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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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 ...
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Why $ (1- \sin \alpha + \cos \alpha)^2 = 2 (1 - \sin \alpha)(1+ \cos \alpha)$?

Why $ (1- \sin \alpha + \cos \alpha)^2 = 2 (1 - \sin \alpha)(1+ \cos \alpha)$? I am learning trigonometric identities one identity I have to proof is the next: $ (1- \sin \alpha + \cos \alpha)^2 = ...
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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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Motivational example for complex numbers

Years ago I was introduced to complex numbers. In class we had been talking about the cubic polynomial and its solutions. At one point we saw an example where, when using the formula, one had to stop ...
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Understanding mathematical texts

Please could you comment on following: I always wanted to know what mathematicians mean by "understanding a piece of mathematics". For example, I have just finished the second chapter from Rudin's ...
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Most Suitable Book after Kline's Calculus?

I've been working through Morris Kline's Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach and it's an absolutely excellent book for self-studying applied single-variable (and some multi-variable) calculus ...
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Analysis or (abstract) algebra first?

Which one would you recommend? I only know calculus and linear algebra when it comes to university-level mathematics. Is one required to understand the other?
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Book recommendations for someone interested in higher mathematics?

Background: I am currently studying physics and except for high school mathematics I have experience with linear algebra, single- and multivariable calculus, differential equations (mostly ODE's, but ...
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Are there online-platforms where to find people for joint learning and discussions?

After quite some time in academia I ended up in a nice company but the math to use is not really demanding. Hence I am still reading and working a bit on some university level math. It's roughly at a ...
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Does math have to be learned linearly?

I am asking because often times one doesn't know where to start in math. "Just learn what you need" is very vague and unspecific ... for example, assume I'm a beginner at Algebra and was considering ...
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Do only certain people exceed at math well? [closed]

It's obvious if you look around that math has always been one of the toughest subjects in all areas, from federal-traditional public schools to simply people learning it as an autodidact, hobby, or as ...
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How can I learn to think in probability given my background?

I have this question for some time now and I've decided to ask here. I'm a student of Physics and I'm taking a probability course. Currently I'm used to deal with Physics itself (mechanics, ...
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The value of to fill the gap in the proof

I have studied a paper "On Finite Groups with Given Conjugate Types I" recently. The author use many words like "obviously", "clearly", "trivial", etc. in his proof. But these "obviously" implication ...
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Intuition or wisdom for stability and instability properties of locally linear system. Boyce, p513, Table 9.3.1

Our instructor requires us to memorize this table for our differential equations exam. So I wonder if anyone has some deeper intuition or observation to help with this? For example, I noticed ...
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I still forget concepts even after answering numerous math problems

Note: this is particularly aimed at high-school/entry level college problems When I'm learning a new topic: 1) I read the theory given in the textbook at the start of each topic 2) proceed to read ...
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Should the theory be studied thoroughly before solving exercises?

Most of the books claim in the preface that the important part of the book is in the exercises, which makes sense considering that solving problems improves in great depth the understanding of the ...
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How many times should students repeat reviews? Frequency of repetitions? [closed]

The usual advice is that a math student has to read or study something "a couple of times" to appreciate it. But is there a narrow range of the optimal number? Any research on this? And what's the ...
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Exam Advice or Tips, specific for Undergraduate Math or Higher [closed]

What are some noteworthy, even rare suggestions for exams in undergraduate math or higher? I'm not interested in general advice that can apply to many different subjects, like ...
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How to remember modular arithmetic and divisibility results?

I tried reviewing the same material $\ge 5$ times, once every 2 weeks or whatnot. Withal, I query intuition like this. But I forget these results quickly or don't remember them 100% perfectly. But ...
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Strategies for revising undergraduate mathematics

I'm a third year undergraduate maths student with exams (logic, set theory, Galois theory, graph theory) coming up. My present grasp on the material is, shall we say, lacking. My current system for ...
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Measure Theory or Set Theory?

Having taken Real Analysis I before (the seven first chapters of baby Rudin) I have the option to take Measure Theory now. However I am torn between that and Set Theory. Which course would you go for ...
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One and Two Tailed Independent T Test Questions

The city council for a small town has been receiving complaints from local law enforcement that citizens have been extremely uncooperative when pulled over for minor traffic violations. To remedy ...
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Does attempting numerous questions in Mathematics textbooks actually help?

Specifically for high school/college maths where the textbook contains numerous exercises with similar trivial examples - would attempting all of the questions actually be more beneficial than (lets ...
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Is math independent of our sensory experience? [closed]

I've been asking myself this and other questions in the field of philosophy of mathematics. Could we, if we were isolated from any kind of sensory experience, be able to learn mathematics? Also, what ...
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What test could I use to test $\mu_1$ and $\mu_2$ instead of $\bar{x}$ and $\mu$?

A single sample $t$ test is only against a sample and a population correct? Can it test against a population and itself or two populations? ie $\mu_1$ vs. $\mu_2$....if not what tests would you use ...
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Intuition - Divisibility results - If c divides some integers, then c divides any linear combination of them.

Not querying about proofs here. I don't want to memorize, thence are there intuitions or illustrations for them? As a student, how else can I remember these results? Origin - Elementary Number ...
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Tool to reteach Algebra?

I was never a very good math student and over the years, I simply forgot a lot of math. But sometimes it annoys me to no end, because I work in a mathematically related field (applied statistics) and ...
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On ambiguity in statements expressed in natural language, where the statements use an indefinite article, e.g. “a”.

Please consider the following example statements and judge the meaning of the article "a". Example: A house is a building. Example: A house is being built next to our house. In example 1, "a" is ...
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Learning to understand proofs faster?

There are many books, written by highly decorated academics, which feature proofs that I can hardly comprehend in an acceptable amount of time. Roughly each week, it happens that I find myself having ...
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Any quick mental mathematics techniques?

I recently came across a very easy way to find the squares of fairly large numbers ($1$-$100$, but could be extended indefinitely), by using a simple formula. It does require you to know the square ...
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How to get better at inequality problems?

I really like inequality problems, but I've found that I have severe difficulties with ones that should be simple. I can prove something simple like this For positive $a, b, c$ with $a + b + c = 6$ ...
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Nature of Points and Lines in Euclidean Geometry

It may be true that very few middle school student can grasp the meaning of lines and points in Euclidean geometry prior to a direct instruction. For example, it's possible that such a conversation ...
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TV Shows for Popularization of Mathematics

There are many TV shows and programs which are dedicated to popularization and of physics, biology, etc. I'm looking for such media about mathematics. Thanks.
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Dealing with Fatigue [closed]

If all goes well, I am on the route to start a PhD in Mathematics next Fall. I worked very hard my undergrad years with little or no break and no travels. It is something I really regret. Now I have ...
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What is a right way to think when going about trying to solve a math problem? [closed]

What is good step-by-step method to deconstruct a math problem.
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Software for basic math notes at 5th to 10th grade level (10 to 15 years old)

So I've looked around, here and otherwise, but sadly can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for. I don't know if it even exists, I figured it was worth trying to ask, though. I've found plenty of ...
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Math Mindeset: Historical Learning vs Generality of Concepts

I started math four months ago with modules like measure theory and topology. It was unavoidable to notice how many concepts are more general than what I thought before. For example the ...
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Teaching irrational numbers?

I'm interested in teaching the irrational numbers to high-school students, and I need your ideas on how to do in an 'optimal' and innovative way. And my question is: What should the teacher know ...
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Become a mathematician… again! [closed]

After reading the book "The 5 elements of effective thinking", I decided to start learning mathematics over again, just as I were a very beginner. This must help me to fill some gaps I have from my ...
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Studies on how the wording employed on the explanation of mathematical concepts helps students to learn?

I remember that I had to learn division in my childhood, I could handle all the other mathematical concepts that were presented until then but division was a real pain to learn, somehow the idea of ...
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Math Shock in graduate program

People call it Culture shock but I call it Math Shock... let me explain my Problem... First I am graduate student in a good university in USA ( I get scholarship from my country). Before I lived in ...