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Why are orthogonal matrices generalizations of rotations and reflections?

I recently took linear algebra course, all the I learned about orthogonal matrix is that matrices is that Q transposed is Q inverse, and therefore it has a nice computational property. Recently, to my ...
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Intuition for Cayley Table and Cayley Table for identity, inverse but not associativity - Fraleigh p. 47 4.24

$1-2.$ I understand these proofs on pp. 5-6 for Cayley tables but what are the intuitions for Sudoku property : Every element of the group appears only once in each row and each column. Symmetric ...
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Intuition/Picture - Theorems on Linear Independence, Span, Basis, Dimension [Poole, Section 6.2]

I'd like to ask about the intuitions for these theorems, absent in David Poole's Linear Algebra (to which the page numbers refer). Also, are there pictures for these theorems?
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A visual proof of - Curved surface area of a hemisphere = 2(Area of circle)

Suppose we have a circle with radius $r$ . So its area is $\pi r^2$. Now suppose we have a hemisphere of the same radius ie. $r$. Then its curved surface area is $2 \pi r^2$. Which means it is equal ...
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Visualizations of ordinal numbers

I find this picture of the ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$ rather hard to grasp: I wonder if the following might be a more compelling way to visualize ordinal numbers up to $\omega^\omega$: ...
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Complex analysis visualization (Cauchy Theorem, Residue Theorem)?

I usually think of complex functions on the complex plane like vector fields. So basically what I have problems with is visualizing firstly Holomorphic functions. I have also read and successfully ...
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How to Intuit/See Matrix Factorisation [GStrang P250 Ex 5.1A]

I beg leave for your forgiveness over the colours. Please enlighten me if there's a more efficient way. How is the determinant of the checkerboard sign pattern matrix, $ \begin{bmatrix} a(1, ...
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Questions on Prof Gilbert Strang's Picture on the 4 Fundamental Subspaces [Strang P187]

I consulted 1 and 2 but still have questions. What follow are modified editions of Prof Strang's picture from Intro to Lin Alg, 4th Ed: $\Large{{1.}}$ In the given correct version, why is the ...
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Visual Proofs of Series Summations

I'd like to put together a compilation of visually geometric proofs of series summations. I have three famous 2D examples to clarify what I mean below, but other "visually geometric" proofs of an ...
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Proofs without words of some well-known historical values of $\pi$?

Two of the earliest known documented approximations of the value of $\pi$ are $\pi_B=\frac{25}{8}=3.125$ and $\pi_E=\left(\frac{16}{9}\right)^2$, from Babylonian and Egyptian sources respectively. ...
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Picture for Conditional Version of Law of Total Probability

http://jeremykun.com/2013/03/28/conditional-partitioned-probability-a-primer/ boasts a stupendous picture of the (Law of) Total Probability Theorem: $Pr(A) = \sum_n P(A|E_n) \, P(E_n)$ I'd be ...
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Applet to find least-crossings drawing for an input graph

Is there a convenient online applet that allows me to draw a graph, after which it outputs a plane drawing of an isomorphic graph that has (approximately) the least number of crossings among all ...
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Visualizing $Fct(Op_X, Set)$

I can't seem to wrap my mind around what is going on when I try to visualize $Fct(Op_X, Set)$, as one example. Now I know that a functor is a morphism between categories hence we have a morphism ...
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Visualization of rotation in $\mathbb R^3$

I am trying to visualize the following rotation of $\mathbb R^3$, but it is very difficult. I want to get the answer by intuition, and not by using the Rodrigues rotation formula or conjugation of ...
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Power-set in Hypercube: historical background of indexing each term like Hasse Diagram?

My instructor wants references about the indexation over the hypercube, related question here, he does not believe that I was the first who used it -- [update] thanks to a comment, the name is Hasse ...
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Why it makes sense to think of multivectors as “paralelograms”?

Let $V$ be a vector space over the field $\mathbb{K}$ and let $T(V)$ be it's tensor algebra. We usually define the exterior algebra $\Lambda (V)$ by the following process: we consider the bilateral ...
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Visualizing a homotopy pull back

I am currently taking a course in algebraic topology, which also covers a lot of category theory. My question is pretty straightforward: How do you visualize the (homotopy) pull back of a diagram ...
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Must the “n” in mod(n) always be prime?

I'm experimenting with mod(n) and have the following questions even after reading the Wiki page and numerous articles about the subject. Must mod(n) always be prime for cryptographic purposes? Is ...
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Alternate bases and visualized counting and arithmetic: See images

I've wondered how math would be different if we used a different base for counting (pi? e? most equations would be different). Attached are 2 images that I created to illustrate the concept. The ...
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Software to produce graphics of triangulated surfaces

I would like to find a software that lets me create graphics of a surface with a triangulation on it. It doesn't need to be very fancy; I just need to explain to a bunch of high schoolers what a ...
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Visual proof ot the distributive property in $\mathbb{Z}$

Is there a intuitive/visual (not formal) "proof" that the distributive property holds in $\mathbb{Z}$? For the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ I know something like this: There are two ways to get ...
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Visualizing a projective variety

What does the variety $V(x_0^2+x_1^2+x_2^2)\subset \mathbb{P}^2$ look like? It seems to me like a single point... In general, are there any good ways/tips/tricks to visualize projective varieties?
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Visualising finite fields

I'm interested in finding visual and/or physical approaches to understanding finite fields. I know of a few: V. I. Arnold has a few pictures of 'finite circles' and 'finite tori' in his book Dynamics, ...
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Geometric/Visual Solution - Shortest Vector for which Dot Product = x + 2y = 5. (Strang P21 1.2.26)

Much as I referenced this same exercise, I'm questing after an exclusively geometric solution. Question: If $\color{#0070FF}{\vec{v} = (1,2)}$ draw all vectors $\vec{w} = (x,y)$ in the plane ...
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Visually apealing holologous transformation of a given contour

There is this problem which roughly says: You want to put a framed picture onto the wall with a cord to the picture frame. The cord is a single one, and both ends are attached to the frame. ...
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Plotting complex maps as z-plane and w-plane

I have seen many plots of complex maps as colors, such as $w = sin(z) = 0$: However, I am looking for more involved plotting capabilities. For example I would like the ability to see the z-plane ...
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Interesting math-facts that are visually attractive

To give a talk to 17-18 years old (who have a knack for mathematics) about how interesting mathematics (and more specifically pure mathematics) can be, I wanted to use nice facts accompanied by nice ...
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Help to understand the concept of diminishing returns

Suppose I have this function: $q=f(k,l)=600k^2l^2-k^3l^3$ Then, $f_l=1200k^2l-3k^3l^2$ $f_k=1200kl^2-3k^2l^3$ $f_{ll}=1200k^2-6k^3l$ $f_{kk}=1200l^2-6kl^3$ $f_{kl}=f_{lk}=2400kl-9k^2l^2$ Now, ...
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Mental Math Visual Retention

I have always been good at math but even I struggle with visualizing numbers in my head. I am seeking help on this forum to see if any mathematicians here have experienced the same issue I currently ...
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Is 4D visualization necessary? [closed]

Is 4D visualization necessary in order to be successful at math (complex analysis for example)?
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How to visualize the result of Low-rank decomposition?

In a numerical low rank decomposition, whether it is non-negative matrix factorization(NMF), or binary matrix factorization(BMF), or non-negative sparse PCA, we have two low-rank matrices to ...
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elements of $SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ which fix roots of Klein's absolute invariant $j(\tau)$

As a followup to this question (resulting video here), I'd like to make a video showing elements of $\mathbf{SL}(2,\mathbb{R})$ which fix roots of Klein's absolute invariant $j(\tau)$, stylized before ...
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Does a Möbius strip have only one shape? Or may it have different shapes?

I'm reading a book about geometry, and after thinking and viewing the Möbius strip, I want to know whether the book is right or not. The book says with a little description (that I can't write here ...
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Visualization of the diffeomorphism!

Basic to all mathematics is the notion-here used quite informally-of a set with structure. For every type of structure there is a notion of equivalence (or isomorphism)-a one-to-one onto ...
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Visualization of a set

How can I imagine the set $$ M:=\left\{(x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^3:z=xy\right\}? $$ Is there a program that can visualize that?
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How can I “move through a hypersphere?”

A man walking along a 2 dimensional circle will take a periodic path that begins and ends at the same point. Since he can travel in only a single direction, let's say how far along he is in his ...
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Definition of the punctured $\mathbb{R}P^3$

I faced "punctured $\mathbb{R}P^3$" denoted by $\mathbb{R}P^3-\{{pt}\}$ in my studies. I dont know its definition and also my searches in the web are failed. Can anyone help me? What is the ...
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Kakeya Needle problem video

I'm intruiged by the Kakeya Needle problem, described here on Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a nice animation of a needle turning through a hypo-cycloid: What I'm searching for is a visualisation of the ...
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Software for visualizing partial derivatives?

I'm whipping up a set of notes, and I want to include a diagram or two showing some partial derivatives. Specifically, a diagram would include: a 3D surface of the form z=f(x,y), a plane of the form ...
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Geometric visualization of covector?

How could I geometrically visualize a linear functional?
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Visualization of immersed submanifold

I am trying to visualize the difference between immersed submanifold and embedded submanifold. At first, I thought that, for example, if I can embed manifold $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ and if my friend can ...
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Looking for proof-without-words of Bezout's identity

I'm looking for a "proof-without-words" of Bezout's identity (for integers). Does anyone know of one?
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Visualise 3 simultaneous cubic equations

I have three equations of the form: $$\frac{i_1^3}{P_1}+i_1(Z_1+Z_2)+(i_2+i_3)Z_2-U_1=0$$ $$\frac{i_2^3}{P_2}+i_2(Z_1+Z_2)+(i_1+i_3)Z_2-U_2=0$$ $$\frac{i_3^3}{P_3}+i_3(Z_1+Z_2)+(i_1+i_2)Z_2-U_3=0$$ ...
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Visualizing the group operation in higher homotopy groups

I'm having trouble picturing the homotopy group operation of concatenation between two pointed spaces. For $n$-spheres, we have for $f,g: S^n \to X$ $$(f * g)(s_1,\ldots, s_n) = \begin{cases} ...
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Visualize trajectories of high dimensional system in a two dimensional space

I have high dimensional data from a dynamical system and I would like to visualize its trajectory. I came across a paper where they used classical multidimensional scaling to plot the evolution of a ...
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Gallery of unlabelled trees with n vertices

Can anyone point me to a gallery (printed or online) of unlabelled trees, sorted according to their order (i.e., number of vertices)? That is, for each order n in oeis.org/A000055 (up to maybe n=11 ...
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An Auto-Generated Cartography of Mathematical Theories: Has it been done already?

While looking for a way to visualize the logical structure of mathematical theories a graph-like depiction came to my mind, where propositions are represented by vertices. An edge goes from ...
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Imagining four or higher dimensions and the difference to imagining three dimensions

I’m very interested in how people envision four or higher dimensions. And I’m especially interested in how geometers and topologists who actually work in four dimensions do. Now I know of the video ...
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$\pi$ from the unit circle, $\sqrt 2$ from the unit square but what about $e$? [duplicate]

If one wants to introduce $\pi$ to a not mathematically savvy person, the unit circle would be a good choice. The unit square would be the way to go for $\sqrt 2$. But what about $e$? I've reviewed ...
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Which Cross Product for the Desired Orientation of a Sphere ? [Stewart P1091 16.7.23]

P1086: For a closed surface, the positive orientation is the one for which the normal vectors point outward from the surface, and inward-pointing normals give the negative orientation. P1087: ...