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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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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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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?

$$x / y = a + b \log(y)$$ Above is a relation between x and y. I have x. How do I find ...
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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 ...
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Solving the exact differential equation y'=(x-y)/(x+y)

I need to solve the following exact equation: $y' = \frac{(x-y)}{(x+y)}$ I've been taught to put those in the form $M(x, y)dx + N(x, y)dy = 0$ and to make sure ${dM}\over{dy}$ = ${dN}\over{dx}$ So ...
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Explanation for a simple comparison

Ok, Yesterday I started to learn how to solve problems with comparisons, but I couldn't understand one thing of the "solve algotithm". Here is a part from a solve from a simple example problem ...