Questions about studying mathematics without formal instruction.

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Efficient ways to read and learn a new topic

I started reading the book "Topology without tears" by Sidney A Morris and lecture notes on "Elementary Number Theory" by WWL.Chen. To get the maximum out of the book and understand the material ...
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Which is better strategy to learn and read books, traditionally one by one OR re-read carefully on perfect books

(Just focus on how to learn and master the stuff pretty well, not involve the aspect of courses or exam) Because recently I always feel that the time and energy are pretty limited, I want to try ...
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Soft question: How does basic differential geometry “fit together”?

I'm self-studying diff geom from Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds. He warns the reader that there's a lot of machinery to construct, which is fine, and he explains things with wonderful clarity. ...
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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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How much time is reasonable to complete baby Rudin?

I've been teaching myself math for more than a year. My current aim is towards algebraic topology and differential geometry. Apart from a messy (by which i mean some rigorous and some not) ...
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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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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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Strategy for self-studying after M.S.

For someone who has finished their M.S. degree in pure mathematics, what is a good way to keep learning mathematics within your specialization? Would you suggest reading research articles from ...
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Where can I find proof - There're infinitely many primes $p$ such that $p(mod\ N)\not\in H$ - Name?

Origin - http://math.uga.edu/~pete/4400FULL.pdf - on p120, Theorem 122 Fix a positive integer $N>2$, and let $H$ be a proper subgroup of $U(N)=(Z/NZ)^{\times}$. There are infinitely many ...
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Transitioning to Higher Level Mathematics

I am just finishing grade 12 pre-calculus at my school and have strong interest in math. The problem is, it seems some important elements of higher level math are not in my schools curriculum that are ...
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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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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 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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How does one study with many textbooks?

Suppose you wanted a good understanding of a subject, and so you start reading a recommended textbook. But it turns out that the textbook you have has a different perspective/omits certain topics, ...
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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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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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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 problem

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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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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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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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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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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Continuity of the right-hand derivative of a Convex function (help with the proof)

Hi everyone I have some trouble with one point in the following proof. Let $f$ be a convex function (strict convex function) on a real interval. If $f'_-(a)=f'_+(a)$ where $f'_-$ and $f'_+$ are ...
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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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How to count Dynkin system for finite sets?

For a set of finite elements, is there a good way to list all of its Dynkin systems, please? I understand that all $\sigma$-algebras of a set are also Dynkin systems. Therefore, we should as many ...
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Calculus: Reduction formula

For this question, I can find out $I3$, but I have no idea how to find the reduction formula. Please advise me.
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Proof involving prime factorization

I'm beginning some self-study in Number Theory and have come across a problem that I'm not really sure how to solve. Here's the problem: Prove that, if, $$ a=q_{1}^{e_{1}}q_{2}^{e_{2}} . . . ...
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Difference between Metric Space and Topological Space

I am reading Chapter 11 of Real Analysis written by Royden and Patrick (4th). It says "The concept of uniform convergence of a sequence of functions is a metric concept. The concept of pointwise ...
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Unordered summation

I have a question regard unordered sumation. Definitions: Let $X$ be a set (possible uncountable) and let $f: X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function. We say that $\sum _{x\in X}f(x)$ converges ...
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The Heine-Borel Theorem for the real line

Hi everyone I'd like to know if the following argument is correct and also I'm very interested in a constructive approach for (2)$\Rightarrow$(1) (a link or a hint it will sufficient for me) I was ...
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Question on numerical quadrature and precision

I am studying numerical analysis and I came across this question: Let $P_{n+1}(x)\in\Pi_{n+1}$ be orthogonal to $\Pi_n$ relative to a weight function $w(x)\geq 0$ on $[a,b].$ Denote by ...
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Partially ordered set exercise

Hi everyone is my first time working with posets and I'd like to know if the solution of the next exercise is really correct or maybe there is some errors that I cannot see. Thank in advance. ...
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Set Theory - Well Order (Lexiographical combination)

Question: Prove constructively that if $(A_{1},\prec_{1})$ and $(A_{2},\prec_{2})$ are two well-ordered sets then their lexicographical combination $(A_{1} \times A_{2},<_{1,2})$ is also well ...
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Counter-Example for $f$ unbounded, $f$ continuous at $s$, and $\alpha(x)=I(x-s)$ such that $\int_a^b f \,d\alpha \neq f(s)$ (Rudin Thm 6.15)

I'm reading Theorem 6.15 in Baby Rudin, which states that: Theorem 6.15: If $a<s<b$, $f$ is bounded on $[a,b]$, $f$ is continuous at $s$, and $\alpha(x)=I(x-s)$, then $$\int_a^b f \,d\alpha = ...
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Absolute Convergent Series Laws (Exercise)

Me again, I have troubles to understand the concept of absolute convergence in the general setting when the set can be uncountable. In the book what I read says: Definition: Let $X$ be a set ...
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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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Why can the group of isomorphism classes of line bundles be identified with $H^1(C,\mathbb O_C^*)$?

This is a reference request to the fact in the title. Is there a book at most as advanced as Hartshorn's which explains this result?
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How to find required surface.

Hi I am studying this question. I understand all parts expect for the part I posted below. Please explain it. Thank you so much. I am new learner of PDE.
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Should I learn Commutative rings or finite fields “first” when self teaching?

My goal is to fully understand this answer on crypto.stackexchange by self-teaching myself all the basics. The term I'm working on now is a "Galois field", and starting on this wiki page. The header ...
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Progress upwards?

I'm looking for a somewhat sequential list of books to learn math beyond calculus at home. I've taken calc 3 and am going further but I'm having a lot of trouble nailing down a real order of things ...
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Schaum's Outlines for self-study

I wish to learn Physics via self-study. I realize that I have a long way to go as far as Mathematics prerequisites: I will need to begin with Precalculus(I took that course many years ago, so I am ...
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Isomorphism of groups with certain property, p-groups

I'm doing exercises from Hungerford's book "Abstract Algebra: An Introduction". The exercise is in section 8.2, numbered 22. I would like someone to check my proof, as I have reasonable doubts that ...
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Generator Matrix

I have a C in $F_2^6$ $(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4) \to (x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4,x_1+x_2,x_3+x_4)$ for $x = (1,0,1,1)$ i get $c = (1,0,1,1,1,0)$ we know that $$c = G . x$$ G is the Generator Matrix in the solution ...