Questions about the process of studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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IMO programs of different nations?

We in Albania have a good team in the IMO, and this year I will probably be part of it. Since Albania does not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programmes of other ...
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Learning higher-mathematics on your own

I was hoping someone had an opinion on how to learn higher-mathematics (specific fields that could be of use to me) outside of a classroom setting. I graduated with an M.S. in Computer science about ...
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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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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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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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Convex analysis books and self study.

I have taken some courses in Convex optimization. Now I would like to know a little bit more about the pure mathematical side. Is there any good books in convex analysis? I have read and worked with ...
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The canonical height of a point on an elliptic curve

I am struggling with exercise 3.3 in Silverman-Tate Rational Points on Elliptic Curves. Here is the paraphrased problem with necessary background: Let $C:y^2 = x^3 + a x + b$ be a nonsingular cubic ...
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How can I retain the mathematics that I've supposedly learnt?

So my question simply is "What is the best method to make sure you retain what you have learnt?" Okay so I've tried learning mathematics up to where I should be at in the past. Every time though I ...
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How to select good exercises?

I'm studying on Rudin "Principles of of Mathematical Analysis" which I begin to find as a good and complete reference. I wonder how many exercises shall I do at the end of each chapter ? In case of ...
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Compact family of Lip functions under the sup norm metric, proof verification.

Hi everyone I'd like to know if the following is correct, I'd appreciate your opinion and also any suggestion to improve my argument. Thanks in advance for your time. If $(K,d)$ is a compact ...
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Isolation and self-study

A little background: I am currently a sophomore (studying mathematics) at an unknown university in the Middle East. My mother is European so it does not make sense to study mathematics in the Middle ...
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Prove that a series is $O(t^a)$.

Consider the series $$ u(t,x) = \sum_{i \geq 1} {u_i(x) t_1^i } + \sum_{i+2j \geq k+2, j\geq 1} {\varphi_{i,j,k}(x) t_1^i t_2^j y^k} $$ where $t \in \tilde{\mathbb{C} \setminus \{ 0 \}}$, $x$ is ...
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Where do I go from Linear algebra past Calc III to try to learn complex physics (relativity and quantum group theory)?

I'm mainly a programmer, but I have a love for Mathematics that's been, well, insatiable. I've had my eye on learning Quantum Groups and Relativity, but I want to stay in something I can do with ...
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gallian's contemporary abstract Algebra exercises

i have just finished doing A first course in abstract algebra by John Fraleigh (group theory only) and now i am looking forward to apply all the stuff i learnt by doing problems. i have on my mind ...
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Geometry textbook question

I have just started the textbook Geometry: its elements and structure by Alfred Posamentier. The first set of questions refers to the following diagram: The very first question is "What is the ...
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Finding dominating integrable function

Hi everyone I'm not completely familiar with this kind of argument and I'd appreciate if someone can help me to see if the argument is correct and also any suggestion to improve it. Thanks in advance. ...
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Periodic curve on unit sphere and torsion

Define $S^2 \subset \mathbb{R^3}$ be the unit sphere. Suppose that $\alpha :\mathbb{R} \to S^2$ is a differentiable curve parametrized by arc-length. a) Show that $\kappa(s)$, the curvature of ...
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How to approach real analaysis

I'm just starting first year in university in Europe and here there there is no Calculus, instead you jump right into Analysis. The trouble is, for some time I self-studied through US style books and ...
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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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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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WKB and asymptotic behavior of second order differential equation

I want to study the large $x$ solution to a Riccati equation. After listening to the lectures on Mathematical Physics by Carl Bender, I have fallen in love with asymptotic analysis. But, by no means ...
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Where does this series converge?

Let $ \{r_1, r_2 ,r_3,... \}$ be an enumeration of $\mathbb{Q}$. For each $r_n \in \mathbb{Q}$ define: $$u_n(x)=\begin{cases} 1/{2^n} & x>r_n \\ 0 & x \leq r_n \end{cases} $$ and let $$h ...
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Prime divisor of the form $2kp+1$ that divides $2^p-1$

The book that I'm reading (Elementary Number Theory by Underwood Dudley) gives a Theorem: If $p$ and $q$ are odd primes and $q|a^p-1$, then either $q|a-1$ or $q=2kp+1$, for some integer $k$. Then it ...
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Totient Function: if $\gcd(m,n)=2$, then $\varphi{(mn)}=2\varphi{(m)}\varphi{(n)}$

Suppose we know that $(m,n)=2$. Show that this implies that $\phi{(mn)}=2\phi{(m)}\phi{(n)}$. My attempt: So let $m=p_1^{r_1}p_2^{r_2}...p_k^{r_k}, n=p_1^{s_1}p_2^{s_2}...p_k^{s_k}$. Then ...
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Examples of Talagrand's inequality

I am trying to understand Talagrand's inequality and when it gives better results than Markov/Chebyshev/Chernoff. However I find the formal definition hard to understand. Are there any nice simple ...
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Fubini's Theorem for Infinite series

In the book what I've read, there is one point where the author suggest to begin the proof of the Fubini's Theorem for infinite sum in the case when is non-negative after this try to generalize. But ...
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Interchange of finite sum with convergence sequences.

Hi everyone I'm wondering if the following proof is correct (to be honest at the beginning I have some troubles to understand what the sequences of the sums of convergent sequences has to be, but I ...
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Find a conformal map from the disc to the first quadrant.

Find a conformal mapping of the disk $x^2+(y-1)^2\lt 1$ onto the first quadrant $x, y \gt 0$ I did something, which may be false or not, I cannot exactly say anything. I used the composition of ...
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Where to start?

I want to learn Mathematics but I don't know where to start. Sometimes I really get frustrated as I am a Software Engineering graduate (currently working) and I feel like I don't know anything about ...
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Are Specific Facts about the Riemann Integral Logically Required?

This question is somewhat in the spirit of this one in that I am trying to understand the most efficient path to the major integral theorems (Fubini, change of variables, etc). My question is this: ...
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Are “Transition Books” (Spivak/Apostol/Courant) really necessary?

Why do so many people recommend Spivak, Apostol, and Courant calculus textbooks, especially as a preparation toward the advanced courses like analysis and abstract algebra? Are they really necessary? ...
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Can anyone check if this correct?

Convert to spherical coordinates and evaluate:$$\iiint_{E}z(x^2+y^2+z^2)^{-3/2}dV$$ where E is the region satisfying the following inequalities:$$x^2+y^2+z^2\le16,z\ge 2$$ This is what i have done so ...
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Uniform probability bound - checking my understanding

Let x and y be two independent random variables. What is the difference between (1) $P_x[\forall y, f(x,y) < \epsilon] >1- \delta$ (uniform bound), and (2) $\forall y, ...
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On the importance of the Riesz–Markov–Kakutani representation theorem.

I am following big Rudin and I have arrived at the representation theorem. Before doing the full long proof I would like to know what results are based on this theorem that for completeness I state ...
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What is the best way to master my algebra skills without taking an algebra class?

I was in advanced math my entire life. I got through all the math I needed for my original degree. 8 years later here I am changing degrees and I need more math. I just took calculus I and I passed ...
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Proving that a subspace of $L^2$ is closed.

Suppose $Z$ is a random variable on a probability space $(\Omega, F, P)$. $M(Z)$ is the subspace of $L^2$ consisting of all random variables in $L^2$ which can be written in the form $\phi(Z)$ for ...
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What minimum subset of fields of mathematics is needed to understand homomorphic encryption?

Without the luxury of full undergraduate training in mathematics, if one worked part time could the community list the smallest set of mathematical fields needed to understand homomorphic encryption? ...
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Open sets in the topology of weak convergence

I do have various questions regarding the topic of probability measures on polish spaces in general, thus I am trying to divide them in “small” subquestions. Hence, this is my first question on this ...
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Every Riemann Integrable Function can be approximated by a Continuous Function

Prove that given any Riemann Integrable function $f$ on $[a,b]$, and given any $\varepsilon>0$ one can find a continuous function $g$ on $[a,b]$ such that $$\int_a^b|f(x)-g(x)|dx<\varepsilon ...
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Geometric meaning of $\nabla_{[i}(x^i \nabla_{j]}x^j)$ and $(\nabla_{[i}x^i )\nabla_{j]}x^j$

While teaching myself tensor calculus I have come up with [this] http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/71613/12306 {The proof of the 2-D hairy ball theorem). When trying to generalize this proof ...
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Integration of unknown derivative

I am unable to solve this integral, have forgotten basics and so need help. Shall be very thankful If a way out is provided: $\int_0^R \ln[p'(t)]dN(t) - \int_0^R p'(t) dt$ If $p(t)$ was known then I ...
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Background & Advice for a self-learner of Descriptive Set Theory

A rather straight to the point soft-question: What kind of background should have somebody who wants to study properly descriptive set theory? More specifically, how much analysis should she/he ...
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Proof of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Exercise

I'm not very knowledgeable in QM, and I know many physics books derive the uncertainty principle using commutators, but as an exercise in my PDE book (by Asmar), I should be able to derive it from one ...
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Directional derivative (Vector)

Given $f:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ is a map $f(x,y)=(u(x,y),v(x,y))$ and $\alpha=(\alpha_1,\alpha_2)$ is a point, then how does one show that $f$ is differentiable (or not) in the direction ...
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Continued fraction approximation to a function and its derivative

I am recently working on fitting a model with incomplete beta function. In order to put it into my optimization algorithm, I must find out the derivatives of the incomplete beta function $B_p(x,y)$ ...
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Convergence of Expectations (cont'd)

The question is related to this question. Suppose $\{X_n\}$ is a sequence of indep. random variables with zero expectation. Consider their sum $S_n$ which have the following properties: $S_n$ ...
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Fundamental Matrix

Determine $\phi(x,0)$ for $A(x)=\begin{pmatrix} -1 & \cos(x) \\ 0 & -1\end{pmatrix}$, where $\phi(x,0)t_{0}$ is a solution of $\frac{d}{dx}t(x)=A(x)t(x)$. I am not entirely sure as to ...