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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Learning Abstract Algebra for a graduate degree

I would like to do a graduate degree in mathematics, and I have a full year before I will be able to do so (for personal reasons). I mainly have my weekends available to study. I am interested in ...
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How to do math and help people

I am currently an junior math and statistics student at the University of Florida. For my whole life I have really enjoyed math and really do find a calling in mathematics. Math classes are the only ...
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Best way to learn from THEOREM-PROOF format?

I've always loved the theorem-proof format in textbooks, e.g. Hardy and Wright's Introduction to the theory of numbers. However, the problem is that I can't remember anything I read in this format ...
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Which books to study category theory?

I am an amateur math researcher in the field of general topology. I've set the purpose to learn enough category theory for my research. After reading Steve Awodey, "Category Theory", 2010, is it ...
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What is the order of math topics that people learn math in?

You know how they say to learn algebra first, then learn geometry, then trig, then calculus...etc? So after that, is there an order of what to learn next? If so, I'd like to know what comes after ...
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Math writing solutions

I will begin to learn in the university next month and I would like to know what is the best way to write math except from handwriting? I am not sure if to use a mathematical software, digital pen or ...
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When learning maths, should I review past topics?

So I've been learning maths from online video lectures and books for some time now and, as is probably quite natural, I have forgotten some of the stuff I've already read through. That'd be mostly ...
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relevant pure math for optimization

I'm interested in optimization generally. I don't know enough to break it down to sub-fields that I would work on. Probability and statistics seem relevant. What about calculus of ...
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Where to start?

I want to learn Mathematics but I don't know where to start. Sometimes I really get frustrated as I am a Software Engineering graduate (currently working) and I feel like I don't know anything about ...
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Is it a bad idea to study modern algebraic geometry without having any background in smooth manifolds?

I have a chance to take a course in algebraic geometry developed in the scheme theoretic setting and am considering my options. I have taken graduate courses in general and commutative algebra and ...
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Recommended math background for game theory

I recently got interested in some game theory applications to poker. I want to try some of them out programmatically, but a lot of the math is a bit confusing. I learn math on my own fairly quick and ...
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MOOCs for college-level discrete math?

Specifically I am looking for short lectures (and quizzes) on specific topics. (like Khan Academy offers) Topics I am learning about include; Intro logic-theory + set-theory Notation, negation, ...
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Training to actively learn, think and use mathematics studied and construct everything on ones own

Someone said this: "Memorizing the entire Swedish dictionary will never make you mastering Swedish. Same to Maths, the only way is to actively think & use basics you absorbed so far to practice ...
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Resources to help an 8yo struggling with math

Friends of mine asked me for suggestion for one of their children (age 8) who had bad scores at the local Star test (the family is based in California). Both parents work, so they have also limited ...
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How to determine the big questions in a field of mathematics?

During my self-study (and soon to continue at a university) of mathematics, one thing I have been interested in is how to to effectively learn the material. An answer to a question provided by ...
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Recommend me math textbooks from prealgebra to undergrad level. [duplicate]

So I've been reading through math.stack exchange and physics forums and r/learn math to find a comprehensive list of math textbooks to learn math from the ground up. I'm more wanting to do so to ...
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Books for a beginner

I am a student of 11th grade and i have completed the syallabus of both 11th and 12th grade maths with complete understanding and it was possible coz of the love for this subject that i have. I don't ...
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About having everything well under control [closed]

When I started doing maths I "rediscovered" some elemental things and listed them on a notebook. All things I learned were in there, like Pythagorean theorem, sine and cosine definitions, some ...
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How important is a teacher / tutor?

I am doing fine in my classes and enjoy math. That is not the issue. During my spare time, I am doing more advanced stuff than my class is currently doing. My question is though, would I benefit more ...
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My sister absolutely refuses to learn math [closed]

My 13-year-old sister has a problem which, given the way math is currently taught, I doubt is anything but all too common. She has a low grade in her math course and only ever attempts to memorize ...
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Study regimen for discrete mathematics? - Lack high-school maths…

I have just gotten into college, and will be studying mathematics from next semester. (this course) Unfortunately I did not study mathematics for the last 2-3 years of high-school mathematics. What ...
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Problem with lowercase versus uppercase.

I often attack problems on two levels, a verbal level and a visual level. At a visual level, I try to imagine how everything is related - I arrange the ingredients of the problem into a two (or ...
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How can I prepare effectively for this test?

I live in Australia and I will be doing my final high school mathematics test in 5 months from today. The test is about the following topics: Differentiation and Integration and their applications ...
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learning/teaching approach to rigorous math with the goal of improving

I will state this now: yes, this is a subjective question. But I feel the answers people give may benefit students. I want to get better at doing non trivial proofs. Real analysis is standard ...
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The maths required for an economics degree

I have a degree in computer science and I wanted to do another degree in economics. However, my maths have been weak since high school always scoring slightly above passing rate. During my course of ...
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In what order should mathematical fields be learned? [closed]

This could be considered a broader version of this question, with all fields. I know that when high-level maths are reached, the fields being to split quickly (i.e. specializing in this type of ...
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What math will I need in order to learn Microsoft's UProve?

I'm studying Microsoft's UProve (independent studies at 35 years old) and forget most of the Math I learned in college. I intend to proceed and learn the contents of this chapter of this book but can ...
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What branch of mathematics improves logical thinking? [closed]

So, that's the question. I dare to generalize it even wider: what branch of mathematics improves the general thinking ability, intilligence, the way the person thinks, and makes it more logical? I'm ...
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Is it better to learn math before physics?

It seems that a persons ability to understand physics at a high level is limited primarily by their understanding of math. It also seems to be more efficient to learn the underlying math for a ...
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How can I make sure I never forget.

I am currently refreshing my Elementary Algebra using Schaum's Outlines. I find them useful as they are choc full of exercises (Which I now realize is the only way to master algebra). I am worried ...
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Rigour vs intuition

Researcher David Tall has written in chapter one of Advanced Mathematical Thinking that ...
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Infinite series help

Are there any hard and fast rules for finding the sum of an infinite series? What suggestions would you have for someone new to learning them? Memorize identities? Also, what are the best resources ...
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Learning Aid for Basic Theorems of Topological Vector Spaces in Functional Analysis

I am self-teaching myself the basics of functional analysis (e.g. topological vector spaces), and frankly I am starting to get a migraine sorting out/organizing in my head all of the ...
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Do free online collaborative solution manuals exist?

I'm not a mathematician by training and a rarely come in contact with mathematicians. For this reason I find solution manuals to be incredibly useful - reading them allows me to see how experienced ...
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From (almost) zero to knowledgeable in statistics

I work in (server) operations and it is not very uncommon for me to parse logs and try to make sense of some kind of metric. For some odd reason I have grown quite fond of it. Assume that I have ...
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Philosophy of learning mathematics (combinatorics)

How does one learn mathematics in depth and well? I think I may be studying mathematics incorrectly, or I could be doing it a lot more efficiently/effectively. Sometimes I feel like I need every ...
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Where to pick up learning math again?

In high school, I absolutely loved math classes. I took Calc in 11th grade, and then since have done just about nothing with math. Is there somewhere I go to see what math knowledge I still ...
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How to most efficiently remedy mathematical deficiencies

My spouse and I are currently both pursuing our undergraduate degrees. I'm double majoring in Computer Science & Mathematical Sciences and my spouse is double majoring in Economics & Finance. ...
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Studying for the Putnam Exam

This is a question about studying for the Putnam examination (and, secondarily, other high-difficulty proof-based math competitions like the IMO). It is not about the history of the competition, the ...
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Best Sets of Lecture Notes and Articles

Let me start by apologizing if there is another thread on math.se that subsumes this. I was updating my answer to the question here during which I made the claim that "I spend a lot of time sifting ...
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start mathematics from scratch

I'm sorry if this question goes against the site. I have completed my engineering in computer science; we were taught to get degrees only in our university :(. I love mathematics but time passed ...
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What should I be doing in a grad level math course?

I have an undergrad degree in an engineering field and switched to applied math for a PhD. In engineering, I have had my share of good and bad professors but I knew what I had to be doing during a ...
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Math resources for electrical engineering?

I am considering electrical engineering as my field of study. However, my math knowledge might not be as good as it should be. What math books/resources would you recommend me to read?
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Study advice: The meaning of 'doing mathematics'

I am a former computer engineering student that switched to mathematics this semester. The only math I have is basic calculus and linear algebra, both thought in a "engineering way". Now I really want ...
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How do you rebuild your Math skills after college?

I minored in Math in college (B.S. Software Engineering), and went through advanced Calc, Differential Equations, etc. But about 6 months after I graduated I had lost all my formulas. Now, about 5 ...
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Flexible distance learning Mathematics programme

I am looking for a flexible Mathematics degree programme from a reputable institution. By flexible here I mean: Able to take the programme at one's own pace The option to complete the programme at ...
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How can I explain topology to my grandmother?

I was recently look at a post on tex.stackexchange about explaining $\LaTeX$ to the OP's grandmother. I was wondering, could the same thing be done for topology? Except in this case the "grandmother" ...
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How to learn differentiation?

I am having a confusion in learning differentiation. Can you please point me to some video tutorials which explains differentiation basics clearly for beginners?
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How does one best balance learning from a “problem based book” with supplementary material?

We all know that when learning math, one has to do more than just simply read - one must try to solve problems and work actively with the material. Many books try to force the reader to participate ...
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How to get more creative in Calculus

I'm currently doing Calculus I (one variable and some max- min problems with two variables as well), and I can follow most proofs and understand most of all chapters in the book. It seems tough that ...