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$2^{1/4} \times 4^{1/8} \times 8^{1/16} \times 16^{1/32} \times \ldots\to2$

$2^{1/4} \times 4^{1/8} \times 8^{1/16} \times 16^{1/32} \times \ldots\to2$ How can I explain this to a school student who doesn't know what a limit is?
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How to explain the significance of $\pi$ to a child? [closed]

In honor of $\pi$ Day, I thought I would pose this question. How would you explain the significance of $\pi$ to a child of, say, 9 years of age? While that's certainly an age that is old enough to ...
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How do I convince someone that $\mathbb{R}^2$ and its copy inside $\mathbb{R}^3$ are different?

One of my friends is taking a first course in linear algebra now, and one of the problems on his latest homework was to explain why $\mathbb{R}^2$ and $\{(a_1,a_2,a_3) \in \mathbb{R}^3 \mid a_3 = 0\}$ ...
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Are Parabolas similar intuitively?

All parabolas are similar, but are they all similar in that it is just a question of 'zooming in and out' intuitively speaking? It seems that there should therefore be on all parabolas a curve from ...
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Good at abstractions bad with numbers

Ever since I had an interest in math I was aware that what I'm good at and what really pulled me was the abstract thinking. My intuition for even the simplest number related concepts (modulo ...
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A question on mathematical writing.

One of the problems I am grading this week is as follows: Given a simply connected bounded domain $\Omega$ on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, prove that there exist a line that separates it into two parts of equal ...
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Mean Value Theorem Motivation

I am currently practicing presenting mathematics to various audiences and am considering the example of the mean value theorem. I was wondering how would I be able to motivate this theorem to a ...
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understanding maths by translating it to real world? Any learn to formulate Initiatives? [closed]

I am CSE graduate, I was very much interested in physics. I had several theories during my higher secondary school like i thought of vacuum as a special medium than nothingness and like gravity is ...
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Operations on negative integers

I was trying to teach my younger sister some math, and it drifted on to integers, and operations on negative integers. So questions like: a) $-3+2 = ?$ b) $2- (-3)= ?$ c)$-3 -2 = ?$ had to be ...
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the role of logic in math and education

My question is somewhat related to this discussion: Is Mathematics one big tautology? I have a computer science background and I have always approached math from the logic point of view ...
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Turning an ellipse into a parabola

Today I was discussing circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas in my precalculus class. We did the usual: completing the square, finding the center and radius (radii), etc. etc. But I like to ...
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Explain for students: Why does 0 mod n equals 0 (zero)?

I told my students that the mod operator basically gives the remainder of division, so upon seeing: 0 mod 10 Some students (apparently) reasoned that, "10 goes ...
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What is the best way to develop Mathematical intuition?

I want to develop my pure mathematics knowledge and would like to know what is the best way to develop mathematical intuition? I am going through exercises that ask for proofs and I don't have the ...
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Motivation for solution to constructing a set of 1983 distinct integers such that no three are consecutive terms of an arithmetic progression

Problem: Is it possible to choose $1983$ distinct positive integers, all less than or equal to $100,000$, no three of which are consecutive terms of an arithmetic progression? (Source: IMO 1983 Q5) ...
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Why the emphasis on Projective Space in Algebraic Geometry?

I have no doubt this is a basic question. However, I am working through Miranda's book on Riemann surfaces and algebraic curves, and it has yet to be addressed. Why does Miranda (and from what little ...
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Can this standard calculus result be explained “intuitively”

Recently I stumbled upon someone who said he wanted to understand why $\arctan x = \int\dfrac{dx}{1+x^2}$ At first I was confused. This is an easy result in any integral calculus course. But then he ...