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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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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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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Need an Algebra 2/Precalculus text to prepare for Calculus

I'm about to finish my Algebra 1 text and I could use some recommendations for a text to prepare for Calculus. I've searched through several forums and some of the books I've seen recommended are: ...
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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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Strategy for self-studying after M.S.

For someone who has finished their M.S. degree in pure mathematics, what is a good way to keep learning mathematics within your specialization? Would you suggest reading research articles from ...
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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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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. [closed]

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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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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Time managment while self-studying rigorous mathematical textbooks

Lately I have been introducing myself to Calculus.But I have an issue with time. Namely I have found that on average I need about 2-3 hours per page of material.This of course includes finishing all ...
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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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Breaking Out of Algorithmic Thinking

I have been taught my whole life to solve math with an algorithm or method. My teachers in school trained us to identify patterns in equations and then use a method to solve it. No one has ever ...
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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 this in an 'optimal' and innovative way. And my question is: What should the teacher know ...
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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 ...
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Learning way and Resource for Complete math Subject. [closed]

I want to learn [self learning] Mathematics from basic.What is the order [like 1) arithmetic,2) Geometry,Etc..] to learn the maths? and what is the best resource to that particular subject?
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Information on crucial results concealed as exercises or neglected in a textbook

First, where can students find lists, information, or resources on the crucial results, inequalities, theorems, etc... which a textbook might not explictly feature or even bring up at all? Second, ...
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Looking for intuition for picking strategy on how many pages to flip

This question is going to sound more CS'y because that is my background. It also might be a bit vague but that is because I am not sure what the right thought process is in how to formulate it. I ...
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Ring theory : Completely lost and overwhelmed

Over the past 3( 9 sessions) weeks my professor has covered entire Part 3 - Rings from Gallian's Abstract Algebra which includes Introduction to Rings Motivation and Definition Examples of ...
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Question on Rudin sequences?

In baby Rudin, Rudin shows that $$\lim_{n \to \infty}\sqrt[n]{p} = 1.$$ In the proof of limit he tries to prove that the limit is $1$. So he takes $x_n = \sqrt[n]{p} - 1$. I have never noticed this ...
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Dynamic Geometry Software for Straight-edge and Compass Constructions

Geogebra is a very good dynamic geometry software. It has so many default tools, e.g. parallel line, angle bisector, tangent to the circle, inscribed and circumscribed circles, etc. But I want the ...
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How does one learn math from square one? [closed]

Ok, I know this is vague, but assume I never really had a good working knowledge of math in any area. I want to pursue X related work, which calls for X, Z, E, A, L, C, Q, etc. math. I realize that ...
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Suggestions for complicated math concepts that a child can understand

My son really loves math (so do both his parents, for that matter), and does well at it in school. I will give him math puzzles or tricks now & again, as well as introducing him to Khan Academy ...
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Advice in Bachelor Degree

First of all, I´m very sorry for my bad english, especially writing. Ok, for differents problems i´m studing a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. These degree is online. Now, the problem with my school ...
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Is there a math news website or publication (for mathematicians)?

I'm an undergraduate math and physics major aiming to pursue a Ph.D. in either pure math or theoretical physics. I don't read traditional newspaper or news websites, since in my opinion they are ...
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How to study abstract algebra

I am taking Abstract Algebra course at the university. We are doing chapters 1-20 from Gallian's abstract algebra text book. I am just doing assigned homework everyweek ( About 5 questions from each ...
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Commutativity or Distributivity - Which One to Use to DEFINE Multiplication of Negative Numbers?

It's easy to calculate $3 \times (-4)$, using the meaning of multiplication: $3 \times (-4)=(-4)+(-4)+(-4)=-12$. But it's not the case about $(-4)\times 3$! To DEFINE $(-4)\times 3$ we can choose ...
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Is the computer changing the way we teach and learn math in schools?

Back in school, what I got taught during school was labeled 'math', but it was actually 'rote arithmetics.' This seems to also be the case of many other people. Some came to hate it and never came ...
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New ways to light the fire again

Recently I've been studying a lot of analytic geometry and this subject made my motivation drop. The thing is, the courses aren't stopping and I'm beginning to lose the passion I had before. I need ...
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Resources for exploring math without a teacher

The ability to understand the beauty of math requires rigorous study. However, most people do not have access to the kind of training pure math requires. Many of my friends easily get interested in ...
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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 ...