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I am teaching an undergraduate course, and I want to teach them to construct basic ...

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### Help me find good math questions for my students

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### Professional skills advising for math jobs [closed]

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I just finished teaching a freshman calculus course (at an American state university), and one standard topic in the curriculum is related rates. I taught my students to answer questions such as the ...

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### What to teach in a second graduate course in algebra? What textbook to use?

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rings, fields, perhaps a little bit of Galois theory, perhaps a little bit of
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### Giving a math talk with no blackboard or projector

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### An example of a beautiful proof that would be accessible at the high school level?

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### How misleading is it to regard $\frac{dy}{dx}$ as a fraction?

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### The Matrix-Tree Theorem without the matrix

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### Mathematical Advice for Interested Highschool Students

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What general resources exist for students in highschool who are very interested in ...

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### Concrete questions that turn into math problems [closed]

I'm writing an article about the way we teach math, trying to find out why so many people are discouraged from learning, and have no interest for math and logic.
At some point, I want to show that ...

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### Suggestions for teaching advanced high school students

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### Textbook recommendations for undergraduate proof-writing class

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Logic, ...

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### Characterization of the Poisson law

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### conditional equality symbol

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### Mathematics seminar for “non-mathematicians”

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### Good chalk in the UK

Sometime ago it was asked in Mathoverflow about good chalk in the US Where to buy premium white chalk in the U.S., like they have at RIMS?. I will be grateful for any recommendations on good chalk in ...

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### Collecting proofs that finite multiplicative subgroups of fields are cyclic.

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### Reference for working with the implicit function theorem

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### What is the best way explain to undergraduates that all 1-dimensional manifolds are orientable?

Let's suppose that $M$ is a connected $1$-dimensional smooth manifold (Haussdorf and paracompact). We know that there are exactly two types, up to diffeomorphism (even up to homeomorphism), namely ...

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### Who is this guy : Z.A. Melzak (wrote Companion to Concrete Mathematics) ? [closed]

Author : Z.A. Melzak
Book Title : Companion to Concrete Mathematics.
Publication : Dover renewed 2004 2 volumes in one. Copyright 1972/1976.
I found this book extremely nice.
To whet your appetite ...

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### Interesting Calculus Questions/Exercises

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### Pedagogical question concerning $\Gamma(z)$

Pedagogically speaking, I see two problems with defining
$\Gamma(z)$ (at least for real $z$) by the limit
$$\Gamma(z)=\lim_{m\to\infty}\frac{m! m^z}{\prod_{i=0}^m (z+i)}$$
as compared with the formula
...

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### Terminology question on covering spaces

I'm teaching an elementary class about fundamental groups and covering spaces. It was very useful to use "fool's covering spaces" of a space $X$, defined as
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### What are some interesting grading/curving systems you have seen for a course? [closed]

It seems like every math course has something unique in how things are graded.
1) What are some interesting grading systems you have seen/used? (include curving types, etc.)
2) What are some pros ...

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### Social Reading Platform for Math or LaTeX texts

Social reading is considered to be one of the big trends that could be catalysing learning by reading. Features could include:
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### Applications of knot theory

An answer of André Henriques' inspired the following closely related CW question. Parts of the following is extracted from his answer and my comments.
I regularly teach a knot theory class. ...

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### How to introduce notions of flat, projective and free modules?

In the coming spring semester I will be teaching for the first time an introductory (graduate) course in Commutative Algebra. As many people know, I have been plugging away for a while at this ...

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### How does one motivates the method of separation of variables when teaching PDE's?

I'm not sure if this question is appropriate for MO. Add comments if it is not. Thanks.
How to explain/motivate the method of separation of variables for PDEs to undergraduates? What's the real math ...

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### Almost linear ODE: how node becomes a spiral

Most introductory ODE books contain a discussion of almost linear systems, and there are two cases when the behavior of an almost linear system near an equilbrium point can differ from the behaviour ...