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Questions about how someone learns on their his or her own, outside of traditional classroom environments.

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Using mathjax on a standard PC [closed]

Are there any apps or downloadable programs that allow the use of mathjax on a computer - making it easier to type up equations and problems?
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Self-Study of Calculus Two

I just finished self study of Calculus One and I am looking to begin Calculus Two. Is there a free platform that can help me with this?
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Forming a Study Model for a Self-Study Beginner

I am very new to this platform so I may have misunderstood thr concept or might seem a bit off but please bear with me because I know what I want for certain. I always wanted to study mathematics ...
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Best Way to Learn Trigonometry

What are the best resources to learn trigometry? I recently decided to pursue a BS in mathematics at uni. I used to fail all my math classes with D's or F's until I started teaching myself, and so far ...
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How to stay interested in less-tangible math

I've graduated high school and I am joining college soon. The problem with me is that I'm not finding less tangible math interesting at all. Some people find abstract math to be very beautiful, and I'...
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How to study for university level math olympiads and competitions?

I participated in some high-school-level math competitions, but I never invested much of my time in them at that time, something that I regret immensely. Now that I am an engineering grad student, I ...
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Selected Exercise for Linear Algebra Done Right Edition 3 [closed]

I am self learning the book Linear Algebra Done Right. I tried to complete all exercises in each chapter. I am currently at Chapter 3 and found that it is not feasible to complete all of the exercises....
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Could students be taught the concept of rational numbers the same way as in the Formal construction section of the Wikipedia article rational number?

Link to article cited in title, Wikipedia rational number. According to this answer, some students 14-18 are still struggling to understand fractions. Maybe some students know how to perform the ...
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Is Linear Algebra Done Right too much for a beginner?

I have asked in Mathematics stackexchange, but I think asking here is more appropriate. I am self studying the book Linear Algebra Done Right by Axler. That's how I started using the great Stack ...
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According to Nathan Jacobson, what is Intermediate Algebra and Advanced Algebra?

Nathan Jacobson's Basic Algebra I, II covers many topics in Algebra that is probably even beyond many pure mathematics full professor's scope of knowledge, unless the professor is specialised in ...
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When self teaching, should I learn set theory before continuing ap calculus?

I am studying ap calculus now, before I move onto differential equations etc., but the thing I am unsure of is, should I learn set theory before continuing on my ap calculus sections?
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Returning Student for STEM - Brush-Up Resources? [closed]

All, I am hoping to wade into an Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering degree, but I have been out of college for almost 10 years. My last major exposure to math was good grades in ...
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I want to learn how things functions and work continue my life work

I am 37 years old and I have a mild learning difficulty. I never went to a special school, but yes, I got some help and I never got held back. I left my grades on borderline. I always loved to learn ...
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Curriculum for self taught Maths degree

Someone has made this template for a self taught CS degree. I am a CS grad and found it quite good. As I don't have much idea about a proper pathway to learn degree level mathematics in my own. Please ...
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Why are proofs written in flowery language incomprehensible?

Let's take an example in Wu-Ki Tung, Group theory in physics: Theorem 3.4: Irreducible representations of any abelian group must be of dimension one. Proof: Let $U(G)$ be an irreducible ...
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Learning math historically

What is meant by learning math historically (NOT learning math history only, but learning math with a historical development perspective)? I've seen some sources that to learn a math topic X, you need ...
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How can students self-learn creativity in math that “demand more than just deduction”? [closed]

From: Philip Johnson-Laird BA PhD Psychology (UCL), Stuart Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton. (Author isn't a logician.) How We Reason (1st edn 2008). p. 112.   You might ...
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How to become really interested in math [closed]

I'm a high school senior. What can I do to be really interested in mathematics ? I know some of my batch-mates (from meeting them at several math Olympiads) are like insanely good at math (know lots ...
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Can I succeed in university math, if I loathe physics?

I hope never to study physics. Can I still ace undergraduate and PhD math? Or ought I major in something else? Background I finish high school in 2019, and I'm mulling majoring in math/statistics. ...
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Why's math more complicated to understand than philosophy? [closed]

Why's math more abstruse, perplexing than philosophy? This feels true, as intelligent laypeople can understand unsolved philosophy problems and competing possible solutions, but can't understand or ...
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Good Combination for Self Study for a Mathematical Novice

Hi There I am new to Mathematics Educators so please bear with me if my question is not up to mark? I am interested in mathematics and have gotten comfortable with basic proofs with Daniel J Velleman'...
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Ordered checklist for learning Mathematics for Data Science

I want to understand and teach Mathematics for Data Science. I know for Data Science I need to understand: Probability Statistics Linear Algebra Calculus But I want a quick refresh of everything ...
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Learning High School Geometry in Ten Days

I would like to attempt this, as I want to place out of geometry next year. It is imperative that I do it now. How should I go about doing this? I have a copy of Elementary Geometry for College ...
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books to teach K-12 math/science via real-world approach?

I volunteered abroad in rural Ethiopia and a village in a remote mountainous area of China. I plan to return to both places and teach for as long as I can make it work. I want to focus on STEM, but ...
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Strategies for learning proofs

What are the best methods for learning proofs? I'm tasked with learning two dozen proofs about the properties of continuous functions and real numbers in a week well enough to be able to present them. ...
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“Personalized System of Instruction” (PSI) vs. “Individually Prescribed Instruction” (IPI)

This question may be a bit overly-broad for MESE, but I am hoping to find some responses that can help to fill in my understanding of two similar forms of instruction that had their heyday in the ...
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Why are hand waving arguments made in textbooks of undergraduate analysis and how should readers deal with them?

Having read several undergraduate textbooks in complex analysis (Stein-Shakarchi, Gameline, etc.), I find that some "hand-waving" arguments are frequently used. An example (the proof of the Cauchy ...
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Without a constraint of time, is self-study with math textbooks better than college courses?

This question is about mathematics only. My forethought is that courses are usually based on textbooks, but they have less content than the textbooks. There are less problem sets, and chapters are ...
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Learning Math like Euclid

I'm posting this here as it's off-topic for the Math stack exchange, and I'm hoping there will be some educators here that can point me in the right direction. I enjoyed watching the YouTube series ...
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Electronic devices to replace pencil and paper

My question is similar to this one: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1833459/math-without-pencil-and-paper Except I'm not physically disabled. Pencil and paper have been used for centuries to ...
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Are there any tips for studying an MSc Pure Mathematics online?

Course background I am planning on studying MSc Mathematics through the UK's Open University (distance learning). The course comprises of pure mathematics (number theory, complex analysis, coding ...
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How can I improve my problem solving/critical thinking skills and learn higher math?

I'm a rising sophomore in high school. So far, I've taken Algebra One, Two, and Geometry in school. I want to learn higher math such as precalculus/trigonometry, calculus, linear algebra, and more, so ...
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How to explain inverse modulo? [closed]

Do you know a (simple) inverse modulo calculator somewhere on the Internet? How to explain simply inverse modulo? (when the concept of modulo is already a bit known) How to explain someone how to ...
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Is it better to study in groups or by yourself?

As the title says, do you learn math faster by working on problems in groups, where you can discuss your solutions or by doing it all by yourself? I can't see any advantage of working in groups ...
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how to prove my 6th grade son knows algebra 1?

My son is taking pre-algebra in 6th grade. He mastered algebra 1 in detail more than what school can teach. How to prove to school that he mastered Algebra 1? He wants to start Algebra 2 in 7th grade. ...
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Complex numbers [closed]

I would like to learn the subject 'complex numbers'. My goal is to study this on my own. Are there any good tips, books, sites to study this?
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What specifically should I include to my self study notes?

I am a high school student who will be entering college in one and a half year (It is so long though). For me, Mathematics primarily means Number Theory. My interest in Number Theory always motivates ...
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Is it too late for me to start learning mathematics?

I am 26 now. I left study after completing school. Now I am thinking of doing a Bachelor's degree in mathematics. I purchased a basic Calculus book and I found it interesting. So I took some advice ...
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How does a student learn to 'dig behind the scenes' or 'feel' math like a Fields Medallist?

Source 1: Siobhan Roberts, Mathematical Beauty: A Q&A with Fields Medalist Michael Atiyah, Quanta Magazine, 2016/3/9. Is there one big question that has always guided you? I always want ...
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Are there any math certificates/qualifications on high school maths that you can do after high school?

I hope this is a good place to ask the question. My issue is that I have finished high school a number of years ago, and although I did some (non-advanced) math courses then, I did not do an exam in ...
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How to learn math from textbooks in the right way?

I am a freshman studying math. Everytime I learn Mathematics, I do it the slow-way. I tend to read the definitions until I make sense of what is written in the texts. I can spend a whole day trying ...
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Great Worked-out examples books for Mathematics

I'm studying Mathematics in the UK. Back in Italy, where I am from worked-out problems books are very popular in mathematics and they are always recommended or compulsory at university. Going through ...
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Reading Your Algebra Book

An algebra book requires a different type of reading than a novel or a short story. Every sentence in a math book is full of information and logically linked to the surrounding sentences. You should ...
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How Can I Mitigate My Learning Disabilities And Improve My Abstract-Reasoning Abilities?

I am seeking advice for understanding how I can improve my abstract reasoning abilities. More specifically, I would like to understand how I can revise my reasoning abilities in mental areas such as ...
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Relearning Mathematics

During K12 I had problems understanding maths because in most cases I could not understand how it would be useful or what its applications are. I passed K12 maths mostly by memorizing the process to ...
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Is it possible to improve logical thinking and problem solving abilities?

I'm from Italy and I'm 13 years old. I'm good in Math and I'm good in languages (I know Italian, English and Russian and I think I'm good at them). I'm a programmer and I know HTML, CSS, JS and Python....
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How can I implement the principles of deliberate practise in my mathematical studies?

I have been reading a lot of books about deliberate practise recently like Angela Duckworth's "Grit", "Talent is Overrated" - Colvin and "Peak" - Ericsson and Pool. I want to apply these principles. ...
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Accepted mathematical training methods?

I recently read the book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" by Karl Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool. Ericsson is a respected researcher in the field of expertise formation, this is why ...
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Looking for a progression of learning to get back my math skills

I am an professional that has rarely used math over the last 20 years. Well, anything outside a spreadsheet and basic formulas. My son, who is quite bright, is now getting to an age where I am ...
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I'm a self learner, what are some ways that I can compensate for the lack of a study group?

I am teaching myself mathematics, and I don't really know anyone who is interested in mathematics. I find that the hardest part about teaching myself is that I am lacking the social aspect of being in ...