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Papers with unorthodox writing style

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, in any case probably CW is appropriate? I've been looking around the mathblogosphere for the past few weeks and ran into mathgen. It's ...
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My first proof that uses the well-ordering principle (very simple number theory). Please mark/grade.

What do you think about my first proof that uses the well-ordering principle? Please mark/grade. Theorem The sum of the cubes of three consecutive natural numbers is a multiple of 9. Proof ...
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Proof that $1729$ is the smallest taxicab number

For homework I have to produce the proof (algebraic or otherwise) to show that $1729$ HAS to be the smallest taxi cab number. A taxicab number means that it is the sum of two different cubes and can ...
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Cauchy-Formula for Repeated Lebesgue-Integration

Recently, I came across the following statements. They were annotated as consequences of Fubini's Theorem but neither proof nor reference were given. Let $f:[a,b]\times [a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$ be ...
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Olympic number theory problem: is this solution fine and sufficiently well written?

Determine all the positive integers $m$ such that both the ratios $$ \frac{2(5^m+5)}{3^m+1}, \frac{9^m+1}{5^m+5}$$ are integers. Attempt to a solution: If the ratios are both integers, than their ...
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$\zeta(2)=\frac{\pi^2}{6}$ proof improvement.

Recently in one of my calculus exercise I have made out a (quite novel to me) proof for $\zeta(2)=\frac{\pi^2}{6}$ via the famous infinite product below: ...
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Proving not equicontinuity in $\Bbb R$ but equicontinuity in any other closed subset of $\Bbb R$

Let $F = {f_{n} | n ∈\Bbb N }$ be an infinite collection of functions $f_{n}(x)=e^{−n(x−n)^2} , x ∈ \Bbb R$. Prove that $F$ is not equicontinuous on $\Bbb R$ but equicontinuous on $[−a, a]$ for any $a ...
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Limit of continuous function

Prove or provide a counterexample: 1) $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is continuous. If $(a_{n}) = f(n)$ converges to $L$, then $\lim_{x \rightarrow \infty} f(x) = L$. Counterexample: I ...
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Prove this congruence

Let $p$ be a prime of the form $4k+3$ and $m$ an even positive integer less than $p-1$. Prove that $$1^m+2^m+\cdots+\left(\frac{p-1}{2}\right)^m \equiv ...
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Another proof question for real analysis

Let $a, b, c \in \mathbb{R}$. Prove if $a + b = a$ then $b = 0$. Suppose that $a + b = a$. Then $a + b - a = a - a = 0 = b$ by the inverses law for addition. By the Identity law for addition it ...
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Proving u-substitution the hard way — use only definition of integration with partitions

I am trying to prove integration by substitution, i.e. for $f:[c,d] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ continuous and $\phi: [c,d] \rightarrow [a,b]$ continuous on $[c,d]$ and $\mathscr{C}^1$ on $(c,d)$. Then ...
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Prove $f_\infty: A_\infty \rightarrow B_\infty$ is a bijection

Update: I was given some hints at how to approach this problem $A_\infty $ and $B_\infty$ are sets, not maps. (which is strange because there are function definitions coming into play here) The ...
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Suppose $G=\{a_1,\dots a_n\}$ is a finite abelian group and $a^2\neq e$ for all nonidentity elements. What is the product $a_1a_2\dots a_n$?

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group such that for all $a \in G$, $a\ne e$, we have $a^2\ne e$. If $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n$ are all the elements of $G$ with no repetitions, what is the product $a_1 a_2 ...
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extension of Cauchy's Integral formula

This question is from Brown and Churchill's Complex Variables and Applications, 8ed., Section 52, Question 6. Let $f(s)$ denote a continuous function taken along a simple contour, $C$ enclosing a ...
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Easy proof of trivial fusion implies normal p-complement

Theorem: Suppose G is a finite group with Sylow p-subgroup P. Then the following are equivalent: The set K of elements of G of order relatively prime to p (the p′-elements) form a subgroup If A and ...
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My proof that sum of convergent sequences converges to sum of limits

Does my proof appear correct? Also, do you like the notation? $\textbf{Theorem.}$ If $(a_n)_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ and $(b_n)_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ are convergent real sequences, then $$ \lim_{n \to ...
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Much more topology…

These are very similar to my last two questions. I provide them with my thoughts so far: $(1)$ Let $S$ be the collection of all straight lines in the plane which are parallel to the x-axis. If $S$ is ...
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Help with a trigonometric proof, please?

Hexagon $ABCDEF$ is inscribed in the circle of radius $R$ . $AB=CD=EF=R$. Points $I$, $J$, $K$ are the midpoints of segments $\overline{BC}$, $\overline{DE}$, $\overline{FA}$ respectively. Then ...
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Using the Intermediate Value Theorem to prove a statement about an equation true

I want to prove this statement true by using the IVF: For any real number $b > 2$, the equation $2^x = bx$ has a solution. Here are some questions I need help with answering: Define a function ...
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Problem on symmetric polynomials

The following problem is from "Analysis I" by Amann/Escher. Exercise: There are obvious operations of $S_m$ on $\mathbb{N}^m$ and on $R[X_1,\dots,X_m]$. A polynomial $p\in R[X_1,\dots,X_m]$ is called ...
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Real analysis question: Suprema and Infima

Let $S$ be an ordered set with the $L.U.B$ Property, $S \supset B \neq \varnothing$, $B$ is bounded below. Write $L = \{ l : l \; \text{is a lower bound of } \; B \} $. Then, it follows that ...
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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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An undirected graph $G$ can be decomposed into simple edge-disjoint cycles if and only if all of its vertices have even degree.

Research effort: $\rightarrow)$ I think this is relatively easy. $\leftarrow)$ Let $G = (V,E)$, let $w$ be any vertex of $G$, given that all the vertex have even degree, I'm assured that I can ...
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Proof regarding derivatives and Mean Value Theorem.

Original question: $f$ is continuous on $[a,b]$ and differentiable on $(a,b)$. Show that for any $c \in (a,b)$ that is not a point of maximum or minimum for $f'$, there exist $x_1, x_2 \in (a,b)$ ...
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Proof of uniform continuity on compact sets

Show that a function $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ that is continuous on a compact set $K$ is uniformly continuous on $K$. Is the proof below correct? Proof: Let $\epsilon > 0$ and let ...
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Cauchy-Euler Equation of order $n$

What I wish to prove is that for a Cauchy-Euler equation of order $n$, the substitution $x=e^{t}$ transforms it into a linear differential equation with constant coefficients. To put it as a theorem: ...
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My first simple direct proof (very simple theorem on real numbers). Please mark/grade.

What do you think about my first simple direct proof? What mark/grade would you give me? Besides, I am curious about whether you like the style. Theorem Let $I = [a,b]$ be a non-empty closed ...
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Proof for the form of characteristic polynomial

I'd like to proof: The caracteristic polynomial of $A \in M(n\times n, K)$ has the form: $P_A(\lambda) = (-1)^n \lambda^n + (-1)^{n-1} \operatorname{tr}(A)\lambda^{n-1} +\dots +\det(A)$ My proof ...
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Interchange of finite sum with convergence sequences.

Hi everyone I'm wondering if the following proof is correct (to be honest at the beginning I have some troubles to understand what the sequences of the sums of convergent sequences has to be, but I ...
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Prove that $f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}-\left \{ 1 \right \}$ given by $f(x) = x+1$ is $1$-$1$ and onto

$f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}-\{1\}$ given by $f(x) = x+1$ is $1$-$1$ and onto. Proof: ($1$-$1$) Suppose $f(x_{1}) = f(x_{2})$ for $x_{1}, x_{2} \in \mathbb{N}$. Then $x_{1} + 1 = x_{2} + ...
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A question on mathematical writing.

One of the problems I am grading this week is as follows: Given a simply connected bounded domain $\Omega$ on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, prove that there exist a line that separates it into two parts of equal ...
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Is there a proof reading website where users can submit their problems and upload their proof documents to be reviewed?

I'm just looking for a proof reading website that would allow a user to post her/his problem to be proved and her/his scanned documents to their claimed proof to the problem. I was just about to post ...
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Proving identity involving sum

I'm stuck trying to prove the following identity: $$\displaystyle\sum_{i=j}^k\frac{(-1)^{i+j}{k+1 \choose i}{i \choose j}(4S-i-k-3)!(4S-2i-1)}{(4S-i-j-1)!} $$ $$=\frac{(-1)^{j+k}(4S-2k-3)!{k+1 ...
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Prove this equality in a Hilbert Space $H$ with Riesz's Representation Theorem.

For $x \in H$, prove that $\sup_{\|z\| = 1} \langle x , z \rangle= \| x \|$ Here is a quick one. If someone could improve this it would be great Proof By Cauchy Schwarz, $\langle x,z \rangle ...
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(DFM) vs (DFS) spaces, Banach scales

I have already posted this question on MO: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/126007/dfm-vs-dfs-spaces-banach-scales However, not having received any feedback, I decided to repost it, since I have the ...
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Proof of the sine rule

So I made my first attempt at a proof. I think it turned out well. Maybe not. But I was wondering if someone could take a look at it and tell me what they think. I'd be glad to hear some criticism on ...
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Prove that the set $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$ of all automorphisms of the group $G$ with the operation of taking the composition is a group

Let $G$ be a group. Say what it means for a map $\varphi: G \rightarrow G$ to be an automorphism. Show that the set-theoretic composition $\varphi \psi = \varphi \circ \psi$ of any two ...
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The Lebesgue Criterion for Riemann Integrability — a proof without using the concept of oscillation.

I am trying to prove the Lebesgue Criterion for Riemann Integrability without using the concept of oscillation. The Lebesgue Criterion for Riemann Integrability states that if $ f: [a,b] \to ...
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Transcendence of $e$ (proof)

I'm trying to get through the proof of transcendence of $e$ (the base of the natural logarithm) already for a couple of days, but now I got seriously stuck. Proof is in most sources roughly the same. ...
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Solving inequalities by creating a function.

I have noticed a few answers involving inequalities proven by creating a function comprised of the terms in the inequality. I hadn't seen this before and was wanting to know more about how to use it. ...
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Is it possible to use inversion to solve this USAMO problem in 2007?

I've no previous experience to solve any problems by inversive geometry but I am willing to see how it works. But I think I know some of the basic definition about inversion in geometry. Also I expect ...
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Do mathmatician ever prove that a theorem could not generalize into a much general theorem? Is there a historic mile stone example?

Do mathmatician ever prove that a theorem could not generalize into a much general theorem? Is there a historic mile-stone example refer to the above question?
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Proof: The inverse of the translation $T_{AB}$ is the translation $T_{BA}$

Prove: The inverse of the translation $T_{AB}$ is the translation $T_{BA}$ This is my work so far: Let P be any point of the plane and set: $P'=T_{AB} (P)$ We want to show ...
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In a math paper, what is a remark?

I sometimes see paragraphs labeled 'Remark.' However, papers that include remarks also include unlabeled explanatory paragraphs (i.e. all the other writing in the article) that seem to be remarks. ...
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Help on proving an observation related to pythagorean triangles.

Working for a while on Pythagorean triangles I observed that if $n$ has the prime factorization $p_1^{r_1}p_2^{r^2}...p_i^{r_i}$ where $r_k$'s not all even Then we have: ...
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Give counterexamples of some assertions in probability

I have the following exercise: An event $F$ is said to carry positive information about an event $E$, and we write $F \uparrow E$ if $P(E|F) \ge P(E)$ Prove or give counterexamples of the following ...
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Sorting for maximum mean squared successive difference

I have a set of numbers and I have to order them for maximum MSSD (mean squared successive difference). For example, if I have the ordered set {1,2,3,4,5,6} this would give me an MSSD of ...
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Is this proof of a mathematical olympiad problem correct?

I'm quite sure about the exactness of my proof, but I'd like to hear (constructive) criticism about my writing. This is the problem: Every non-negative integer is coloured white or red, so that: 1) ...
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Derivative of a composition of function - nice proof

Let's consider the well known "fake" proof below for the derivative of the composition of functions: Let $E,G$ be intervals of $\mathbb{R}$, let $F$ a subset of a normed vector space, let ...