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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Is it a good approach to heavily depend on visualization to learn math?

I am a third year undergraduate and I am a beginner on these "real mathematics" (no pun intended). Before contacting the "real math", my math level should be considered to be "good", although I was ...
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How to learn problem solving strategy for Measure Theory?

I have taken both graduate level Algebra and Measure theory courses but found the latter much more difficult for me. I have put a lot effort on learning it by reading a few reference books and ...
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Matrix multiplication memorisation

So I'm writing an exam about matrices in a few weeks time, and I'd like to know if anybody has any tips about multiplying matrices.
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Requirements for learning and understanding trigonometry?

Im reaching a point in programing where I need to create basic shapes which I simply cant since my math skills are very bad. After finding out that the skills required are trigonometry I read a few ...
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Representative Pedagogical Examples of Groups, Real Functions, Modules, etc.

In the preface of Munkres's Topology, he writes, Fortunately, one does not need too many counterexamples for a first course; there is a fairly short list that will suffice for most purposes. Let ...
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Learning modern differential geometry before curves and surfaces

What might one miss by learning modern differential geometry without first learning about curves and surfaces? I'm currently reading this book on differential geometry which starts with manifolds and ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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Is it necessary for one to understand analysis?

Is it necessary for one to understand analysis in order to pursue a career in mathematics? Basically, I am very weak at analysis. But the problem is that most of the topics listed in the syllabus ...
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How to stay productive while you are studying math? [closed]

Not sure that this question is a good fit for this site, but I will try. When I am working through a chapter of a mathematical book first two hours are normally very productive (easily remember ...
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Quality of Videos Lectures and Lectures vs Textbooks

I am a student trying to learn different subjects by watching video lectures and reading on my own time. I was wondering if the lectures from ICTP and nptelhrd are a great use of my time. I tried ICTP ...
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Forgotten old results break my motivation

I'll begin graduate school next year and I am very impatient to learn new things such as theories, ways of thinking and so on (I enjoyed reading about category theory on my own and I find Galois ...
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How to explain the formula for the sum of a geometric series without calculus?

How to explain to a middle-school student the notion of a geometric series without any calculus (i.e. limits)? For example I want to convince my student that $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{4^2} + ...
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What is the best way to master my algebra skills without taking an algebra class?

I was in advanced math my entire life. I got through all the math I needed for my original degree. 8 years later here I am changing degrees and I need more math. I just took calculus I and I passed ...
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Why is “All horses have the same color” considered a false proof by induction? [duplicate]

Upon reading of All horses have the same color "paradox", I began to wonder a couple of things. First of all, to me the inductive step seems flawed. Just because I have $n$ white horses, does not ...
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In balancing effort and advancement in what concerns learning

What's new besides showing modern advancements in modern mathematics as well as eloquently written notes also contains some good advice to young people like me in this room (career advice:!). in ...
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Advice on methods to capture lecture board and add notes [closed]

I am looking for a method to save the lecture materials, and examples without hand copying from the boards during the lectures. Unfortunately some courses don't have the material available, and ...
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Memorising lots of maths theorems/lemmas

In a few weeks I'll have my summer exams in a Senior Freshman Mathematics course. Two of my modules have a huge number of theorems, lemmas and definitions - over 200 definitions and 250 proofs by my ...
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What are the prerequisites for learning abstract algebra?

Well, I want to learn abstract algebra. So, I get across this http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative/abstract-algebra. But I'm not sure whether I've understanding of prerequisites ...
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How do people who study intensely abstract mathematics “imagine” or understand the concepts they are studying or being taught? [closed]

This question is probably to the actual people who study such mathematics, rather than any "third-party". I haven't studied any such mathematics, but I can imagine that some (probably most of it) of ...
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Logs in equations

I am working on an excel project and had a few questions. I need to solve $\log(x)/\log(2)=-0.145509439$. I already know the answer, which is $0.90406$, but I do not know how to solve the equation.
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What mathematics should I study to understand Neural Nets / Machine Learning?

I am strongly fascinated by neural nets, and perhaps other forms of machine learning. There are so many (potential) applications: teaching a robot with shaft encoders to drive along different ...
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How to re-learn math: books or websites?

To re-learn math, both websites and books provide visual content (text and some of them shows illustrations). So are websites an alternative to books (content quality-wise)? My goal is to re-learn ...
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Most efficient way to learn mathematics [closed]

So there's a lot of advice on how to learn mathematics most efficiently, and it mostly revolves around doing problems, asking questions, and considering all possible generalizations. However, I was ...
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what is required for a person to do well on imo

What kind of skill is required to solve IMO or Putnam sort of problems. Does one have to be a genius or just learn some tricks.
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Is there a math website to study math from a mathematician point of view (ie proof oriented?)

I´m a student of the University of Puebla, Mexico, and I think that we lack of exigence there so I want to study math on internet to improve my education. I have already looked sites like edX, but I ...
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Learning from Alternative Sources

I have a very general question about people's experiences with learning math. I can think of a couple of times where I had the following situation. I was seeking to learning about topic A. However, ...
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Is it more useful to study lots of methods/theorems or work with details?

Suppose one has to learn a new subject on book that contains hundreds of pages and hundreds of problems. Is it more useful to learn book by reading it and skipping those parts I don't understand and ...
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How to stop forgetting proofs - for a first course in Real Analysis?

I am taking my first course in analysis. I like the subject. I study it almost on a daily basis. I try to prove theorems on my own without even looking at the hints. If I really get stuck I just read ...
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Sum with three notations around it.

Have seen the below notation (How to calculate number of triangles and points after dividing a triangle n times?) and need to break it down into plain english so to speak. This just so I can catch up. ...
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How to calculate number of triangles and points after dividing a triangle n times?

When having a triangle and dividing it n times, how to get the number of triangles and points? ...
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Which topology textbook has the greatest amount of ancillary support available on the Internet?

I'm considering to begin upon the study of topology and am wondering which book would the best option. I've even started reading Munkres and G. F. Simmons, but the problem is neither book has any ...
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Learning concepts in mathematics

Apologies for the soft question, but I was wondering whether it is a good idea, in mathematics, to learn/study things simply for the sake of studying it. A very good example comes from category ...
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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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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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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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Simple everyday math

I am looking for a book that contains (instead of crossword puzzles) math problems beginning with simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and progresses to more difficult area ...
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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 can a beginner researcher or Ph.D. student efficiently and effectively learn new concepts while staying motivated?

I hope this question is appropriate for MSE. The situation is that someone is reading a book (e.g. a monograph), possibly helpful in his/her research, and the content is sufficiently extensive or ...
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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 ...