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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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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) > ...
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logic - how to model or diagram conditional probabilities of multiple related scenarios.

I am interested in modeling questions and specific outcomes so that i can evaluate conditional probabilities and mathematical expectation. I am looking for a way to diagram or otherwise describe the ...
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Intuition - $fr = r^{-1}f$ for Dihedral Groups - Carter p. 75

Name $r$ = clockwise 90 deg. rotation and $f$ = flip across the square's vertical axis = the brown $\color{brown}{f}$ in my picture underneath. Zev Chonoles's $f$ is different. Carter fleshes out why ...
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Intuition - Theorem - A group homomorphism preserves normal subgroups - Fraleigh p. 149. Theorem 15.16

p. 128, 129. Theorem 13.12. Let $h$ be a homomorphism of groups $G \to G'$. III. If $S \le G$, then $h[S] \le \color{red}{G'}$. IV. If $S' \le G'$, then $h^{-1}[S'] \le G$. p. 149. ...
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Eigenvalues and Corresponding Eigenspace Bases

Could someone describe the eigenvalues of $ \left( \begin{array}{cc} 2 & 1 \\ -1 & 2 \end{array} \right) $, as well as the bases of the corresponding eigenspaces? I received eigenvalues ...
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Visual explanation of $\pi$ series definition

Can you visually explain why the following is true: $$ \frac{\pi}{4} = \sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^k}{2k + 1} = \frac{1}{1}-\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{5}-\frac{1}{7}+\frac{1}{9}\ldots\approx 78.5\% ...
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Intuition of Picture - Collapse, Factor Group, Homomorphism, Normal Subgroup - Fraleigh p. 144 Figure 15.1

Let $N \unlhd G$. In the factor group $G/N$, the subgroup $N$ acts as identity element. Regard N as being collapsed to a single element, to the identity element. This collapsing of N together ...
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Intution, Figure. Negation of Continuity and Uniform Continuity (S.A. pp 117 T4.4.6)

Every time I need negation, I have to write out all the logical symbols to negate manually. I know how to determine these negations myself. But I want to compehend intuition or figure like ...
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Intuition on Axiom of Completeness

♪ (J. Stewart. Calculus 6th ed. pp 682) Axiom of Completeness = AoC = A nonempty set of real numbers that has an upper bound has a least upper bound. AoC is an expression of the fact that there ...
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Direct proof. Square root function uniformly continuous on $[0, \infty)$ (S.A. pp 119 4.4.8)

(http://math.stanford.edu/~ksound/Math171S10/Hw8Sol_171.pdf) Prove for all $e > 0,$ there exists $d > 0$ : for all $x, y \ge 0$, $|x - y| < d \implies |\sqrt{x} - \sqrt{y}| < e$. (a) ...
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Characterize normal subgroups - Find all subgroups of $S_3$ conjugate to $\{id, (1,3) \}$ - Fraleigh p. 143 14.29

(27.) A subgroup H is conjugate to a subgroup K of a group G (viz. p. 141 $K \le G$ is a conjugate subgroup of $H$), if $i_g[H] = gHg^{-1} =K$ for some $g \in G$. Show that conjugacy is an ...
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Why is this a good picture of a covector?

I'm reading a book about applied differential geometry and the author says: "suppose $V$ is a finite dimensional vector space. For a given covector $\omega \in V^\ast$, the set $\hat{\omega}$, of ...
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Draw following set in $\Bbb{R}^3$

How can I draw following set in $\Bbb{R}^3$? $$ M = \left\{(x,y,z) : \sqrt{x^2 + y^2} \le z \le 1 \right\} $$ I have the answer in the book but I don't want to check it before i try to solve it ...
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If $\phi[H] \subseteq H'$, homomorphism from G to G' induces homomorphism from G/H to G'/H' - Fraleigh p. 143 14.39

Let $H \trianglelefteq \text{ group } G$ and let $H' \trianglelefteq \text{ group } G'$. Let $\phi$ be a homomorphism of G into G'. Show that if $\phi[H] \subseteq H'$, then $\phi$ induces a natural ...
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Intuition - Fundamental Homomorphism Theorem - Fraleigh p. 139, 136

Let $\phi: G \to H$ be a group homomorphism with $K = \ker\phi$. Then $G/K \simeq \phi[G]. $ The hinge to the proof is to define $\Phi: G/K \to \phi[G]$ given by $\Phi(gK) = \phi(g)$. Then we must ...