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Non-standard fields are fields which have infinitesimals, that is, positive numbers which are smaller than any positive *real* number. Non-standard analysis is analysis done over such fields (e.g. hyperreal fields).

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### What is the point of making dx an infinitesimal hyperreal?

It seems fairly common to describe $\mathrm{d}x$ in nonstandard analysis as an infinitesimal. But after thinking it through (and then skimming Keisler's text), I can't see the point and actually think ...
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### How to get an introduction to non-standard analysis?

I am a high school rising senior with an interest in mathematics, and I will be taking AP calculus AB next year. I have been doing research online, and recently came across hyperreal numbers, which I ...
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### What is the difference between hyperreal numbers and dual numbers

Wikipedia has two different but unconnected pages for Hyperreal and Dual numbers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreal_number and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_number I cannot stop seeing ...
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### Why do we need ultrafilter for construction of hyperreal numbers?

While trying to get some hold on the hyperreal numbers I found that their construction using the already existing real number system $\mathbb{R}$ requires the use of objects called free ultrafilters ...
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### What is the use of hyperreal numbers?

For sometime I have been trying to come to terms with the concept of hyperreal numbers. It appears that they were invented as an alternative to the $\epsilon-\delta$ definitions to put the processes ...
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### What's so different about limits compared to infinitesimals?

If you find the limit is 2 for a given function, wouldn't this be the same as $2 + \epsilon$ with $\epsilon$ being a negligible value? This different way of defining limit-like behavior seems rigorous ...
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### What properties do hyperreal extensions of real functions have?

If I have a function $f : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ and extend it to the hyperreal function $f^* : \mathbb R^* \to \mathbb R^*$, what are some of the properties that I know $f^*$ must have? ...
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### Why do the infinitely many infinitesimal errors from each term of an infinite Riemann sum still add up to only an infinitesimal error?

Ok, so after extensive research on the topic of how we deal with the idea of an infinitesimal amount of error, I learned about the standard part function as a way to deal with discarding this ...
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### On the HoTT Cauchy Reals

In the Homotopy Type Theory Book there is a construction given of a kind of Cauchy reals via higher inductive type and the authors remarked, that this construction is preferred to other notions (reals ...
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### Absolute arithmetic convergence and place selection rules

? Edit I was wondering about absolute arithmetic convergence of relative frequencies and place selection functions and randomness in sequences. When I mean arithmetic absolute convergence i mean a ...
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### digits of pi, the nature of its randomness, immunity to place selections (Von mises) reichenbach partial limits

The digits of $\pi$ uniform distribution non-standard analysis, and its partial limit I was wondering whether there has been any investigation into the distribution of the decimals of $\pi$ using non-...
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### What is… A Parsimonious History?

Interpreting historical mathematicians involves a recognition of the fact that most of them viewed the continuum as not being made out of points. Rather they viewed points as marking locations on a ...
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### Non standard complex analytic functions

I'm having trouble understanding what should mean analytic for hypercomplex functions. In deed I'm studying a book (Non standard analysis in practice by Diener) where they just say that the function ...
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### Is it to the students' advantage to learn the language of infinitesimals? [closed]

A colleague of mine asked an interesting question reproduced below with his permission. It is reasonable to ask whether it is to the students' advantage to learn the language of infinitesimals - ...
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### Proving a Function Continuous with Non-Standard Analysis

I am reading a text on non-standard analysis. I need to prove the following: Suppose that $f$ is non-decreasing on the real interval $[a,b]$ and that $f$ satisfies the intermediate value property. ...
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### Probability theory with the hyperreals?

Forgive the undoubted ignorance of this question. I am out of my element both in probability and in nonstandard analysis. A mathematically curious layperson friend recently had a conversation with me ...
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### Survey of varieties of non-standard analysis?

Is there a reliable, reasonably up-to-date, survey article doing a "compare and contrast" on varieties of non-standard analysis?
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### Definite Integral of a infinitesimal

I did not study math, but have some foundations in it. I have been looking through some books on nonstandard analysis, and have (what I consider to be) a pretty simple question which I haven't been ...
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### Constructing infinite field in which all subrings are subfields

A classmate posed a question in class as to if there existed an infinite field $F$ for which every subring $R \subseteq F$ was a subfield. We'd already determined that if $F$ was a finite field, then ...
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### Characterisation of convergence of bounded sequences via ultra-filters

Let $\{a_n\}_{n\in\mathbb N}$ be a bounded sequence of real or complex numbers and $\mathscr F\subset\mathscr P(\mathbb N)$ be a non-principal ultra-filter. Then $a=\lim_{\mathscr F}a_n$ is well-...
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### What are the disadvantages of non-standard analysis?

Most students are first taught standard analysis, and the might learn about NSA later on. However, what has kept NSA from becoming the standard? At least from what I've been told, it is much more ...
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### What's an example of an infinitesimal?

If you want to use infinitesimals to teach calculus, what kind of example of an infinitesimal can you give them? What I am asking for are specific techniques for explaining infinitesimals to students, ...
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### Is arithmetic with infinite numbers fictitious?

In 1933 Skolem constructed models for arithmetic containing infinite numbers. In a 1977 article Stillwell emphasized the constructive nature of Skolem's approach; see here. Is this at odds with ...
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### Does evaluating hyperreal $f(H)$ boil down to $f(±∞)$ in the standard theory of limits? [closed]

Does evaluating $f(H)$ at an infinite hyperreal $H$ when doing calculus in Robinson's (Keisler's) framework amount merely to assigning $f(\infty)$ in the standard theory of limits? This question has ...
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### Can I have something larger than infinite? [duplicate]

My question is "Can I have something larger than infinite?" Sometimes, we add infinite numbers into our set of numbers by simply extending our set and adding infinite numbers to it. But can't you ...
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### Concept behind the limit to infinity?

I can across transfinite numbers and came up with a thought. What if$$\lim_{x\to\infty}f(x)=f(T)$$where $T$ was a transfinite number? Generally, in calculus, I have noted that it is two different ...
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### Justification for manipulations according to Leibniz-notation

Is there a way to justify the manipulations according to Leibniz-notation without nonstandard-analysis. E.g. $\frac{dy}{dx} = x \\ dy = x dx\\ \int dy = \int x dx\\ y = \frac{1}{2} x^2$