Questions about studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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How much rigour in proofs?

Just a quick pointer: you could probably get away with skipping to the last 2 paragraphs, as the rest covers my motivation for answering this question. Over this coming holidays I'm hoping to spend a ...
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What's the motivation of definition of primary?

Primary ideal can be regard as the generalization of prime ideal and radical. But Why it's defined like that?It's not symmetry. Why not define like that:
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Beginning of Romance

I am a 17 guy from India. The fascination of maths has struck me recently, while I am in standard 12th. But all the resources I have, is some school textbooks. M.L Agrawal's of 11th and 12th. I don't ...
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Is there a correct order to learning maths properly?

I am a high school student but I would like to self-learn higher level maths so is there a correct order to do that? I have learnt pre-calculus, calculus, algebra, series and sequences, combinatorics, ...
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Functional analysis textbook (or course) with complete solutions to exercises

I am a Ph.D. student in economics and I plan to study functional analysis by myself either this winter or the next summer. I am currently looking for a textbook, and since I am studying it by myself, ...
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Math competitions for hobbyists?

Are there any math competitions for hobbyist / amateur mathematicians? Something like the Putnam or the International Mathematical Olympiad, but open to regular people who are not full-time students?
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Multivariable Calculus books similar to “Advanced Calculus of Several Variables” by C.H. Edwards

I am currently trying to teach myself multivariable calculus using C.H. Edwards' "Advanced Calculus of Several Variables", but the text unfortunately doesn't have very many problems with solutions. ...
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Books, Video lectures, other resources to Teach Yourself Analysis

So my limited mathematics education has been especially ignorant of analysis. In this vein, I'd like to teach myself some of the introductory basics. I'm intrigued by sources that might contain ...
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Coxeter's “Geometry Revisited” vs. “Introduction to Geometry”

Which of these two books should I read first? Is one of them more advanced than the other? I'm planning to use them to self-study geometry. Thanks.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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.
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Beyond the Exercises? [closed]

I've entertained and become bored with quite a few interests, though mathematics has more or less been my central passion throughout my high school/middle school life. I've only recently started into ...
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What can I do with measure theory that I can't with probability and statistics

I've studied mathematics and statistics at undergraduate level and am pretty happy with the main concepts. However, I've come across measure theory several times, and I know it is a basis for ...
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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 $\mathrm{True}$ ...
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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 ...
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Two Different Approaches to Self-learn Calculus

Here's my situation: I'm a computer science student who has taken Calculus I twice. Not less than a week ago, I finished a second semester of the class and felt entirely defeated finishing the final. ...
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Self-Teaching: Is Geometry the Nexus of all Mathematics?

Necessary prologue: I'd really like to become more fluent in the language of mathematics. I don't have a schedule that permits me taking a class and any on-line tutors that I find seem relatively ...
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Independence of sigma-algebras

Good day to everyone. While solving some problem of studying character I obtained some statement to prove, which is like following (this is my internal interest to prove it rigorously). Assume that ...
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How to fill gaps in my math knowledge?

Just finishing highschool, even though I am doing "well" (in the context of the math course itself), I have significant holes in my actual math knowledge. As I think many people who explore math ...
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Does anyone know of any good ways to get good at algebra without as much“grind” as doing hundreds of questions a night

I'm coming to a point in college where I can't avoid my math classes any longer. I need to get better at algebra so I don't flunk out of the class when I take it, however I've never been able to get ...
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Is it a problem being unable to understand a mathematical definition without examples?

I was reading a book on coding theory, there was a definition fot the Hamming's Distance and also one example. Understanding purely from the definition was hard but the example helped to give meaning ...
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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 ...
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start mathematics from scratch

I'm sorry if this question goes against the site. I have completed my engineering in computer science; we were taught to get degrees only in our university :(. I love mathematics but time passed ...
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Missing and parasite roots in the trigonometric equation.

I have this equation: $$\boxed{\cos(2x) - \cos(8x) + \cos(6x) = 1}$$ RIGHT And its right solution from the textbook is: $$ \begin{align} \cos(2x)+\cos(6x)&=1+\cos(8x)\\\\ ...
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How much Differential Geometry is needed to appreciate Algebraic Geometry?

I want to start self-studying Algebraic Geometry at some point in the near future. There are plenty of posts discussing prerequisites, but one thing I couldn't find a discussion of: How much ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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Filling the gap in knowledge of algebra

Recently, I realize that my inability to solve problems, sometimes, is because I have gaps in my knowldge of algebra. For example, I recently posted a question that asked why $\sqrt{(9x^2)}$ was not ...
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Importance of the Artin-Wedderburn theorem

I feel silly asking this, but what is the importance of the Artin-Wedderburn theorem in Algebra? In A First Course in Noncommutative Rings, T.Y. Lam calls it "the cornerstone of non-commutative ring ...
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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 ...
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Soft Question: Suggestions on mathematics resources for problem solving.

I'm doing my final year of under graduation through distance education and would be appearing for entrance tests for various graduate schools in a few weeks. I am looking for a database of ...
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Prerequisite mathematics for studying data structures and algorithms

Forgive me if this seems trivial to you. But, I do need your advice. I am self-studying computer programming, now want to study Algorithms and Data Structures. All respected texts in A&DS talk in ...
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Capacity theory beginner resources

I'm currently studying a book on shape optimization: Variation et optimisation de formes: Une analyse géométrique By Antoine Henrot, Michel Pierre. The book introduces at some point capacity, and uses ...
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Supplementary exercises for Herstein's Noncommutative Rings

I've been studying from the book Noncommutative Rings by Herstein (not as a part of some official course), but unfortunately it doesn't contain any exercises apart from a few simple ones in the body. ...
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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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What are the prerequisites for stochastic calculus?

I am not a math student, and only kind of picking up something whenever I need it. After emerged in the field of machine learning, probability, measure theory and functional analysis seem to be quite ...
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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 ...
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How to most efficiently remedy mathematical deficiencies

My spouse and I are currently both pursuing our undergraduate degrees. I'm double majoring in Computer Science & Mathematical Sciences and my spouse is double majoring in Economics & Finance. ...