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Visualization of Eratosthenes’ sieve

In otherwise great paper on prime numbers, I found following visualization of Eratosthenes’ sieve: I found it somewhat scary and confusing. Is there any better visualization of Eratosthenes’ sieve ...
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Line integrals of vector fields-positive, negative, or zero

I have a question about line integrals of vector fields being positive, negative, or zero. If you are measuring the work it takes to "push" a point on the curve through the vector field, does this ...
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Geometrical application of generation function for permutation

It is quite well known that the generation function for permutations is represented as $$(1+x)(1+x+x^2)\dots(1+x+x^2+x^3...+x^{n−1})$$ (See, e.g., question The generating function for permutations ...
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Plotting the intersection of multiple surfaces with WolframAlpha

I want to plot the intersection of two surfaces like in this post. But if I enter the much simplified expression ContourPlot3D[{x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - 4=0, xy=1}, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, {z, -2, 2}] ...
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How were 'old-school' mathematics graphics created?

I really enjoy the style of technical diagrams in many mathematics books published in the mid-to-late 20th century. For example, and as a starting point, here is a picture that I just saw today: ...
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Usefulness of alternative constructions of the complex numbers

Complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$ are usually constructed as $\mathbb{R}^2$ together with a suitable multiplication. But this is not the only possible way, one can get to the complex numbers. One ...
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$2\times$ distance to a line${} = {}$distance to a point, in geogebra

While preparing for my math exams, I got this question: give the locus (if thats the right word) where $2$ times the distance to the line l $x=8$ equals $1$ time the distance to point F $2,0$. I was ...
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Nyquist limit explanation

Kindly explain Nyquist in easy words. The actual question is as follows. We can attempt to display sampled data by simply plotting the points and letting the human visual system merge the points into ...
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Different ways of visualizing a certain classes of single variable complex functions

Single variable complex functions of a real variable are ubiquitous in engineering contexts such as control engineering and signal processing, and visualizing them is of utmost importance in designing ...
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Visualizing second-order Markov chain

You can visualize a first-order Markov chain as a graph with nodes corresponding to states and edges corresponding to transitions. Are there any known strategies to visualize a second-order Markov ...
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Visualizing the square root of 2

A junior high school student I am tutoring asked me a question that stumped me - I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it here. We were talking about how the square root of 2 is an ...
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Intuition/Picture - Matrix Multiplication - Product of [Row or Column Vector] and Matrix [Lay P95]

This question is not a duplicate of the original, in which user Shuchang proved the question. Presently I'm asking about further intuition or a picture, and no proofs please. $1.$ Intuitively, in ...
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What is an intuitive extension of extreme-values and critical points in one variable to multiple variables?

While it is simple to grasp limits in multiple variables, since the formal definition extends in the obvious way, I am having a harder time grasping the same concept with critical points and extreme ...
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What kind of graph was github's impact graph?

Github used to have a graph called an impact graph. It feels almost like a Sankey diagram and almost like a stacked area chart. What is the name of this kind of graph? I couldn't find a better ...
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How to Complete Sketch of a function of two variables $ f(x, y) = 3x - x^3 - 2y^2 + y^4$ ? [Stewart P930 Question 14.7.4]

For $ f(x, y) = 3x - x^3 - 2y^2 + y^4$ $\implies$ $\partial_x f = 3 - 3x^2, \partial_y f = -4y + 4y^3$. Set both equations to 0 $\implies x = \pm $1 and $y = 0, \pm 1$. $1.$ To determine the ...
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Sketch Saddle Point of a function of two variables $ f(x, y) = 4 + x^3 + y^3 - 3xy$ [Stewart P930 Question 14.7.3]

As regards $ f(x, y) = 4 + x^3 + y^3 - 3xy$, I computed that (0,0) is a saddle point, and (1,1) is a local minimum. So I'm not asking about this, and am asking only about sketching contours. $1.$ ...
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Why $\dfrac{d}{dt} \dfrac{dy}{dx} = \dfrac{d}{dx} [ \dfrac{dy}{dx} ] \quad \dfrac{dx}{dt} $ ? [Stewart P206 3.4.95, BDP P165 3.3.34]

If $y=f(x)$, and $x = u(t)$ is a new independent variable, where $f$ and $u$ are twice differentiable functions, what's $\dfrac{d^{2}y}{dt^{2}} $? By the chain rule, $\dfrac{dy}{dt} = \dfrac{dy}{dx} ...
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If $z = f(x, y)$, then why are $\partial_x z$ and $\partial_y z$ functions of x and y also? [Stewart P905]

This is Figure 5 from P905 which appears to show this, but Stewart doesn't write this explicitly or explain. I'm interested in an informal, intuitive explanation please. I'm not interested in a ...
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Pictures for Expectation

Is there a good way to visualize the formula: $$ E(x) = \int_{0}^{\infty} 1 - F(X) \,\mathrm{d}x $$ ? for positive continuous random variables? I understand the formula as far as basic calculus ...
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Computer-aided study of elementary geometry

As a beginning student of elementary (euclidean plane) geometry, so far, I have gotten the impression that there are two major approaches to geometries: naive vs axiomatic. Being a humanities student ...
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Penrose tilings as a cross section of a $5$-dimensional regular tiling

Could somebody explain to me how a penrose tiling , which is not periodic, can be a cross section of a regular tiling in $5$ dimensions, which is periodic? It does not make sense to me how a periodic ...
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Which Cross Product for the Desired Orientation of a Hyperboloid ? [Stewart P1103 16.9.8]

P1103 16.9.$8.$ Evaluate the surface integral $\iint_S \mathbf{F} \cdot d\mathbf{S}$. $\mathbf{F} = (x^3y,-x^2y^2,-x^2yz)$ and $S$ is the surface of the solid bounded by the hyperboloid $x^2 + ...
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What does the vector space $\mathbb{R}^{\mathbb{R}}$ look like?

I can imagine $\mathbb{R}^{\mathbb{N}}$. For instance, the set of real series is part of this space, as is any infinite (but discrete numbered) tuple of reals. But how can I imagine ...
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Determine Cross Product with Left Hand vs Right Hand

If I perceive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_product correctly, then to determine the cross product With a right hand, let: the 1st vector in the cross product = your index finger = in red ...
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Geometric intuition behind subspaces in $\mathbb C^n$

While learning elementary linear algebra one develops a great deal of geometric intuition in $\mathbb R^n$. It helps to see the forest for the trees and leads through proofs. After meeting ...
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Intuition. Equivalence of Characterization of Limits and Continuity (Abbott p106 t4.2.3, p110 t4.3.2)

What are the intuitions of these equivalences? Not questioning about proofs or any rigour. I question both equivalences jointly because they look similar. And Are there any figures? ...
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Factorial of 1,e+80

Recently I started being very fascinated in logistics, and out of the blue came the question into my head, what is the factorial of the amount of atoms in the observeable universe, which is said to be ...
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Intuition or figure for Reverse Triangle Inequality $||\mathbf{a}| − |\mathbf{b}|| ≤ |\mathbf{a} − \mathbf{b}|$ (Abbott p 11 q1.2.5)

I acquiesce to Wikipedia's picture for Triangle Inequality. But without referring to Triangle Inequality at all, is there intuition or figure please for Reverse Triangle Inequality for all ...
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Picture - Equivalence Relation & Classes, Partitions, Quotient Set, & other related ideas

To get intuition for them and to remember them, I'd be grateful for a picture that combines and embodies the key definitions regarding Equivalence Relations & Classes, Quotient Sets, and ...
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Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality - Proof using Projections [Lay P379 Thm 6.7.16]

t If $u=0$, then the inequality becomes $ 0 \le 0 $, which is true. See Practice Problem 6.7.1 on P382. If $u\neq 0$, let $W$ be the subspace spanned by $u$. $1.$ How would one determine to ...
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Proof strategy for $(\Leftarrow)$: If $g \circ f = id_A$, then $f$ onto $\Leftrightarrow$ $g$ 1-1. [Chartrand 3Ed P239 9.72]

For nonempty sets $A$ and $B$ and functions $f \colon A \to B$ and $g \colon B \to A$, suppose that $g \circ f =$ the identity function on $A$. $(♦)$ (e) $(\Leftarrow)$ Assume that $g$ is ...
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Intuition - Countable iff Surjection iff Injection [Velleman P310 Thm 7.1.5]

Define $I_n = \{1, 2, ..., n \} $. Let $A$ be a nonempty set. TFAE : (i) $A$ is finite (ie: a bijection $h:A\rightarrow I_{N}$ exists) or A is countably infinite (ie: a bijection ...
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Proof strategy for $(=>)$: If $g \circ f = id_A$, then f onto $\iff$ g 1-1. [Chartrand 3Ed P239 9.72]

For nonempty sets A and B and functions f : A → B and g : B → A, suppose that $g \circ f =$ the identity function on A. $(♦)$ (d) $(=>)$ Assume that $f$ is onto. This means there exist ...
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Visually deceptive “proofs” which are mathematically wrong

Related: Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain Beside the wonderful examples above, there should also be counterexamples, where visually intuitive demonstrations are actually ...
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Normal Gradient z component is too small?

I am trying to draw arrows on a graph to show the normal gradient of a function. By gradient, I mean the arrows should follow the surface of the function, not being perpendicular to it. For example ...
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Polar coordinates for $xz$-plane: $z = r\sin\theta$ ? [Stewart P1091 16.7.25]

$1.$ The unit disk is projected onto the xz-plane, so shouldn’t $x = 1\cos \theta$ and $\color{red}{z = 1 \sin \theta} $? User Semsem below kindly identified the problem: The normal to the ...
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Problem using Stokes's Theorem - Boundary Curve, Unit Normal Vector [Stewart P1097 16.8.5]

$\Large{1.}$ How does one determine the boundary curve, denoted as C, to be the plane $z = -1$? I’m flummoxed because $S$ here is given as bottomless. I'm not enquiring about formal or rigorous ...
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Visualizing mathematics and geometry

Im writing a paper on the role of visualization in mathematics and specifically geometry. I was wondering if it is possible to represent any arbitrary system of relations and manipulable objects ...
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Visual explanation of the following statement:

Can somebody fill me in on a visual explanation for the following: If there exist integers $x, y$ such that $x^2 + y^2 = c$, then there also exist integers $w, z$ such that $w^2 + z^2 = 2c$ I know ...
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Visualize $f(b) - f(a)$ withOUT Mean Value Theorem (Stewart p 282 figure 4) [closed]

How can we visualize $\color{green}{f(b) - f(a)}$ withOUT the Mean Value Theorem or rewriting it as $\color{dodgerblue}{\dfrac{ f(b) - f(a) }{ b - a }} $ ? I'm trying to understand ...
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Examples of spectral sequences

Where can I find geometric examples of spectral sequence calculation? For instance, calculation of the spectral sequences of a filtration on torus induces by an enough nice Morse function is quite a ...
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Is this a counterexample to “continuous function…can be drawn without lifting” ? (Abbott P111 exm4.3.6)

I'm au courant with http://math.stackexchange.com/a/288133 and http://math.stackexchange.com/a/422001. They're both Abbott P111 exm 4.3.6 which proves "a continuous function is sometimes described, ...
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How to visualize four dimensional tic-tac-toe?

I have played three dimensional tic-tac-toe with three players before, and we had no problem visualizing it. We drew three layers on a sheet of paper and just remembered all the different ways you ...
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Which line is the antiderivative and why?

The graph of a function $f$ is shown. Which graph is an antiderivative of f and why? This should be easy but I keep second guessing myself so I thought I'd check with you magnificent people. I'm ...
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Tools or Resources for pictures and visualizations

The popularity of books like Visual Group Theory and Visual Complex Analysis validates the importance of pictures and visualization for complex subjects. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of similar books ...
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Intuition for $\inf(AB) = \inf(A)\sup(B)$. Difference for sets and functions? (Abbott pp 199 q7.4.5)

1. What's the intuition for $\inf(AB) = \inf(A)\sup(B)$? Figure please? I know I must posit $A,B \subseteq R$ as bounded sets. If they're unbounded, $\sup$ doesn't exist. I believe $\inf(AB) = ...
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If $\int^{b}_a f > 0$ then there is some interval and $\delta > 0$ on which $f(x) \ge \delta$ (Abbott pp 199 q7.4.4d)

True or False. If $\int^{b}_a f > 0$, then $\exists \; [c,d] \subseteq [a,b]$ and $\delta > 0$ such that $f(x) \ge \delta$ for all $x \in [c,d]$. 1. We need to determine if true or false. ...
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Can an arbitrary network of nodes be effectively visualized as a circular “treemap”?

We all know that a treemap is effective for visualizing hierarchical tree data (i.e. where there are only 1 to many relationships like in a computer file system): But how difficult algorithmically ...
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Cauchy's Generalized Mean Value Theorem. Required function. (S.A. pp 140 t5.3.5)

Cohen, Henle. Calculus pp 827, (http://www.vias.org/calculus/09_infinite_series_10_06.html) I revised the footnote in pp 14 http://www.math.uga.edu/~pete/2400calc2.pdf. This theorem can be ...
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If f' exists and f'(c) > 0 then f'(x) > 0 for all |x - c| < d for some d. (S.A. pp 137 question 5.2.8b)

If $f'$ exists on an open interval, and there is some point $c$ where $f'(c) > 0$, then there exists a d-neighborhood $\{x \in \mathbb{R} : |x - c| < d\} = V_d(c)$ around c in which $f'(x) > ...