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How to read a cycle graph?

As an important tool for visualizing some small finite groups it is useful to know how read such graph, and with time trying to make sketch of them by my own. I would like to know, for a start, how ...
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Visualizing why rotations preserve orientation

It's clear geometrically that if you have two vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$ a rotation will preserve their lengths and the angle between them. But how do you visualize that a rotation preserves ...
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Visualising surface integrals

For a current problem I am working on, I have run into angular surface integrals, i.e. the differential solid angle $\text{d}\Omega$. Specifically the surface integrals are defined by ...
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How common is it to plot linear transforms on continuous spaces?

I came across a question asking how the proof that the transform $f(g) = g(x-a) + g(x+a)$ was Hermitian worked. I was a bit surprised that the proof was symbolic, because if you plot out the ...
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How to represent a network of chemical reactions?

I am trying to figure out a suitable representation for given set of chemical reactions, which happen over an exhaustive set of chemicals. The chemicals are $A, B, C, D, E$ and the reactions are ...
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Visualising something geometrically

$W=B(x_{1},r)\cap B(x_{2},r)$. The boundary of the intersection is given by the union of $\delta_{1}W=\delta B(x_{1},r)\cap B(x_2,r)$ and $\delta_{2}W=B(x_1,r)\cap \delta B(x_{2},r)$. Let ...
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Open Source Software for Creating Mathematical Diagrams

I work as a software engineer at a company developing navigation systems. As I have a mathematical background I normally get assigned the more mathematical problems and I find myself regularly having ...
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Visualization of the fact that the integers defining lens spaces must be coprime

This is related to this question I asked: Visualization of Lens Spaces and is also related to this question by @Earthliŋ: Why are the integers appearing in lens spaces coprime? I understand the ...
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Visualization of Lens Spaces

I am trying to visualize lens spaces geometrically. While I am aware of the fact that most manifolds which cannot be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ are hard to visualize because of the obvious ...
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Why are inter arrival times in the continuous version of discrete-time Markov chains always exponentially distributed?

I am curious whether there exist continuous time Markov processes for which the times between jumping times (which I call inter arrival times) are not exponentially distributed, but have some other ...
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Regular way to fill a $1\times1$ square with $\frac{1}{n}\times\frac{1}{n+1}$ rectangles?

The series $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n(n+1)}=1$$ suggests it might be possible to tile a $1\times1$ square with nonrepeated rectangles of the form $\frac{1}{n}\times\frac{1}{n+1}$. Is there a ...
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Visualization of the quotient of $\mathbb{R}^2$ by an involution.

Consider $\mathbb{R}^2$ and let $\mathbb{Z}_2$ act by taking $(x,y) \rightarrow (-x,-y)$ and consider $\mathbb{R}^2/\mathbb{Z}_2$. I can, using algebraic machinery, show that the quotient is the same ...
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Visualising algebraic topology

I'm new to algebraic topology and although I can follow the arguments it would be nice to be able to visualise important concepts like homology and excision. Can anyone recommend a book or other ...
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Help with Diagram of the Standard Lift of Projective Plane

I am posting here because I need help finding (or making) a visual aid for a presentation. I am giving a short presentation about Projective Geometry next week, and I am building a beamer for it. One ...
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Intuition for gradient descent with Nesterov momentum

A clear article on Nesterov’s Accelerated Gradient Descent (S. Bubeck, April 2013) says The intuition behind the algorithm is quite difficult to grasp, and unfortunately the analysis will not be ...
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Visualizing a volume with MATLAB

I have a rational function $\phi: [0,1]^3 \to \mathbb R^3$ (A NURBS, to be precise) and I want to visualize the image of $\partial [0,1]^3$ using a surface plot (...
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Interpreting a group homomorphism $f: \mathbb{Z}_{12} \to \mathbb{Z}_{3}$ visually

I am having a hard time studying and I am a visual learner. How could I visually imagine a (group) homomorphism $$\mathbb{Z}_{12} \to \mathbb{Z}_3?$$ Also, if the question states that the map $f$ is ...
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Can Number Theory be visualized?

So I was thinking about a hard euclidean geometry problem, when it hit me just how much more difficult it would become without the aid of a diagram. This got me thinking: Wouldn't it be great if we ...
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Visualizing cross product of points in 3-Space

If $p_0, p_1, p_2$ are three distinct points in space, then what does the cross product $$n = (p_0 - p_1) \times (p_0 - p_2)$$ mean geometrically? I'm having a little trouble visualizing this in ...
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Visualizing Ricci scalar curvature

I am trying to learn more about Ricci scalar curvature. I am trying to get an image in my head of what scalar curvature actually represents about the curvature of a manifold. The most familiar image I ...
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Are there 3D geometric proofs of Fibonacci identities?

There is a significant number of identities involving Fibonacci numbers that can be proven in a sort of geometric way, as it is shown in the following picture: However, I couldn't find any such ...
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I seek Visual illustrations of Concepts of Mathematics as animated videos for students of Higher Mathematics

There are some very good animated videos explaining concepts of mathematics on youtube, like videos of website " why U" but most of these deal with elementary mathematics. I am searching for videos ...
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How to visualize bilinear transform of the form $S(z) = \frac {T}{2} \frac {z+1}{z-1}$

Note that this is the bilinear transform from a z-domain as appears in Z-transform to s-domain in Laplace transform Recall that bilinear transform has form $M(z) = \frac{az+b}{cz+d}$ with and has to ...
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Is this a legit way to visualize complex functions?

I am doing laplace transform in a class and I hate how there seems to be no graphical support when things are transformed to laplace domain i.e. nobody cares what they look like in laplace domain But ...
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How to visualize the gradient as a one-form?

I just finished reading the proof that the gradient is a covariant vector or a one-form, but I am having a difficult time visualizing this. I still visualize gradients as vector fields instead of the ...
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How to visualize cotangent spaces.

I was wondering how to intuitively and visually understand dual vector spaces and one-forms. So my question is (1), how to visualize cotangent spaces and (2), how to intuitively understand them? My ...
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How to actually use the Weierstrass-Enneper parameterization to draw a minimal surface?

I'm interested in drawing (with Mathematica for example) the generalized Scherk saddle tower with threefold symmetry, a shape that I find very attractive. In an article (see here) I found the ...
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Diagram to depict dependencies/prerequisites of activities

A long time ago in a business course I was taught about diagrams that help plan activities, and determine estimates of time required to complete a project: activities in the project were drawn as ...
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Is there a way to graphically show that a solution is the minimum or stationary solution to a functional?

I'm looking for the functional analogue to the visual representations of function optimization you most commonly see. To illustrate, if we have some function: $$ f(x) = (x-1)^2+1 $$ We can look at ...
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Visualizing Riemannian surface

Given a multi-valued complex function $f: z = x+\mathrm{i}\,y\rightarrow w=u+\mathrm{i}\,v$ with $x,y,u,v\in\mathbb{R}$, we know the image $\{f(z)\,|\,z\in\mathbb{C}\}$ is a Riemannian surface. How to ...
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How to visualize(inside ones brain) the Four-dimensional_space

Can the fourth dimension https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-dimensional_space be visualized intuitively by the humans. Does the professional mathematicians can do this ? If so what are the things to ...
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Visualising this CW structure for the $S^3$

I'm asked to prove that the following is a CW structure for the 3-sphere, (as a part of an exercise involving defining the Cw structure of the Lens Spaces) I'm asked to prove that the following is a ...
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Are there any visual proofs for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$?

I was flipping through Proofs Without Words (PWW) and saw many visual proofs for sequences and series. However, I saw none for $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$$ Are there any ...
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How would you draw $(A\setminus B)\times (A\setminus B) = (A\times A)\setminus (B\times B)$?

I know it's useful to prove set equalities to make a quick sketch of the sets described. How can I draw this one? $$(A\setminus B)\times (A\setminus B) = (A\times A)\setminus (B\times B)$$
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0 to the power of 0, what does the essential discontinuity actually look like?

So having watch this clip by Numberphile which explains why $0^0$ is undefined https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRRolKTlF6Q And also this http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.0.to.0.power.html And ...
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The Stupid Computer Problem : can every polynomial be written with only one $x$?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a mathematician so I asked my parents to buy me a computer to make super complex calculations. Of course, they were not crazy enough to buy an expensive super ...
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What is the fourth dimension of a Tesseract?

Is the fourth dimension of the Tesseract time? That is why it is represented as a moving 3D structure on Wikipedia? I am asking because I have trouble understanding what it is.
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Books on the visual/graphical aspects of geometry

Are there any books providing a general overview of the visual/graphical aspects of geometry? For example, Tilings (e.g. hyperbolic) and tessellations Plane/space filling shapes/objects (e.g. ...
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Explaining Spin(3)

I’m going to discuss the action of Spin(3) on Euclidean vectors. This thing has several alternative names: “versors”/“rotation quaternions”, “quaternionic adjoint representation”, “quaternion action ...
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Looking for intuïtive explanation why contour integral of $\frac{dz}{z} $equals $2\pi i$ in complex analysis

$$\oint \frac{dz}z = 2\pi i$$ I've seen the derivation of it using the parametrisation. Since this result is used all the time in my complex analysis course, i'd like to understand this ...
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How to visualize implicit functions

I have a task of visualizing few implicit functions. Firstly lets say I have the following function of $N$: $$\epsilon = \sqrt{\frac{8}{N}\ln \left( \frac{4(2N)^{50}}{0.05} \right)}$$ Now this is ...
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How to visualise Bollobas' 1965 theorem?

Theorem $[n]=\{1,\ldots,n\}$. Let $\lbrace (R_i, S_i), i \in I \rbrace, R_i, S_i \subset [n]$ be such that $R_i \cap S_i = \emptyset, R_i \cap S_j \ne \emptyset (i \ne j)$. Then $$\sum_{i \in I} ...
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Why is it not possible to visualise a 4th dimension object? [duplicate]

By drawing a cube on a paper or by seeing it on a screen (a 2D surface - see Figure below), we can sort of visualise how a 3D cube would look like. I was wondering whether we will be able to ...
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How to visualize probability distributions in terms of sets - joint and marginal?

Let there be two sets, $\mathcal{X},\mathcal{Y}$, both finite, and they represent the set of values that the discrete random variables, $X,Y$ can take. $\mathcal{P}_{Y|X}$ be all possible ...
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visualizing a function from the plane into the reals

If $$(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2),(x_3,y_3)$$ are points in the plane and if $a,b$ are fixed real numbers, how can I visualize $$f=(ax_1+b-y_1)^2+(ax_2+b-y_2)^2+(ax_3+b-y_3)^2$$ as a function from the plane ...
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How to graph/visualize complicated inequalities

I'm having trouble visualizing areas defined by for example, $$ x^2 + y^2 \leq 2y $$ Or $$ (x^2 +y^2)^2 \leq 2a^2(x^2 - y^2) $$ What is the thought process in picturing these regions?
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Affine Transformation and Continuous Deformation

How do these two concepts relate? Thus far I have a (what I think is a) good intuitive idea of a continuous deformation- the visual basically looks like the boundary being stretched so that it never ...
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How can I visually imagine the area of a circle divided by $\pi$?

If I have a circle with an area of 100 units^2, and I divide it by $\pi$, how can I imagine that visually in my mind? Since 100 / $\pi$ =~ 31.83, and the square of that is =~ 5.64, I currently ...
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Visualizing Lie algebra of SO(3)

Let $SO(3)$ be the Lie group of 3D rotations. Rotation about z-axis by an angle $\phi$ is represented in standard basis by this matrix: $$ \begin{pmatrix} \cos \phi & -\sin\phi & 0 \\ ...
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Parallel Lines Intersecting in the Projective Plane

My question is about visualizing projective space, in particular the real projective plane $\mathbb{P}^2(\mathbb{R})$. I know there are different ways to define this space, but in each we can say that ...