The process of studying mathematics without formal instruction. _Don't_ use this tag just because you were self-studying when you came across the mathematical question you're asking; it is only for when fact that you're self-studying is what your question is _about_.

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What kind of geometry is useful to study for mathematical competitions?

I'm bad in geometry but I would like to be better. What kind of geometry is useful to learn olympiad level geometry? I mean, can projective geometry solve more problems than geometry with complex ...
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Learning Galois theory - required subtopics that are prerequisite?

This is not a reference request, that is, I have access to many textbooks I am happy with. What I don't know is, what are the things I need to know to get started? My idea on the path of knowledge ...
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Why memorize trig identities?

I want to be a mathematician or computer scientist. I'm going to be a junior in high school, and I skipped precalc/trig to go straight to AP Calc since I've studied a lot of analysis and stuff on my ...
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Random variable with respect to the event space [on hold]

Having the probability space $(S, \mathcal F, \Pr(\cdot))$ and a very large $\mathcal F$, like the power set, how do we define a function $X(\cdot): S \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ which is not a random ...
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Remembering forgotten math concepts? [on hold]

As someone who used to be decent at mathematics, and then spent many a year not doing (or needing to do) math of any kind, what methods can be deployed to help knock the rust off the gears and recoup ...
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Mathematics is not a spectator's sport? [on hold]

The title is a sentence by John M. Lee, from his book "Introduction to Topological Manifolds". Indeed, I was wondering if one can learn mathematics in a passive way, just reading the books and ...
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Teaching to Learn [closed]

I am interested in using teaching as a way of learning, but I am uncertain as how to best start. At the moment, I am only a sophomore in university and am relatively new to studying math. Currently,my ...
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Books for Problem-Solving Skills + How to Prepare for Putnam Competition [closed]

Dear Math Stack Exchange advisers, My name is Phoenix Kim, a rising junior with major in mathematics and an aspiring applied mathematician & algebraist. I wrote this email to seek your ...
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Seeking your recommendation on Abstract Algebra textbooks

S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore with major in mathematics. I wrote this email to seek your recommendation on the good, starting textbook for the abstract algebra. I want to start studying ...
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Looking for Advice Self Study Analysis [closed]

$\space$ This summer I have some spare time and I was wanting to dedicate some time to self studying some more math. The reasons are many, but mostly because I am wanting to be best prepared for my ...
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How to begin self study of Mathematics?

I'm aware that this question has been asked several times, but I have specific questions hence why I'm asking again. I began to appreciate the beauty of mathematics when I glossed over the ...
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Kline, Lang, Silverman…which author provides thorough and rigorous Calculus up Multivariate & Advanced Calculus?

I know this question may appear subjective, but it is not, let me explain; note to mods --> please don't close this if it is considered too subjective, please alert me and I'll try to reword it. I ...
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Can Somebody Please Outline a Reading Course For Me in Algebraic Topology

I want to start self studying algebraic topology and I am looking for guidance regarding the same. In the past I have made the mistake of trying to learn a mathematical subject by reading fat books ...
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What book offers strategies and heuristics for theorem proving in the same spirit as Polya's How to Solve It?

Polya's How to Solve It is all about heuristics and strategies for problem solving, but it's mainly written for problems which require students to find values, not to prove theorems. While Polya's ...
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Discrete-Time Stochastic Calculus and Stopping Times: Resources

In my measure-theoretic probability course we covered what the professor called "discrete-time stochastic calculus". Essentially, it was a three part method for computing certain quantities such as ...
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Website for Mathematics enigmas?

I seek some website just for the pleasure of solving mathematics enigmas. I know this website : Brilliant.org I just want to know if you know some others good sites ! Thank you
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I am uncertain as how to best check my work in a way conducive to learning. [closed]

I am currently learning calculus for the first time by self-studying Stewart's early transcendentals. When I have completed a problem, I find several alluring options for checking my work. I can check ...
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Linear Algebra Book like Calculus Made Easy

Now, I know that there are a tons of reference requests for Linear Algebra books but mine is very specific: what is a nice, short, concise, simple, to the point book that gets at the heart of Linear ...
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Book recomendation for function sequences.

I wanted to study about sequences of functions defined in metric spaces. What book/books do you recommend? Thanks!
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Reference request - Problem book by subject

I'm looking for good problem textbooks for self-study. I know only of two of this sort: "Introduction to Measure Theory" by Terry Tao, and "Problems in Algebraic Number Theory" by Esmonde and Murty. ...
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Learning math by analyzing/proving theorems?

Hello I want to learn mathematics. In order to do this I want to get familiar with formulas/theorems by taking one and just analyze it and try to manipulate it to understand it better. I wanted to ...
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Is it useful to learn math by proving a formula/theorem?

Hello I want to learn mathematics. In order to do this I want to get familiar with formulas/theorems by taking one and just analyze it and try to manipulate it to understand it better. I wanted to ...
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Self Teaching Theory for Olympiad. Need advice for books.

(Cross-posted in MESE 8173.) I want to start to do mathematical Olympiad type questions but have absolutely no knowledge on how to solve these apart from my school curriculum. I'm $16$ but know ...
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Severe problems with math undestanding

Recently (although still in high school) I've been at university, more precisely at information science engineering as apprenticeship. I want to become an operating system programmer but I severely ...
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How much algebra is necessary to understand Rudin's “Real and Complex Analysis”?

I've been reading up on the finite element method, and the text many people recommend is The Mathematical Theory of Finite Element Methods by Brenner and Scott. As part of the background, the authors ...
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How should I learn the Mathematical Proofs?

S.E advisers, What is the most efficient way to learn the basic proof methodologies, which are essential for studying the mathematical analysis and number theory? I am very interested in studying ...
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How to practice basic probabilistic modeling?

I'm heavily struggling in learning simple and basic probabilistic modeling. So I'm learning probability from this probability book Introduction to Probability by Dimitri P. Bertsekas. Although I ...
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How do mathematicians choose which formulas are important?

I'm reading a introductory book on elliptic curves and am having some trouble distinguishing between the important formulas and the insignificant ones. For example, some of the equations introduced ...
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Is it ill-advised to read books casually for entertainment? [closed]

I'm a student who has about a year (and a few months) to go before entering a university and I've been reading some math books recently. I'm on Chapter 6 on Rudin's PMA, Chapter 5 in Munkres' Analysis ...
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Learning Combinatorics Further

I have completed most of the basic parts in Combinatorics like Generalised Permutation & Combination, Recurrence relations, Pigeonhole Principle, Formal power series, Stirling no, Catalan no, ...
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Let $x_n$ be a sequence. Prove that $x_n \rightarrow 0 $ iff $(x_n)^{2} \rightarrow 0 $

Let $x_n$ be a sequence. Prove that $x_n \rightarrow 0 $ iff $ (x_n)^{2} \rightarrow 0 $ Attempt Assume that $(x_n)^{2}$ converges to zero. So $| x_n|| x_n| \lt \epsilon'$ after some stage. Thus $| ...
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Good introductory texts on modular forms/L-functions

I am relatively new to these areas but would like to gain some understanding through an introductory text. I am an undergraduate math major so ideally these books should be accessible to someone with ...
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How to study multiple books per math subject?

S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. I apologize for this sudden interruption but I wrote this email to seek your advice regarding to ...
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A path to more advanced math topics.

I am from Hong Kong and have just finished all the public exams. In my high school life, I've learned some topics on mathematics which are fundamental, yet I think are not in-depth enough. The topics ...
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What are the primary disadvantages of Dummit and Foote's abstract algebra text (3rd ed.)?

I have done a fair amount of research concerning which abstract algebra book to "settle down into"; that is, I wanted to pick an algebra text and really commit to it as my "primary text," more or ...
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What is a good book for reviewing high school math, and preparing for university?

I'm signing up for University soon (Compsci program) as a mature student. It's been a long time since I've done any math, and I went as far as grade 11 in high school. So, I'm looking for a book that ...
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$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_n}{10^n}$ where $\{a_n\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ is a sequence in the ten digits {0, 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 ,9}

Let $\{a_n\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a sequence in the ten digits {0, 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 ,9} And consider the sum $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_n}{10^n}$ $\in$ $[0,1]$ What characteristics of ...
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Topology of weak convergence, linear functionals and probabilistic intuition

One very basic question regarding the topology of weak convergence. We know that given the following: $X$ metrizable topological space, $\mathcal{B} (X)$ Borel $\sigma$-algebra, $\Delta (X)$ ...
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Let $R$ be a finite ring (with unity) and $S$, $T$ be subrings of $R$. Is $S \cup T$ a subring of R?

Let $R$ be a finite ring (with unity) and $S$, $T$ be subrings of $R$. Is $S \cup T$ a subring of R? (Counterexamples are easy to find to me when $R$ is an infinite ring or a finite rng.) P.S. I am ...
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How to fill my mathematical gaps?

To do the story short, I became interested in mathematics in a serious way like two years ago, I'm currently in graduate school, but the problem is that my mathematical background is not as good as ...
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How to think/see point-set topology abstractly?

I've started learning point-set topology this semester. I've learned basic material about: topology on a set topological space open sets closed sets clopen sets closure neighborhoods interior point ...
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Please help collecting examples of finite/infinite rings satisfying different conditions about units/zero divisors (Added question 4)

0) Every nonzero element of a finite ring is either a zero divisor or a unit. This is proved in Every nonzero element in a finite ring is either a unit or a zero divisor 1) If a ring R satisfies the ...
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Complete separable metric space X represented represented as union of closed sets

I have a problem concerning a statement I found in volume 2 of the classic reference book on measure theory by Bogachev. More precisely, I have a problem concerning theorem 6.1.13. I the proof the ...
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Is self study of proof-based mathematics difficult?

I heard from a renowned Mathematician that self study of proof based Mathematics is extremely difficult as there is not only right and wrong but also degree's of correctness. So without a teacher ...
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Solving the equations .

Say , I have two equations : $$y_1=a+bx_{1}+e_1$$ $$y_2=a+bx_{2}+e_2$$ Say , $a=.5$ , $b=2.1$ , $x_1=2$ , $x_2=2.2$ . Now if $e_1=e_2$ , I have to find the relationship between $y_1$ and $y_2$ . ...
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What would be an effective way to learn group theory on my own?

I've read the basics of this branch and I found it extremely interesing, and I would really love to learn more about it. I want to study as much as I can on my own, as my course doesn't have group ...
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Good starting point for learning noncommutative geometry?

Currently, I am attempting to learn noncommutative geometry. My interests mostly lie on the boundaries of pure mathematics and theoretical physics, so I am not only interested in the mathematical ...
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Double Integral of an Exponential Function with an Absolute Value in the Numerator of the Exponent

This is a question related to statistics, but my major concern relates to the setup and evaluation of integrals. So I decided this question was better suited for Mathematics Exchange than CV. I know ...
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A proof related to diameter of a simplex S

Question: Prove that the diameter $\mathcal p(S)$ of a simplex $\mathcal S$ equals the greatest Eucledian distance between two vectors in the simplex. My opinion: We all know what every vector in the ...
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Show that a positive definite (not necessarily symmetric) matrix induces a hyperellipse

Consider $A\in M_n(\mathbb{R})$ a positive definite matrix and a matrix $B\in M_{n \times p}(\mathbb{R})$, with $n\geq p$ and $rank(B)=p$. i) Show that $C=B^TAB$ is positive definite. ii) Show that ...