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Questions about comparison of textbooks, the use of textbooks in mathematical education, requests about textbooks dealing with a specific topic in a specific way.

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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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Wackerly (2007) vs. Larsen (2018) — Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

How does Dennis Wackerly, Richard L. Scheaffer's Mathematical Statistics with Applications, 7th Edition published in 2007 MATERIALLY differ from Richard J. Larsen, Morris Marx's Introduction to ...
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The Basic Practice of Statistics vs. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics

How does David S. Moore; William I. Notz; Michael Fligner's 2021 9 edn. The Basic Practice of Statistics differ from David S. Moore; George P. McCabe; Bruce Craig's 2021 10 edn Introduction to the ...
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Is Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson a good book for first-time calculus learners?

Specifically the one updated by Martin Gardner. I'm not studying as part of a high school or college course (I, in the near future, will though) just as a personal project.
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Differences between Hardy&Wright and Ireland&Rosen for number theory course

My professor advised us to get either Hardy&Wright or Ireland&Rosen for our introductory number theory course. I would like to ask what are the differences between these textbooks in terms of ...
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What is a good book to learn all of prealgebra?

I am an old man trying to learn math, starting off with prealgebra and need a good comprehensive book for it. The book should NOT contain annoying images like in most American textbooks or anything ...
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Recommendation for an introductory operations research book

In the spring I'll be teaching introductory operations research at an undergraduate liberal arts college in the US. The target audience consists of applied math majors and students in our ...
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Why so many single-variable calculus textbooks? But still no equivalents to Visual Group Theory or Complex Analysis for other subjects?

OUP published Visual Complex Analysis in 1999. MAA published Visual Group Theory in 2009. But no visualization counterparts have been published for other subjects like (Commutative) Algebra, ...
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Looking for copies of Vasily Vasilovich Davydov's mathematics curriculum

From The Development of Algebra in the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum of V.V. Davydov (by Jean Schmittau, State University of New York at Binghamton , and Anne Morris , University of Delaware ) one ...
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Highly intuitive yet comprehensive and easily readable (student friendly) book on linear algebra which do not focus much on applications, just basics

I came to know about Gilbert Strang's two books, "Introduction to Linear Algebra" and "Linear Algebra and its Applications". The first is the one used as the text in the 18.06 ...
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Textbooks for an independent study in point-set topology

I am planning to sign up for an undergraduate "course" in point-set topology next semester. It is really an "independent study" in that this course will not have any lectures. It will just have two ...
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How do math professors select textbooks?

I will describe what I mean by the above with an example. Suppose you are a professor, about to teach a first Calculus course in a university. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of calculus books out ...
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Textbooks with solutions and catering to different circumstances

Questions: Are we really taking students into account FULLY when writing textbooks for various areas? Also, are we being unintentionally elitist or dismissive when neglecting to take a more humble ...
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Arithmetical Progression

I recently came across a very old Algebra textbook from the 1860s, and on the chapter discussing "arithmetical progression", it says there are "20 cases for arithmetical progression&...
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When and where were textbooks that use set notation for basic algebra solutions?

A past question described a school where many teachers insisted that answers to algebra problems had to be phrased in set-theoretic language or notation. For example, when asked to solve $2x+3=6−x$, ...
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manual solutions to graduate textbooks [closed]

Where can I find manual solution for textbooks like Advanced Linear Algebra by Rotman or Introduction to Smooth manifolds by Lee? any help would be appreciated
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Looking for rigorous books to review geometry, trig, and precalculus

I've taken Calculus 1 and it's time to relearn because I've forgotten some of it. But it's been a couple months since I've done any solid mathematics. I was hoping for a book that would include ...
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An intuitive (non rigorous) text book on graph theory which is student friendly with vivid illustrations

Background Hello, I am an undergraduate in CS. I would like to study Graph Theory on my own (self-study) for a competitive examination (named GATE). It is an examination for undergraduates and as such,...
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Why is distribution prioritized over combining?

In every algebra (or basic analysis) book that I've seen, three properties of real numbers are taken as axiomatic: commutativity, association, and distribution of multiplication over addition [$a(b + ...
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Should I do all the proof practice problems in How to Prove It, an intro to proofs book?

Like the title says. I am self studying intro to proofs(How to prove it by velleman) so I can start an introduction to analysis. I am wondering if I should complete all the exercises in the textbook(...
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What is a good second book in high school geometry?

I have been looking at questions on Math Stack Exchange and I am frequently coming across topics that sound as if they could have been optional chapters in a high school geometry class, but I have ...
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Why are most college level math textbooks black and white only?

Why are higher level math textbooks almost completely black and white? I can't think of any math textbooks on a subject more advanced than calculus that uses colors. Edited to add that the comments by ...
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Why are all educational textbooks copyrighted? ©

I had an idea to improve education in my country with the help of textbooks by popular authors. I thought to publish videos on YouTube with comments and practical explanations about what the author ...
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What famous graduate math textbooks use color?

I know that undergrad math books use colors, like Gilbert Strang in his undergrad Linear Algebra textbooks and Measure, Integration & Real Analysis by Sheldon Axler. Many first year calculus ...
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Material and textbooks for CLIL learners

I have a quite broad questions. I'm a math teacher in Switzerland (high school level, school year 9-12). We teach following topics (among others): quadratic equations, quadratic functions, system of ...
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What determines whether a textbook publishes all solutions to exercises?

Robert Ash (1935-2015) touts in the Preface to Real Variables with Basic Metric Space Topology, I rely especially on one of the most useful of all learning devices: the inclusion of detailed ...
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Recommend a vector calculus textbook/resource with an algebraic geometry flavor

Is there a resource or textbook that presents the basics of vector calculus, specifically the gradient, directional derivatives, curves and surfaces, and extrema, from a more algebraic geometry ...
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How can I convince authors to publish the Instructor's Solution Manual to students?

This question applies to solely books already accompanied by an ISM ("Instructor's Solution Manual) — access is restricted to instructors. Some don't even sell a SSM (Students' Solution Manual) ...
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Math elementary textbooks [closed]

I’m a master student in Turkey. I’m researching math textbooks from different counties to compare them for my thesis. However, it is really difficult to find them. I need your suggestions. Or is there ...
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Statistics, for the mathematically rigorous

I don't know where I can find a rigorous statistics course or textbook. The closest thing I can think of is measure-theoretic probability theory, but I wouldn't really call that "statistics"....
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Looking for a calculus books with very specific requirements

I plan to record lectures for a MOOC on Calculus sometime next year. The MOOC is targeted at an undergraduate audience that comprises engineers, math majors as well as majors in the sciences, etc. ...
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Single variable complex analysis textbook which uses differential forms

Is there any single variable complex analysis textbook which uses $\textrm{d}\bar{z}$? Every single variable text I have found defines what a complex line integral with respect to $\textrm{d}z$ means, ...
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Reference request for 1960s-1970s Australia/NZ primary-level textbooks

Where could I find a list, and ideally discussion, of primary school mathematics schemes (textbook series) in common use in Australia and New Zealand in the period immediately following decimalization ...
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Choice of textbook for an undergraduate abstract algebra course

Currently a 5th year PhD student, and I've been fighting tooth and nail to teach one of our junior-year honors sections in undergraduate algebra next fall (desperately hopeful we'll be able to return ...
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Teaching Mathematics to a Younger Sibling

I always wanted to teach my siblings mathematics, and one, ten years of age, is particularly eager. For the purposes of specializing recommendations, I will add he can use arithmetic up to ...
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Where can I find a good course on tensor calculus not focused on applications and physics?

Where can I find a good course on tensor/ricci calculus not focused on applications and physics? I've been running into lots of tensor-theoretic stuff in differential geometry, so I don't know if ...
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Applications of abstract algebra outside of mathematics and suitable textbook

The question What are some good mathematical applications to present in an abstract algebra course? asks about mathematical applications of abstract algebra. What are some applications of abstract ...
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Why don’t American school textbooks recognize negative numbers as whole numbers?

Looking up for definition for whole numbers on Google yields a result which mentions: The whole numbers are also called the positive integers (or the nonnegative integers, if zero is included). I ...
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Have you ever completely covered every topic in a textbook, and if so, which text?

Over the years of being a student or of being a teacher, it's occurred to me that I've never done every topic in a textbook. If it's a workbook that has a few introductory theory pages and then a few ...
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Is there an arithmetic book similar to “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” by Siegfried Engelmann?

I have found Engelmann’s book (mentioned in subject) to be extremely effective. Is there an equivalent to this book for teaching Arithmetic? I believe the overall approach or method is called Direct ...
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What are the differences between popular undergraduate abstract algebra books?

I will be teaching a year-long undergraduate introduction to abstract algebra in the fall, and I am quite looking forward to it! I need to choose a textbook, and I don't have personal experience with ...
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How much literature research should one do when designing a course?

For each mathematical subject on the undergraduate level there are many textbooks, often with quite different approaches to the subject. Some are just concise and rigorous, some focus on examples, ...
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Are books as old as J.E. Thompson's "for the practical man" series outdated?

I'm sure Thompson's books were a fine series back in his time, but are they still worth recommending for, say, interested high-school students or prospective college students that want to brush up ...
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Textbook for 2nd linear algebra course

I am teaching (for the first time) a 2nd course in linear algebra. The students will have had a beginning course in linear algebra and a beginning course in abstract algebra. I am considering Hoffman ...
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Book request: teaching proving and reasoning at an American university

I am a European postdoc who recently teaching at a large public university in the United States. I will have to teach a course for undergraduate students that introduces them to proving and reasoning ...
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Introductory book or other resource on $p$-adic numbers/number theory/analysis

I am having problems understanding $p$-adic numbers/$p$-adic number theory/$p$-adic analysis. I have tried some notes on the internet, but these notes were not helpful. Can anyone suggest a book, ...
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What are the resources to learn prerequisite knowledge to latter High school and undergrad prep textbooks?

I use textbook study and am planning on studying Spivak's Calculus, Mathematics It's Content, Methods, and Meaning, How to Prove it by Velleman, etc. However, I'm worried I lack the prerequisite ...
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Would the SMSG textbooks provide adequate extracurricular study?

Context: I'm a Grade 11 IBDP student and very fond of math. Assuming that I get the spare time to self-study material alongside the syllabus, I wish to spend it constructively (the only step I've ...
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Books about elementary mathematics written like a good undergraduate textbook

I've never seen any really good expositions of elementary mathematics (middle school or earlier). A good college-level textbook, written for people with an interest in mathematics, reads like a novel ...
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Reference Request: Suitability of a text and corresponding video lecture series request for "Matroid Theory"

I am an undergraduate student from the CS background. While reading a portion of the text "Introduction to Algorithms" by Cormen et. al. I came across a section of Matroids. I was unable to ...