Questions related to memory devices that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts.

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What are Some Tricks to Remember Fatou's Lemma?

For a sequence of non-negative measurable functions $f_n$, Fatou's lemma is a statement about the inequality $$\int \liminf_{n\rightarrow \infty} f_n \mathrm{d}\mu \leq \liminf_{n\rightarrow \infty}(...
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Easy way of memorizing values of sine, cosine, and tangent

My math professor recently told us that she wanted us to be able to answer $\sin\left(\frac{\pi }{2}\right)$ in our head on the snap. I know I can simply memorize the table for the test by this Friday,...
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“How I wish I could calculate pi” analogs…

You might know the mnemonic for $\pi$ in the title or even this more elaborated one: Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling In mystic force, and magic spelling Celestial sprites elucidate All my own ...
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How to remember trig identities?

Suppose I have a trig function $T: \Bbb{R} \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$. I want to be able to derive four basic properties: $$T(x) \cdot T(y)$$ $$T(x) + T(y)$$ $$T(x+y)$$ $$T(cx)$$ where $c$ is some scalar....
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Injection vs. Surjection: Mnemonic to remember which is which

What are some mnemonics to help one remember that Injection = One-to-one and Surjection = Onto? The only thing I can think of is 1njection = 1-1.
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Easy way of memorizing or quickly deriving summation formulas

My math professor recently told us that she wants us to be familiar with summation notation. She says we have to have it mastered because we are starting integration next week. She gave us a bunch of ...
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Top 10 math mnemonics

If you study undergraduate medicine, mnemonics are almost indispensable - there is so much factual material to learn. I was never given any mnemonics in my time as a maths undegraduate. But Robert ...
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Memorizing the identities $\cos {\pi \over 3}=\sin {\pi \over 6} = {1 \over 2}$

I memorized $\sin {\pi \over 4} = \cos {\pi \over 4}= {1\over \sqrt{2}}$ easily by using the diagonal inside the unit square. I am having great trouble memorizing the identities $\cos {\pi \over 3}=\...
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Remembering multiplication of these two numbers: $7 \times 8 = 56$ and $9 \times 6 = 54$

I have almost mastered multiplication table up to 9x9 however, I'm having problems with the following two. 7 x 8 = 56 and 9 x 6 = 54 For some reason my brain thinks that 56 and 54 are somewhat the ...
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How to remember a particular class of trig identities.

Please how can I easily remember the following trig identities: $$ \sin(\;\pi-x)=\phantom{-}\sin x\quad \color{red}{\text{ and }}\quad \cos(\;\pi-x)=-\cos x\\ \sin(\;\pi+x)=-\sin x\quad \color{red}{\...
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Are there examples of when the ILATE mnemonic for choosing factors when integrating by parts fails?

Is it possible in some cases that using the ILATE rule does not yield an explicit antiderivative but making another choice does yields one? If so, please give examples.
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Remembering that $\sin^2(\theta) = 1/2 - 1/2\cos(2\theta)$?

How do you remember this for integrals? It doesn't seem obvious and I can never remember it when I come across it in integrals.
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What is the good way to remember the signs of the rotational matrix?

Recall rotational matrix in (x,y) is given by: $R = \begin{bmatrix} \cos(\theta) & -\sin(\theta) \\ \sin(\theta) & \cos(\theta) \end{bmatrix}$ For the life of me I cannot remember if the ...
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How can I remember whether finite or countable cartesian product of countable set is countable

I always forget this result Is cartesian product of countable set countable under finite or countable cartesian products? Is there a good way to remember this? Like a proof sketch where the ...
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How to remember sum to product and product to sum trigonometric formulas?

They are: I have found nice mnemonics that helped me to remember the reduction formulae and others but I can't find a simple relationship between the formulas above. Can you help?
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What makes this mnemonic device work for multiplication?

I stumbled across a mnemonic device related to multiplication, outlined on this wikipedia page. I see that it does work, but I'd like to know why. It works as follows (from the wikipedia page): ...
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Index notation of tensors and mnemonics

I've been trying to learn to manipulate tensors but I've got probably too comfortable with all the matrices in my Linear Algebra course, that it gets really difficult beyond rank-3 tensors. So, ...
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Remembering numbers while performing calculations mentally

Specific question: how can I improve on mentally performing calculations like these : $$(78-59)\times23-8\%\times(270+130)$$ $$[2\text{digit}+-2\text{digit}]\times2\text{digit}+-x\%\text{of}[3\text{...
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Mnemonic for centroid of a bounded region

The centroid of a region bounded by two curves is given by: $ \bar{x} = \frac{1}{A}\int_a^b{x\left[f(x)-g(x)\right]dx} $ $ \bar{y} = \frac{1}{A}\int_a^b{\left[\frac{(f(x)+g(x)}{2}(f(x)-g(x))\right]...