Questions about the process of studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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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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Importance of the zero free region of Riemann zeta function

I have heard that for improving the error term in the Prime Number Theorem, we need better and better estimates on the zero free region. I have also heard that the best possible error term comes from ...
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How to prove $\dfrac{a}{b+c}+\dfrac{b}{c+a}+\dfrac{c}{a+b} <2$ [duplicate]

Prove the inequality for a triangle with sides $a,b,c$ we have $$\dfrac{a}{b+c}+\dfrac{b}{c+a}+\dfrac{c}{a+b} <2$$ Trial: Since $a,b,c$ are sides of a triangle I know $a+b>c,b+c>a,a+c>b$ ...
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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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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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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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Which books to study category theory?

I am an amateur math researcher in the field of general topology. I've set the purpose to learn enough category theory for my research. After reading Steve Awodey, "Category Theory", 2010, is it ...
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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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“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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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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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Can I go through Hartshorne without knowing much analysis?

I know intro abstract algebra and some real analysis. Is this enough to study algebraic geometry from the book of Hartshorne?
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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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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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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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Lie bracket is a connection?

In Road to Reality, section 14.6 on Lie derivative Penrose writes: Now $\epsilon^2 [j,h]$ corresponds to an $O(\epsilon^2)$ gap in the ‘parallelogram’ whose initial sides are $e_j$ and $e_h$ at ...