Mathematics education consists in the practice of teaching and learning mathematics, along with the associated research. Research in mathematics education concerns the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate the practice of mathematics or the study of this practice.

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books about relation between Mathematics and reality and life? [on hold]

Which books I should read to understand better Mathematics? Intuition books to understand better Maths. The books show clearly the relation between Mathematics and reality and life.
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Identification of a quadrilateral as a trapezoid, rectangle, or square

Yesterday I was tutoring a student, and the following question arose (number 76): My student believed the answer to be J: square. I reasoned with her that the information given only allows us to ...
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how to teach steady state in queueing - if at all? [closed]

I am teaching an undergraduate course in Operations Research to business students (they are not: maths students). I want to check, if and how teaching the steady state makes any sense. As in the ...
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Algorithm for finding Complex Eigenvectors?

I'm wondering if there's a fairly easy algorithm by which one can, by hand, find eigenvectors corresponding to complex eigenvalues for small matrices. Of course, one can always row reduce, but it can ...
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Why study Lowest Common Multiple - LCM

What is the most motivating way to introduce LCM of two integers on a first elementary number theory course? I am looking for real life examples of LCM which have an impact. I want to be able to ...
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Best program for creating educational math animations?

I'm looking for recommendations on what program to use for creating mathematical animations. These animations will be used in creating educational videos for high school math -- Trigonometry first, ...
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Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others? [migrated]

Not sure if this belongs on the Academia site, but since I'm a math major and the question is based solely on my observation of mathematics professors, I figured this site would be best. At my ...
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Argument for the zero vector not being defined as an eigenvector

Two days ago, my lecturer of Advanced Numerical Methods gave a review on the topic about eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Just as the lecturer presented the definition of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, a ...
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Understanding and teaching the concept of derivative

I need to prepare an introductory lecture about derivatives and the concept of differentiation to a class of people with a general mathematical background (who have also studied calculus a few years ...
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Why do counits go that way?

Imagine you want to motivate for an audience the definition of an adjunction in terms of unit and counit. So you can say: Often two functors $\mathcal{C} \begin{array}{c} \stackrel{\large ...
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Ideas for math problem solving class for undergraduate students in university

In our university there is a huge gap between two group of students. a group of them came from Math Olympiad competitions and have a very strong background from high school but others, they have just ...
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Algebraic number theory topics for undergrads

What are some interesting topics or problems in algebraic number theory which could be presented to students in a first undergraduate algebra course (which covers some elementary number theory, ...
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Examples of categories which appear naturally without objects

Regarding the morphisms-only-definition of a category (which is equivalent to the usual one dealing with objects and morphisms), I would like to ask: Which examples of categories in practice appear ...
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A pedagogical proof that 9's can be ignored when calculating digital roots

I was asked by an elementary school teacher for a proof that you can ignore all 9's when calculating the digital root of a number. For instance, when calculating the digital root of 7593329, you ...
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Has the age at which we teach Mathematics changed over the last two centuries?

My experience of learning Advanced Trigonometry and Calculus is that it was done to 17 and 18 year olds (School Curriculum in Australia). I assumed that it was similar in the UK, US and Europe. In ...
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Teaching cardinality

I would like to give a class of 60 minutes to my undergraduate students about cardinality. I would like to begin with the definition of cardinality and end with one or two good application of this ...
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Good way to convince a young kid that $0*0 = 0$?

My little brother (6 years old) asked me a question ("What is $0*0$?") and gave an answer to his own question which I found ridiculous so I refuted it but he still thinks he is right. He says that ...
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Find functions with ''smart'' tangents.

This is a didactic question. Given a differentiable function $y=f(x) \;, x,y \in \mathbb{R}$, I want to construct an exercise in which we have to find a straight line that passes through a point ...
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Two categories sharing the same objects and morphisms

Is there a natural example of two categories $\mathcal{C}$, $\mathcal{C}'$ which have the same class of objects and the same class of morphisms, including source and target maps, but different ...
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Abstract/formal interest of rings

I am about to introduce first year undergrads to the concept of rings, after spending some time looking at groups; and I would like to give them more than a practical motivation (the most usual rings ...
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Is there a way to prove that the order of an element in a Group divides the order of the Group, WITHOUT USING LAGRANGE'S

This is a very easy fact we use in Group Theory, But somehow, I wondered that whether there may be another way (other than Lagrange's Theorem) to prove that the order of an element divides the order ...
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Necessity of algebraic symbolism

We solve different problems algebraically .For example,if we add $20$ with a number and the sum is $42$.What is the value of the number.To solve we denote the number as $x$ and write like this ...
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How to explain this question to a 6 year old

My daughter who is in 1st grade is learning to grasp he meaning of multiplication and has not yet been introduced to division. she is appearing for Kangaroo Math Competition. Following question has ...
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Explaining that $1 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \dotsm (2n+1) = 1 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \dotsm (2n-1)(2n+1)$

I have a few students that are having trouble understanding that $$1 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \dotsm (2n+1) = 1 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \dotsm (2n-1)(2n+1),$$ specifically that $$\frac{1 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \dotsm ...
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What is not the second derivative of a parametric equation?

1142004    Consider the parametric equations $x=f(t)$ and $y=g(t)$. To "find" $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$, there are three ways to go: (1) the correct one, that is, ...
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Help with diagram chasing

Given the diagram $\require{AMScd}$ \begin{CD} 0 @>>> A @>f>> B @>g>> C @>>> 0 \\ @. @V\alpha VV \#@V\beta V V\# @VV\gamma V @. \\ 0 @>>> {A'} ...
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A good way to explain $\varepsilon$-$\delta$ for chemistry / biology students?

I feel like I have a pretty good way to talk about $\varepsilon$-$\delta$ to physics and engineering students (and possibly students in comp sci). But I am not very sure what I can do for chemistry ...
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Why are Fourier series important?

Are there any real life applications of Fourier series? Are there examples of Fourier series which have an impact on students learning this topic. I have found the normal suspects of examples in this ...
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Find a set of minimal natural axioms, from which we construct $\mathbb{Z}$.

I am interested in this question for teaching two very different kind of students. The first (less important to me) is students in their first year in the university. I wish to construct ...
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Intuition behind the link between coding theory and group theory

I am trying to find an easy link between group theory and coding theory. The usual path that most of the texts follow is that they present introductory material on groups, fields, rings, etc., and ...
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Proper usage for term, addend, factor, multiplicand, expression, formula

The definitions and usage of the following words seem to vary, depending on the source text: term addend factor multiplicand expression formula The words are being used in the context of ...
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Why does the author prefer function names after arguments?

As you can see above, the author prefers to write functions after elements, which is contrary to the century old practice of writing arguments after the functions. I wonder why he does that? Is ...
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An example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept [closed]

Question: Give an example of a great explanation or freely accessible article on a math concept (suitable at the undergraduate or lower level), and explain why you think it is great. Possible ...
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What's your favorite proof accessible to a general audience? [closed]

What math statement with proof do you find most beautiful and elegant, where such is accessible to a general audience, meaning you could state, prove, and explain it to a general audience in ...
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Is there a domain “larger” than (i.e., a supserset of) the complex number domain?

I've been teaching my 10yo son some (for me, anyway) pretty advanced mathematics recently and he stumped me with a question. The background is this. In the domain of natural numbers, addition and ...
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How to introduce type theory to newcomer

I want to introduce (dependent) type theory to some friends having background in mathematical logic and set theory. To make this introduction easy I would like to give an informal presentation that ...
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Substitution for definite integrals

In my experience, Calculus II students dislike changing bounds in definite integrals involving substitution. When facing an integral like $$\int_0^{\sqrt{\pi }} x \sin \left(x^2\right)dx,$$ for ...
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Can we teach calculus without reals?

This question is related to another question, Do we really need reals?, and could be considered a duplicate, so I would not be surprised if it will be put on hold. But I'm especially interested in ...
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Materials for teaching the axioms of the real numbers to high school students

I suddenly felt the urge to teach the axioms of the real numbers (i.e. the complete ordered field axioms) to a bright Year 10 student that I tutor, with an emphasis on the consequences of the field ...
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Easy example why complex numbers are cool

I am looking for an example explainable to someone only knowing high school mathematics why complex numbers are necessary. The best example would be possible to explain rigourously and also be clearly ...
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Sources for mathematics outside the mathematics world

In this question I would like to ask you about material showing the uses (or occurrences) of mathematics in the everyday world. The aim is to encourage with it a group of young undergraduate ...
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Why is the axiom of choice not taught from the start to mathematics undergraduates?

I've recently discovered that the following theorems require the axiom of choice to be proven: every surjective function has a right inverse. a real-valued function that is sequentially continuous ...
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Why do we first introduce the open set definition for continuity instead of the neighborhood definition?

After (nearly) completing my course in topology, something weird just stuck out to me which I hadn't considered before. When first discussing continuity, we often use the following definition: Let ...
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Research Projects for 7th Grade Students

I'm going to define some math research projects for 7th grade students. The projects can be both purely mathematical and interdisciplinary. By the way, the students can write simple Pascal codes. I ...
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Which universities teach true infinitesimal calculus?

My colleague and I are currently teaching "true infinitesimal calculus" (TIC), in the sense of calculus with infinitesimals, to a class of about 120 freshmen at our university, based on the book by ...
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Determine the set of points $M$ of affix of $z\in\mathbb{C}$

Determine the set of points $M$ of affix of $z\in\mathbb{C}$ such that there exists at least one real $t$ satisfying $z^2=t(t-i)$ My attempt: We look for the form $z=x+yi$ and we want there is a ...
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Why is polynomial long division being taught in schools instead of Horner's method? [closed]

The Horner´s method is by a long shot easier than the Polynomial long division and serves the same purpose. Why isnt it being taught in school (in germany at least)?
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Is there an elementary “proof” that the first degree equation has only one solution?

I was asked from a student why the first degree equation has only one solution (if it has a solution) Let's consider the equation $2x+5-3x=-4x+14$ for example. How can I explain to a 13 year old ...
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How was real analysis & topology taught in the 70's?

What was the 'gold standard' textbook before Rudin? Furthermore, if anyone has knowledge of what textbooks Princeton or Harvard used back in the 1960's or 70's, I would highly appreciate it if you ...
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Topic for a lecture intended for High School students [duplicate]

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here is the situation. In about two weeks or so I will be giving a 2-3 hours lecture on some topic in mathematics to freshman and sophomore ...