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Alternative function definitions

If you go to the wikipedia page on the sine function or the log function you'll find a number of different definitions of these functions. I know that what defines a function are it's values, for ...
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Books that integrate physical reasoning with mathematical reasoning? mathematicians?

As the title says, can anyone help me to find any book that shows how physical reasoning using concepts from classical/quantum mechanics and physics in general can enlighten us about mathematical ...
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Why do some universities offer mathematical logic in different departments?

I'm thinking of pursuing mathematical logic after my undergraduate work and I have noticed that some universities offer mathematical logic in their philosophy department while others offer it in their ...
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Is it possible that a randomized recursion has a nonzero probability of either converging or diverging?

I have very little "hands-on" experience with probability, but here is my context: I was looking at the random Fibonacci sequence: $$f_0=f_1=1, f_n=f_{n-1}+Xf_{n-2}$$ where $X$ is chosen randomly ...
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Connection between differential form of a manifold and Sheaf of relative differential of a map of schemes.

I was wondering whether there is a connection between the differential form of a manifold and Sheaf of Relative differential of a Scheme map. Definitions: Differential form on a manifold M is a map ...
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Formal Trigonometric Refrence

I'm Using a textbook for mathematic which is produced to learn for normal students. Here I'm giving the link of chapter of trigonometric functions of my textbook : ...
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Why is adding Cohen reals so “uninteresting”?

I read the following in this paper (Otmar Spinas, Proper products. Proceedings of the AMS, 137 (8), (2009), 2767–2772): $ \mathbb{L}^2 $ adds a Cohen real. Thus it was considered uninteresting ...
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Alternative set therories?

Is there a version of set theory that allows the existence of a set that does not admit the empty set as a member? I.e., reject the axiom $A\cup \emptyset = A$
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Software to easily draw 3d plots from functions

my problem is that I need a way to quickly check results of my, that is to say, homework. I think that the best way to do this is to draw a plot of a function to quickly see whether my solution is ...
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Why are Lie Groups so “rigid”?

This is probably a naive question, but here goes. To motivate my question, I'll consider a unit circle in $\mathbb C$ or $\mathbb R^2$. This is a compact Lie group equipped with the usual exponential ...
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Is calculus not rigorous?

While studying single and multivariable calculus during my first year some people complained that calculus wasn't rigorous enough, when I asked about this no one seemed to be able to really specify ...
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Uniform distribution on convex hull

Let $X=\{ x_1,\dots,x_n \} \subset \mathbb{R}^m$. Let $H(X)$ be the convex hull of $X$. Assume that $X$ is a convexly independent set, i.e. none of the $x_i$ are a convex combination of the others. ...
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Which letters to use as index in sequences?

Usually the latin letters $i,j,k,l,m,n$ are used as indexes in sequences or sets with $k$ elements ($A = \{ a_1,...,a_k \} $). But when we already used all these letters is there any recommendation? ...
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general local to global principle

Consider the Diophantine equation $f(x)=0$, where x is a vector of integers and $f: \mathbb Z^n \rightarrow \mathbb Z$ is a polynomial function. Is the following statement true? The structure of the ...
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What are some 'conceptualizations' that work in mathematics but are not strictly true?

I am having an argument with someone who thinks that it's never justified to teach something that is not strictly correct. I disagree: often, the pedagogically most efficient way to make progress is ...
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International scholarship for maths [on hold]

Do you mathematicians know if there is a scholarship (or something similar) for maths awarded at international level regardless of the country and/or university from which you come?
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Mathematical Intuition Behind Schizophrenic Numbers?

Schizophrenic numbers (A014824) are numbers whose square roots "look" like rational numbers. They were first discussed in 2004 by Darling in the Universal Book of Mathematics (page 282), and I ...
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How to see 4th dimension? [on hold]

Anyone has tricks or methods? Great help, thank you. P.S.: Abstractly of course, not actually seeing 4D, which I don't think is possible.
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Applications of Geometry to Computer Graphics

How is differential geometry (or any type of theoretical math) related to computer graphics and/or computer programming? A friend of a friend of mine has only a bachelors degree in pure math and got ...
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A city wants to encourage downtown

could you please help me with this ( part d ) A city wants to encourage downtown employees to use public transportation. Below is the time in minutes to get to work on one morning according to ...
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How do people on MSE find closed-form expressions for integrals, infinite products, etc?

I always wanted to ask this question since when I joined MSE, but because I was afraid of asking too many soft questions I never asked it. I've seen some pretty complicated integrals and infinite ...
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How much math is there? [on hold]

Among other things I teach high school-level math, and one question that often comes up is: "How long would I have to study math in order to know all of it?" I usually tell them that it's like ...
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How to take limit *along a path*

So in multivariable calculus for a limit of a function to exist, the limits of the function along all possible paths must exist and equal the same value. But how does one calculate the limit along a ...
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Is it necessary to know all the details in proofs of theorems you study in PDE's?

I've been studying PDE from the book by L.Evans for some time now. I came across some statements in the proofs which I couldn't justify. But to complete the exercises I didn't need to know all these ...
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Infinitesimal Unit of Measurement

This is just a question that popped into my head which I lack the knowledge to answer (or even to know whether there is an answer, honestly). Does the idea of an infinitesimal unit of measurement even ...
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How do you self-study Functional Analysis?

It would be very handy to know about function spaces, distributions and Fourier stuff. It looks like Rudin's Functional Analysis covers these things, but I do not yet have the foundation for it. (see ...
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How hard should a mathematician work?

Of course I would never compare myself to, and don't expect to be, one of the great mathematicians. However, I am curious as to how my work habits, dedication and passion differs from theirs. How ...
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What are the patterns in the number of divisors $d(n)$ of the highly composite numbers?

I am trying to understand the patterns in the number of divisors $d(n)$ of the highly composite numbers. The numbers marked with an asterisk are the superior highly composite numbers. The first ...
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How long should you study Mathematics each day if you want to get into a graduate school? [on hold]

I'm a university student (Junior now!) and I was wondering how many hours fellow undergraduates and graduate students study a day. I hear posts about how time doesn't really matter and that it's about ...
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Text on Witt vectors that are accessible to undergraduate students

I am looking for a thorough text on Witt vectors that is accessible to an undergraduate student that have completed the following courses: Calc 1, 2, Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra. (In Norway, ...
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Self-Contained Books / Series / Lectures for Comprehensive Introduction to College-Level Math for Someone with VERY Poor Math Foundation?

I've long been interested in various math related subjects (technology, philosophy, sciences, computer science, languages, etc.) without really invested time to actually any learn any of them. I ...
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Who invented or used very first the double lined symbols $\mathbb{R},\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{N}$ etc

Who invented or used very first the double lined symbols $\mathbb{R},\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{N}$ etc. to represent the real number system, rational number system, natural number system respectively?
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best introductory intuitive books for learning ODE

I want to know best introductory intuitive books for learning ODE (mainly interested in Picard' theorem, Gronowall's inequality and most importantly stability). I started with Philip Hartman. Not ...
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The best balance in studying Mathematics?

I'm a student studying Mathematics at a university level. I've completed Single Variable Calculus, Differential Equations, Multivariable Caculus, Real/Complex Analysis, and Linear Algebra and I've ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old. [closed]

My 12 year old daughter needs to strengthen her math skills. My strategy up until a year or so ago has been pretty relaxed. I subscribe to the idea that the best motivation for learning is the ...
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What is the meaning behind this mathematical rebus? [closed]

I believe I saw this 'inequality' in someone's profile description here on Math Stack Exchange. I think it expresses a message or has a meaning. What is it?
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Problem solving strategy?

This question has always bothered me, and I've never had a maths coach to guide me along the way and show me what to do next. Nevertheless, I did make top 50 nationally in my national mathematics ...
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Coming up with short “magical” proofs

I was reading the solution to this problem: Prove that $f(n) = 2n$ is the only non-constant solution to $2f (m^2 + n^2 ) = (f (m))^2 + (f (n))^2 .$ The solution used these identities, pulled out of ...
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Is it normal that a pure math student doesn't know vector analysis?

Today I was watching a series of online video lectures about electromagnetism. At some point of the lecture, the professor used this vector calculus identity: $$ ...
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“Deep” maths books in certain subjects [closed]

I would like a suggestion on the 'deepest' books in Calculus and analysis (something along the lines of Rudin's) Linear algebra Abstract algebra Geometry (and topology); (even something along the ...
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What are the various branches of Vectors?

I just wanted to begin learning 'Vectors'. But I am completely confused where I would have to start! There is vector Algebra, Vector geometry, Vector Analysis and what not. So, I want to know what ...
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Zuckerman's “Sets and Transfinite Numbers”

I am beginning a study in set theory and I found an old book in my school's library by Martin Zuckeman called Sets and Transfinite Numbers which was published in the 1970's. Has anyone used this text ...
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Some examples of applications of Game Theory

I'm approaching my junior year of HS now, and I'm looking for a good science fair project to do. I love mathematics, so I decided to a category of mathematics that can help base logical conclusions to ...
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Whatever Happened to Nearness Spaces?

I came across this paper about Nearness Spaces. It seemed to be at the time (1970-80s) a promising approach to general topology via category theory. I have found no posts at all on stackexchange ...
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How can I instert a picture/graphic on an answer or comment? [migrated]

The question is on the tilte, I read on the help how to include links, but the images I want to include are on my pc, not online. Is there a way to upload a file? Alternatively, is there any pubblic, ...
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Which mathematical ideas most influenced the way you think?

This is not a question about how you use a formula or mathematical method to solve quantitative problems - that is applied mathematics. Rather, I'd like to hear how deeper ideas gained through the ...
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Which Universities in US should I apply to study for a Masters in Statistics?

I've decided that I want to join a masters programme that prepares graduates for industry work as opposed for a phd. At the same time, I also want to really understand the theory behind the ...
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To derive commutativeness of any group from the normality of all its subgroups & some other conditions

If a group is abelian then it is known that every subgroup of the group is normal ; is the converse true i.e. if every subgroup of a group is normal , then is it true that the grroup is abelian ? If ...
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Conceptually: A set whose elements can only be probabilistically characterized?

Sorry for the informality here, but was musing over the basic concepts around describing a set in real world usage: A finite set of explicitly named elements, this apple and that apple, nothing more ...
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Proof correctness problem

I was watching this talk by Vladimir Voevodsky which was given at the Institute of Advanced Study in 2006. In his talk the first slide he shows has the following written on it: ...