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Name and explanation of triangular representation of 3 coordinates in 2 dimensions

There is a common two-dimensional graphical representation of three values that are required to sum to a constant. The three values are represented by a point inside an equilateral triangle. More ...
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On the Hasse diagram for ideals

When consulting the wikipedia regarding prime ideals, the following Hasse diagram (is it also a lattice?) is provided as representation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_ideal Any idea of who ...
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Topological definition of continuity (open set characterization)

I want to demonstrate the topologic definition of continuity, using the classical definition with epsilon's and delta's. So we have that: Classical definition - If the function $f:X \rightarrow Y$ ...
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Is this a valid visualization of Euler's identity as a more generic pattern?

I was reading this nice question about a demonstration of Euler's identity, and tried to visualize how would look the left part of the identity in the complex plane by using the following function: ...
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Parametrization of helicoid like surface for Faraday's law of induction of a solenoid?

I want to visualize with mayavi a possible surface for Faraday's law of induction in the electrodynamics of a solenoid. I.e. something like a helicoid with a smooth transition to a rectangular area, ...
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Does the equality $ \dfrac{10!}{6!} = 7! $ hold any special (geometric) meaning?

I've come across the following simple, but unexpected equality numerous times accidentally. $$ \frac{10!}{6!} = 7! $$ which is the same as $$1*2*3*4*5*6*7 = 7*8*9*10$$ Does it hold any specific ...
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Can't get figure out how to get coordinates back in MDS (multidimensional scaling)

I have a 3,5 matrix $X$. I have 5 items in 3 dimensional space. Let $K= X^TX$. $D$ is the squared distance between any 2 points. (So it is a $5x5$ matrix). $H$ = $I - \frac{1}{5} *ones(5,5)$ $B = ...
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Grothendiek and singular points

My question relates to the following thread I opened some weeks ago: A question regarding Grothendieck , topos and (adelic??) points Specifically, consider this paragraph: At 1:14:30 and after, ...
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Stellating the Octahedron

I have a few related questions and I'd be happy to get some help with any one of them. Is the stellation of a polyhedron generally a 'messy' affair that involves trimming away portions of the ...
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Visualising a 1-(50,15,15) design.

The problem I have is the visualisation of a 1-(50,15,15) design. That is a set of 50 points and 50 blocks (lines), so that each point is on 15 lines, and each line contains 15 points. My attempts ...
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How to calculate optimal sizes of rectangles for this type of array visualization?

Given array of positive numbers, I would like to draw this diagram and be able to put descriptions inside: There should be no empty space left, consider that these numbers represent % of total. Do ...
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Is there a way to visualize a group?

Is there a way to picture a group in ones head? I want to "see" the difference between abelian and non-abelian group. And if f is a group homomorphism, is there a way to see that Ker(f)=1<=>f ...
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What methods are known to visualize patterns in the set of real roots of quadratic equations?

I came across a previous awesome question about the visualization of the distribution of polynomial roots and tried to do a simpler version applied to the set of real roots of quadratic equations ...
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Ideals in a ring as geometric objects?

I am interested in learing about the possibility of (one-sided) ideals in a ring being repreented geometrically. In other words, about their status as geometric objects (after all, they can be dealt ...
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What type of diagram could this be?

Some years ago, I saw a diagram somewhat like this somewhere on Wikipedia. I remember that it was supposedly used in some branch of mathematics. Unfortunately, neither Google Image nor trawling ...
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What is the correct equation for “Normal distribution function of continuous random variable”?

I was reading a book and came across with a equation which gives the normal distribution function of continuous random variable. It was used in a software called ...
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Alternative geometric interpretation for big-o and little-o

I understand that, in big-o notation, when we say that a function $f$ is $O(x^2)$ we're basically saying that $$|f(x)|\le M |x^2|$$ for some constant $M>0$ and for all $x>x_0$ for some ...
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Comparing a function and its estimate

What are some clever ways of comparing (visually) a function with its estimate? For regions where the function does not cross zero, plotting the ratio of the functions and plotting the relative error ...
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Visualizing the factorial

Often in basic mathematics, we can visualize things very easily, which I believe helps understanding (instead of just working out a number theoretical proof). For example: $$(n+1)^2 - n^2 = (n+1) +n$$ ...
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Emil Artin on visualization of matrices

Someone called my attention to the fact that Emil Artin made very important remarks on the visual representation of matrices in some of his books. Could anyone tell me which precise book that is? ...
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Hyperplane in a complex vector space

This is my first question on MSE, I'm sorry if there already exists similar questions, I couldn't manage to find it. My friend, who studies Physics, asked me about the meaning of "functional" so I ...
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What does Dini continuity mean?

What does Dini continuity (the integral condition) mean visually? Description of Dini contuity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dini_continuity
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Is there a way to visualize, like a picture in mind, the $n$-th derivative?

Is there a way to visualize (like a picture in mind) the $n$-th derivative ? For $n=1$ is the tangent line and we can visualize it quite well. More abstractly is it possible to see the geometric ...
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Visualisation of the reciprocal of an continued fraction?

If: $$a=\cfrac{l}{m+\cfrac{n}{o+\cfrac{p}{q+\cdots}}}$$ Then could you help me visualize $1/a$? I really don't understand it. Thank you so much!
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Animation of Weierstrass $\wp$-function as a map from a torus to the sphere?

I am wondering if there exists somewhere an "animation" of one such map (for some lattice / torus), in the style of the kind of $z \mapsto z^2$ maps one encounters in complex analysis classes (one can ...
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How do I visualize this quotient space?

If $V = [0,1] \times [0,1] \subset \mathbb{R}^2$. We define the equivalence relation $\sim$ on $V$ as follows: every element $(x,y) \in V$ is equivalent with itself and besides that the three ...
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What is angular acuity?

I've been looking for the answer for a while now, but just can't seem to find it. Is it the same as FOV (Field Of View)?
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How to calculate viewing angles?

Forgive me if this is in the wrong forum, but I was not sure where to ask. Say I have a screen: 1920 x 1080 (27 inch diagonal) How do I work out the viewing angles (horizontal and vertical)? For ...
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How do I evaluate this sum :$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^{n^3}$ and Is there a visual proof for it?

if $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^n = \frac1{1-z}, \quad z \in \mathbb{C},\; |z| < 1 .$$ then is there a way to deduce this sum:$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty z^{n^3}$$ from the above Identitie or any visual proof ...
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How should one picture a topology/ topological space?

I can form a mental image of sets with structures like metrics or norms. But if I try to picture a topology/ topological space I fail every time. The information provided in Wikipedia confuses me ...
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Visual approach to abstract algebra

I'm currently finding abstract algebra to be very fascinating. However, one of the things that pulls me back is that I sometimes find it hard to understand something visually. For example, one could ...
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Drawing an approximation to a circle in isometric projection

A circle viewed from from the side is an ellipse. A common approximation can be found on the web (eg do a google image search for isometric circle). This produces something like (with arc centers ...
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In $\Bbb R^3$, is there a general principle governing these “visual” angles?

I believe most of you have drawn the xyz coordinate system hundreds of times and so have I. You may have drawn it like these, on various occasions: (the reverse directions of the axis are not shown.) ...
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A better way to visualize the change of output with respect to input of 3-dimentional data sets?

Background (1) I have a system $Ax=b$. Let us assume we do not know any information about $A$. (2) Both $x$ and $b$ are 3 dimensional data. In terms of physical meanings, both of them describes ...
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Visual representation of matrices

I am used to seeing most basic mathematical objects being visually represented (for instance, a curve in the plane divided by the xy axis; the same goes for complex numbers, vectors, and so on....), ...
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Need visualization advice for learning partial derivatives and calculus with more than one variable.

Okay so I just recently started learning calculus with more than one variable and whilst I'm coming to grips with many of the ideas and stuff I'm finding it difficult to visualize certain things for ...
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How to visualize orientation of 3d objects

The way I visualize orientations of $1$- and $2$-dimensional objects is by an ant walking along a path. For a $1$d object (like a line/ line segment/ etc), just place the ant on the line and confine ...
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Textbooks for visual learners

Perhaps this question has already been asked (if so, please let me know) but I am looking for books that appeal to visual learners. I discovered that I am able to understand concepts much quicker ...
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Visualize $z+\frac{1}{z} \ge 2$

As we know, always $$z+\frac{1}{z} \ge 2,~~~~~~~~~ z\in \mathbb{R}^+$$ However, is there any geometric way to visualize this equation for some one who is not that expert in math? I know this ...
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On visualizing the spaces $\Bbb{S}_{++}^n$ and $\Bbb{R}^n\times\Bbb{S}_{++}^n$ for $n=1,2,\ldots$

Let $\Bbb{S}_{++}^n$ denote the space of symmetric positive-definite $n\times n$ real matrices. I am looking for hints concerning the visualization of such spaces for $n=1,2,\ldots$. I know that ...
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How to visualize $\mathbb{C}^2$?

In a homework question I had to do, the rotational matrix $A = \begin{pmatrix} 0&-1\\1&0 \end{pmatrix}$ was given. Its eigenvalues in $\mathbb{C}$ are $i$ and $-i$. The set of all eigenvectors ...
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Inverse mapping on a set $U_1\times U_2$, wrong intuition?

Let $f(x) = (f_1(x),f_2(x))$ where $f: X\to Y_1\times Y_2$. And $f_1:X\to Y_1, f_2: X\to Y_2$ where $X,Y_1,Y_2$ are topological spaces. I want to prove some continuity properties, but my ...
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Visual proof of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4} = \frac{\pi^4}{90}$?

In his gorgeous paper "How to compute $\sum \frac{1}{n^2}$ by solving triangles", Mikael Passare offers this idea for proving $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$: Proof of equality ...
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No extremals satisfying the Euler equation - what does it mean?

Consider the functional $J[y] = \int_{0}^{1}xyy^{'}dx$. If I want to find extremals (a function $y=y(x)$ that makes the functional stationary) with boundary condition $y(0)=0$ , $y(1)=1$ for this ...
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Can I represent groups geometrically?

I have just taken up abstract algebra for my college and my professor was giving me an introduction to groups, but since I like geometric definitions or ways of looking at stuff, I kept thinking, "How ...
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Enumerating Bianchi circles

Background: Katherine Stange describes Schmidt arrangements in "Visualising the arithmetic of imaginary quadratic fields", arXiv:1410.0417. Given an imaginary quadratic field $K$, we study the Bianchi ...
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Is it a good approach to heavily depend on visualization to learn math?

I am a third year undergraduate and I am a beginner on these "real mathematics" (no pun intended). Before contacting the "real math", my math level should be considered to be "good", although I was ...
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Soft Question: Difficult to Visualize Areas of Mathematics

Yesterday I came across this webpage, which describes a recent (successful) attempt to visualize isometric embeddings of flat tori in 3D Euclidean space. The webpage and associated paper discuss the ...
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Is it possible to estimate the number of primes between 0 and a 128 bit number?

I'm attempting to visualize an RSA public/private key pair, or a SHA2 hash. In order to reduce that massive number that is meaningful to humans I'm looking at this SHA2 visualization function to ...
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Why the gradient of the r vector is the identity map, geometrically speaking?

When doing some simple quantum mechanics problem involving commutators, I forgot the result of this expression $$\left[\vec{r} ,\hat{p}\right]$$ Thus I then brute force it using the definition of ...