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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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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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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: ...
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Visualizing Gauss-Legendre Quadrature

I'm creating a GUI interface for my Python Computing class that is supposed to showcase a few types of Numerical Integration. One of the ones I want to put in as an option is Gauss-Legendre ...
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Visualizing a Calabi Yau

I would like to understand how I can visualize the quintic threefold $$ z_1^5 + z_2^5 + z_3^5 + z_4^5 +z_5^5 - 5\psi z_1z_2z_3z_4z_5 = 0$$ For a similar problem, Hanson proposes the following: ...
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visualizing functions invariant (or almost) under modular transformation

In the spirit of Möbius Transformations Revealed, I'd like to make a pair of movies depicting how Klein's absolute invariant $j(\tau)$ and the Dedekind eta function $\eta(\tau)$ transform when ...
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The complement of a torus is a torus.

Take $S^3$ to be the three-sphere, that is, $S^3=\lbrace (x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4):x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2+x_4^4=1\rbrace$. Using the stereographic projection, $S^3=\mathbb{R}^3\cup \lbrace \infty \rbrace.$ Can ...
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Algebra: Best mental images

I'm curious how people think of Algebras (in the universal sense, i.e., monoids, groups, rings, etc.). Cayley diagrams of groups with few generators are useful for thinking about group actions on ...
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How to represent a bounded function

I am not completely sure whether this question belongs on mathematics.SE but I figured to give it a shot: I have a function which mathematically looks like this: $f(x)=\max(A,B\cos x)$ This will ...
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Fuzzy Venn diagram regions labeled in ternary

I have a couple of questions about the Venn diagrams object : Words from the binary alphabet with n letters label each region of an order-n Venn diagram. Is there any more profound connection ...
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Visualizing diffeomorphisms

This is probably a really basic question (hence my asking it here as opposed to MO). In a comment to a question on mathoverflow ...
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An example of a Lie group

I have a trouble learning Lie groups --- I have no canonical example to imagine while thinking of a Lie group. When I imagine a manifold it is usually some kind of a 2D blanket or a circle/curve or a ...
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Which space this space drawn in this picture is homeomorphic?

Based in this question Why this space is homeomorphic to the plane? I would like to know which space this space is homeomorphic, any help or an intuitive idea are welcome. [Context of Image: ...
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Cayley table group visualization

how can I make graphics like this? random colors. I got a script in GAP that prints rows of numbers but I want it colored just random colors ...
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This quotient space is homeomorphic to the Möbius strip?

Let $G:\mathbb R \times [-1,1]\to \mathbb R \times [-1,1]$ be a map defined by $G(x,y)=(x+1,-y)$ This space $Q=\mathbb R\times [-1,1]/\sim$, where $(x_1,y_1)\sim (x_2,y_2)$ if and only if there is ...
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Vizualisation about line search in Linear Programming?

I am trying to visualize this recursive algorithm in LP, Wikipedia here. I am looking for references about in which kind of problems is this used and what does it really look like? I am also ...
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Visualising the derivative/slope $f'(x_0)$ of $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ as a line segment

A function $f:I\subseteq \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ that is differentiable at $x_0 \in I$ obeys the following equality for all $h\in (I-x_0)$ (i.e. for all $h\in \mathbb{R}$ such that $x_0+h ...
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Lie group and SO3 visualisation

Maybe I'm asking a very vague question but I'd like to know if there are some visualisation tools available already that explain lie algebra exponential map or logarithm? I'd like to be able to ...
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Visualizing and manipulating 4-dimensional data with 3D technology

It is possible to visualize 3 dimensional data (like a scatter plot) by projecting it on a 2 dimensional screen in a way that allows to interact with it in an intuitive way. Is it possible to ...
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visual proof of the chinese remainder theorem?

I have seen visual proofs for fermats little theorem, gauss sum and many other things. I find them very useful. Is there a visual proof for the chinese remainder theorem? Thanks in advance.
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Why is it that I cannot imagine a tesseract?

I try hard to "visualise" (say "imagine") a tesseract but I can't. Why is it that I can't? This may be a question for a scholar of some other discipline and not for a mathematician, e.g. ...
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Kerning on the fly -algorithm [closed]

Do anyone know any algorithm which would calculate automatically kerning of characters based on glyph shapes when user types text? I don't mean trivial calculation of advance widths or similar, I ...
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Visualizing Exterior Derivative

How do you visualize the exterior derivative of differential forms? I imagine differential forms to be some sort of (oriented) line segments, areas, volumes etc. That is if I imagine a two-form, I ...
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Help me to vizualise this falling ball on spinning Earth

The earth rotates. The ball falls in an latitude, not equator, let say in Germany. I am trying to understand how to express the ball in terms of the angular velocity on the planet. The constant ...
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Visualizing Infinity discerning countable and uncountable

This is rather a philosophical question. Although it uses topological notions, it isn't any precise mathematics, so maybe one cannot take it very seriously. Sometimes I try to picture an infinite set ...
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Proof-without-words for $\bar a\times (\bar b\times\bar c)=\bar b (\bar a\cdot\bar c)-\bar c (\bar a\cdot \bar b)$ or some visual-biased explanation?

Griffiths' Introduction to Electromagnetism -book has equations called 20.10 below. I have proved this equation d) pretty much on the first mathematics -course I had but I have not yet understood a ...
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Illustrations of a line and a curve intersecting for complex field

Are there nice illustrations on the Net of say $y=a·x+b$ and $y=x^2$ intersecting where x and y are complex? I'm thinking of the amplitude of y being depicted as height above the complex plane with ...
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Visualizing $L_2$ or an infinite dimensional Hilbert space

I need to explain abstract objects in an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. What is the best way to visualize it for an engineering audience? Does anybody have a good example?
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Is there a geometric projection for every complex function?

I was wondering about the best way to visualize complex functions. As they're $$ {\mathbb R}^2 \rightarrow {\mathbb R}^2\ ,$$ I think best way are complex plane image/grid transforms like they used in ...
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software tool for accurate visualization of algebraic curves

First of all, I apologize since this is not strictly speaking a "mathematical" question but I could not find a better place for it. For a work presentation I need a tool for accurate visualization of ...
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Visualizing quotient groups: $\mathbb{R/Q}$

I was wondering about this. I know it is possible to visualize the quotient group $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z}$ as a circle, and if you consider these as "topological groups", then this group (not ...