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 the fact that you're self-studying is what your question is _about_.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

7
votes
2answers
795 views

Prerequisite reading for Weil's Basic Number Theory

I'm interested as to what would constitute prerequisite reading for André Weil's book Basic Number Theory. For simplicity (and generality), you can assume that the reader can read anything that ...
7
votes
4answers
7k views

Just how much proof knowledge is necessary to begin Spivak's Calculus?

I bought Spivak's classic Calculus a month or so ago, and after doing a few problems from the first chapter, it's become apparent that some type of foundational knowledge in formal maths and proofs ...
7
votes
3answers
348 views

How do i visualize Cosets of a group

The Lemma asserted in Herstein as given by $[a] = Ha$ seems very non intuitive to me. How do I think in order that this thing makes sense to me? LEMMA 2.4.4 For all $a$ in $G$ , $$Ha = \{ x \in ...
7
votes
2answers
105 views

How to show this inequality?

Show that $$-2 \le \cos \theta(\sin \theta+\sqrt{\sin^2 \theta +3})\le2$$ Trial: I know that $-\dfrac 1 2 \le \cos \theta\cdot\sin \theta \le \dfrac 1 2$ and $\sqrt 3\le\sqrt{\sin^2 \theta ...
7
votes
2answers
165 views

How to understand mathematics on a deep level?

I've been focusing on self studying mathematics for the past couple months, and I'm currently working on discrete mathematics. Here's my attempt at a metaphor to describe my issue. Imagine you have a ...
7
votes
3answers
341 views

Is formal logic necessary for pure/“higher” mathematics?

I'm asking this as an autodidact who wants to learn math rigorously for its own sake. And I was just wondering if understanding proofs could be achieved without a formal grounding in symbolic logic. I ...
7
votes
2answers
310 views

For someone who is self-studying topology: what are the main topics to focus on?

I will have to teach myself topology for the Math GRE Subject Test because, although I graduated with a math major, I never took topology. I have Munkres and Kelley, along with the Schaum's Outlines ...
7
votes
1answer
538 views

What pure mathematics foundations should an applied mathematician have?

I'm studying mathematics, with some statistics also, and I've always chosen applied courses. I'm getting to the point where I'm studying 3rd year undergraduate to graduate level material. My first ...
7
votes
1answer
119 views

Find $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{z_k^2}$

Let $z_1, z_2,\dots, z_k,\dots$ be all the roots of $e^z=z$. Let $C_N$ be the square in the plane centered at the origin with siden parallel to the axis and each of length $2\pi N$. Assume that ...
7
votes
3answers
143 views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
776 views

Arithmetic mean is less than geometric mean (Spivak Calculus 3rd Chapter 2 Problem 22)

If $a_1, \ldots, a_n \ge 0$, the arithmetic mean $$A_n={a_1 + \cdots + a_n \over n}$$ and the geometric mean $$G_n = \sqrt[n]{a_1 \cdots a_n}$$ satisfy $G_n \le A_n$. As a first step to prove this ...
7
votes
3answers
98 views

What does one study to increase understanding of the $P \stackrel{?}{=} NP$ problem?

If one were to learn more about the $P \stackrel{?}{=} NP$ problem, where would one start? I understand what the problem is—but not enough to be able to read anything technical about it. ...
7
votes
3answers
314 views

Self-study: what fractions of problems to solve?

I am self-studying measure-theoretic probability out of Billingsley's Probability and Measure. So far I have been trying to solve all the exercises. While the exercises are wonderful and I can ...
7
votes
2answers
165 views

How to get used to commutative diagrams? (the case of products).

I've returned to Aluffi's book (after getting the basics of groups from Herstein's) and I hit the same brick wall that made me put it aside. My general problem is this: I can't seem to get used to ...
7
votes
1answer
624 views

Self Study of Fractals

I am looking for a book to self-study fractals with a certain criteria. I have checked out Getting Aquainted with Fractals. Note that Getting Aquainted with Fractals does not include ...
7
votes
1answer
597 views

What's the best way to teach oneself both Category Theory & Model Theory?

I've done a bit of reading around both Category Theory & Model Theory (CT & MT) as a novice in each field. I'm interested in how they might combine, particularly when applied to Algebra. [So ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

Some basic practical applications of Calculus

I am currently studying Calculus on my own for fun. I enjoy different components of math and how they can be used to solve so many problems. Many people, however, think I am crazy because I am ...
7
votes
1answer
308 views

Basics of schemes and morphisms of schemes

I'm currently reading through Hartshorne, and have come across a few things that have left me wondering. (i) Somewhat pedantic, but also because I don't actually know the answer, (in Example 2.3.4) ...
7
votes
1answer
140 views

Complete example of haar measure on compact groups like $GL(n,R)$

I am currently reading the proof of existence of haar measure, but I learn better mostly by examples so I would like examples of explicit computation of haar measure mainly on any $Gl(n,R)$ or any lie ...
7
votes
1answer
237 views

Intuition behind proof and verification partially ordered sets

Hi everyone in the book that I read I have trouble to understand the argument of the proof at the below proposition. There is a lot of point which are left as exercises, which is great. One of these ...
7
votes
1answer
233 views

Mathematical introduction to machine learning

At first glance, this is once again a reference request for "How to start machine learning". However, my mathematical background is relatively strong and I am looking for an introduction to machine ...
7
votes
1answer
300 views

Real Analysis : Self Studying vs Doing a Course

I am an engineering graduate student. Recently I got interested in studying Maths. So, I have started self-studying Real Analysis(let's call it RA) using a few books. I will also be using problem ...
7
votes
1answer
517 views

When should I start learning Set Theory?

I started to learn a few disciplines on my own over the break after my first year in college and one of them was Real Analysis. In the process I came across many issues in Analysis texts concerning ...
7
votes
1answer
748 views

Quick questions about studying math and physics? [closed]

Just curious about how people usually self study these subjects. 1) Is it the most efficient to read through the chapters, and write down theorems, definitions, and take notes of important parts and ...
7
votes
1answer
748 views

Philosophy of learning mathematics (combinatorics)

How does one learn mathematics in depth and well? I think I may be studying mathematics incorrectly, or I could be doing it a lot more efficiently/effectively. Sometimes I feel like I need every ...
7
votes
0answers
1k views

Learning higher-mathematics on your own

I was hoping someone had an opinion on how to learn higher-mathematics (specific fields that could be of use to me) outside of a classroom setting. I graduated with an M.S. in Computer science about ...
7
votes
0answers
531 views

Convex analysis books and self study.

I have taken some courses in Convex optimization. Now I would like to know a little bit more about the pure mathematical side. Is there any good books in convex analysis? I have read and worked with ...
6
votes
9answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
2k views

What math is necessary to learn manifolds?

I want to learn about manifolds, but I'm only a senior in high school and obviously have a while to go. I'm in AP Calc BC. What should I study to eventually learn manifolds? Linear Algebra? What ...
6
votes
4answers
163 views

Evaluate $\int_0^{\infty} x p^xe^{\Large-\frac{x}{a}}\ dx$

I need to evaluate the integral: $$\int_0^{\infty} x p^xe^{\Large-\frac{x}{a}}\ dx$$ for $0<p<1$. Unfortunately I do not know where to begin. I tried integration by parts but got nowhere ...
6
votes
3answers
937 views

Why are we interested in irreducible representation but not faithful representation?

I am reading some materials of representation theory (of a group). The motivation of representation theory is to represent (by a homomorphism $h: G \to GL(V)$, from the group $G$ to a vector space ...
6
votes
3answers
542 views

The Importance Of Good Teachers and Guidance In the Academics

I'm a first year student for a math degree. I'm very curious on how good students overcome their bad teachers in the journey of learning and grasping the courses material fully, all in the pressure of ...
6
votes
3answers
773 views

Mastering Math - Grade school- to College-level?

I'm having difficulty with my math, fractions and up. I used to understand it all, but it's been so long since I've touched the book (I finished it a couple of months ago, picked it up to review ...
6
votes
6answers
6k views

Steps to Re-Learn Mathematic the right way

I was always branded weak mathematics back at school though i loved it. The reason was that I was not having many basics in maths. Due to this problem I stopped learning Maths after my 10th grade. But ...
6
votes
3answers
294 views

Beginning with math

I am studying computer science since 3 years now. It is really math heavy and I like it. However the problem that I have is that I never really had math in school it was too basic and I lack some ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Self-study on probability.

What book do you recommend for self-study of probability theory? I have a rather significant gap in that area (in lame terms sometimes I feel I don't get it) and need to try (strugle more likely) ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Can a function with just one point in its domain be continuous?

For example if my function is $f:\{1\}\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $f(1)=1$. I have the next context: 1) According to the definition given in Spivak's book and also in wikipedia, since ...
6
votes
3answers
346 views

Equivalence Relation between Derivative Being Odd and Function Being Even

In the exercise, I am required to prove that $f'$ is odd $\iff$ $f$ is even Moving from right to left was pretty trivial, however, I couldn't move from left to right. Note that we can only use very ...
6
votes
3answers
158 views

How do I decide what problems and how many problems to do when I try to self study?

I am a math major at a relatively small college with barely any choice of classes to choose from so I have to supplement my studying with a lot of self studying. I usually have no problem getting ...
6
votes
1answer
759 views

Learning Complex Geometry - Textbook Recommendation Request

I wish to learn Complex Geometry and am aware of the following books : Huybretchs, Voisin, Griffths-Harris, R O Wells, Demailly. But I am not sure which one or two to choose. I am interested in ...
6
votes
3answers
213 views

How can I find all the solutions of $\sin^5x+\cos^3x=1$

Find all the solutions of $$\sin^5x+\cos^3x=1$$ Trial:$x=0$ is a solution of this equation. How can I find other solutions (if any). Please help.
6
votes
5answers
333 views

Books with fun exercises

As university is a bit slow, we organize a group activity of doing math exercises (after learning the basics of the subject separately). Thus I am looking for a book with many exercises that are ...
6
votes
1answer
129 views

Is “Categories and Sheaves” a good followup to Aluffi's “Algebra: Chapter 0”?

I'm about to finish Aluffi's "algebra: chapter 0" and am a bit confused as to what should be my next move. I've been planning to read Tom Dieck's Algebraic Topology for some time now. I glimpsed at it ...
6
votes
1answer
180 views

Modeling Rain on a Windshield for various Speeds using Calculus

A question was recently posed to Click & Clack Talk Cars (http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/life/2014/08/07/click-clack-rainy-day-raises-physics-question/13750681/). The topic is rain hitting ...
6
votes
2answers
232 views

What all maths do I need to know to become good at machine learning.

I am a computer science engineer and I took a couple of maths classes in my first year they were on Fourier series(not transform) partial differential equations, vector calculus, infinite series ...
6
votes
1answer
218 views

Fundamental theorem Galois Theory

From time to time, I try to give my non-mathematician scientist friends descriptions of important theorems that I come across. One friend, watched a video on Galois and now I'm at a loss on how to ...
6
votes
8answers
3k views

How should I self-study calculus? [duplicate]

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
189 views

Any ideas how I can rewire my brain such that $\varphi \leq \psi$ “obviously” means that $\varphi$ implies $\psi$?

The Boolean domain $B=\{\mathrm{False},\mathrm{True}\},$ can be viewed as a partially ordered set in two different ways. In the best approach, $\mathrm{False}$ is the least element and $\mathrm{True}$ ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Importance of Neatness / Organization / Speed in Math?

Pretty simple question here but it does relate to math. I ask this as my writing is quite messy, possibly a cause of silly mistakes. How important is neatness in math? Does having messy writing put ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Difference between continuity and uniform continuity

I understand the geometric differences between continuity and uniform continuity, but I don't quite see how the differences between those two are apparent from their definitions. For example, my book ...