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_.

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Norm $\Vert \cdot \Vert$ on the symmetric group $S_n$

If we define a real valued function $\Vert \cdot \Vert$ on the $n^{th}$ order symmetric group $S_n$ satisfying following conditions $$\begin{align} & \|x\|=0\iff x=\omega\,\,\,(\text{identity ...
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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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Want to learn differential geometry and Riemannian geometry by myself

I want to follow a Ph.D. programme on geometric analysis. The main focus are Monge-Ampere equations and convex level set of $p$-harmonic equations. The theory of PDEs is very familar to me. However, I ...
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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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Reading mathematics at the graduate level - does every single proof matter?

I would be interested in hearing from PhD students (and upwards) specializing in pure maths (in particular, the more algebraic aspects). My question is this: When reading to learn mathematics at ...
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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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Strategy to improve own knowledge in certain topics?

My background is physicist/engineer, and at university we studied only particular topics in mathematics. Some of the courses were never used and faded away with time, and I need to refresh the ...
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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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What would be an effective way to learn group theory on my own?

I've read the basics of this branch and I found it extremely interesing, and I would really love to learn more about it. I want to study as much as I can on my own, as my course doesn't have group ...
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What are some good resources for brushing up on geometry and trigonometry?

I'm brushing up on my calculus, and geometry and trigonometry keep coming up. However, these are probably my weakest areas mathematically. Are there any good sites or free PDFs/ebooks that I can use ...
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Prerequisits for Gauss-Green theorem

Consider the following theorem from the appendix C from Evans PDE book: I know about integration in $\mathbb{R}^n$ but not about how to make sense of the integrals on the right-hand side. As my ...
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Most efficient way to learn mathematics

So there's a lot of advice on how to learn mathematics most efficiently, and it mostly revolves around doing problems, asking questions, and considering all possible generalizations. However, I was ...
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Finitely additive function on an infinite set, s.t., $m(A)=0$ for any finite set and $m(X)=1$ (constructive approach)

Other exercise which I found in Dudley's Analysis book: Show that there is a measure on a infinite set $X$, defined on $2^X$ s.t. is finitely additive, $m(A)=0$ for any finite set and $m(X)=1$. ...
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Who wants to learn set theory? [closed]

So set theory is something I really want to learn. I found this document that I really like, except the fact that it doesn't prove all of it's theorems in with a lot of detail (a lot of times they say ...
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Transitioning to Higher Level Mathematics

I am just finishing grade 12 pre-calculus at my school and have strong interest in math. The problem is, it seems some important elements of higher level math are not in my schools curriculum that are ...
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What is the best way to go about learning math?

I know this is a very subjective question, but after struggling on my own for a while I figured I might as well ask it. I did all the normal math classes in college (LinAlg, MultiVariable Calc, ...
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Advice on learning mathematics

I know it is hard to ask for the perfect method for doing mathematics, but I hope there are some paths that are more preferable over others. I am a engineering student who has switched to mathematics ...
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The high road to learn algebraic geometry

Suppose that a student has a basic knowledge in commmutative algebra at the level of the Atiyah-MacDonald. What do you think about the following steps to learn algebraic geometry? step 1: read ...
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Is integration by parts the best method for $\int_0^1 x^3(1-x)^6 dx$?

It came up when finding a constant such that the integral is equal to 1 and thus behaves like a pdf. I used the parts method but have made an error, just curious how others might approach the problem. ...
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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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Follow-up to Baby Rudin

I would like to continue my study of analysis, albeit temporarily in self-study, and I was wondering what would be the best "sequel" to baby Rudin. Thank you very much for your advice.
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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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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 is the value of $a+b+c$?

What is the value of $a+b+c$? if $$a^4+b^4+c^4=32$$ $$a^5+b^5+c^5=186$$ $$a^6+b^6+c^6=803$$ How to approach this kind of problem. Any help. UPDATE: Thank you all for answers. Now I ...
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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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General question on relation between infinite series and complex numbers

This is a strictly preliminary question. I hope to elicit some discussion/s which will lead to a more acceptable form for the question on this site. I'm trying to understand how the study of the ...
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indefinite integral $\int\sin\sqrt[3]{x}~dx$

I want to determinate the integral $\int\sin\sqrt[3]{x}~dx$ . I tried to use integration by partitions and integration by substitution but I came to no result. I know the result which is shown here ...
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First Course in Linear algebra books that start with basic algebra?

I'm 30 years old, and the only math I can remember from college is basic algebra and some probabilities. Next month, I have a machine learning project I'd like to work on, but I'll need a solid ...
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Let $R$ be a finite ring (with unity) and $S$, $T$ be subrings of $R$. Is $S \cup T$ a subring of R?

Let $R$ be a finite ring (with unity) and $S$, $T$ be subrings of $R$. Is $S \cup T$ a subring of R? (Counterexamples are easy to find to me when $R$ is an infinite ring or a finite rng.) P.S. I am ...
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What fields of math would be most interesting for non-mathematicians?

I'm a regular high schooler with an interest in mathematics, but I don't think I will study (pure) mathematics in university, because I'm leaning slightly more towards aerospace engineering and/or ...
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How is math used in computer graphics? [closed]

I'm doing a research paper on the mathematics of computer graphics and animation (3D) and I do not know where to start. What mathematical equations and concepts are used for computer graphics and ...
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Laplace transforms: Convolution

Find $$1*1*1*\cdots*1\quad n\,\,\text{ factors}$$ that is, a function $f(t)=1$ convolution with itself for a total of $n$ factors. Would anyone mind helping me? I have no idea what I should do. ...
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Leisure reading for an undergraduate student

I am a freshman at a local university. I never really had much passion for math, but I always did well in math exams . I attribute this lack of passion to rote learning/emphasis on methods/formulas ...
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Learning trigonometry on my own.

I have been self teaching myself math beginning with a grade 10 level for a while now and need learn trigonometry from near scratch. I am seeking both books and perhaps lectures on trigonometry and ...
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where to start reading theory of logics?

I am a student who is working Lie Theory. I want to start read theory of logics. I just need some reference and I have few questions regarding this, i) will studying theory of logics will improve my ...
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When learning maths, should I review past topics?

So I've been learning maths from online video lectures and books for some time now and, as is probably quite natural, I have forgotten some of the stuff I've already read through. That'd be mostly ...
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Algebra and skills needed for Hatcher

A couple of months ago I asked a professor by e-mail to mentor me on topology during the summer. He advised me to study general topology (Hausdorff spaces, connectedness, compactness) and algebraic ...
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The maths required for an economics degree

I have a degree in computer science and I wanted to do another degree in economics. However, my maths have been weak since high school always scoring slightly above passing rate. During my course of ...
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Books on the history of foundations of mathematics?

Can you point me to some books on the history of the foundations of mathematics? At the moment I'm searching for something light because of my lack of mathematical maturity and also the fact that I'm ...
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How much Set Theory before Topology?

I was reading Baby Rudin for Real Analysis and wanted to explore Topology a little deeper. I bought George Simmons' Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis and found myself liking it. I am having ...
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How to minimize $x^2+4xy+5y^2-4x-6y+7$ without using calculus

I would like to find the smallest possible value of the function $$f(x,y)=x^2+4xy+5y^2-4x-6y+7$$ without taking any derivatives. My thoughts were to complete the square on both $x$ and $y$ and ...
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What should I learn next for pure math?

I can do basic single variable calculus which is essentially all you do at A Level in the UK. I also just read "What is mathematics?" by Richard Courant which I found very good. I would like to know ...
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How effective is Wikipedia for first line of attack?

I am learning some pretty disconnected concepts of mathematics for a project I am working on. I was reading about matrices and suddenly had to know about Markov Chains and that lead me to read about ...
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Easy exercise (hint) Real Analysis

I've been stuck for a while with this problem. I suppose is something very easy, but I cannot figure out yet the correct approach. I'd really appreciated not a complete solution just some hints ...
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Recursion, multiplication and exponential

The set $F_{n}$ of primitive recursive function symbols of arty $n$ can be defined inductively as \begin{array}[lr] & Z, \text{Succ} \in F_{1} & \\ \pi_{j}^{n} \in F_{n} \quad \text{for each} ...
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In what order should mathematical fields be learned? [closed]

This could be considered a broader version of this question, with all fields. I know that when high-level maths are reached, the fields being to split quickly (i.e. specializing in this type of ...
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Where can I download Discrete Mathematics lecture videos?

Good morning, I'm doing a course in Discrete Mathematics (so far: Four Colour Theorem, Intro Graph Theory, Intro Logic Theory, Intro Set Theory and Intro Proofs) at University, but unfortunately they ...
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The Use of Sound in Mathematics. [closed]

I'm not sure that this question is appropriate here. There's a good chance it's too opinion-based. If that's the case, I'm sorry. I was sat in a research seminar recently and wondered whether it'd be ...
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Trigonometric identity, simplifying an expression to $(1-\sin^2 a\cos^2a)/(2+\sin^2a\cos^2a)$

Question: $$\left(\frac{1}{\sec^2A-\cos^2A}+\frac{1}{\csc^2A -\sin^2A}\right)\sin^2A\cos^2A=\frac{1-\sin^2A \cos^2A}{2+\sin^2A\ \cos^2A}$$ Prove L.H.S. = R.H.S. My Efforts: ...