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a visual route to learning Galois theory

I really like the ideas of Galois theory: that you can think about all the algebraic numbers you can make starting with some set of them that there is some structure to this set of "algebraically ...
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3D correlation visualization?

Incomer per person (x axis) correlates with life expectancy (y axis). These two indicators change over time (z axis). x correlates with y. Moreover, x and y both correlate with z. The question is: ...
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How to visualize the Gaussian curvature of a 3D surface?

I have a 3D surface. I want to visualize color-coded Gaussian Curvature. Is there any software (e.g. MATLAB, Mathematica) which can be used for calculating and visualizing the curvature in color code ...
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Computing the projection of an infinite 3D grid of points

Consider the subset $S$ of $\mathbb{R}^3$ consisting of points whose coordinates are integers (compare Gaussian integers, Euclid's orchard). The view from the origin has interesting structure; it has ...
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Cutting a Möbius strip down the middle

Why does the result of cutting a Möbius strip down the middle lengthwise have two full twists in it? I can account for one full twist--the identification of the top left corner with the bottom right ...
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Proof Visualization

I'm working through Apostol's 'Calculus, Vol 1', with a focus on learning the theory behind calculus. If you are not familiar, Apostol starts with analysis of the real line and works his way through ...
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Intuitive understanding a theorem in analysis

Is there a way to intuitively understand/visualize the following theorem in analysis? Let $(f_n)$ be a sequence of real functions differentiable in a finite/infinite open interval $(a,b)$. Suppose ...
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Visualizing the domain of the square root

I would like to show someone the domain of the complex square root function (the 2-sheeted riemann surface). Is there a good interactive visualization software for this? I would like some sort of ...
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Proving the identity $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n {k^3} = {\Large(}\sum\limits_{k=1}^n k{\Large)}^2$ without induction

I recently proved that $$ \sum_{k=1}^n k^3 = \left(\sum_{k=1}^n k \right)^2 $$ Using mathematical induction. I'm interested if there's an intuitive explanation, or even a combinatorial ...
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general (asymmetric) real rank-2 tensor visualization in 3d

I have general rank-2 real tensor in 3d space represented as a 3x3 real matrix $M$ (it is gradient of a vector field). I am writing some code to visualize it in several isolated points, this is what I ...
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Interesting implicit surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$

I have just written a small program in C++ and OpenGl to plot implicit surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$ for a Graphical Computing class and now I'm in need of more interesting surfaces to implement! Some ...
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Reconciling 'intersecting planes' and 'linear transformation' interpretations of matrices

I've learned in linear algebra class that an $n \times m$ augmented matrix can be thought of as a collection of n planes in $\mathbb {R}^m$ . If the matrix is invertible, the planes all intersect at a ...
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Visualization of complex roots for quadratics

I read that if a parabola has no real roots, then its complex roots can be visualized by graphing the same parabola ($ax^2 + bx + c$) with $-a$ and then finding the roots of that, then using those ...
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Mathematical permutation drawing/visualization tool

I'm writing software and need to document an existing mathematical permutation in our code. I thought the folks here would know where I can find a drawing/visualization tool to draw a permutation ...
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calculate location on an isometric world map

I want to display a point with a latitude and a longitude value in an isometric world map using JavaScript and jQuery. For a rectangular map, I use the following code to calculate the x and y ...
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Turning real roots into curves (for visualisation)

One can obviously map a set of real numbers $x_1, x_2, \ldots x_N$ to a curve in 2-D via $y=(x-x_1)(x-x_2)\ldots(x-x_N)$. Thinking about data visualisation, one can portray a set of $N$ observations ...
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FLOSS tool to visualize 2- and 3-space matrix transformations

I'm looking for a FLOSS application (Windows or Ubuntu but preferably both) that can help me visualize matrix transformations in 2- and 3-space. So I'd like to be able to enter a vector or matrix, ...
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Is there a geometric interpretation of the exponential function of real numbers?

I can visualize the exponential function with the graph $y = e^x$, but I can do that for almost any function. In addition to its graph, the function $f(x) = x^n$ can be visualized as the volume of a ...
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Visualising a specific orbifold

Let $1 < k \in \mathbb N$ and $M = \{(z_1, z_2) \in \mathbb C^2 : k|z_1|^2 + |z_2|^2 = 1\}$. Let $S^1$ act on $M$ via $e^{i\theta}(z_1,z_2) = (e^{ik\theta} z_1, e^{i\theta} z_2)$. Then I am told ...
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Trying to draw the tautological line bundle ($\subseteq \mathbb{CP}^1\times \mathbb{C}^2$)

In order to learn about vector bundles, I would like to draw the tautological vector bundle over the complex projective line $$ E = \{(x,v) \in \mathbb{CP}^1 \times \mathbb{C}^2 : v \in x \} .$$ ...
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How to draw a complex line bundle?

The most basic example of a topologically non-trivial real line bundle is the well-known Möbius strip. Everyone who learns about vector bundles will be confronted by it, if only because it has the ...
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Visualization of 2-dimensional function spaces

As a follow-up question to what is the norm measuring in function spaces I just had an idea: How about visualizing function spaces as normal planes. What I have in mind is to have an orthogonal ...
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How to Visualize points on a high dimensional (>3) Manifold?

Are there any ways to visualize(plot/draw) points on a high dimensional (ex: dimension = 5) manifold?
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Visualizing the Partition numbers (suggestions for visualization techniques)

So Ken Ono says that the partition numbers behave like fractals, in which case I'd like to try to find an appropriately illuminating way of visualizing them. But I'm sort of stuck at the moment, so ...
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Can we put the mathematics of paradoxes in visual art into perspective?

(Pun definitely intended.) Dear MSE-Community, If I were to choose one artist that has made interesting works of art not only because of their beauty but also because of their connections to ...
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What can be gleaned from looking at a domain-colored graph of a complex function?

Functions from $\mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ are hard to visualize because of their 4-dimensional nature. One nice way of looking at them is by what's called domain coloring. An example from the ...
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Visualizations of some of the abstractions of algebraic geometry

Where, or do there exist, good visualizations of sheaves, stalks, stacks, and/or schemes? I'm a better visual thinker than I am a symbolic thinker, and it would be easier for me to follow some of the ...
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Nice geometric parallelepiped proof?

Question 1: The volume of a parallelepiped in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with n sides given by the vectors $(x_{1_1}, x_{1_2} ... x_{1_n}), (x_{2_1}, x_{2_2} ... x_{2_n}) ... (x_{n_1}, x_{n_2} ... x_{n_n})$ and ...
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Intuitive Way To Understand Principal Component Analysis

I know that this is meant to explain variance butthe description on Wikpiedia stinks and it is not clear how you can explain variance using this technique Can anyone explain it in a simple way?