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I need help finding a rigorous Pre-calculus textbook

I dislike modern textbooks; their cookie-cutter approach and appearance, over reliance on breaking things down into little boxes, the general spoon-feeding they engender and most of all the poor ...
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How inequalities are made

I've been solving a lot of math contest inequality problems last few days and sometimes when I solve the problem I can easily ''see'' the idea behind it's creation (for an example, one clever ...
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Splitting a matrix $A \in \mathbb{M}^{n \times n}(\mathbb{C})$by solving $Av = \lambda C v$ for some chosen $C$

If we know a matrix $A \in \mathbb{M}^{n \times n}(\mathbb{C})$ and solve $Av = \lambda v$ where we try to find $\lambda,v$, we can rewrite $A$ in a nice way. What if we choose a matrix $C$ and we ...
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What's so special about binomial coefficients that someone decided to organize them in a triangle?

I know that binomial coefficients are related to figurate numbers (which were studied by Greeks a loooong time ago, because of its connections to geometry). I also understand how the Pascal's triangle ...
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What is combinatorial probability a special case of?

Once I complained to one of my undergrad math professors that I was hopelessly lost when it came to combinatorics and combinatorial probability problems. He remarked, half-jokingly, that combinatorics ...
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Chess and mathematics

I have to choose a research-like project to follow the next year. Because I'm a chess enthusiast, I was thinking of trying to tackle an (open) problem related to chess, and relevant to mathematics. ...
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The steps to becoming a Pure Mathematician

I'm a college freshmen intending to major in Mathematics. I started college with not so great grades in my calculus courses. However, I realized that to get the grades I just have to practice. I ...
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Is Adobe Acrobat's icon a special function?

It looks like a function in polar coordinates. Is it a special function ?
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“Practical” Claim about Hypothesis Testing of Bernoulli Distribution Parameter

First, let me state the original problem (in my own wording): Describe the decision procedure for testing the hypothesis about the parameter $p$ (success rate) of a Bernoulli distribution. The ...
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Examples of advancement in mathematics due to war

It's not a lie that, in most sciences, some of their advancement comes from war. A couple examples would be the Haber process in chemistry and none other than the Manhattan Project in both physics and ...
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Problems that become easier in a more general form.

When solving a problem, we often look at some special cases first, and then try to work our way up to the general case. It would be interesting to see some counterexamples to this mental process, ...
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Undergraduate Schools for the Mathematically Inclined

I'm a rising senior and working on generating a list of colleges to apply to, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria are mutually exclusive. Are there any schools ...
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Any suggestion on how to justify true/false question in linear algebra exams?

I have hard time bringing words on paper when it comes to true false justification of linear algebra problems. My technique is to use counter example for false and use book theorems for true ones. ...
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Equillibrium between Programming and Math Skills? [closed]

So I enjoy recreationally doing math and programming and am now at a stage where I will be pursuing them in University but I have found myself in a bit of a bind. My programming ability seems to lag ...
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Dealing with questions with unknown answers

The vast majority of textbook exercises are worded essentially in the format: This assertion is (true/false). Prove this or find a counterexample. This, of course, is not how mathematics is ...
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Too Many Books - Not Enough Time

I am currently a high school student trying to get as far ahead in mathematics as I can. In doing so, I accumulated a good 10 physical math books, and a library of online resources including 2 or 3 ...
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What are the big issues in modern graph theory?

This is inspired by the similar question on modern set theory. I've read through the open problems in graph theory on Wikipedia's list of unsolved problems in mathematics, but what I'm looking for is ...
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Are there any “obviously” true propositions in number theory?

After all efforts spent on wrong proofs of famous number theory conjectures and theorems like Goldbach's or Fermat's last theorem, could one find some simple statements (might be correct ones) whose ...
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I have been offered year 2 entry for a maths degree but am not sure I want to take it -would love some advice

I am about to start an undergraduate maths degree (MMaths) and am extremely excited about studying maths . I applied for the normal first year entry and was offered an unconditional mid January ...
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What should an amateur do with a proof of an open problem?

Assuming that somebody is not an employee of a university, just a math amateur, and makes a proper proof of some well known open math problem, what should he do with it? Publish on the internet for ...
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A name for the number system used in versioning software

Software often uses a numbering system where one "digit" increments independently of the others. For instance, the next version of Software 2.9 might be Software 3.0 or Software 2.10 or Software ...
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Why are people more interested in the Riemann hypothesis than Goldbach's conjecture? [closed]

One of my friends, a math professor, told me almost every one of his colleagues (in the math department) had attempted to prove the Riemann hypothesis at some point in their life (maybe secretly). ...
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Phrases for uniform boundedness and uniform convergence

I have some doubts about using prepositions. I. Let $f_a : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$. Assume that $f_a (x)$ converges uniformly to $ f (x)$, $x \in [0;1]$, as $a ...
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How do you look for classic/normative/standard books about an established branch of mathematics?

If you want to immerse yourself in a branch of mathematics (e.g. linear algebra and linear optimisation) which is new to you, then you often look for standard books which you can rely on. You could ...
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An ABC soft question about epsilon-delta argument

Someone told me that some textbooks present epsilon-delta argument somewhat misleadingly. For example, consider the simplest one: the convergence of the sequence $(1/n)_{1}^{\infty}$ to $0$. These ...
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Etiquette for proper usage of Greek letters and other notation

I've progressed to the "output" point in my mathematics career and have run into a slightly embarrassing problem while writing a paper. Clearly, certain Greek letters are suitable for some situations ...
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Usage of the phrase “constant parameter”

In general, constants are globally fixed, while parameters are a bit more free. But suppose I wish to use the word "constant" as an adjective to emphasize that a parameter is fixed w.r.t. other ...
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Is tutor essential for success in mathematics? [closed]

Everyone in my Pre-Calc - Calc I class is failing, except the kids who go tutor. They get top percentile ranks in the class. Should I drop maths all together so I don't have to invest in a tutor? I ...
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Is it too late to start studying maths? [closed]

I am 24 years old and I am just beginning to study undergraduate level maths. I have a bachelors and masters in mechanical engineering. Is it too late for me to start studying maths now? I plan to do ...
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Is Category Theory geometric?

In "From a Geometrical Point of View" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1402093837?pc_redir=1407132421&robot_redir=1) Marquis states that category theory is thoroughly geometric. Could someone ...
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Can a Computer Algebra System 'experiment' with expressions?

I have recently been reading about software for symbolic manipulation, and I can see its use as a tool for performing large calculations that would be unfeasible otherwise. Given that these systems ...
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What sequence should I study these topics in?

I will shortly list a series of topics that amount to what is essentially the first two years of an undergraduate degree. I'd like to know what is considered best order in which to study these ...
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Why nobel prize is not for mathematicians [closed]

I have heard from many people that nobel prize is not given to mthematicians.Waht is the reason behind this?I also heard that a women rejected the nobel because of some famous mathematician.Is this ...
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How much mathematics should a student of mathematical logic know?

I would like to know what areas of mathematic are directly related to mathematical logic, besides the usual courses on model theory, proof theory and computability. If you suggest only one book on ...
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A question regarding irrational lengths in reality

I have a square stone slab 1 metre by metre, by the Pythagorean identity the diagonal from one corner to another is given as $\sqrt 2$. However $\sqrt 2$ is an irrational number, could someone ...
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What functions are most useful after the ones learned in high school?

I have learnt how to use trig functions, hyperbolic trig functions, exponentials and logs and simple things like polynomials, ellipses, hyperbolas and rational functions but lately when doing calculus ...
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In what order should I study?

I would like to study the basic fundamentals of mathematics from the beginning and move on from there as my understanding of the subject is lacking. In what order should I study? Arithmetic ...
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Math enthusiast wants to learn math

I'm an english major with a vivid interest in mathematics,I've read and enjoyed What Is Mathematics? by Courant and Robbins (does this count as some background?),and I've decided to begin a serious ...
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Why do objects that are farther away look smaller?

What is the reason, mathematical and/or physical, that the further away something is the smaller it looks? We know stars are humungous, but they look like tiny dots in the sky.
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Prerequisites for Hilbert Cohn-Vossen's Geometry and the Imagination?

I've not read this book(not really),but I would like to know how much is assumed by the reader. can I recommend this to the layperson? Also ,any more recent similar books? I already know of Courant ...
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Is there an adjective appropriate for describing mathematical terminology that you feel needs to be phased out? [closed]

Let me firstly apologize; this is more of an English language question, so posting it here is perhaps slightly inappropriate. But I couldn't think of a non-mathematical example, so here we are. ...
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Video/audio lectures on differential topology?

Do there exist decent online video lectures, or even audio lectures, covering differential topology? I'm aware of Milnor's talk, but it is more like exposition and doesn't go very far.
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(translated)Russian mathematics books?

Most russian mathematician(generally) are known to do and teach mathematics in a very original manner,they do in a very intuitive yet rigorous way, with/through wonderful connection to physics. ...
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High school research project ideas

I'm starting my last year of high school, and I will have to do an all year research on a mathematical topic. I'm a really passionate learner and I'm very involved in computer science. I am stuck on ...
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How do I determine if I should submit a sequence of numbers to the OEIS?

When I search a sequence in the OEIS and it's not there, it gives me a message saying "If your sequence is of general interest, please submit it using the form provided and it will (probably) be added ...
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Gilbert Strang's books on calculus and linear algebra?Are they for math majors?

I would to know what are the best resources to use to teach and learn elementary subjects (calculus,linear algebra),I remember when learning calculus, I used Spivak's book which had wonderful ...
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Why do we care about simple groups rather than indecomposable groups?

A first thing that we do to analyze something is "divide and conqur." So it is natural to consider simple groups. In the same way, it appears to be natural to consider indecomposable groups. However, ...
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Three-valued logic as foundation

Isn't it more natural to use Three-valued logic(false-true-unknown) as the foundation of mathematics? It is a better model for natural languages. And it also can model sentences like the lair paradox ...
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Is there anything we can add to the present Euclidean Geometry?

I did not study the detail history of Euclid. As far as I know, the geometry starts from a few postulates and keeps on expanding (through theorems developing) to the present state. Even with these ...
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where can I get math book reviews?

The only two freely available choices are maa.org and zbmath.org ,where can get other mathematical book reviews? any one?