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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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 ...
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Why is it that when proving trig identities, one must work both sides independently?

Suppose that you have to prove the trig identity: $$\frac{\sin\theta - \sin^3\theta}{\cos^2\theta}=\sin\theta$$ I have always been told that I should manipulate the left and right sides of the ...
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Resource to improve ability to interpret and understand formulas and algorithms

I wasn't sure whether this belonged here or on StackOverflow but here goes: I've been doing a lot of research into algorithms recently and I've found that my inability to properly interpret and ...
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Best way to learn Algebraic Geometry?

I've been reading the book Commutative Algebra with a view towards Algebraic Geometry. I was wondering is the best way to learn algebraic geometry through commutative algebra? As the book I'm ...
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weakly locally one-to-one?

Is there any standard name for this concept that is weaker than local one-to-one-ness? In some open neighborhood of $x_0$ there is no point $x\ne x_0$ such that $f(x)=f(x_0)$. Or, if you like: In ...
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A Concrete Approach to Category Theory

Is there a way to learn Category Theory without learning so many concepts of which you have never seen examples?
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Getting Help in Abstract Math Classes

This semester I am taking abstract algebra, and I am finding the homework to be much more difficult than calculus or linear algebra. The book my class uses is Fraleigh's Abstract Algebra. Although I ...
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How does learning math affect other skills? [closed]

I have found two things since I started immersing myself in math: 1) I have a much better sense of direction. Not in absolute direction (i.e. whether I'm facing West), but in generating a mental map ...
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Can an older person become an expert in math?

Is learning math like learning a language, in that there's a certain cutoff age (pretty young) that you need to start learning by, otherwise you'll never be fluent? Is the novice older brain ...
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I can't do math?

So after failing another math test today I have realized that I can't do math on my own. For whatever reason when I get to a test I just can't do math without extra resources. I think this is because ...
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How to study for analysis?

I am currently a first year undergraduate majoring in mathematics. I'm taking an introductory analysis course and find it very hard compared to other math couses. I know that the topics covered in the ...
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Difference between Logarithms of different bases

Every time i see a logarithmic function and if it so happens that i'am required to take the derivative or the integral of that particular function i get stumped and i tend to avoid that problem. What ...
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Efficient ways to read and learn a new topic

I started reading the book "Topology without tears" by Sidney A Morris and lecture notes on "Elementary Number Theory" by WWL.Chen. To get the maximum out of the book and understand the material ...
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Rigor in Mathematics

Since starting my undergrad studies (in Maths -- !) I have struggled to grasp the concept of "rigor". My "proofs" tend to have the right framework but somehow they are said to "lack rigor", this has ...
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Getting up to speed enough to tackle mathematics and logic applied in programming?

I'm a games programmer with an interest in the following areas: Calculus Matrices Graph theory Probability theory Combinatorics Statistics More linguistic related fields of logic such as natural ...
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Is there a good “bridge” between high school math and the more advanced topics?

I love math and would like to know more of it. However, whenever I try to pick up a book on what I consider to be "advanced" mathematical topics, I often have a hard time understanding some of the ...
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Should I write out stuff? [closed]

When I go through textbooks should I write out solutions to the exercises? Or is it fine if I just do it in my head? I mean either way you are still doing the problems right?
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Book/tutorial recommendations: acquiring math-oriented reading proficiency in German

I'm interested in others' suggestions/recommendations for resources to help me acquire reading proficiency (of current math literature, as well as classic math texts) in German. I realize that ...
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good resources for getting started with algorithms

I am reasonably mathematically competent and use algorithms regularly in computing, however I have started reading through 'introduction to algorithms' but find I need to understand a few more basics ...
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Survey of balanced languages/grammars etc

Is there any good survey of nested/balanced/parenthesed/bracketed/XML/Dyck/Floyd languages/grammars and their applications? If no, can you please list all relevant keywords to allow gathering all ...
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Grasping mathematics

First, I'm not trying to make this sound like a "poor-me" story. I understand fully that every decision I've made leading to this is my fault. I am genuinely looking for advice. So, I am a high ...
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Start learning A-Level further maths

I want to start learning what I need to know for A-Level further maths to take some of the "weight" off of year 12 and 13. What topics should I begin learning and what key ideas do I need to grasp and ...
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Should I study algebra more?

My background is about third-year mathematics major, including linear algebra and abstract algebra. I'm now studying Atiyah's commutative algebra, but it lacks some concrete, easy examples and it's ...
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suggest a textbook on calculus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the recommended textbooks for introductory calculus? Hi, i am a software engg. and math was never my favourite. I somehow dragged thru the math i had to do in ...