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Advice for self-studying Inequalities and Calculus

I'm interested in self-studying the following books over the next year or so: Spivak's Calculus (I'm already in Ch. 5 and it is very slow going) The Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class by J. Michael Steele ...
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How can I solve this problem without having to do it by hand?

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement without forcing me to do it ...
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How can I solve this problem without doing it by hand? [duplicate]

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement without forcing me to do it ...
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Is there any way to solve this problem without having to do it by hand? [duplicate]

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement. Is there any way to group ...
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Guess the right permutation game

Consider the following game (somewhat similar to Bulls and Cows): player A selects a permutation of $n$ different numbers, say $1$ to $n$. Player B then has to guess the permutation: he suggests some ...
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Concept of Probability in math first level

I am trying to teach myself the concepts of probability and I was wondering if this is correct. I am only 13 years old and did not learn this yet. I am just reading parts of a probability book to get ...
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Mean and Standard Deviation self thought problem

I am 13 years old trying to teach myself about standard deviation and was wondering how this problem would look like. I know I am young to be learning this but I was reading about this and got ...
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Difficult Integral in functional basis

Let $$g(x)=\int f\prime(x)\left[\frac{4}{3}x^2+4x^3+(2x^2+4x^3)f(x)+6x^2f^2(x)+xf^3(x)\right]dx$$ express $g(x)$ in terms of $\{1,x,x^2,x^3,....\}$ and $\{f(x),f^2(x),f^3(x),...\}$. Is there a clever ...
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Divisibility of sum of squares

I'm currently working through an olympiad problem book that uses the following fact: $3 \mid a^2 + b^2 \implies 3 \mid a$ and $3 \mid b$. I don't see how to show this. I know for that a prime $p$ ...
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Special equation solving

I would like to get x from the following function when the y is known and which + means If ...
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Finding minimum of a distance function using matlab

I have a function for that I want to find the minimum. The function calculates the distance between two sets where a set is defined as matix of row vectors $ D = [ d_1, d_2, ..., d_n]$, $d_n$ is a $m ...
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Solving the equation $a ^ b + b ^ a = 200$

Find $a$ and $b$, $a ^ b + b ^ a = 200$ One of the answers is $a = 1$ and $b = 199$. Lets say $a, b$ belongs to $\mathbb{R}$ then there will be many solutions, for each $a$ there exist $b$, in ...
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How to solve this quadratic form equation?

Let $Q(x,y,z)=7x^2+7y^2-2z^2-10xy+8xz+8yz$ be a quadratic form and $A = \begin{bmatrix} 7 & -5 & 4 \\ -5 & 7 & 4 \\ 4 & 4 & -2 ...
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'Fixed Point' Irrationals

I found this interesting problem which turns out to be more difficult than it first appears: Suppose $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a function such that $f(f(x))=x$ for all $x \in ...
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Egg drop problem

Suppose that you have an $N$-story building and plenty of eggs. An egg breaks if it is dropped from floor $T$ or higher and does not break otherwise. Your goal is to devise a strategy to determine ...
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How many ways are there to parenthesise an expression?

Context I am writing a computer program to do a brute-force search for a solution to a puzzle which wanted to arrange four numbers with the four standard arithmetic operators and arrive at a given ...
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Solve equation. sum of negatie powers of two equal to one. Diaphantite.

Is the following correct? Let $\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{1}{2^{x_i}}=1$ where $x_i \in \mathbb{N}_0$ for $i \in \{1,\ldots,n\}$ than the only solutions is $$x_i=n-1, \quad \forall i \in \{1,\ldots,n\}.$$ ...
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Algorithm to find out on which position ZX is?

I am having the following problem. Lets consider the alphabet. From A-Z there are 26 letters. If its for example AA, then its ...
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How do you create a nonlinear game that the player can always win?

I thought a lot about this question — and initially, I intended to ask this on gamedev.stackexchange.com — but due to its rather theoretical aspects, I think it might be more appropriate to address a ...
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How does one cut onions in a mathematically efficient way?

Perhaps a math degree and cooking don't go hand in hand, but hopefully they do. I have been thinking about this problem for some time when in the kitchen without making any real progress: How does ...
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how to find point where two exponential type functions intersect

I have two functions who intersect each other and i want to find time at which they intersect. The two functions are, $\left(1-\frac{1}{\text{X2}}\right)-\frac{(\text{X1}-1) (\text{X2}-1)}{e^{4 t ...
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how to express this problem as integral

I am given this word problem: Find a straight line which goes through the center of x, y coordinates so that the area between this straight line and graph of $f(x)=x^2$ is exactly $\frac{1}{6}$ I ...
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Motivation and Derivation of the Riccati Equation Transformation

Given a Riccati Equation which is differential equation of the form: $$ \frac{dy}{dx} = a_0 (x) + a_1 (x)y + a_2 (x)y^2 $$ It is well known that the transformation: $$ y = -\frac{1}{a_2(x)} ...
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How to easily prove $x+\frac{1}{x} \ge 2 \quad ∀x\in ℝ^+$ [duplicate]

When I tried to solve some certain math problem (an inequation) for pivate exercise purposes, I had to prove that $x+\frac{1}{x} \ge 2 \quad ∀x\in ℝ^+$, I solved it with tools from differential ...
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Is this question of sequence a Mathematical one, i.e. does it have objectively only one answer for each subpart.

This question is taken from 11th class Math book. Look at this question: At the very first glance one can tell that all the three sequences are G.P But! by using interpolation(as this answer ...
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Confusing -Probabilities.!!

Ok so far what i understand is this lets say...Having to draw a card from 52card-deck its probability is of course 1/52.Now the probability to say that i will keep drawing this same card 10 times of ...
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How to find $x^2 - x$?

I'm quite a novice when it comes to maths. I'm on a problem in which I have had to isolate $x$ , through factorials which I completed without problem. However, now I am stuck on a seemingly more minor ...
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How many lines needed to not lose in tetris game?

Suppose we play a tetris game with tetris be given randomly. Is there exists a number of lines that we can play infinitely, i.e. do not lose the game?
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When to give up on a hard math problem?

I practice olympiad problems from books like Putnam and Beyond. Often I come across a problem that I simply can't solve. After $\sim30$ minutes of deep thinking it feels like I'm ramming my head into ...
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How to solve this sequence $165,195,255,285,345,x$

This is a question appeared in a competitive exam. The question is: Find the unknown term in $165,195,255,285,345,x$ 1)375 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ $ 2)420 3)435 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ ...
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How to solve the sequence: $87, 89, 95, 107, ?, 157$

This question appeared in a competitive exam. The question is: Q. Find the unknown term in $87,89,95,107,?,157$ 1)127 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ $ 2)122 3)139 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ $ ...
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Basic combinatorics question [closed]

In a tennis tournament there are $2n$ participants. In the first round of the tournament, each player plays exactly once, so there are $n$ games. Show that the pairings for the first round can be ...
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How to solve 2 ÷ 2 ÷ 2 ? ${}{}{}{}$

$$2 ÷ 2 ÷ 2 = (2 ÷ 2) ÷ 2 \ \ \text{OR}\ \ 2 ÷ (2 ÷ 2) ?$$ Is there any standard rule which is world wide accepted for solving this type of expressions? If I process the expression from left to ...
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Residue of this function for $z_0=0$

I have this function $$\frac{\sin (2z)-2z}{(1-\cos z)^2}$$ I want to find its residue around $z_0=0$, however I've been battling it for hours but I get nowhere. I've tried finding its Laurent series, ...
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A 20 × 20 × 20 cube is built of 1 × 2 × 2 bricks. Prove that one can pierce it by a needle without piercing a brick.

A 20 × 20 × 20 cube is built of 1 × 2 × 2 bricks. Prove that one can pierce it by a needle without piercing a brick. Taken from Engel's book, but no solution was given. Here's my solution: Look ...
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Number of collisions of particles in a box. Application to epidemiology

I was surprised to see in this biology article a model assuming that the number of newly infected cells is a linear function of the number of (healthy) cells and of the number of viruses. I am not ...
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Find Laurent's series of these two functions around $z_o$

Find the Laurent series of $f(z)=\frac{z}{(z+1)^2}$ around $z_o=-1$, and $g(z)=z\exp(\frac1{z+i})$ around $z_o=-i$. For $f$, what they're asking is to find the series in $0<|z+1|$. On the ...
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Prove solution does not exist for inequalities system

I have an inequalities sytem like the following: Example > x+y+z <= A > x+y <= B > x+z > C > y+z > D > x >= E Let A,B,C,D,E be any ...
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How do I prove this statement?

I have to prove that if $$u=t^{\lambda}y(z)$$ and $$z=\frac{x}{\sqrt{t}} \,\,,$$ then $$\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{t}}=\frac{\partial ^{2}{u}}{\partial{x}^{2}} \Rightarrow ...
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$\{a$ : $\forall f\in C^0$ with $f(0)=f(1)$ there exists $x$ s.t. $f(x+a) = f(x)\}$

Determine all $a\in[0,1]$ such that for ${\it every}$ continuous function $f:[0,1]\to \Re$ with $f(0)=f(1)$ there exists at least one $x$ where $f(x) = f(x+a)$. Firstly, $a=0,1/2,1$ are obviously ...
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Find the Laurent series of $\sin z/z^2$ using Laurent's theorem

I have the function $f(z)=\frac{\sin z}{z^2}$, wich is analytic over $\Bbb C\setminus\{0\}$, I want to find the Laurent series of $f$ valid for $0<|z|<R\le\infty$. Using Laurent's theorem we ...
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More problems like Engel's Problem Solving

I've been working through Arthur Engel's Problem Solving and I've been enjoying it very much. I especially liked Chapters 1, 3, and 4, which cover the Invariant, Extremal, and Pigeonhole Principles ...
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An organization was surveyed with regard to the number of children each member had…

I am studying for my exam and there is no solution for this question. Can anyone provide the correct answers? Thanks. An organization was surveyed with regard to the number of children each member ...
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Using Poisson's integral formula

The problem asks to prove the following equality using Poisson's integral formula (or Poisson kernel, if I understood correctly from Wikipedia): $$\int_0^{2\pi} \frac{e^{\cos ...
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Trying to use the deformation theorem to solve integral

I have this integral: $$\int_{|z|=2}\frac{\cosh z}{(z+1)^3(z-1)}dz$$ Both singularities $z=1,z=-1$ are inside the circle. I have already solve this using partial fractions, and I don't have much ...
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How does $2N_{h-2}$ become $2^{h/2}$?

I'm reading the Lecture 6 notes from MIT OCW Introduction to Algorithms, which discusses AVL trees, and I'm confused about one of the relations below: Balance: Worst when every node differs ...
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Proof Verification: If 650 points in a circle of radius 16, prove that some 10 must lie in a ring of inner radius 2 and outer radius 3.

If 650 points in a circle of radius 16, prove that some 10 must lie in a ring of inner radius 2 and outer radius 3. The area of any such ring is $5\pi$ and the area covered by the union of all rings ...
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Solve this equation. Can anybody do it?

There is this relation between x and y: $$x / y = a + b \log(y)$$ I have x. How do I ...
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How to calculate per unit costs for multiple items

I had a supplier give me a quote last week that seems very strange, can someone help me out? The quote is for IT hardware, but for simplicity (and anonymity) I'll use apples and oranges: ...
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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 ...