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 improve mathematics for Programming Contests?

You might close this question or downvote it, but I can't stop myself from asking the experts of mathematics who solve thousands of math problems. I'm a C++/C programmer who wants to improve his ...
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Regarding to OCD about Reading Mathematical Books [closed]

Dear Math Stack Exchange advisers, I recently started to develop an OCD-like symptom about reading books in mathematics. Whenever I read previous pages and proceed to next, I always feel under a ...
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Complete course of self-study [closed]

I am about $16$ years old and I have just started studying some college mathematics. I may never manage to get into a proper or good university (I do not trust fate) but I want to really study ...
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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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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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How to organize myself around calculus?

Calculus is the most advanced topic I have encountered in math. The book that I am using is clear as can be, but it has so many definitions and theorems. I would like to have all the most crucial ...
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Is it necessary to prove everything and solve every problem in the books? [closed]

I am an undergraduate really passionate about the mathematics and microbiology. I have few big problems in learning which I would like to seek your advice. Whenever I study mathematical books (...
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How to become fluent at reading math formulas? [closed]

As part of my studies, oftentimes I need to read research publications which contain mathematical formulas. Whenever I have to do that, I feel discouraged. Somehow I can not comprehend the ...
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Learning mathematics as if an absolute beginner? [closed]

I dread mathematics, and I believe it's because I have come to associate mathematics with the experience of terrible teachers. All of my math teachers have been grumpy, but one in particular was the ...
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How exactly does Mathematics help me becoming more intelligent (at least, in high school)? [closed]

[Please reditect me to a different site/sub-site/pretty-much-any-relevent-place if I've posted the question in the wrong forum, please do not downvote before attempting to redirect me to the adequate ...
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What's the point of studying differential geometry? [duplicate]

I've been taking a graduate differential geometry course this semester, and since the beginning I have wondered why one should try to learn that subject. It doesn't mean I don't like it, because I ...
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How to explain to a school kid that on a sphere the shortest path between 2 points is given by a great circle?

I will be teaching some "topology" to high school students. I was wondering how to explain to such a school student that on a sphere the shortest path between 2 points is given by a great circle? ...
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Am I too young to learn more advanced math and get a teacher?

I am still 15 years old, but I am very interested in pure math. I have been teaching myself though books, from the internet and from others for the past year or so. I haven't mastered all the topics ...
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How to access the world's specialised knowledge? [closed]

This is a question that relates to almost all domains, I just happen to be passionate about maths. In my early teens, I used to believe that the path through all stages of standard education would ...
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Is there a broad map, guide or list of all or most of math's fields? [duplicate]

Has someone ever garthered all the different fields in maths (single variable function analisis, multivariable analisis, complex number analisis, number theory, graphs, succesions, etc) and made a (...
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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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A List of Standard or “Cliche” Homeomorphisms [duplicate]

Learning topology has been hard. I just cannot see how some people can come up with complex functions that link one space to another, in a homeomorphic sense. The explanations are always "Well if you ...
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learning linear algebra [duplicate]

So I'm a college student that has taken 3 semesters of calc/diff eq/linear algebra and I think linear algebra has been by far my favorite course so far and I would love to know more in the subject, ...
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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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Learning Lambda Calculus

What are some good online/free resources (tutorials, guides, exercises, and the like) for learning Lambda Calculus? Specifically, I am interested in the following areas: Untyped lambda calculus ...
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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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James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition: How to check my work?

I'm trying to learn, or revise, some topology from James R. Munkres' TOPOLOGY, 2nd edition. I'm working alone; that is, I'm self-learning. It is quite fun. But the problem is how do I check if I've ...
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how to know when a particular proof is appropriate for the given problem?

The main trouble I am currently having in math is knowing when the use cases are appropriate in a proof. I see many videos where they seem to choose a strategy like proof by contrapositive or proof by ...
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Can we see natural deduction rules as functions or even as formal grammars?

Is there a way of seeing natural deduction rules as functions or even as formal grammars, maybe context-free grammars or Lambek grammars? It seems quite "easy" to see the rules as functions which take ...
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Coordinates of vector in new Basis

Find coordinates of vector $$\vec{u} $$in Basis $$ V={ (x−4y, x+y, 3x+y, x+y): x,y ∊ R} , \vec{u} =(−2, 6, 9, 2) $$ How can I do this? I found only examples for basis with explicit vectors.
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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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How can I learn Math intuitively? [closed]

I am currently a Junior in High School. I am in an Intermediate Algebra class, but my teacher does not always explain things in a way I can understand. I like to learn Math intuitively, but my teacher ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero scalar yields zero vector

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space related axioms. ...
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where to find good examples of combinatorics (online resources only please)?

one of the most beautiful/hard things in the study of combinatorics is the fact that is not just about memorizing 4 or 5 formulae but developing a whole reasoning ability. Such thing can only be ...
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How should I start solving a calculus problem? [closed]

There are so many books teaching how to take derivative and integration of a function. I think I'm good enough (enough for me lol) in those parts, my problem is that I can't start solving a question ...
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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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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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Use of the Bezout Theorem in the Proof of Field Extension

Let $p$ be a prime number. Let $F$={0,1,...,p-1}. += addition mod p .= multiplication mod p The only nontrivial thing to check is the existence ...
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Understanding Proof that $\mathbb{Q} \left( \sqrt {2}\right)$ is a field. [duplicate]

Prop. $\mathbb{Q} \left( \sqrt {2}\right)$ under usual properties, i.e., $\mathbb{Q} \left( \sqrt {2}\right)$ is a field. Proof. (Step of multiplicative inverse of $\mathbb{Q} \left( \sqrt {2}\right)$...
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Understanding of example of subspacee

Let F be a field. Then, { (a,b) $\in$ F: $\alpha$a+$\beta$b=0} is a subspace of FxF for any $\alpha$, $\beta$ $\in$ F. My question is that can be FxF is a subspace of f? If not, why?
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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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Understanding Defiinition of Vector Space

Let $F$ be a field. A vector space over $F$ is a set $V$ together with $+$,$\cdot$ satisfiyng: $$+: V \times V \rightarrow V$$ $$\cdot: F \times V \rightarrow V$$ with usual properties. My ...
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How do I memorize mathematical proofs?

I first started wanting to know about the derivation of theorems because certain ones help you memorize the theorems better. But as I take harder math classes, it turns out better for me to use ...
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Should non mathematicians learn mathematics “just in time” or ahead of time? [closed]

I am wondering how someone that is not exclusively interested in mathematics (but nevertheless aims to become a decent applied mathematician), but for example, a theoretical computer scientist, should ...
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Understanding a problem

Note that these from linear algebra notes. İt was defined fields, showed $\mathbb{Q}$ is a field. Then, below-mentioned qustion was proved. Yet, I didn't ask what happened. Can you explain? What ...
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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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Diagnosing essential Classical Mathematical Analysis I knowledge needed for II

I need to take Classical Mathematical Analysis II (Chapters 7-10: Sequences & Series of Functions, Special Functions (Exp/Log/Fourier/Gamma), Functions of Several Variables, Integration of ...
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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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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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Math Textbooks for High School

I'm a high school student who is trying to figure out a complete course of self study for each year of high school. Is there a way to self learn grades of math without devoting too much time? For ...
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Tips for an adult to learn math — from the beginning. [closed]

First let me start with I am an adult and I can't do simple maths. I some how got through all of my math courses in University (after several attempts) but I honestly couldn't tell you how... I ...
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What is the significance of “Homomorphism”?

Certainly Homomorphism is a prerequisite to establish an “Isomorphism”(Bijection), but what does a Homomorphism tell independently when it is established between two sets? Homomorphism relates ...
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Should I continue trying to solve Spivak or pick up a lighter book?

Some background: I have no mathematical maturity. Last year I completed my schooling and the only time I picked up a math/science book was when exams were due, needless to say I haven't actually given ...
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Scratch paper alternatives? [closed]

How do you practice complicated calculation when the problem is displayed on your computer screen? Do you always have pieces of paper on the side, or do you have a Wacom tablet connected to your ...