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In what order should the following areas of mathematics be learned?

I am in a biological field (medicine) but I have genuine passion for mathematics. I want to learn it on my own , in my spare time. Mathematics , as I gather, is learned best when you have grasped ...
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Evaluating expression at infinity

How do I evaluate something like: $$xe^{-(x-\theta)}\text{ from }x = \theta\text{ to }x=\infty?$$ This came up in an integration I tried to do, and I realize it's a very basic question. But I am ...
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Give an example of a relation R on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive

I am just looking for some clarification on this exercise: Let $A = \{a,b,c,d\}$. Give an example of a relation $R$ on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive. I understand that if I ...
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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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Is there any motivation for the direct sum?

I believe that everything have reason to exist . I want to learn why the direct sum exist. Is there any motivation for the direct sum to exist ?
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True/False question regarding continuity

For the two scenarios below, either give an example if such a request is possible, or argue why such an request is impossible. I think the first is possible and second is impossible. However, I can't ...
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Differentiation of $u(t)=\int_0^t h(s,t)ds, \ \forall t \in \mathbb{R}$ with the multivariable chain rule

Problem: Let $h: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ be continuous and differentiable with respect to its second variable, define $u(t)= \displaystyle \int_0^t h(s,t)ds, \ t \in \mathbb{R}$ In an ...
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Is $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1}$ conditionally or absolutely convergent?

Is $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1}$ conditionally or absolutely convergent? My Working Clearly, $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1} = \sum (-1)^n \frac{n}{n^2+1}$, and it can be shown by using ...
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Divergent subsequence of an unbounded sequence

Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real numbers that is unbounded above. Show that $\exists$ a subsequence $(a_{n_k})_{k \ge 1}$ such that $\lim_{k \rightarrow \infty} a_{n_k} = + \infty$. Working ...
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Book recommendation for introductory algebraic combinatorics?

Preferably: It should have plenty of motivation (as I am self-learning). It should not be skimpy on proofs (as I am self-learning), but perhaps I can make do since I can ask questions elsewhere. It ...
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How might I refresh high school level mathematics and extend upon it much further?

I did well at Mathematics at school (top 0.1% in the country, approximately), however I stopped studying it when I was 16. Since then I've studied a couple of highly specific mathematics modules in ...
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The form of subrings of $k[[t]]$

I saw this question in an algebraic geometry book. I tried to solve this. But I did trivial thing, so I don't write what I did here. This is just self-studying. I want to learn how to solve. Please ...
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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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Sequential Criterion for Functional Limits

How can I use the sequential criterion for functional limits to show that the following limit exist and compute the limit: $$\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \sqrt{|x|}\cos\left(1/x\right) \ \text{for} \ x ...
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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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Proving a theorem in Ergodicity

I read the theorem stated below on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergodicity#Formal_definition). But I do not understand how to prove the equivalence of these different definitions.Any hints ...
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Derivative of Normal Vector Field

This is an example from Do Carmo (Example 4, page 139). Consider the saddle point $p=(0, 0, 0)$ of the hyperbolic paraboloid $z=y^2-x^2$ with parameterization $\mathbf x(u, v)=(u, v, v^2-u^2)$. It is ...
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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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How do I show that $\sqrt{5+\sqrt{24}} = \sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}$

According to wolfram alpha this is true: $\sqrt{5+\sqrt{24}} = \sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}$ But how do you show this? I know of no rules that works with addition inside square roots. I noticed I could do ...
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Existence of Non-Trivial, Convex, Open Set in $C_{\mathbb{C}}[0,1]$ Under $L^{0}$ Metric

I've been struggling with this problem for the last four hours. The problem is to show that the space of $\mathbb{C}$-valued continuous functions on $[0,1]$ under the metric ...
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Open Convex Subsets of Dense Spaces

So I asked this question yesterday, Existence of Non-Trivial, Convex, Open Set in $C_{\mathbb{C}}[0,1]$ Under $L^{0}$ Metric, and it made my start wondering the following... Suppose the following: ...
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Lipschitz continuity of $f(x,y)=4x^2+xy-\frac{1}{y-1}$ on an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace)$

Problem: Find an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace )$ which includes the points $(0, 1/2$) and $(0,3/2)$ such that the function ...
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The Simplex in $\mathbb{R}^n$ is convex

Problem: Show that $S:= \lbrace v \in \mathbb{R}^m \mid v=\displaystyle \sum_{j=1}^n a_j v_j, \text{ with } a_1, \dots , a_m \in [0,1], \ \sum_{j=1}^m a_j=1 \rbrace$ the Simplex of $\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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Proving that Markov Chain Monte Carlo converges

I am trying to understand how the very basic Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach works: We try to approximately calculate the expected value $E_{\pi(x)}[X]$ by drawing sequential samples from a Markov ...
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Evaluating integral limit in two ways gives different limits

Problem Show that $$\lim\limits_{h \rightarrow 0^{+}} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{h}{h^{2}+x^{2}} \, dx = \pi.$$ I can do this by evaluating the integral directly and showing that it is equal to ...
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Is a butterfly network on 8-inputs planar?

I could prove that a four input butterfly network is planar. For that I simply drew it such that no two edges intersect. But I could not use the same approach for the 8-input butterfly network. So I ...
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Differentiable functions defined on a regular surface

First, recall a general definition of a differentiable function as follows. Suppose $f :D\subset \mathbb R^3 \rightarrow \mathbb R$. Then $f$ is differentiable at $\mathbf a \in D$ if there is a ...
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Solving the LaPlace PDE by complete induction

I have a problem with an induction step that appears to be bothersome for me to comprehend it. Problem: Show that $f(x_1, \dots ,x_n)=(x_1^2+ \dots + x_n^2)^{1- n/2}$ for $(x_1^2 + \dots + ...
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What test could I use to test $\mu_1$ and $\mu_2$ instead of $\bar{x}$ and $\mu$?

A single sample $t$ test is only against a sample and a population correct? Can it test against a population and itself or two populations? ie $\mu_1$ vs. $\mu_2$....if not what tests would you use ...
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Prove that the curves of the family $v^3/u^2=k$ are geodesics on a surface

Prove that the curves of the family $v^3/u^2=k$ where $k$ is a constant are geodesics on a surface with the metric $$v^2 \, du^2-2uv \, du+2u^2 \, dv^2$$ where $u,v \gt 0$.
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Effective enumerability and Enumerability

I am reading the book by Peter Smith "An Introduction to Gödel's Theorems". I am struck at the point where he tries to construct an non effective enumerable set by using the diagonalisation idea. ...
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Sequence of learning mathematics from basic algebra to calculus.

What would be a step by step sequence of learning mathematics from basic algebra to basic calculus? I pose this question because I am in the process of self-learning mathematics as a preparation for a ...
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Standard Deviation of Population from Sample.

I guess I am a little confused. I am doing t test statistics in my class. I think I know but I would love some insight. I am trying to get the estimated standard deviation for the population. These ...
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Galois Theory problem (primitive roots of unity)

If $e_1,e_2......,e_{p-1}$ denote primitive $p^{th}$ roots of unity. Here $p$ is prime. And set the sum of the $n^{th}$ powers of the $e_i$ as $p_n=e^n_1+e^n_2......+e^n_{p-1}$ Now I want to show that ...
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Free $A$-module isomorphic to a direct sum of copies of $A$?

Does this proposition hold even if it's not finitely generated? I think it does, since $M$ isomorphic to the direct sum of $M_i$, $M_i$ isomorphic to the direct sum of ...
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Baby Rudin Chapter 4 Exercise Questions 5 and 6

4.5: If f is continuous on a closed set in $R^1$, prove there exist continuous functions $g$ on $R^1$ such that $g(x)=f(x)$ for all $x \in \mathbb{E}$. 4.6: Suppose $\mathbb{E}$ is compact, and prove ...
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rank of a matrix with two columns s.t. their dot product is zero

I have function $\sigma(u,v)=(f(u,v),g(u,v),h(u,v))$ s.t. $\sigma_u$ x $\sigma_v\neq(0,0,0)$ (cross-product) also, there is the $3\times 2$ matrix : $$ ...
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Abstract Algebra: Automorphism and irreducible

I done how to prove this the question is A. Show that there is an automorphism of the ring of rational number $\mathbb{Q}(i)[x] $that has order of $4$. I suppose i can say that if $\varphi$ is an ...
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Problem about Galois Extension.

$Gal(\Bbb K/\Bbb F)\cong S$. Where $\Bbb K$ is extension of $\Bbb F$. And $S= G_1\times G_2\times\cdots\times G_K$ is a solvable group. Where each $G_i$ are groups of prime power order and $o(S)= n.$ ...
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Abstract Algebra: Irreducible polynomials and automorphism

While I was studying and referring few examples I came up with few question. Hope you guys can help me solving my confusion. Irreducible polynomials problem 1 in this how to argue that why the ...
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The meaning of a symbol in the proposition

The question is what's the meaning of the symbol $\phi$? If it just a mapping,what's the mean of the equation? I guess it's $\phi(x)$, $x$ is the element of $M$. Then $\phi(x)$ is the element of ...
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For $f: \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ homogenous, show that $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i \frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i}(x_1, \dots ,x_n)= kf(x_1, \dots , x_n)$

Definition: A function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ is said to be homogenous of degree $k$ if $\forall t \in \mathbb{R}$ and $(x_1, \dots , x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n$ the equations $f(tx_1, \dots , ...
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Where can I find proof - There're infinitely many primes $p$ such that $p(mod\ N)\not\in H$ - Name?

Origin - http://math.uga.edu/~pete/4400FULL.pdf - on p120, Theorem 122 Fix a positive integer $N>2$, and let $H$ be a proper subgroup of $U(N)=(Z/NZ)^{\times}$. There are infinitely many ...
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Finite field and Automorphism

Problem 1. Let S be a finite field of characteristics 2 and the map be define as $\eta$: S$\longrightarrow$S x$\longmapsto$x$^p$ Show that $\eta$ is automorphism, i.e., S is isomorphism ...
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The differential is NOT the Jacobi Matrix?

In the book Analysis II by C.T. Michaels the differential is introduced as the Jacobi-Matrix. In class we had the following definition: Definition: Let $U \subset \mathbb{R}^m$ be open, $f: U \to ...
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Show that $L^1$ is strictly contained in $(L^\infty)^*$

How does one show that $L^1$ is strictly contained in $(L^\infty)^*$? Here, $(L^\infty)^*$ is the space of linear continuous functionals on $L^\infty$.
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Question of a proposition about direct product

I try to prove it's injective, surjective and homomorphism. define f(x)=(x+a1,x+a2,....,x+an),it's homomorphism. it's injective <=> the intersection of ai=0 I don't know how to prove the ...
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Any good, undergraduate level introductions to Functional Analysis?

In my lower division math classes, my instructors referenced functional analysis as essentially the extension of linear algebra to infinite dimensional vector spaces along with some real analysis. As ...
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Why is the measure of this set 0?

Williams has the following note in his book Probability with Martingales: Lemmma 5.2b simply states that I don't see why $\mu(\{L\neq U\})=0$. I tried doing a proof by contradiction (If ...