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 math-oriented French

I'd like to read several papers which I find interesting, but they are all in French. I have no problem with taking a traditional French class or learning it via some other method. However, I realize ...
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Is memorization a good skill to learn or master mathematics?

I sometimes spend inordinate amounts of time memorizing math articles or theorems/proofs or formulas. My question is "am I wasting time?" and will 'active thinking' or 'working out problems' be faster ...
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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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How much rigour in proofs?

Just a quick pointer: you could probably get away with skipping to the last 2 paragraphs, as the rest covers my motivation for answering this question. Over this coming holidays I'm hoping to spend a ...
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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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Attitude towards exercises in mathematics

I'm doing self study on a couple of topics in mathematics, such as real analysis, abstract algebra, and linear algebra. From time to time, there are always a couple of exercises which I found too ...
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The role of writing in understanding concepts

I am an engineer student from Norway who is not that fascinated with "engineering maths", so I am trying to work through Spivak's Calculus book on my own. I know that there is no "how to" manual for ...
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How can I learn to “read maths” at a University level?

When I look at math, it's like my mind goes fuzzy. The only way to describe it is in terms of what I can relate it to. You know how when you read, you see the letters and words, but your brain picks ...
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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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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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How to improve mathematics for Programming Contests?

You might close this question or vote "-1" for this but I just can't stop myself from asking this question from the experts of mathematics which solves thousands of problem related to mathematics and ...
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What is required to learn about algebraic geometry?

I want to learn about classical algebraic geometry. So what are subjects that are required to start learning about it? (Some preknowledge of algebra, commutative algebra?)
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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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Self-Teaching: Is Geometry the Nexus of all Mathematics?

Necessary prologue: I'd really like to become more fluent in the language of mathematics. I don't have a schedule that permits me taking a class and any on-line tutors that I find seem relatively ...
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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 [closed]

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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Good book for self study of a First Course in Real Analysis

Does anyone have a recommendation for a book to use for the self study of real analysis? Several years ago when I completed about half a semester of Real Analysis I, the instructor used "Introduction ...
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Self-study: part 2

So I'm thinking of doing the following course progression: Baby Rudin Finite dimensional vector spaces Halmos Abstract Algebra Herstein Big Rudin (Real and complex analysis). Is this a good ...
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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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Can I go through Hartshorne without knowing much analysis?

I know intro abstract algebra and some real analysis. Is this enough to study algebraic geometry from the book of Hartshorne?
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Study Order for high school math

Here in Brasil math is "divided" on fundamental, average and superior, where superior is the math that you learn on universities, like calculus, integrals, limits, derivates, etc. My question is ...
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How might I refresh high school level mathematics and extend upon it much further?

I did well at Mathematics at school (top 0.1% in the country, approximately), however I stopped studying it when I was 16. Since then I've studied a couple of highly specific mathematics modules in ...
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Making theorems into flashcards?

I am studying real analysis and trying to convert some of the rather wordy theorems into flashcards. Some of the theorems have names and so it's easy to make a flashcard that just asks that I state ...
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Materials for self-study (problems and answers)

I'm hoping to self-study Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and other intermediate maths. I've found the best way for me to learn is to work on ...
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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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Math Notes and Knowledge Organization Methodology

I, like many of you I suspect, take copious notes when reading and working through math exercises/theorems/constructions. I have stacks and stacks of notes ranging from one day old to several years. ...
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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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(Theoretical) Multivariable Calculus Textbooks [duplicate]

(Note that I have used bold text frequently simply to highlight the key points of my question for those who do not have the time to read through it thoroughly (it is not very long, however); I hope ...
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Study program for algebra for an math-phobic person

I have a female friend (Mid 20's) who wants to get an associates degree, who has an absolute phobia of math, and algebra in particular. I'm trying to find a good program that can help her to study ...
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Can I use Ravi Vakil's way of learning for elementary subjects?

I mean you can't learn math in a linear order. Can I just read a paper first on a subject I haven't studied and just work backwards? For example, I have never studied combinatorics but I sort of have ...
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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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Strategies for Effective Self-Study

I have a long-term goal of acquiring graduate-level knowledge in Analysis, Algebra and Geometry/Topology. Once that is achieved, I am interested in applying this knowledge to both pure and applied ...
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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 ...
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Recommended Math knowledge for programming

I wasn't sure if this is a math or programming question so I suppose I flipped a coin. I'm just learning programming thanks to my IT Support degree and was just wondering what the minimum recommended ...
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How to effectively study math?

Maybe this is too general for here, but I am having a lot of difficulty studying math. Just got out of the military and I guess I am not use to this yet but when I run into a problem I have trouble ...
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Which is better strategy to learn and read books, traditionally one by one OR re-read carefully on perfect books

(Just focus on how to learn and master the stuff pretty well, not involve the aspect of courses or exam) Because recently I always feel that the time and energy are pretty limited, I want to try ...
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Is there a definitive guide to speaking mathematics?

Is there a definitive guide to speaking mathematics to avoid ambiguity? I'm writing a program to generate text for a variety of mathematical expressions and would like to code it so that it adheres ...
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Math Major: How to read textbooks in better style or method ? And how to select best books?

I'm a bachelor student of Math major. The question is about the better way to select and read maths text- or non-text- books, without considering the course and exam. (Because we follow the lecture ...
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How i can learn mathematics these days?

i am currently have no idea where i can learn mathematics online. whenever i am in schools my math goes too bad but now i want to learn mathematics online. any idea where i can get education for ...
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What's better strategy to handle tons of formulas, definitions?

I'm freshman, bachelor of Math major. When I read and learn the textbook, there're lots of formulas, laws, definitions and so forth. But what is the better way to handle it ? I mean, is it necessary ...
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I haven't studied math in 12 years and need help wrapping my mind back around it

I was never fabulous at Algebra and have always studied the arts. However, now I have to take Math 30 pure 12 years after I finished my last required high school math class. If anyone has thoughts on ...
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Does anyone know of any good ways to get good at algebra without as much“grind” as doing hundreds of questions a night

I'm coming to a point in college where I can't avoid my math classes any longer. I need to get better at algebra so I don't flunk out of the class when I take it, however I've never been able to get ...
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What are good resources to self-teach mathematics?

I am teaching myself mathematics using textbooks and I'm currently studying the UK a-level syllabus (I think in the USA this is equivalent to pre-college algebra & calculus). Two resources I have ...
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When to give up on math? [closed]

How do I know when I should give up on math? I can't pass any of my math tests no matter much I study, I have tutors, attend office hours and I still can't do better than a D on any test. Most of the ...