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Notation methods for the following things?

I go to a high school that rushes concept and does not ever talk about notation. I want to be prepared for college, and not be swamped by all this notation I don't know. From SE, I would like to know ...
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Opposite of Fermat's Last Theorem?

So Wiles' proof showed that no three positive integers $a$, $b$, and $c$ can solve the equation $a^n+b^n=c^n$ for any integer value of n greater than $2$. Now what about the opposite? What does this ...
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Is embedding a function make sense?

The embedding is defined in the wikipedia link as "In mathematics, an embedding (or imbedding [1]) is one instance of some mathematical structure contained within another instance, such as a group ...
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On classification of directed topological spaces

Is classification of directed topological spaces (not their homotopy equivalence classes!) an important subject in modern mathematics?
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Do “my” notations already exist or not?

Because I'm a bit slow to write my lessons, when I was in classroom, especially in maths, I created my notations as the same way as notations normaly used. For example in maths we prefer write ...
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List of textbooks that take a historical approach

As the title suggests my aim in this topic is to make a big list of textbooks on any mathematical topic that take a historical approach. I will start with the ones I know: Thomas Muir - The theory of ...
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Abbreviating the definition of a tangent vector field?

Let $A \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be open in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ and let $F: A \to \mathbb{R}^{n} \times \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be continuous. Then $F$ is called a tangent vector field on $A$ if and only if $F(x) ...
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Notation and name for this function?

Let $k \geq 1$; let $V,W$ be vector spaces; and let $T: V \to W$ be linear. Then how do we call and denote the function $(v_{1},\cdots, v_{k}) \mapsto (T(v_{1}), \cdots, T(v_{k})): V^{k} \to W^{k}$?
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Definition of linear independence in R-module

I am revising module theory over commutative rings with 1 and I have a "soft" question regarding to why don't we define linear independence as follows: "$v_1,...,v_n$ are linearly independent if ...
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Number of possible non crossing paths on a grid of $m$ by $n$ size?

Given two points on 2 dimensional m by n grid, moving in units of 1 in either direction, how many non intersecting paths exist between the two points? in other words, with taxi cab metric, on a m by ...
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What is the most complex mathematical topic? [on hold]

I'm a simple man living my simple life and often I like to learn more about math and science. Today my daughter asked me about how many numbers are there and I explained that there are infinite ...
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The sections of the projection $\bigsqcup_{i:I} X_i \rightarrow I.$

I just noticed something funky. Let $X$ denote an $I$-indexed family of sets. There is a projection $$\pi_X: \bigsqcup_{i:I} X_i \rightarrow I.$$ It isn't necessarily surjective, of course, because ...
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What is the purpose of continuous and differentiable dependence

In learning Gronwall's inequality you also get to learn about continuous an differentiable dependence. I know the theorems but I have no idea about their application. What is the big idea of ...
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What did Lagrange, Euler, Gauss etc. learn in order to know what they knew?

What did the great mathematician, like Cauchy, Lagrange, Euler and Gauss, learn in order to know what they knew? It seems that they were extremely good in the most basic rules/structures/issues of ...
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Is math, in the end, only geometry [on hold]

When thinking about the Universe, or "reality", Isn't every part of mathematics a tool for expressing something geometrically further down the line? Yes, every part of math is related, but isn't ...
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How important is it that I study Probability if I like Analysis/Algebra much more?

Is it crucial to a student's undergraduate studies in Math that he/she takes a course in Probability and/or Statistics? I am much more interested in Analysis/ Algebra and I was wondering if it would ...
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Can we build a DFA less than 5 state for word length 4( 1100)? [on hold]

========================================================== 1 if possible kindly, help me with this question.
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What solution would you come up with for this problem?

So the question is: put numbers $1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13$ and $15$ into gaps in the following expression: $$\_\_ + \_\_ + \_\_ = 30$$ The most naive approach to use summation in the group of integers ...
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Why in general there is no systematic way to find counterexamples? What kind of property do they all break that lead to this? and other things

We came across counterexamples in many areas of mathematics: For example Sum of irrational numbers not necessary being irrational The "Windmill blade" function (for lack of a better name of one of ...
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Encyclopedia of Mathematics?(non-Alphabetical)

Do you know any Encyclopedia of Mathematics which is in non-alphabetical order, like it starts from basic mathematics and then goes up to very advanced level. And what's the difference between say, ...
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Can I follow a graduate course in PDE without having studied ODE

Hi I am considering taking the first course on Partial differential equations at my university next semester. I have already taken a first course on functional analysis . I haven't taken a proof based ...
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How to invent mathematics to find solution to real world problems?(without high level mathematical knowledge) [on hold]

Let's say I want to know how waves are formed when a stone is dropped in water, how trees are deformed by the wind, etc, and I want to invent the mathematical equation to predict the behaviour of ...
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How do we call a pair of sets $A,B$ such that there is some injection $f: A \to B$?

Let $A,B$ be sets and let $f: A \to B$. If $f$ is a surjection, then we may simply write $f(A) = B$ or say in a more laborious way that $f$ maps $A$ onto $B$, to mean the same thing. However, if $f$ ...
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How do we call a pair of sets between which there is a bijection that need not have additional property?

Let $A,B$ be sets and let $f: A \to B$. Then we say that $A,B$ are isomorphic under $f$ if $f$ is a linear function that maps $A$ onto $B$ in a one-to-one manner; that $A,B$ are homeomorphic under $f$ ...
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Mathematicians who didn't study mathematics in college or university [on hold]

I would like to know mathematicians born after 1900 who didn't study mathematics in college or university. I posted a similar question recently but it was closed as opinion based. So I will define ...
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A reason for the value of $\int_{0}^{1}\log{(x)}\log{(1-x)}\,\mathrm{d}x$

In this .pdf document, which is just a list of Putnam-style undergraduate-level problems from various sources, the third question is as I have stated it below (up to a change of notation). ...
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Good algebra book to cover these topics?

I will be studying two algebra modules next year and I am looking for a comprehensive book that will cover both of them, however due to having very minmal exprience with algebra I am looking for your ...
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How would you explain Functional Integration to an 8 year old?

I get the definition of the Functional Integral, but what heuristic interpretations are available to better understand the integral? For instance, what motivates the definition? How is it related to ...
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What are some easier papers/books I can read? [on hold]

I'm trying to improve my ability in reading mathematics papers. My field is more related to biological sciences, but there are a lot of interesting papers I'd like to read that use more mathematical ...
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Does it matter if you use big $L$ or little $l$ when talking about $L$-norms?

I was reading a post on Quora regarding the application of "$l_1$", "$l_2$" norms for convex linear programming when I became very confused at which $L$-norm the posters are actually referring to. I ...
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Fun logic puzzles to teach logic/proof-writing to students

Forgive me if this is too soft of a question, but I am looking for some fun, quick, and interesting logic puzzles to give to my students. I'm teaching an honors calculus course, and this will be their ...
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Intuition for Burnside's Lemma (aka Cauchy-Frobenius Lemma)

Here is the theorem: Lemma: Let a group $G$ act on a set $S$. Define $\text{Fix}(g)$ as the set of all elements in $S$ fixed by $g$ under this group action. Then the number of distinct orbits of ...
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In what ways would a course on convex optimization be useful in game theory?

From talking to several other people in the past, and referencing Quora, it seems that convex optimization is really a tiny subset of game theory in that it only models the behavior of one single ...
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How do mathematician make sense of “outcome” and “events” in probability?

One of the biggest challenge for me to understand probability is to make sense of this concept of outcomes and events. To put it plainly, it just doesn't feel like mathematics anymore when we talk ...
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Stating the induction hypothesis

I would like to ask about the best way to state the induction hypothesis in a proof by induction. Just to use a concrete example, suppose I wanted to prove that $n!\ge 2^{n-1}$ for every positive ...
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Zeitz's ACoPS vs Larson's PSTP

Which of the following books is better to prepare for a mathematical competition at the undergraduate level? The art and craft of problem solving (ACoPS) or Problem solving through problems (PSTP). ...
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How to document solutions for future use? [closed]

I'm taking courses of math at university level, it's kind of the equivalent of master degree in mathematics, I'm from Argentina. The way to learn mth in my university is this: We attend lectures, we ...
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Is there anything called kernel space?

Here I am referring kernel as an integral operation.The wikipedia link is this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_transform My question is: consider the function insider the integral $f(t)$ is ...
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Magic of the number $2000+15$ [closed]

What is the most clever way of getting the number $2015$ using only addition, subtraction, and multiplication?
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Motivations for Hyperbolic Geometry

Why would one study hyperbolic geometry? I am only aware of the motivation where you give axioms for elementary euclidean geometry and then start to wonder wether the parallel axiom is necessary. You ...
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Struggling to stay at current course.

Disclaimer: I'd like to say I've been a member of this site for over a year, so I know this may be a nonstandard question, however, for personal reasons, I'd like to keep this anonymous. I'm a second ...
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Acronyms and words as variables and in mathematical notation

I am unsure if this question is warranted. Often mathematical symbols and objects are represented by a single character, e.g. variables are most often single characters like $x$, and often to ...
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About Carl Meyer's matrix analysis

I have taught some part of it to myself when i was an engineering student. but now i changed my major to the pure math so now i am studying math as an undergraduate student. i thought the book is ...
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$f(x)$ be the characteristic polynomial of a matrix $A \in M_n(\mathbb R)$ ; then is it true that $f(1)=1+\operatorname{trace}(A)+O(\|A\|^2)$?

Let $f(x)$ be the characteristic polynomial of a matrix $A \in M_n(\mathbb R)$; then is it true that $f(1)=1+\operatorname{trace}(A)+O(\|A\|^2)$ ? I need a proof if it is true ; or any modification ...
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Measuring the set-theoretical complexity of sets/spaces encountered in general analysis

In analysis, it is common to encounter subsets of $\mathbb R$ (or even $\mathbb R^n$) which appear to be "well-behaved", especially with regard to properties like being measurable, compactness, etc. ...
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Can anyone please help to clarify the sentences “ into a fat tail part in L2 plus a fat body part in L1.”

In the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_transform#On_Lp_spaces what does this sentences mean: into a fat tail part in L2 plus a fat body part in L1? Would anyone please help?
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What is the pre-requisite knowledge for generating my own integer sequence?

I've recently come across the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences and I'm completely fascinated by it; something about how easy integers are to grasp and yet how complex the sequences are. I ...
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Conceptual differences between the notations $\int_{a}^{b}f$ and $\int_{[a,b]}f$

Let $[a,b] \subset \mathbb{R}$ and let $f: [a,b] \to \mathbb{R}$ be continuous. Then $f$ is Riemann-integrable. What are the conceptual differences between the two notations $\int_{a}^{b}f$ and ...
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Is $i^i$ mathematically valid? [duplicate]

WARNING: SLIGHT NSFW http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2934#comic Uhh...guys, mathematically speaking, how accurate is this comic. From what I remember in High School $$a^b= ...
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May Algebraic Geometry be appropriate for me? [closed]

I am a student of Mathematics who have to choose its area of specialization. I am trying to obtain as more information as possible, by asking a lot of questions to more experienced people, trying to ...