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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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 ...
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khan academy and learning

I want to finish all the exercises in the map from addition to differential calculus, I'd say I'm about half way done. is there anything I should be aware of? What is khan academy missing? say if i ...
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Studying Schedule [closed]

Currently I am studying, on my own, multivariate calculus, math statistical analysis, and physics. My question is, when you personally study multiple math and physics subjects, do you study a little ...
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Advice on Understanding Vector Spaces and Subspaces

currently I am studying Vector spaces and sub spaces. I enjoyed working with matrices and using the Gaussian-Jordon elimination and I also had no problems with cofactor expansion and determinants in ...
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Links to Online Videos of Good-Quality Lectures by Mathematicians

I am not trying to do anything new here, but I would like to start an activity that has been going on at Math Overflow. Hopefully, people here at the Math StackExchange can also enjoy the good stuff. ...
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Empirical distribution vs. the true one: How fast $KL( \hat{P}_n || Q)$ converges to $KL( P || Q)$?

Let $X_1,X_2,\dots$ be i.i.d. samples drawn from a discrete space $\mathcal{X}$ according to probability distribution $P$, and denote the resulting empirical distribution based on n samples by ...
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Exercise #26 from “Abel's Theorem in Problems and Solutions” by Alekseev

Exercise: Prove, that for every element $a$ of the group: $(a^m)^{-1}=(a^{-1})^m$, where $m$ is natural. On the #23 was proven that $$(a_1 \centerdot \ldots \centerdot a_n)^{-1} = a_n^{-1} ...
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How to 'analyze' problems in analysis; Computing $\int_0^{2\pi}\frac{1}{(a+b\cos(\theta))^2}d\theta$

If $a, b \in \mathbb{R}$ with $a > b > 0$, compute this ungodly thing; $$\int_0^{2\pi}\frac{1}{(a+b\cos(\theta))^2}d\theta$$ I'm really not a fan of complex analysis... I can't visualize ...
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Intuition on the Orbit-Stabilizer Theorem

The Orbit-Stabilizer says that, given a group $G$ which acts on a set $X$, then there exists a bijection between the orbit of an element $x\in X$ and the set of left cosets of the stabilizer group of ...
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Math every mathematician should know [closed]

Sorry in advance if this question doesn't belong here. I know it walks the line of what kinds of questions should be asked, but I'm really interested in what the community here has to say on it. ...
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Is memory unimportant in doing mathematics?

The title says it all. I often heard people say something like memory is unimportant in doing mathematics. However, when I tried to solve mathematical problems, I often used known theorems whose ...
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Too old to start math

I'm sorry if this question goes against the meta for posting questions - I attached all the "beware, this is a soft-question" tags I could. This is a question I've been asking myself now for some ...
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Numeric synaesthesia: uses of and advice for learning math.

It turns out that my adolescent son might have numeric synaesthesia-- numbers have specific colors and possibly other distinguishing characteristics for him. He has shown that he can commit long ...
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How to Improve Mathematical Thinking and General Problem Solving Skills?

I'm a sophomore in university and seriously feel that I'm bad at solving mathematical and algorithmic problems (be it discrete math, calculus or just puzzles). I noticed that I'm only good at solving ...
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Which books /tutorials will be good for these topics for AI computer science student

I have found from the internet that I need to know these topics for understanding Artificial Intelligence: Matrix algebra: most machine learning models are represented as matrices and vectors. ...
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the nature of numbers?

I am currently relearning basic math - including; fractions, decimals and percentages. I am learning from various different sources, and what gets me is that they only teach math in forms of methods. ...
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Steps to Re-Learn Mathematic the right way

I was always branded weak mathematics back at school though i loved it. The reason was that I was not having many basics in maths. Due to this problem I stopped learning Maths after my 10th grade. But ...
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Noise sensitivity of Boolean functions

Is there any Boolean function from $\{-1,1\}^n$ to $\{-1,1\}$ such that whose noise sensitivity is greater than delta, where Delta is the probability of each bit is flipped in n-tupple.
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What are the dangers of visual exposition of mathematics?

I've heard several times (such as this one) that it's dangerous to learn/prove/teach mathematics through images. I've also read somewhere that showing mathematics through images helps one's intuition ...
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Tablet for reading textbooks and writing math by hand?

I am a math student. I'd like to find out if tablets (iPads, Galaxy Note 10.1) are worth the cost. How good are tablets for the purposes of reading textbooks as PDF and writing mathematics with a ...
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Math and mental fatigue

Just a soft-question that has been bugging me for a long time: How does one deal with mental fatigue when studying math? I am interested in Mathematics, but when studying say Galois Theory and ...
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Mathematics base for data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms. [closed]

Could you give me some clarification about data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms? What mathematics base they used for? Could you give me starting point, in mathematics, to understand ...
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Solution Manual Help or Hinder? [closed]

I am currently studying mathematics and I am getting conflicting opinions on whether referencing a solution manual when working on problems is a good thing or a bad thing. For examples in many problem ...
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What is a good communication platform, which supports something like TeX-code?

I moved away and am now planning to communicate with a friend over the internet and talk about mathematical subjects (e.g. via Skype). However the text blocks like "\int_G\omega..." in a chat window ...
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How to make notes when learning a new topic

At the moment I'm trying to teach myself Riemannian geometry by reading some books. I take notes by hand but I find that I forget it all and worse, either lose the sheets of paper or don't want to ...
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Where can I find (download) a book about basics of discrete mathematics?

I am a beginner in this craft. Do you know where can I download a good book about basics of discrete mathematics?
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What is the algorithm for solving an equation like this one?

The solutions of the equation : $\sqrt{x+2\sqrt{x-1}} + \sqrt{x-2 \sqrt{x-1}} = 2$ are: A) $x=1$; B) $x=2$; C) $x\in [1,2]$; D) $x\in \begin{bmatrix} \frac{3}{2},2 \end{bmatrix}$; E) ...
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Seeking an effective pedagogy to learning limits, derivatives, and concepts in calculus

Recently I have been spending around 15-20 hours a week learning calculus, and I have to admit that the process, while I enjoy it, is seemingly slow going. I come back to limit questions, and I can ...
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How important it is to learn different proofs

As one studies mathematics, how important it is to find various proofs? I mean that if one has to prove for example that conditions (i), (ii), and (iii) are equivalent then is it enough to learn to ...
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The Importance Of Good Teachers and Guidance In the Academics

I'm a first year student for a math degree. I'm very curious on how good students overcome their bad teachers in the journey of learning and grasping the courses material fully, all in the pressure of ...
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Perspectives on Riemann Surfaces

So, I have come to a somewhat impasse concerning my class selection for next term, and I have exhausted all the 'biased' sources. So, I was wondering if anyone in this fantastic mathematical community ...
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Preparing For University and Advanced Mathematics

I am currently a college student, computer programming, who has developed an intense passion for mathematics. Following my graduation I wish to pursue a University degree in mathematics, the September ...
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How to simplfiy $ \cos^{2}(\theta) \sin(\theta) $ to terms of $\sin$ or $\cos$ only?

Is it possible to simplify $$ \cos^{2}(\theta) \sin(\theta) $$ to terms of only $\sin$ or $\cos$? I need to simplify this to take the integral.
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learning maths for statistics

Apologies if I have posted this in the wrong place first off. My work has taken me into a unexpectantly large amount of statistics. In order to really understand what I am doing I need to understand ...
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Do you prove all theorems whilst studying?

When you come across a new theorem, do you always try to prove it first before reading the proof within the text? I'm a CS undergrad with a bit of an interest in maths. I've not gone very far in my ...
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Generalized eigenvalue solver online

For demonstrative purposes, I am trying to find an online solver where alumni can input data of two matrices A and B, then the system outputs the first eigenvalues and eigenvectors in the generalized ...
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Organization of the Learning Process

Sorry for off topic. I'll delete this topic immediately when community decides it's useless, however if anyone finds it's interesting, share your opinion with us. I just want to know your opinion ...
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Help me to remember $\operatorname{cosh}^{2}(y) -\operatorname{sinh}^{2}(y)=1$, some easy verification and deduction?

I can faintly visualize some way of deducing this formula with exponential functions but forgot it. How do you remember it? Suppose you just forget whether it is plus-or-minus there, how do you find ...