ...
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How to listen math lectures?

Many times, the lectures goes beyond the head and not easy to follow, (at least with me),mainly in the workshop/conferences, though the audience are eager to learn something from it. Also, most of ...
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Strategies to study apart from “books cover to cover.”

I have never really liked reading a book from cover to cover (because I usually get bored). Most of what I've learned so far has been picked up from forums like this one, or occasional reading from ...
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Research Projects for 7th Grade Students

I'm going to define some math research projects for 7th grade students. The projects can be both purely mathematical and interdisciplinary. By the way, the students can write simple Pascal codes. I ...
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Why is it so difficult to obtain the spectral properties related to infinite matrices, especially when they are not symmetric?

I believe most of the spectral theory is revolving around the bounded self-adjoint linear operators being analogous to real symmetric infinite matrices. Whereas, there are cases when the matrices are ...
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How to get university level Mathematics education on my own?

As far as Mathematics go, I have a highschool level education. I wonder how I could learn more about Mathematics to be on the level of those who had Mathematics level education at a university. Is ...
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How to learn math? [closed]

I am 19 years old and I'm computer programmer and Software Engendering college Student, And I am smart (mean: I am not stupid) and know programing better than other, I think math is like programming. ...
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Where can I get detailed and comprehensive notes of a functional analysis course taught using the book by Erwine Kryszeg?

Where on the Internet can I find detailed and comprehensive lecture notes of an elementary functional analysis course taught using the book Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications by Erwine ...
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Is it more useful to study lot or accurately?

I would like to have a job in mathematics. Is it more useful to study many courses with average/little better than average grades or less courses with better/(almost) maximal grades to have a job?
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In war with exercise, any future for me?

I love theory with theorems, definitions & proofs, but i don't like exercise, I need more context around it. Is there a different way of practicing theory except given exercises, maybe some ...
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How to organize myself around calculus?

Calculus is the biggest topic i have encounter in math. Book that i am using is great, clear as can be, but so many definitions and theorems. I will like to have all most crucial def/thr as ...
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Why does $\int f(x)(y-r(x))\;dP(y,x) = 0$?

My question is, why does: $$\int f(x)(y-r(x))\;dP(y,x) = 0,$$ where $r(x) = \int y \;dP(y|x)$ and $P$ is a probability distribution function. It was also given (in my book) that: $$\int ...
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Looking for Comprehensive Integration Techniques Tutorial

I am trying to improve my skills and I usually learn best by attempting problems just barely above my skill level then reading the solution. Does anyone know where I can find structured integration ...
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Is this study plan sufficiently general, or overly specialized? [closed]

My current study plan is in order below. I will be completing these textbooks in this order one at a time. I have been told that I don't have textbooks in my plan that approach topology in a general ...
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How beginner researcher or ph. d student should learn new concepts?

I hope this question is o.k for S.E. M. When some one is reading book(monograph); possibly helpful in his/her research, and content is large enough; At the first glance it seems very frustrating and ...
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How can i learn when to use which multiplication rule: Probability

Hey guys im studying for a math exam and was wondering if anyone has some easy techniques to remember in what kind of scenario to use these equations. These are I believe called multiplication rules. ...
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Is probability theory useful in electrical engineering

I have a two week holiday after finishing this semester and I was hoping to study something. Ideally, I would like to study something that I can benefit from in any upcoming courses I take. I'm ...
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Can any one recommend a way to “quickly” learn a subject?

I would love to read a well written book on a subject - provided that I have the time. But sometimes we do not need to become experts on a particular field but still need the basics. For example, a ...
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How can I learn to recognize the obvious questions?

I have heard and seen several references to "obvious questions", "obvious axioms" and other "obvious" things (I am not referring to obvious results!). Now, in a seminar I am taking, at the end of each ...
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James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition: How to check my work?

I'm trying to learn, or revise, some topology from James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition. I'm working alone; that is, I'm self-learning. It is quite fun. But the problem is how do I check if I've ...
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How to deal with a lack of ability to apply ideas in math?

I am currently studying Theoretical Computer Science, but as a Computer Science student who does not have a formal background in mathematics, past A Level (High School), I find that the ideas I learn ...
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Optimizing a box

I'm learning the use of derivatives and I have found a problem: Supposing we want to build a box of $4000\, \textrm{cm}^3$ of volume without top and a square base. Which are the measures so we ...
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Is it possible to gain intuition into these trig compound angle formulas - and in general, final year high school math?

Does anyone have any insight into the trig sum and difference formulas? The formulas in themselves are very elegant, but I don't really like the proofs that have been given, even the geometric proofs. ...
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IMO programs of different nations?

We have a good team in the IMO, and this year I can, and probably will, be part of it. Since we as a country do not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programms of ...
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Find the equation of the parabola given the tangent to a point and another point.

I have a problem with derivatives, I've been trying to solve but I was not able to do it. A parabola is tangent to the line $3x-y+6 = 0$ in the point $(0,6)$ and goes through the point $(1,0)$. ...
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I want to study higher mathematics. Where do I start?

Since last year, I've been interested in higher mathematics and don't really know where to start and don't know what knowledge I still need to obtain, before being able to understand the concepts. ...
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Books or notes focusing more on the intersection between manifolds and topology?

I try to prepare for the qualify exams, and find that the problems of geometry part are quite interesting. In the past, I just learned some elementary things on manifolds and algebraic topology ...
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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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How to select good exercises?

I'm studying on Rudin "Principles of of Mathematical Analysis" which I begin to find as a good and complete reference. I wonder how many exercises shall I do at the end of each chapter ? In case of ...
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Is this derivative correct?

I'm newbie at Calculus, so I'm doing some exercises of derivates, I know by the formula: $f(x) = \sqrt u$ $\frac {df(x)}{dx} = \frac{u'}{2 \sqrt u}$ that the derivate of the next function is: ...
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Path to 3d Mathematics programming, where to start?

This might read like duplicate of this question https://math.stackexchange.com/search?q=where+to+start However since that one wasn't answered, and I have a more specific problem in regards to ...
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How important is the “prestige” of your university for undergraduate mathematics?

I go to a university in Canada. It's not really considered a top university (it is one of the best universities in the province but is ranked really low nationally). I study mathematics here and ...
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Website for Practice?

I'm a high school student eager to practice difficult questions of various topics in preparation for an exam at the end of the year. Does anyone know a website which has challenging problems which ...
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How to expand this polynomial division?

My Physics teacher gave me a problem and its solution, what I have todo is to expand the solution, but when I do it I do not get to the same solution he says is the right one, here is the problem: ...
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Books/subjects for proof practice

So I want to practice writing proofs. I've studied general proof-writing but now I want to learn how to apply that to mathematics. From what I understand, the best and most accessible subjects for ...
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Working on strengths vs. weaknesses as an undergraduate student

I realize there's a lot of general advice on this site and elsewhere about studying mathematics, but I couldn't find anything about this, so I've decided to ask: as an undergraduate student, I'm ...
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Self-learning mathematics - help needed!

First, I apologise for the nebulous nature of my title but I can't adequately explain myself concisely. I am about to start an MSc in pure maths after a fairly shaky undergraduate degree. I am very ...
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How to approach real analaysis

I'm just starting first year in university in Europe and here there there is no Calculus, instead you jump right into Analysis. The trouble is, for some time I self-studied through US style books and ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero vector yields zero vector.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space axioms. Axiom ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by $-1$ yields inverse element of vector addition.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is based on vector space related axioms. Axiom ...
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Bridging the Gap Between Implicit Understanding and Formal Math

I use set theory on an implicit basis as a programmer; however, it's recently become necessary for me to expand into the formal world to explain my intent to decision makers that don't operate at a ...
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How do you look for classic/normative/standard books about an established branch of mathematics?

If you want to immerse yourself in a branch of mathematics (e.g. linear algebra and linear optimisation) which is new to you, then you often look for standard books which you can rely on. You could ...
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How to model a real-world graphical structure into a mathematical formulation?

I am trying to learn how to model programming problems in a mathematical way. I am a software engineer, but have recently been running into road blocks where I can't solve some problems very ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero scalar yields zero vector

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space related axioms. ...
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Vector spaces - If an addend adds nothing, then the addend is the zero vector.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. With one exception, the following proof is solely based on vector ...
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Another proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space axioms. Axiom ...
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Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space ...
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Attemping Qualifying Exam Problems — and failing

My question is concerning learning strategy. I can solve the majority of the exercises in a typical graduate mathematics textbook like, say, Dummit/Foote's Abstract Algebra. To supplement my education ...