# Tagged Questions

For questions about visualizing mathematical concepts. This includes questions about visualization of mathematical theorems and proofs without words.

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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 ...
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### Viewing an abelian group using cayley diagram

I cannot understand this way of viewing whether a group is abelian using cayley's diagram: (from Visual group theory book) What I can't understand is that while checking being abelian we check ...
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### Order of an element in direct product using cayley's diagram

How can I find the order of element (1,1) of the group $C_4\times C_3$ visually in the diagram below :
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### Analysing/Visualising shape of multi-variate function.

I have an unknown function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ for which I'm determining a first order Taylor approximation through a non-linear optimization process in six variables (the ...
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### Criteria of regularity that a Cayley's Diagram should meet .

As referred in the Visual group theory Book by Nathan Carter- The unofficial definition of a group says that : A group is a collection of actions satisfying the rules: 1. there is a predefined list ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 [closed]

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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### 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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### 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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### 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. ...