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How to gain a mentor for self study

I am trying to independently learn mathematics at an upper-level undergraduate and first year grad student level. It's mostly linear algebra and statistics. The textbooks that I'm reading are quickly ...
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How to avoid losing the woods for the trees in daily study/lecture time

When facing to some new material in mathematics, I feel easily to be overwhelmed by lots of details with losing the woods for the trees. So is there some good strategy to study the materials ...
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How to select good exercises?

I'm studying on Rudin "Principles of of Mathematical Analysis" which I begin to find as a good and complete reference. I wonder how many exercises shall I do at the end of each chapter ? In case of ...
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Books/subjects for proof practice

So I want to practice writing proofs. I've studied general proof-writing but now I want to learn how to apply that to mathematics. From what I understand, the best and most accessible subjects for ...
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A Compact Real Analysis book for a graduate student, who is short of time.

I am a Phd student in Computer Science and I want to focus on Machine Learning, especially on statistical methods. My problem is, I always keep hitting the wall when it comes to studying underlying ...
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Can I start apostol (vol 2) with no background in multivariable calculus?

I searched a lot in web and almost everyone says if you want to read spivak or apostol, you should first read an introductory book on calculus like stewart. I didn't read stewart but I studied single ...
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Learning math vs problem solving

Ok so I am about to start my final year in high school we will be learning calculus this year, but I already know single- and multi-variable calculus and linear algebra so I want to spend my final ...
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How should I self-study calculus?

So I already took Pre-Calc, and ended up with a B both semesters. I am an incoming senior in high school. My special-ed case manager won't let me take it because she doesn't want to see me panic ...
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Equillibrium between Programming and Math Skills? [closed]

So I enjoy recreationally doing math and programming and am now at a stage where I will be pursuing them in University but I have found myself in a bit of a bind. My programming ability seems to lag ...
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What should an amateur do with a proof of an open problem?

Assuming that somebody is not an employee of a university, just a math amateur, and makes a proper proof of some well known open math problem, what should he do with it? Publish on the internet for ...
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How do you look for classic/normative/standard books about an established branch of mathematics?

If you want to immerse yourself in a branch of mathematics (e.g. linear algebra and linear optimisation) which is new to you, then you often look for standard books which you can rely on. You could ...
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What sequence should I study these topics in?

I will shortly list a series of topics that amount to what is essentially the first two years of an undergraduate degree. I'd like to know what is considered best order in which to study these ...
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In what order should I study?

I would like to study the basic fundamentals of mathematics from the beginning and move on from there as my understanding of the subject is lacking. In what order should I study? Arithmetic ...
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Studying mathematics: Is proving things yourself worth the time?

When studying mathematics, is proving things yourself (before reading the proof given in the text) worth the time? This approach takes significantly longer than simply trying to follow along, but you ...
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What math have I missed as an Engineeering graduate? [closed]

To explain, I have a Master's in Engineering from a well known university. We did a wide variety of mathematical topics, vector calc, perturbation methods, numerical methods, linear algebra, discrete ...
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Have any one studied this binomial like coefficients before?

Consider the following identities. $\dfrac{n}{n-r}\dbinom{n-r}{r}=\dfrac{n}{r}\dbinom{n-r-1}{r-1}$ ...
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How do you self-study Functional Analysis?

It would be very handy to know about function spaces, distributions and Fourier analysis. It looks like Rudin's Functional Analysis covers these things, but I do not yet have the foundation for it. ...
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Self-Contained Books / Series / Lectures for Comprehensive Introduction to College-Level Math for Someone with VERY Poor Math Foundation?

I've long been interested in various math related subjects (technology, philosophy, sciences, computer science, languages, etc.) without really invested time to actually any learn any of them. I ...
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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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Complex analysis is more “real” than real analysis

In physics, in the past, complex numbers were used only to remember or simplify formulas and computations. But after the birth of quantum physics, they found that a thing as real as "matter" itself ...
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Starting Calculus with a weak foundation in Pre-Calculus

I am struggling in Pre-Calc mathematics, and I want to know is it ok if I start Calculus I with a weak foundation in Pre-calculus mathematics? I understand the general gist of limits, function ...
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1answer
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Follow up to Pinter's abstract algebra

I wanted to learn abstract algebra this summer so I bought Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra. I was planning on reading it over the course of the summer, but just finished the last problem of its ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Pure mathematics curriculum for self study with interests in foundational issues

I wonder if I want to make my own pure mathematics curriculum to study along the next 4 or 5 years. What topics should I include? I want it to be like one which an undergraduate student of pure ...
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Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for ...
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1answer
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Structured Self-Learning Program for Calculus I & II

I'm interested in a organised program which comprehensively covers the topics of Calculus I and Calculus II. I've recently finished taking my secondary school's university-level Calculus I course, ...
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When working proof exercises from a textbook with no solutions manual, how do you know when your proof is sound/acceptable?

When working proof exercises from a textbook with no solutions manual, how do you know when your proof is sound/acceptable? Often times I "feel" as if I can write a proof to an exercise but most ...
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“Teach yourself” guides [closed]

I really liked Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide by the user Peter Smith. It is a thorough guide how to teach yourself logic and set-theory from scratch up to any level with book recommendations for ...
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Second Course in Number Theory - Self Study

I just finished a first course in number theory using Dudley's Elementary Number Theory. This was by far my favorite math course and I want to learn more number theory this summer. As far as ...
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1answer
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Soft question: How does basic differential geometry “fit together”?

I'm self-studying diff geom from Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds. He warns the reader that there's a lot of machinery to construct, which is fine, and he explains things with wonderful clarity. ...
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Isolation and self-study

A little background: I am currently a sophomore (studying mathematics) at an unknown university in the Middle East. My mother is European so it does not make sense to study mathematics in the Middle ...
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Becoming Better at Math

How can I become excellent at math? It really interests me but when I fail I become demotivated and begin to give up. EDIT: Could anyone suggest books for someone with a math education that just ...
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1answer
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Prerequisites for understanding G.H. Hardy's 'Divergent Series'

I picked up a copy of G.H. Hardy's 'Divergent Series' a few days ago. So far I love it, as I love the ideas associated with sequences and series, but I am finding it a bit difficult to understand. I ...
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Is there a better way to read proofs?

I'm finishing my undergraduate degree in 6 weeks and I'm pretty happy with how my education is coming along so far. I can write proofs, solve many different problems, and I even have some idea as to ...
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Good Textbooks for Real Analysis and Topology.

I'm currently in my 3rd year of my undergrad in Mathematics and moving onto my 4th year next year. I took a course in Real Analysis I, but the professor was very confusing and we didn't use a textbook ...
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Approaches to teaching and learning analysis

I found that studying linear algebra by getting into vector spaces and linear transformations first made things very easy. This is the approach Halmos or Axler, just to name a few, take. IMHO, the ...
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Mathematics or physics at university

I have a strong interest in maths, and I feel that advanced physics is cool too (although I've only studied classical mechanics at high school, which is kind of boring). So I'm not sure about which ...
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Revise high school material

Can you suggest me a comprehensive book to revise high school mathematics (up to besic calculus)? It should be extremely clear and complete and "scientific" (not like most high school books). Thank ...
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Material for advanced highschooler

I'm a high school student who just finished elementary school.Though since I was into math I started going through advanced math while I was in elementary school and I pretty much finished most of the ...
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1answer
262 views

Preferable Order of Mathematics Study

I was just wondering if someone would be kind enough to tell me in what order (I know that there is no real "best order") one would most profitably study these subjects/books: (edited to conform with ...
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A good way to retain mathematical understanding?

What is a good way to remember math concepts/definitions and commit them to long term memory? Background: In my current situation, I'm at an undergraduate institution where I have to take a lot of ...
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1answer
131 views

Learning to understand proofs faster?

There are many books, written by highly decorated academics, which feature proofs that I can hardly comprehend in an acceptable amount of time. Roughly each week, it happens that I find myself having ...
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1answer
83 views

Where should somebody who isn't very good at math, start?

I'm 18 years old and I want to learn math. I'm wondering how far can somebody in math go, if they have an average IQ, but math interests them. Also where should one start?
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Is it possible to learn abstract algebra no precalculus or calculus?

See above. I am trying to re-teach myself mathematics in a different manner than is formally taught (i.e., set theory, number theory, mathematical logic, abstract algebra, discrete math and then ...
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Text book Suggestion for studying Bi-level the0ry & Convex analysis.

I have taken some courses in Convex optimization.I want to work on the bi-level optimization. Now I would like to know a little bit more about the pure mathematical side. Is there any good books in ...
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Which book among these would you recommend for first year calculus?

I'm struggling a bit with functions(limits, squeeze theorem, etc). I have done some research and found a list of books on calculus but I'm not sure which one would be better suited for me, so I would ...
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Why are these two lemmas worth including and proving?

The following two lemmas are from Stein and Shakarchi (2005). (p4 Lemma 1.1) If a rectangle is the almost disjoint union of finitely many other rectangles, say $R=\cup_{k=1}^n R_k$, then $|R| = ...
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Intuition analysis-deconstruction-reconstruction.

The following question is a refinement of this question, which caused a lot of people to give answers that were missing the point entirely, probably because the question was not clear. Being human, ...
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Books (and supporting material) that are useful in deconstructing one's intuition?

I recently came across the following problem from Paul Zeitz's book The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. Given the image below, can you find a way to connect corresponding blocks (i.e. A to A, B to ...
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Which proof can I skip? [closed]

Suppose that a student is doing self study from some book: "Introduction to subject $X$" because he wants to learn the first things about the subject $X$. Now, I know that the first rule is "do lots ...