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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How do I memorize mathematical proofs?

I first started wanting to know about the derivation of theorems because certain ones help you memorize the theorems better. But as I take harder math classes, it turns out better for me to use ...
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Learning mathematics for physicists from scratch

i am a freshman physics student and naturally my curriculum includes math-classes. The thing is, that -at least for the time being- teachers cover only the surface of topics so as to have only a ...
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How to solve system of equilibrium probability state equations

I have started studying markov chains where i have these statistical equilibrium probability state equations.These equations are solved for a particular case $s_1=4,a_1=5,s_2=2, a_2=1$ and a 15*15 ...
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Prove that if $G$ is an Abelian group, then for all $a,b$ in $G$, $(ab)^{n} = a^{n}b^{n}$

This question have already been asked on this site, but i could not understand the details so i ask it again. Also what i have done is that first for $n=1$ its trivial, for $n=2$ we have ...
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How to decide whether PDE is Homogeneous or non-homogeneous.

I am studying second order PDE. And I have seen homogeneous and non-homogeneous PDE. But I cannot decide which one is homogeneous or non-homogeneous. For examples; (1) $(D^3-3D^2D'+4D'^3)u=0$ ...
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To prove that every element of $G$ has finite order.

Let $G$ be a group such that the intersection of all its subgroups which are different from $e$ is a subgroup different from $e$. Prove that every element of $G$ has finite order. Can i get some ...
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To show a function is Riemann integrable.

Given a function $$v(x) =\begin{cases} 0&\text{if } x=0\\ 1&\text{if }x\in(0,1]\end{cases}$$ How do I show that $v$ is Riemann integrable in $[0,1]$? Hints on how to do this??
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If $M, N$ are finite dimensional vector spaces with same dimension, then if $M$ is subset of $N$, then $M=N$.

If $M, N$ are finite dimensional vector spaces with same dimension, then if $M$ is subset of $N$, then $M=N$. I think i need to show that both vector spaces are spanned by the same bases in order to ...
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Suppose a finite set $G$ is closed under associative product and that both cancellation laws hold in $G$. Prove $G$ must be a group.

Suppose a finite set $G$ is closed under associative product and that both cancellation laws hold in $G$. Prove $G$ must be a group. I somehow need to prove identity, inverse, that closure holds to ...
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If $G$ has no non trivial subgroups, then show that $G$ must be of prime order.

If $G$ has no non trivial subgroups, then Show that $G$ must be of prime order. This question is from Herstein Page 46 Question 3. Attempt: Let $G$ has prime order(say $p$). By Lagrange theorem, ...
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How to Catch Up?

I am finishing up my bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of North Florida, and I plan on going to graduate school, but I feel very behind. One of my professor's gave us this problem: ...
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Prerequisites for Bredon's “Topology and Geometry”?

My background in topology is the first 6 chapters of Munkres's "topology" and in algebra Herstein's "Topics in Algebra". Both of them I self studied. A look at the table of contents of Bredon's ...
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recommend math books [closed]

So i completed an year ago my schooling and i am pretty good at maths well at my level and i am very interested in maths and want to learn as much maths as possible and i like stuff like number ...
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Why are math textbooks that are considered good books so hard to read? Why do authors make their books difficult to read? [closed]

I've noticed that many books that are difficult to read are considered some of the best. Why does hard to read indicate that it is rigorous? For example: Rudin, Apostol, Lang, Hungerford, Ahlfors, ...
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Expected value of division

Let $X,Y$ and $Z$ be three indenependent real valued random variables. Al with finite second momennt and all with mean $0$ and variance $1$. Define $$ W= \frac{X+YZ}{\sqrt{1+Z^2}} $$ Show that ...
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Weak law of large numbers without figuring out the distribution.

let $X_{1},X_{2},\dots$ be i.i.d. random variables with common probability density function. $$f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac{1}{2}e^{-\left(\frac{x-1}{2}\right)},& \text{if } x>1\\0,& ...
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What is a good book to study classical projective geometry for the reader familiar with algebraic geometry?

The more I study algebraic geometry, the more I realize how I should have studied projective geometry in depth before. Not that I don't understand projective space (on the contrary, I am well versed ...
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How to learn math by self-teaching [Without books, or outside help]

I'm thinking along the lines of attempting to explore mathematics by making my own discoveries as if it's the new frontier. As if I was a mathematician from 2000 B.C. I know this sounds really ...
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video lectures on Lie algebra

Is there any video lecture on first course on Lie algebra available online? , by the first course I mean, The complete book of Introduction of Lie algebra and its representation theory by James ...
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Testing of hypothesis

Following is a question from my textbook. My approach is different from one explained in the book. I cannot understand what is wrong with my solution. I have explained both solutions below. Kindly ...
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Showing there is a cartesian coordinate system in Euclidean geometry.

I'm pretty sure I should just show there is a bijection between the points in Euclidean Geometry and elements of $\mathbb{R^2}$. How do I do this?
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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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What does “modulo equivalence relationship” mean?

I am reading something on completion of metric spaces and it says: Let $\hat S$ be $\mathcal{C}$ modulo equivalence relationship of co-Cauchy sequences. Where $\mathcal{C}$ is the set is all ...
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Re-learning Maths for physics (particle and space) [closed]

I know there's a lot of "how do I learn maths" questions out there but I wanted to lay down my history and interest to possibly get a better approach. When I was in secondary school ( high school ) ...
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Is reading a textbook and doing problems the best way to self-study game theory?

In preparation for a research position, I'm supposed to self-study the first six chapters of Osborne Introduction to Game Theory over the next two weeks, and complete corresponding problem sets. Is ...
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Game theory - self study

I want to self study game theory. Which math-related qualifications should I have? And can you recommend any books? Where do I have to begin?
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Textbook Accompanying Naive Set Theory

I'm in the process of self-studying from the very popular Halmos book "Naive Set Theory" and I must say I can say only the best about the book. However, although the book has some excercises I would ...
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Functions of Mixing random variables

If $X_t$ and $Y_t$ are independent random processes that are $\alpha$-mixing, is a linear combination, $aX_t + bY_t$ also $\alpha$-mixing? What about other functions $f(X_t,Y_t)$? How does one ...
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Looking Away from the Temptations of the Solution Key [closed]

This is quite a soft question and I believe that it is a very important one and one that many self-learners can relate to. So I recently was going through a problem set in topology and I came across ...
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Should I continue trying to solve Spivak or pick up a lighter book?

Some background: I have no mathematical maturity. Last year I completed my schooling and the only time I picked up a math/science book was when exams were due, needless to say I haven't actually given ...
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Introduction into Operations Research

I am a first year graduate student who advisor wants me to learn about operations research and to use stochastic integer programming in my research. He keeps giving me papers to read but they ...
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Website for sharing solutions/proof verification?

Is there a website for sharing solutions to exercises in math books? I'm self-studying math and I find solution manuals like this very helpful. When I do an exercise, I usually scribble down a few ...
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$f(\alpha _I) \ne 0$

I need help in this question... Let $F$ be a field of characteristic zero and let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space over field $F$. If $\alpha _1,\dots , \alpha_m$ are finitely many vectors in ...
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Math blogs, pros and cons for writers?

I regularly read blogs by three mathematicians, and occasionally run into others. Definitely they help me a lot studying mathematics. But now I am more interested in the writers' perspective, and I ...
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Exterior Robin Boundry Condition

Exterior Robin boundary is expressed as the following in the book $\partial{u}/ \partial{v}-\lambda u=f$ on the boundary and $v$ is normal. Also u satisfies Laplace Equation in exterior domain in ...
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Properties of Weak Convergence of Probability Measures on Product Spaces

EDIT: For the Bounty, I made a substantial edit revision concerning the structure of the question, to make it more readable (hopefully). Moreover I added a question on problem 2.7 of Billingsley’s ...
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Equivalent systems of Linear equation

I've just begun to re-learn linear algebra because is so important, the book that I chose is naturally the Hoffman's for a lot of reason. Well, In the first chapter I'm stuck with the following, ...
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Soft question — I need books and exercise books that will be working on my fundamental skills.

I need help, urgently. I acquired a book called: Mathematics, Its Content, Method and Meaning. Now the problems is the book doesn't provide me with any exercises. I was searching for a book that would ...
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infinite subset of discrete metric space is not compact

The question is Im not really sure how to go about this So far i am trying to show that for an open cover of the infinite subset X, there isn't a finite sub cover and therefore X is not compact I ...
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Comparing the methods of applied mathematics to computer graphics

As an applied mathematician working towards my PhD, I have some personal interest in aspects of computer graphics and procedural animation. Looking up people and reading papers in the field of ...
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To prove in a Group Left identity and left inverse implies right identity and right inverse

Let $G$ be a nonempty set closed under an associative product, which in addition satisfies : A. There exists an $e$ in $G$ such that $a \cdot e=a$ for all $a \in G$. B. Given $a \in G$, ...
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What are some good resources to review basic university calculus, years later?

So, I have reason to be returning to school, many years (5+) after my last attendance; and although I took (and passed, barely, after much strife) Calculus 1 and 2 at my previous university, I am very ...
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Permutations and combinations textbook recommendations

I have had real difficulty with permutation/combination questions in probability and statistics texts. What I have real difficulty with is transforming word problems into mathematical form to solve. ...
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To prove any two basis of Finite Dimensional Vector Space have same number of elements

To prove any two basis of Finite Dimensional Vector Space have same number of elements If i take bases as $S_!$ = {$\alpha_!$ ,$\alpha_2$ ,....$\alpha_n$ } $S_2$ = {$\beta_!$,$\beta_2$ .... ...
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Baby Rudin Chapter 4 Exercise Questions 5 and 6

4.5: If f is continuous on a closed set in $R^1$, prove there exist continuous functions $g$ on $R^1$ such that $g(x)=f(x)$ for all $x \in \mathbb{E}$. 4.6: Suppose $\mathbb{E}$ is compact, and prove ...
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Scratch paper alternatives? [closed]

How do you practice complicated calculation when the problem is displayed on your computer screen? Do you always have pieces of paper on the side, or do you have a Wacom tablet connected to your ...
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$W$ intersection of $(n-1)$ dimensional subspaces

I have got a good (I think so) intuition of this problem but I am not being able to write down the crucial steps correctly. Let $V$ be a $n$ dimensional vector space over field $F$ . Let $W$ be a ...
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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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Next Step for Self-Learning

I am an undergraduate mathematics major and recently completed a course in real analysis. While I enjoyed this course it left out many topics that I would have liked to learn because of time ...
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Proven Studying Habits for a Limited Memory? [closed]

I learned Calculus many years ago and at the time I thought that I knew it well. (i.e. got good grades, was employed as a tutor, etc) I am now going back and studying Calculus again with the hopes of ...