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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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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Does attempting numerous questions in Mathematics textbooks actually help?

Specifically for high school/college maths where the textbook contains numerous exercises with similar trivial examples - would attempting all of the questions actually be more beneficial than (lets ...
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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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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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Website for Practice?

I'm a high school student eager to practice difficult questions of various topics in preparation for an exam at the end of the year. Does anyone know a website which has challenging problems which ...
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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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How to remember modular arithmetic and divisibility results?

I tried reviewing the same material $\ge 5$ times, once every 2 weeks or whatnot. Withal, I query intuition like this. But I forget these results quickly or don't remember them 100% perfectly. But ...
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What is the order of math topics that people learn math in?

You know how they say to learn algebra first, then learn geometry, then trig, then calculus...etc? So after that, is there an order of what to learn next? If so, I'd like to know what comes after ...
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How can i learn when to use which multiplication rule: Probability

Hey guys im studying for a math exam and was wondering if anyone has some easy techniques to remember in what kind of scenario to use these equations. These are I believe called multiplication rules. ...
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How to expand this polynomial division?

My Physics teacher gave me a problem and its solution, what I have todo is to expand the solution, but when I do it I do not get to the same solution he says is the right one, here is the problem: ...
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Bridging the Gap Between Implicit Understanding and Formal Math

I use set theory on an implicit basis as a programmer; however, it's recently become necessary for me to expand into the formal world to explain my intent to decision makers that don't operate at a ...
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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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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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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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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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Effective Research Notes

Note-taking for research is vital to your success as a mathematician. As I look back at some of my handwritten notes, I realized how poor they were. I had thought to myself, "What happened?" I was ...
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IMO programs of different nations?

We have a good team in the IMO, and this year I can, and probably will, be part of it. Since we as a country do not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programms of ...
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How beginner researcher or ph. d student should learn new concepts?

I hope this question is o.k for S.E. M. When some one is reading book(monograph); possibly helpful in his/her research, and content is large enough; At the first glance it seems very frustrating and ...
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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 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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How to select good exercises?

I'm studying on Rudin "Principles of of Mathematical Analysis" which I begin to find as a good and complete reference. I wonder how many exercises shall I do at the end of each chapter ? In case of ...
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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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How to approach real analaysis

I'm just starting first year in university in Europe and here there there is no Calculus, instead you jump right into Analysis. The trouble is, for some time I self-studied through US style books and ...
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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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Attemping Qualifying Exam Problems — and failing

My question is concerning learning strategy. I can solve the majority of the exercises in a typical graduate mathematics textbook like, say, Dummit/Foote's Abstract Algebra. To supplement my education ...
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Where to start?

I want to learn Mathematics but I don't know where to start. Sometimes I really get frustrated as I am a Software Engineering graduate (currently working) and I feel like I don't know anything about ...
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Can any one recommend a way to “quickly” learn a subject?

I would love to read a well written book on a subject - provided that I have the time. But sometimes we do not need to become experts on a particular field but still need the basics. For example, a ...
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How to model a real-world graphical structure into a mathematical formulation?

I am trying to learn how to model programming problems in a mathematical way. I am a software engineer, but have recently been running into road blocks where I can't solve some problems very ...
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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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On ambiguity in statements expressed in natural language, where the statements use an indefinite article, e.g. “a”.

Please consider the following example statements and judge the meaning of the article "a". Example: A house is a building. Example: A house is being built next to our house. In example 1, "a" is ...
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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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Why is it so difficult to obtain the spectral properties related to infinite matrices, especially when they are not symmetric?

I believe most of the spectral theory is revolving around the bounded self-adjoint linear operators being analogous to real symmetric infinite matrices. Whereas, there are cases when the matrices are ...
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Is it more useful to study lot or accurately?

I would like to have a job in mathematics. Is it more useful to study many courses with average/little better than average grades or less courses with better/(almost) maximal grades to have a job?
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How to deal with a lack of ability to apply ideas in math?

I am currently studying Theoretical Computer Science, but as a Computer Science student who does not have a formal background in mathematics, past A Level (High School), I find that the ideas I learn ...
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Working on strengths vs. weaknesses as an undergraduate student

I realize there's a lot of general advice on this site and elsewhere about studying mathematics, but I couldn't find anything about this, so I've decided to ask: as an undergraduate student, I'm ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by $-1$ yields inverse element of vector addition.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is based on vector space related axioms. Axiom ...
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How do you look for classic/normative/standard books about an established branch of mathematics?

If you want to immerse yourself in a branch of mathematics (e.g. linear algebra and linear optimisation) which is new to you, then you often look for standard books which you can rely on. You could ...
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Another proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

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 axioms. Axiom ...
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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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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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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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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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khan academy and learning

I want to finish all the exercises in the map from addition to differential calculus, I'd say I'm about half way done. is there anything I should be aware of? What is khan academy missing? say if i ...
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Fractal Generation Project: How to Continue after L-Systems?

Three months ago, we defined a programming project for some gifted middle school students: Writing code to generate simple fractals. Two of them have finished writing Pascal programs already! The ...
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AoPS Intermediate Algebra vs. Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight? And some more questions about learning math.

Ok. I'm learning algebra at the level of AoPS algebra 2, and I want to quickly progress through math. Allow me to explain the situation. I am highly interested in artificial intelligence/computer ...
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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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Why does $\int f(x)(y-r(x))\;dP(y,x) = 0$?

My question is, why does: $$\int f(x)(y-r(x))\;dP(y,x) = 0,$$ where $r(x) = \int y \;dP(y|x)$ and $P$ is a probability distribution function. It was also given (in my book) that: $$\int ...
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Looking for Comprehensive Integration Techniques Tutorial

I am trying to improve my skills and I usually learn best by attempting problems just barely above my skill level then reading the solution. Does anyone know where I can find structured integration ...
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Books or notes focusing more on the intersection between manifolds and topology?

I try to prepare for the qualify exams, and find that the problems of geometry part are quite interesting. In the past, I just learned some elementary things on manifolds and algebraic topology ...
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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 ...