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Reference for elementary and “cool” statistics or financial math

I signed up for a Math Mentorship Program (for high school students) this term, but one of the students assigned to me is more interested in Statistics and Finance - something that would help him to ...
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How seriously should a graduate student take teaching evaluations?

Pretty much the question in the title. If a grad student gets bad reviews as a TA, how much does that hurt them later? How much do good reviews help? What if the situation is more complex? (For ...
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Depressed graduate student. [closed]

How does a depressed graduate student go about recovering his enthusiasm for the subject and the question at hand? Edit: I am not that grad student; it is a very talented friend of mine. Moderator's ...
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effective teaching

Eric Mazur has a wonderful video describing how physics is taught at many universities and his description applies word for word to the way I learned mathematics and the way it is still being taught, ...
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Pedagogical question about linear algebra

Last semester I taught a linear algebra class that is intended to introduce young students (at a sophmore-junior level) to "abstract mathematics". It seems that a major conceptual hurdle for many of ...
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Curriculum reform success stories at an “average” research university

Greetings all, There's a never-ending story that many of us have sunk our teeth into. How do we go about teaching subjects like calculus and analysis "well?" Most universities that I'm familiar ...
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What's a nice argument that shows the volume of the unit ball in $\mathbb R^n$ approaches 0?

Before you close for "homework problem", please note the tags. Last week, I gave my calculus 1 class the assignment to calculate the $n$-volume of the $n$-ball. They had finished up talking about ...
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One-step problems in geometry

I'm collecting advanced exercises in geometry. Ideally, each exercise should be solved by one trick and this trick should be useful elsewhere (say it gives an essential idea in some theory). If you ...
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Choice of adviser

Not sure how to tag this one so feel free to edit and add tags. When I initially started graduate school my choice for an area of study was quite nebulous. I had only figured out enough to know that ...
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Math journal for high school students?

I recently discovered The College Mathematics Journal and enjoyed reading through some of the articles on fun applications of mathematics. I'd like to send some of the articles to my younger sister, a ...
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Too old for advanced mathematics? [closed]

Kind of an odd question, perhaps, so I apologize in advance if it is inappropriate for this forum. I've never taken a mathematics course since high school, and didn't complete college. However, ...
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What are the qualities of a good (math) teacher? [closed]

In forming your answer you may treat the qualifier math or maths as optional, since part of the question is whether there is anything peculiar to the subject of mathematics that demands anything ...
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How have mathematicians been raised? [closed]

Many of us have -- or at some point want to have -- children, and wonder how we can do our best to fulfill the "nurture" component of helping them develop mathematical talent... not because we want ...
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Are there elementary-school curricula that capture the joy of mathematics?

UPDATE: Wow, thank you everyone for the great insights! A couple of months ago I stumbled across Paul Lockhart's essay A Mathematician's Lament and it made perfect sense to me. I'm not meaning to ...
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Is formal proof (formalized mathematics) interesting to practicing mathematicians? To educators? [closed]

Formalizing mathematical proofs so that they can be checked for correctness and manipulated by computer is a recurrent proposal, most notably stated in the QED manifesto (1994). The December 2008 ...
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Pacing for learning new material

I'm beginning to run into work where I have to do a significant amount of learning of math by myself, with a book rather than with a teacher. Now, I do know that doing problems tends to be the best ...
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Relating Category Theory to Programming Language Theory

I'm wondering what the relation of category theory to programming language theory is. I've been reading some books on category theory and topos theory, but if someone happens to know what the ...
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What should be offered in undergraduate mathematics that's currently not (or isn't usually)? [closed]

What's one class that mathematics that should be offered to undergraduates that isn't usually? One answer per post. Ex: Just to throw some ideas out there Mathematical Physics (for math students, not ...
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Your experience of Computer Science/Programming in Mathematics Education? [closed]

This is a survey question, which seeks to produce a list of answers from the audience of mathematicians. Motivation: I'm doing research in mathematics education. I'm particularly interested in ...
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An “Elementary” Math Question Generalized (Ring Theory Perhaps)

The following question is posed in the book "The USSR Olympiad Problem Book: Selected Problems and Theorems of Elementary Mathematics" "Prove that if integers a_1, ..., a_n are all distinct, then the ...
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Real-world applications of mathematics, by arxiv subject area?

What are the most important applications outside of mathematics of each of the major fields of mathematics? For concreteness, let's divide up mathematics according to arxiv mathematics categories, e.g....
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Characterizing triangles unembeddedly

The mathedu mailing list has a recent longish thread at http://www.nabble.com/Why-do-we-do-proofs--to25809591.html which discussed among other things whether we should teach triangles as labeled or ...