Questions about studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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Decided to finally jump in

I've finally decided to jump into teaching myself math because I am a junior (soon senior) in high school and have been interested in math for the longest time. I am not sure if this question belongs ...
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The logical consequence of an empty set of premises.

I am studying propositional logic by self-study, using a dutch book. I hope I am translating the terms to the correct English term. If my words are confusing, please please just let me know instead of ...
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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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Find out the value of $d$

If the mean deviation of number $1,\ 1+d,\ 1+2d,\ 1+3d,\ldots,1+100d$ from their mean deviation $255$ then $d$ equals to ? This was the question asked in AIEEE 2009. MY EFFORTS: ...
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How to get the number of ways of getting a five card hand that is a straight flush from a standard deck of cards

I do not get the result at this page, ex. 13-7: Suppose that Aces can be either high or low; that is, that {Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5} is a straight, and so is {10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace}. The number of ...
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Starting Calculus with a weak foundation in Pre-Calculus

I am struggling in Pre-Calc mathematics, and I want to know is it ok if I start Calculus I with a weak foundation in Pre-calculus mathematics? I understand the general gist of limits, function ...
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Proving that the $[g,x]^n=e$ if $G$ is nilpotent of degree $n$

This is an article from wikipedia which I saw wondering as to how to prove it. The question is If $G$ is nilpotent of degree $n$ then $[g,x]^n=e$ for all $x \in G$, where $[g,x]=g^{-1}x^{-1}gx$. I ...
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Most Suitable Book after Kline's Calculus?

I've been working through Morris Kline's Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach and it's an absolutely excellent book for self-studying applied single-variable (and some multi-variable) calculus ...
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Help me with a learning plan!

Now I'm a third-year software-engineering undergraduate and my university doesn't provide proper mathematical basis, so I want to learn all the basic things by myself. Here are subject I'd like to ...
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Find the limit of $a_n = e^ne^{-e^n}$

Consider the sequence $(a_n)$ where $a_n = e^ne^{-e^n}$, what is $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} (a_n)$? I have a feeling it's 0 because $\displaystyle a_n = \frac{e^n}{e^{e^n}}$ and $e^n$ grows ...
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Analysis or (abstract) algebra first?

Which one would you recommend? I only know calculus and linear algebra when it comes to university-level mathematics. Is one required to understand the other?
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What is purpose of these paragraph?

The following paragraphs are from my study notes on probability theory. It is a section within the independence discussion. But to me, they seem to appear here out of blue. I do not understand what ...
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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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Are there online-platforms where to find people for joint learning and discussions?

After quite some time in academia I ended up in a nice company but the math to use is not really demanding. Hence I am still reading and working a bit on some university level math. It's roughly at a ...
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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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Finding out number of observation

There are $n$ scores $X_1,X_2,X_3,....,X_n$ and their sum is $80$ and sum of their squares is $400$ then which among them is the probable value of $n$ A)$10$ B)$9$ C)$15$ ...
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How wrong is it? - A “proof” of the FTC that I came up with in high school by hand-waving.

In high school calculus, I was first taught that the area under a curve $f(x)$ between $x=a$ and $x=b$ is given by: $$ A = \lim_{\delta x \rightarrow 0} \sum \limits_{a}^{b} f(x) \delta x $$ Then ...
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Book series like AMS' Student Mathematical Library?

I had the joy of discovering AMS' Student Mathematical Library book series today, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how enticing some of the titles seem: exciting and expositionary, a perfect ...
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Convergence in Probability and in Quadratic Mean for a sequence of random variables

I have been trying to determine whether a sequence of random variables, $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$, such that $$P\left(X_n= \frac{1}{n}\right)=1-\frac{1}{n^2}\\ \text{and}\\ ...
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Does math have to be learned linearly?

I am asking because often times one doesn't know where to start in math. "Just learn what you need" is very vague and unspecific ... for example, assume I'm a beginner at Algebra and was considering ...
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Zero divisors in ring of real valued functions.

I'm working though Pinter's A book of Abstract Algebra and would like a quick verification on a simple problem. Exercise 17.B2 asks Describe the divisors of zero in $\mathcal{F}(\mathbb{R})$. ...
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Beginning of Romance

I am a 17-year old student in India, in the standard 12th grade. Recently, I found the fascination in mathematics, and I am eager to dig in further. Currently, the only textbooks I have are the ones ...
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A few questions on Minimal Polynomials

I have been trying to see the properties of Minimal Polynomials. So from the examples I guessed the following properties but I am not sure whether they are true. The properties are: 1) If $\alpha$ is ...
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Wedge product of Lie algebra valued differential forms [duplicate]

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the Lie algebra of a matrix Lie group. Furthermore, let us consider the following $\mathfrak{g}$-valued $p$-form and $\mathfrak{g}$-valued $q$-form: \begin{equation} ...
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Do only certain people exceed at math well? [closed]

It's obvious if you look around that math has always been one of the toughest subjects in all areas, from federal-traditional public schools to simply people learning it as an autodidact, hobby, or as ...
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The value of to fill the gap in the proof

I have studied a paper "On Finite Groups with Given Conjugate Types I" recently. The author use many words like "obviously", "clearly", "trivial", etc. in his proof. But these "obviously" implication ...
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Finding out missing observation

The Standard deviation of two observation is $2$, and one of the observation is $7$, find the other observation I have no idea how to begin with this problem. If mean was given then it would be ...
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Which is the best transitional mathematics book for self-teaching among the ones listed?

What is Mathematics, An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods - Courant Robbins Stewart How to Solve It, A New Aspect of Mathematical Solving - Polya Introductory Mathematics, Algebra and Analysis ...
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$f$ is bounded $\iff$ $F/\log$ where $F(x)= \int_{[1,x]}f(t)/t \,dt$

Hi everyone I'm stuck with one exercise. This says the following: Let $F(x)= \int_{[1,x]}f(t)/t \,dt$ where $f$ is a non-decreasing function. Show that $f$ is bounded $\iff$ $F/\log$ is also ...
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Predicate logic, transitivity (sort of?)

I have a question. It involves 2 pictures for which I'm supposed to write a formula which is true for one, but false for the other. The pictures can be found here on page 23 (the arrows pointing in a ...
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value of the integral $\int_0^{2\pi} \log|1-ae^{i \theta}| $

This is a problem from Complex Analysis by Stein and Shakarchi. We have to find the the value of $\int_0^{2\pi} \log|1-ae^{i \theta}| $ when $|a|<1$. So I tried to solve it in this manner. I ...
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Good resource for learning braid theory?

I recently heard about braid theory and read the Wikipedia article on it, and it seems really beautiful. What is a good resource for learning more about it? I have a background in mathematics at the ...
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Pure mathematics curriculum for self study with interests in foundational issues

I wonder if I want to make my own pure mathematics curriculum to study along the next 4 or 5 years. What topics should I include? I want it to be like one which an undergraduate student of pure ...
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Am I reading Bott - Tu right?

Summary: I'm finding Bott - Tu to be too brief and terse. I constantly have to look elsewhere to fill in details. This is not time-efficient. Am I missing something? If not - what other books do ...
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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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Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for ...
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Why do you add +- to only one side when you remove square root from both sides?

As the title says, why when you take a square root of both sides of the equation do you add $\pm$ only to the side which is a number, as opposed to an unknown? For example: $$x^2 = 9 \implies x = ...
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Norms of Ideals and generators.

I'm self studying some Algebraic Number Theory, looking at norms of ideals within rings of integers for some number field. I know that if we have a principal ideal $I= (a)$, then the norm of the ...
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Perron Frobenius Theorem and Markov chains and more

I came across few ways of calculating convergence rates of Markov chains but I am a bit confused as to how these differ from each other and what may be the best way to calculate. The second ...
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Confused About Step in Proof of Divergence of $\sum \frac{1}{p}$

I was going through the number theory text by Ireland and Rosen, and was following the proof of the divergence of the sum of reciprocal primes. But I came across a step unclear to me. The proof so ...
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Convergence time of a Markov chain

We know that a regular Markov chains converges to a unique matrix. The convergence time maybe finite or infinite. My interest is in the case where the convergence time is finite. How can we accurately ...
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Six digit permutations of 1 to 6 - divisible by 8

I am working on a problem in A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics 3rd Ed under the counting and choosing chapter. It is a multipart question and I am stuck on the last part: 'The digits 1 2 3 4 ...
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A basic Combinatorics Book

So, this is my problem...I have completed my boards and among all others, I have a great weakness in combinatorics. So this means I can utilize my free time now to address this problem. I think it is ...
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Structured Self-Learning Program for Calculus I & II

I'm interested in a organised program which comprehensively covers the topics of Calculus I and Calculus II. I've recently finished taking my secondary school's university-level Calculus I course, ...
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Need an Algebra 2/Precalculus text to prepare for Calculus

I'm about to finish my Algebra 1 text and I could use some recommendations for a text to prepare for Calculus. I've searched through several forums and some of the books I've seen recommended are: ...
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Bounded Linear Transformation proof

One paragraph in my text is to prove that $\|T\|=\sup\{|\langle Tf, g\rangle|:\|f\|<1, \|g\|<1\}$, where we have a bounded linear operator between two Hilbert spaces $T:\mathcal H_1\rightarrow ...
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$M_R$ is finitely generated iff Every submodule of $M_R$ is finitely generated

$M_R$ is finitely generated Every submodule of $M_R$ is finitely generated. Do the sentences above have the same meaning? Thanks for any replies.
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Find the permutation

This is part of an exercise I did on an assignment but I am having trouble remembering how to complete the exercise (even though I got full marks on my assignment). Let $P_1=(3\,4\,1\,2\,5), ...
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How many coefficients are in the expansion $(x + y + z)^{10}$

I need to find the number of coefficients in the expansion $(x + y + z)^{10}$. I had this exercise on a recent assignment. The answer I gave is: $3^{10} = \binom {3 + 10 - 1}{10} = \binom{12}{10} = ...
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A question on the morphism of projective varieties

The continuation of this, my question I want to show that $X$ and $Y$ are smooth and irreducible curves then $f(X)$ is either $Y$ or a point. Note that I know the proof of this ...