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

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Is There Book on Collection of Theorems? [closed]

For example, there is a book titled "Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics: Containing Propositions, Formulae, And Methods Of Analysis, With Abridged Demonstrations" (...
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How do I assimilate mathematical concept?

Already knowing that the famous quotation "there is no royal road to mathematics", I believe that the most efficient and best way to learn mathematics is to make it intuitive to oneself, at least to ...
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How can I make a shift to applied mathematics? [closed]

I have done dual degree with bachelors in computer science. I am currently a software developer (India). I always have had interest in mathematics. But once was I got into college I did not work ...
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What math courses should I take in order to become a secondary math educator?

Seeing as this is the math educator site, perhaps someone can help me out: I am looking to become a math teacher, but I am having a hard time figuring out which math courses I need to be taking. ...
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Lack of intuition, retention while self studying

I am a first year undergraduate student, currently in second semester. So basically I learnt most of the first year stuff in high school, so I have a lot of free time in this year (currently in ...
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Misdirected, Side-Tracked, and Distorted Ramanujan: Problems in Basic Math Education?

I read that- “The tragedy of Ramanujan was not that he died young, but that his genius was misdirected, side-tracked, and to a certain extent : distorted. The years between 18 and 25 are ...
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Redesigning college math courses and curriculum to be self-paced

I imagine there must exist a fair amount of literature and discussion about the idea of somehow redesigning college math courses, and the entire college math curriculum, to be self-paced. Question: ...
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What kind of problem do you learn most from (hard problems or easy problems)?

I am curious if you guys learn more from Hard problems, or do you learn more from easy problems. I heard that you learn a lot more from doing harder problems, because you have to learn all of the ...
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Is there a rigrous and relatively complete book/lecture notes for selfstudying several variable calculus?

I would like to study university level mathematics on my own. I found rigorous books on single variable calculus and topology and learned those. But what would one recommend for several variable ...
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Self-Study of Calculus Two [closed]

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 the intent of this site, or might seem a bit off, but please bear with me because I know what I want for certain. I always wanted to study ...
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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 function and continue my life work of learning

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 ...