Lately I have been getting into solving problems in some of the math journals I enjoy reading. More and more I find that solvers employ a theorem or identity that makes solving the problem much easier. Sometimes, that identity or theorem is one I am not familiar with.

For instance a few weeks ago I saw the Stolz-Cesaro Theorem used on a problem in the Fibonacci Quarterly. It was used in a very slick way, and was a theorem that up to that point I was unfamiliar with.

My question is: what are some of the best theorems, identities, inequalities, etc.. that the consummate problem solver should have at their disposal?


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  • $\begingroup$ I am pretty sure there is a similar question on the site asking for such a list. Have you tried searching? $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 10 '14 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate - math.stackexchange.com/questions/178940/… $\endgroup$ – Train Heartnet Dec 10 '14 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ Tychonoff's theorem, Cauchy's integral formula (and its related results), Zorn's lemma, Banach-Alaoglu theorem, Riesz representation theorem and contraction mapping principle are some big ones that have been really useful for me. $\endgroup$ – Cameron Williams Dec 10 '14 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ "(big-list) Please do not use this as the only tag for a question." $\endgroup$ – Thomas Dec 10 '14 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ I did a very quick search, and @Thomas: I wasn't sure what other tags I should use. I tried "identities" or "thoerems" but neither of those existed. But I will put those in. $\endgroup$ – FofX Dec 10 '14 at 20:57

Here is newbies list,a staret pack of a kind:

-Mean value theorem

-Chain,addition,multiplication and other such rules for limits and derivatives

-Cauchy mean value theorem

-Rolles theorem

-Recursion theorem

-Variations of axiom of choice

-Darboux theorem

-Fundamental theorem of arithmetic

-Division algorithm

-Pigeonhole principle

-Binomial theorem

  • $\begingroup$ I think Cauchy's, Rolle's and some other you didn't mentioned like Heine-Cantor could be packed in a "fundamental theorem on continuity" thing $\endgroup$ – servabat Dec 10 '14 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ It is because I did not know that good sir... :D $\endgroup$ – Vanio Begic Dec 10 '14 at 21:06

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