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Becoming Better at Math

How can I become excellent at math? It really interests me but when I fail I become demotivated and begin to give up. EDIT: Could anyone suggest books for someone with a math education that just ...
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Prerequisites for understanding G.H. Hardy's 'Divergent Series'

I picked up a copy of G.H. Hardy's 'Divergent Series' a few days ago. So far I love it, as I love the ideas associated with sequences and series, but I am finding it a bit difficult to understand. I ...
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Let $X=L_2(0,1)$ and $S=\lbrace x\in X: \int_0^{1/2}x^2 dt\le1\rbrace$

Let $X=L_2(0,1)$ and $S=\lbrace x\in X: \int_0^{1/2}x^2 dt\le1\rbrace$. I'm trying to show wheter S can be written as $\cup_{n=1}^\infty S_n$ where $S_n\in X$ and $Int\bar{S_n}=\emptyset$ I tried a ...
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Manifolds and their dimension

Why are the following two sets manifolds and what are their dimensions? The set of all 2 by 2 matrices with determinant 1. The set of all inner products on $\mathbb R^3$. I have difficulty in ...
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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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Givens rotation and retraction mapping

Here's part of the texts in the book Optimization Algorithms on Matrix Manifolds, when talking about the retraction on a matrix sub-manifold. A retraction is a mapping that maps a tangent vector in a ...
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On the canonical isomorphism between $V$ and $V^{**}$

I am trying to understand more about the Bidualspace (or double dual space). The whole idea is that $V$ and $V^{**}$ are canonically isomorphic to one another, which means that they are isomorphic ...
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One and Two Tailed Independent T Test Questions

The city council for a small town has been receiving complaints from local law enforcement that citizens have been extremely uncooperative when pulled over for minor traffic violations. To remedy ...
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Abstract Algebra: prove it is cyclic

I have question in referring to below link. Question. Suppose if I have [M:K]=2 and I know that K is subset of M. M:=$\mathbb{Z}_2[x]/(f(x))$ where f(x)=x$^4$+x+1. Then how this will be cyclic? I ...
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Preferable Order of Mathematics Study

I was just wondering if someone would be kind enough to tell me in what order (I know that there is no real "best order") one would most profitably study these subjects/books: (edited to conform with ...
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Integrating the Fourier Transform

I am trying to show that $$\mathcal{F}\left\{ \frac{f(t)}{t} \right\} = - i \int_{- \infty}^w \hat{f}(w') \, d w'.$$ Shouldn't it be $$\mathcal{F}\left\{ \frac{f(t)}{t} \right\} = - i \int_{w}^{+ ...
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Normalizer of a subgroup of $GL_2(\mathbb{R})$

I have following subgroup of $GL_2(\mathbb{R}):$ $$A=\Bigg\{\left( \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{array} \right),\left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & -1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{array} ...
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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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In what order should the following areas of mathematics be learned?

I am in a biological field (medicine) but I have genuine passion for mathematics. I want to learn it on my own , in my spare time. Mathematics , as I gather, is learned best when you have grasped ...
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List all equations for straight line! [on hold]

Can someone list all the equations for a straight line geometry? Thank You.
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Determine the languages for the given alphabet

I need some help figuring out this exercise. For the alphabet $\sum$ = $\{0,1\}$, let $A,B,C \subseteq\sum^*$ be the languages below. i. $A = \{1, 0, 00, 11, 000, 111, 0000, 1111\}$ ii. $B = \{w ...
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Frobenius number and Arf ring of a semigroup [on hold]

Let $$G=\{5m+7n \mid m, n\in \Bbb N\}.$$ Firstly, I want to find the complement of $G$ in $\Bbb N $ is finite. Secondly, how do I find the Frobenius number of $G$ (I guess, the larger ...
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Evaluating expression at infinity

How do I evaluate something like: $$xe^{-(x-\theta)}\text{ from }x = \theta\text{ to }x=\infty?$$ This came up in an integration I tried to do, and I realize it's a very basic question. But I am ...
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Give an example of a relation R on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive

I am just looking for some clarification on this exercise: Let $A = \{a,b,c,d\}$. Give an example of a relation $R$ on $A^2$ which is reflexive, symmetric, and not transitive. I understand that if I ...
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Approaches to teaching and learning analysis

I found that studying linear algebra by getting into vector spaces and linear transformations first made things very easy. This is the approach Halmos or Axler, just to name a few, take. IMHO, the ...
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Is there any motivation for the direct sum?

I believe that everything have reason to exist . I want to learn why the direct sum exist. Is there any motivation for the direct sum to exist ?
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True/False question regarding continuity

For the two scenarios below, either give an example if such a request is possible, or argue why such an request is impossible. I think the first is possible and second is impossible. However, I can't ...
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Differentiation of $u(t)=\int_0^t h(s,t)ds, \ \forall t \in \mathbb{R}$ with the multivariable chain rule

Problem: Let $h: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ be continuous and differentiable with respect to its second variable, define $u(t)= \displaystyle \int_0^t h(s,t)ds, \ t \in \mathbb{R}$ In an ...
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A good way to retain mathematical understanding?

What is a good way to remember math concepts/definitions and commit them to long term memory? Background: In my current situation, I'm at an undergraduate institution where I have to take a lot of ...
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Is $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1}$ conditionally or absolutely convergent?

Is $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1}$ conditionally or absolutely convergent? My Working Clearly, $\sum \cos(n \pi) \frac{n}{n^2+1} = \sum (-1)^n \frac{n}{n^2+1}$, and it can be shown by using ...
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Divergent subsequence of an unbounded sequence

Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real numbers that is unbounded above. Show that $\exists$ a subsequence $(a_{n_k})_{k \ge 1}$ such that $\lim_{k \rightarrow \infty} a_{n_k} = + \infty$. Working ...
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Book recommendation for introductory algebraic combinatorics?

Preferably: It should have plenty of motivation (as I am self-learning). It should not be skimpy on proofs (as I am self-learning), but perhaps I can make do since I can ask questions elsewhere. It ...
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How might I refresh high school level mathematics and extend upon it much further?

I did well at Mathematics at school (top 0.1% in the country, approximately), however I stopped studying it when I was 16. Since then I've studied a couple of highly specific mathematics modules in ...
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The form of subrings of $k[[t]]$

I saw this question in an algebraic geometry book. I tried to solve this. But I did trivial thing, so I don't write what I did here. This is just self-studying. I want to learn how to solve. Please ...
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Cauchy-Euler Equation of order $n$

What I wish to prove is that for a Cauchy-Euler equation of order $n$, the substitution $x=e^{t}$ transforms it into a linear differential equation with constant coefficients. To put it as a theorem: ...
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Sequential Criterion for Functional Limits

How can I use the sequential criterion for functional limits to show that the following limit exist and compute the limit: $$\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \sqrt{|x|}\cos\left(1/x\right) \ \text{for} \ x ...
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Mathematics or physics at university

I have a strong interest in maths, and I feel that advanced physics is cool too (although I've only studied classical mechanics at high school, which is kind of boring). So I'm not sure about which ...
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Proving a theorem in Ergodicity

I read the theorem stated below on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergodicity#Formal_definition). But I do not understand how to prove the equivalence of these different definitions.Any hints ...
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Derivative of Normal Vector Field

This is an example from Do Carmo (Example 4, page 139). Consider the saddle point $p=(0, 0, 0)$ of the hyperbolic paraboloid $z=y^2-x^2$ with parameterization $\mathbf x(u, v)=(u, v, v^2-u^2)$. It is ...
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Describe the Unit Ball

I was asked to describe the unit ball in $C(I)$. All I could come up with was that by definition $B_{1}(0):=\{x \in C(I) : ||x||_{\infty}<1 \}$, where $||x||_{\infty}:=\sup_{t \in I} |x(t)|$. Thus, ...
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Revise high school material

Can you suggest me a comprehensive book to revise high school mathematics (up to besic calculus)? It should be extremely clear and complete and "scientific" (not like most high school books). Thank ...
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Material for advanced highschooler

I'm a high school student who just finished elementary school.Though since I was into math I started going through advanced math while I was in elementary school and I pretty much finished most of the ...
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How do I show that $\sqrt{5+\sqrt{24}} = \sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}$

According to wolfram alpha this is true: $\sqrt{5+\sqrt{24}} = \sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}$ But how do you show this? I know of no rules that works with addition inside square roots. I noticed I could do ...
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Existence of Non-Trivial, Convex, Open Set in $C_{\mathbb{C}}[0,1]$ Under $L^{0}$ Metric

I've been struggling with this problem for the last four hours. The problem is to show that the space of $\mathbb{C}$-valued continuous functions on $[0,1]$ under the metric ...
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Diffeomorphism between a regular surface and the plane

Do Carmo states that (example 2, page 74) if $\mathbf x: U\subset\mathbb R^2\rightarrow S$ is a parameterization, then $\mathbf x^{-1}: \mathbf x(U)\rightarrow \mathbb R^2$ is differentiable. Why is ...
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Open Convex Subsets of Dense Spaces

So I asked this question yesterday, Existence of Non-Trivial, Convex, Open Set in $C_{\mathbb{C}}[0,1]$ Under $L^{0}$ Metric, and it made my start wondering the following... Suppose the following: ...
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Lipschitz continuity of $f(x,y)=4x^2+xy-\frac{1}{y-1}$ on an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace)$

Problem: Find an open set $U \subset \mathbb{R} \times (\mathbb{R} \setminus \lbrace 1 \rbrace )$ which includes the points $(0, 1/2$) and $(0,3/2)$ such that the function ...
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The Simplex in $\mathbb{R}^n$ is convex

Problem: Show that $S:= \lbrace v \in \mathbb{R}^m \mid v=\displaystyle \sum_{j=1}^n a_j v_j, \text{ with } a_1, \dots , a_m \in [0,1], \ \sum_{j=1}^m a_j=1 \rbrace$ the Simplex of $\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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Proving that Markov Chain Monte Carlo converges

I am trying to understand how the very basic Markov Chain Monte Carlo approach works: We try to approximately calculate the expected value $E_{\pi(x)}[X]$ by drawing sequential samples from a Markov ...
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Linear algebra and Multivariable calculus prerequisites for Stochastic Calculus

Which topics are considered "graduate-level" for the following subjects: Linear algebra Multivariable calculus On Internet, it is said that you need "graduate level" Linear algebra and ...
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Evaluating integral limit in two ways gives different limits

Problem Show that $$\lim\limits_{h \rightarrow 0^{+}} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{h}{h^{2}+x^{2}} \, dx = \pi.$$ I can do this by evaluating the integral directly and showing that it is equal to ...
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Recommended Textbook/Resources

I'm looking for a textbook or resources my younger brother could use. (He is in year 9, equivalent to US high school freshman) He is wanting to advance upon his math, he currently does exercises out ...
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Is a butterfly network on 8-inputs planar?

I could prove that a four input butterfly network is planar. For that I simply drew it such that no two edges intersect. But I could not use the same approach for the 8-input butterfly network. So I ...
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Differentiable functions defined on a regular surface

First, recall a general definition of a differentiable function as follows. Suppose $f :D\subset \mathbb R^3 \rightarrow \mathbb R$. Then $f$ is differentiable at $\mathbf a \in D$ if there is a ...
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Solving the LaPlace PDE by complete induction

I have a problem with an induction step that appears to be bothersome for me to comprehend it. Problem: Show that $f(x_1, \dots ,x_n)=(x_1^2+ \dots + x_n^2)^{1- n/2}$ for $(x_1^2 + \dots + ...