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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Severe problems with math undestanding

Recently (although still in high school) I've been at university, more precisely at information science engineering as apprenticeship. I want to become an operating system programmer but I severely ...
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How should I learn the Mathematical Proofs?

S.E advisers, What is the most efficient way to learn the basic proof methodologies, which are essential for studying the mathematical analysis and number theory? I am very interested in studying ...
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Books/Notes recommendation request: Multivalued functions/Riemann surfaces

I'm trying to read a document that applies Riemann-Roch left, right and center. I don't know this theorem or the theory it comes from so I need to build up a bit more background before I can tackle ...
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The Monty Hall problem - convincing a skeptic

I have lost count of the number of times that I have been debating the solution of the Monty Hall problem with someone. Recently I had a long conversation with a colleague, who didn't seem to buy ...
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Explaining intersections to a 6th grader

$A=\{1,2,3,4,5\}$ $B=\emptyset$ How to explain to a learner from 6th grade the result for $A \cap B$ ? For a 6th grade student, it could be difficult to understand why the result is $\emptyset$. ...
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graph theory, economics and learning prerequisites

I'm a undergraduate student of economics and I"d like to know which classes I have to take to get in in graph theory with the purpose to apply it to economic theory. Undergraduate math is sufficient ...
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How to make notes when learning a new topic [closed]

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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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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Is the usage of subscript for describing multiple variables ambiguous?

Suppose we have variables $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$. For brevity, I often declare such variables as $x_{1,2,\ldots,n}$, but I've been wondering, whether this syntax is ambiguous with respect to tensors ...
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How do mathematicians find formulas? [closed]

How do mathematicians find formulas? For instance, the area of a triangle is $$\mathrm{area}=\frac{\mathrm{base}\times \mathrm{height}}{2}.\tag{1}$$ When I study maths, the book I am using tells ...
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Is it a good approach to heavily depend on visualization to learn math?

I am a third year undergraduate and I am a beginner on these "real mathematics" (no pun intended). Before contacting the "real math", my math level should be considered to be "good", although I was ...
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Sample complexity of coin bias problem

I am reading a paper involving learning in Multi-armed bandit case (its okay if you don't know what that is. Just trying to give context here.) To give sample complexity lower bound, they reduce their ...
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Math without notation

Are there any researchers that try to develop learning materials to teach the core mathematics knowledge without using notation (and instead just plain English -- preferably without images)?
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How to learn problem solving strategy for Measure Theory?

I have taken both graduate level Algebra and Measure theory courses but found the latter much more difficult for me. I have put a lot effort on learning it by reading a few reference books and ...
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Is it necessary for one to understand analysis?

Is it necessary for one to understand analysis in order to pursue a career in mathematics? Basically, I am very weak at analysis. But the problem is that most of the topics listed in the syllabus ...
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Matrix multiplication memorisation

So I'm writing an exam about matrices in a few weeks time, and I'd like to know if anybody has any tips about multiplying matrices.
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Requirements for learning and understanding trigonometry?

Im reaching a point in programing where I need to create basic shapes which I simply cant since my math skills are very bad. After finding out that the skills required are trigonometry I read a few ...
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Representative Pedagogical Examples of Groups, Real Functions, Modules, etc.

In the preface of Munkres's Topology, he writes, Fortunately, one does not need too many counterexamples for a first course; there is a fairly short list that will suffice for most purposes. Let ...
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Learning modern differential geometry before curves and surfaces

What might one miss by learning modern differential geometry without first learning about curves and surfaces? I'm currently reading this book on differential geometry which starts with manifolds and ...
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Does Thompson's Calculus hit all the essentials needed?

I found out in my preliminary research for my undergraduate degree that I need a bit of undergraduate-level mathematics for my topic at the very minimum to start with, up to ODEs. So I found a ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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Being a good listener in math

I'm reasonably good at learning from textbooks, but I often find that when people explain mathematical ideas to me in person I don't understand what they are saying. I sense that there is actually a ...
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How to stay productive while you are studying math? [closed]

Not sure that this question is a good fit for this site, but I will try. When I am working through a chapter of a mathematical book first two hours are normally very productive (easily remember ...
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How can I retain the mathematics that I've supposedly learnt?

So my question simply is "What is the best method to make sure you retain what you have learnt?" Okay so I've tried learning mathematics up to where I should be at in the past. Every time though I ...
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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 Learning Process: Plan of Attack [closed]

I have been intrested in a lot of topics concerning Mathematics for the past few months: I ordered some textbooks from Germany which cover essential Algebra and Geometry, and they are excellent. ...
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Quality of Videos Lectures and Lectures vs Textbooks

I am a student trying to learn different subjects by watching video lectures and reading on my own time. I was wondering if the lectures from ICTP and nptelhrd are a great use of my time. I tried ICTP ...
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Is there a math website to study math from a mathematician point of view (ie proof oriented?)

I´m a student of the University of Puebla, Mexico, and I think that we lack of exigence there so I want to study math on internet to improve my education. I have already looked sites like edX, but I ...
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IMO programs of different nations?

We in Albania have a good team in the IMO, and this year I will probably be part of it. Since Albania does not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programmes of other ...
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In balancing effort and advancement in what concerns learning

What's new besides showing modern advancements in modern mathematics as well as eloquently written notes also contains some good advice to young people like me in this room (career advice:!). in ...
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Forgotten old results break my motivation

I'll begin graduate school next year and I am very impatient to learn new things such as theories, ways of thinking and so on (I enjoyed reading about category theory on my own and I find Galois ...
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How to listen math lectures?

Many times, the lectures goes beyond the head and not easy to follow, (at least with me),mainly in the workshop/conferences, though the audience are eager to learn something from it. Also, most of ...
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How to explain the formula for the sum of a geometric series without calculus?

How to explain to a middle-school student the notion of a geometric series without any calculus (i.e. limits)? For example I want to convince my student that $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{4^2} + ...
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What is the best way to master my algebra skills without taking an algebra class?

I was in advanced math my entire life. I got through all the math I needed for my original degree. 8 years later here I am changing degrees and I need more math. I just took calculus I and I passed ...
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Why is “All horses have the same color” considered a false proof by induction? [duplicate]

Upon reading of All horses have the same color "paradox", I began to wonder a couple of things. First of all, to me the inductive step seems flawed. Just because I have $n$ white horses, does not ...
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Advice on methods to capture lecture board and add notes [closed]

I am looking for a method to save the lecture materials, and examples without hand copying from the boards during the lectures. Unfortunately some courses don't have the material available, and ...
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Memorising lots of maths theorems/lemmas

In a few weeks I'll have my summer exams in a Senior Freshman Mathematics course. Two of my modules have a huge number of theorems, lemmas and definitions - over 200 definitions and 250 proofs by my ...
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Where can I get detailed and comprehensive notes of a functional analysis course taught using the book by Erwine Kryszeg?

Where on the Internet can I find detailed and comprehensive lecture notes of an elementary functional analysis course taught using the book Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications by Erwine ...
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How to start with mathematics? [closed]

I fell in love with mathematics a bit too late when I've already taken decisions regarding my future, career-wise. Now I would like to learn math on my own but I'm a bit confused as where to start. My ...
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What are the prerequisites for learning abstract algebra?

Well, I want to learn abstract algebra. So, I get across this http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative/abstract-algebra. But I'm not sure whether I've understanding of prerequisites ...
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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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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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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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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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How do people who study intensely abstract mathematics “imagine” or understand the concepts they are studying or being taught? [closed]

This question is probably to the actual people who study such mathematics, rather than any "third-party". I haven't studied any such mathematics, but I can imagine that some (probably most of it) of ...
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Logs in equations

I am working on an excel project and had a few questions. I need to solve $\log(x)/\log(2)=-0.145509439$. I already know the answer, which is $0.90406$, but I do not know how to solve the equation.
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What mathematics should I study to understand Neural Nets / Machine Learning?

I am strongly fascinated by neural nets, and perhaps other forms of machine learning. There are so many (potential) applications: teaching a robot with shaft encoders to drive along different ...
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How to re-learn math: books or websites?

To re-learn math, both websites and books provide visual content (text and some of them shows illustrations). So are websites an alternative to books (content quality-wise)? My goal is to re-learn ...
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Most efficient way to learn mathematics

So there's a lot of advice on how to learn mathematics most efficiently, and it mostly revolves around doing problems, asking questions, and considering all possible generalizations. However, I was ...
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Pre-requisites for learning multivariable calculus

I've been interested in learning about multivariable calculus now. What topics do you suggest that I familiarise myself with before I dive into it? Also if possible, can you provide any recommended ...