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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Weak topologies and weak convergence - Looking for feedbacks

I am currently trying to get exactly what the weak and the weak* topologies are, in particular in connection to the concept of weak convergence in measure, however I am not completely sure on what I ...
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Changing the order of integration without sketching?

When changing the order of double integrals, I have always relied on sketching the region. I have recently come across this example on MSE by @FelixMartin which seems to avoid visual-based reasoning, ...
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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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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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Effect of pullback of differential forms on an ideal

Say that the exterior differential system (EDS) corresponding to a PDE system is: $$df-f_x\,dx-f_y\,dy-f_w\,dw-f_z\,dz=0,\\ a_1\,f_x+a_2\,f_y=0,\tag{sys}$$ Of course we also require the independence ...
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Journals or Magazines on Study Skills or How to Study Math

I am trying to find only journals or trustworthy magazines which can help math students to study math more efficiently and productively. I am not asking about books in this thread. In particular, I am ...
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How do I get good at Math?

How do I get good at math? I'm a freshman in college, and I've always done OK in math. I never had any good teachers in High school, and I always have done the bare minimum. Over the course of this ...
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“Easy” (maybe not) question about dual spaces (Lineal Algebra).

Hi everyone is my first time reading about dual spaces and in one part of the notes that I read, says: The dual of the quotient space $V/U$ is naturally a subspace of $V$, namely the annihilators of ...
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Importance of Exercises in Mathematics for Self-Studying

I am a high school student wanting to major in Mathematics in the future. I started to like Mathematics recently, starting a year ago and I watched some interesting math videos on YouTube for fun (ex: ...
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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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What to look for in a proof?

I am a physics undergrad, wishing to pursue a PhD in Math. I am mostly self taught in the typical math undergrad curriculum. I am looking for more input, in ways I can improve my mathematical ...
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Given $N$, count $\{(m,n) \mid 0\leq m<N, 0\leq n<N, m\text{ and } n \text{ relatively prime}\}$

I'm confused at exercise 4.49 on page 149 from the book "Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science": Let $R(N)$ be the number of pairs of integers $(m,n)$ such that $0\leq m < N$, ...
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Self-study resources for basic probability?

I am taking a Computer Science class soon that requires a solid knowledge of the basics of probability. I've only had minimal exposure to probability in classes I've taken in the past, so I need to ...
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Expanding problem solving skill

I have a great passion for Math but my lack in problem solving skill always keeps me away from the "good stuff". I always wanted to be better at Math and one of the things I figured out was to keep ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Rigorous Text in Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra

So I'm wanting a solid math book for Christmas. I have a solid background in Calculus and am currently working through baby Rudin. I really want a rigorous book dealing with multivariable calculus ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Help with proof that $\mathbb Z[i]/\langle 1 - i \rangle$ is a field.

I have been having a lot of trouble teaching myself rings, so much so that even "simple" proofs are really difficult for me. I think I am finally starting to get it, but just to be sure could some one ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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“Visualizing” Mathematical Objects - Tips & Tricks

It has been a while since I am kind of stuck with my skills concerning the visualization of mathematical objects. Here there is the problem. First of all, let me point out that I am completely ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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A book for abstract algebra with high school level

Any book that I find on abstract algebra is somehow advanced and not OK for self-learning. I am high-school student with high-school math knowledge. Please someone tell me a book can be fine on ...
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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 ...
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Good Number Theory books to start with?

I'm in Grade 11. I'm interested in elementary number theory and would like properly study it. I'm not intending to enter any competitions.
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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) ...