On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Do non-Russian technical universities use Olympiad-style math/problem solving entrance exams?

In the U.S., colleges typically don't use entrance exams to select students. For test results they rely instead on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. I heard that the top technical math/science ...
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What do mathematics researchers do if they aren't good?

I am a high school student so I don't know much about academia, but I would like to clear up some confusion I have over research in mathematics. Please excuse my naivite/ignorance on this topic. I ...
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are some of you guys tutoring in the mathematics field on KhanAcademy? [on hold]

I need help with basic arithmetics when comparing fraction and mixed numbers.
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Pendulum simulation [on hold]

I need to make a C# simulator for a simple pendulum. I have been searching the web for 3 days and I am stuck. The problem is I have found many equations that would give the angle position as a ...
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Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others?

Not sure if this belongs on the Academia site, but since I'm a math major and the question is based solely on my observation of mathematics professors, I figured this site would be best. At my ...
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Chances of research position in mathematics without going to a top graduate school?

I'm a student at a reasonably prestigious, but not top, graduate program in mathematics. I'm happy here- I really like the professors in my research group, and I feel like I'm a pretty good fit for ...
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How has this decision affected my academic career? (1 year gap) [on hold]

I will just project my mind here and see where it goes. A lot of this will seem childish/immature/ Due to various problems from a multitude of directions in my life; some serious, some idiotic ...
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FIND CENTROID OF ELLIPSE USING MATLAB CODE [closed]

strong text NOW I AM DOING A PROJECT THAT USE MATLAB CODE TO FIND THE CENTROID OF THE ELLIPSE. I REALLY NEED HELP FOR THE CODE.
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Does one need a bachelor's in Math, if not a master's, before taking a PhD in Math in the US?

This is actually just a revision of this question in relation to this answer. I ask "Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math in the US?" Chris C's answer suggests that in the ...
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What GRE verbal score is needed for a non-native English speaker to get into math or applied math PhD programs in the USA? [duplicate]

I am an international student whose native language is not English. I am planning to apply for a Phd program in math or applied math in US in the future and general GRE test is a requirement. From ...
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How should one acknowledge assistance received via sites like SE? [duplicate]

I have been working for some time on a paper that I hope to submit to a mathematics journal. Buried deep in the guts of the paper is a technical lemma that I struggled with for some time before ...
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What advanced math topics are recommended for computer science? [closed]

I am enrolled in a computer science degree at the moment. I have looked around trying to find answers, but people tend to ask 'what is the minimum math needed for computer science' as opposed to what ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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How long do I study on my own before applying to math grad school?

I'm one of those who realized near the end of their Bachelor's in Business Mgmt that they really really love math. I'm interested in research in pure, theoretical math. I am confident in my ability to ...
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Doing PhD in math/physics after obtaining a bachelor degree in an unrelated field

I want to do a PhD in mathematics (Specializing in algebraic topology or algebraic geometry ) or mathematical physics (String theory). I have a bachelor degree in a totally different field (medicine). ...
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Is it acceptable to include footnotes in mathematical proofs?

When writing a technical article that includes mathematical proofs: Is it acceptable to have footnotes within the body of a formal proof (to elaborate/clarify non-essential points) or is the use of ...
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Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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What kind of PhD proposals should I read?

I am finishing up my master's in mathematical finance and am hoping to pursue a PhD in stochastic analysis. I was given a sample PhD proposal from an education office that helps people apply for ...
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Is it a good idea to take a break from studying a mathematics PhD and then considering revisiting academia at a later stage?

In September I properly started a mathematics PhD at a UK university straight after my undergraduate MMath degree at a different university. On the whole, I am enjoying the experience - the teaching, ...
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How to build bridges between mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists?

I am part of a recently founded laboratory in computational biology and we are trying to get all the parts (biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and so on) to speak the same language, or ...
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What to do with a new mathematics conjecture?

I have been working on a problem (not in mathematics) for a while and at the core there is a simply stated mathematical problem which I really cannot solve. I have tried asking colleagues but they ...
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Summer School in Mathematics for Master Student: are there any online resources?

I'm a first year master student in Mathematics. I was interested in pursuing a Summer School in pure math (about the topic I'm most interested in, of course). Obviously the most natural question so ...
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Normal Vector of plane for Rotation [migrated]

0 down vote favorite I reading a code where Normal vector to a plane is given. then a,b,c are taken (what I guess is direction ratio values). a=norm_vec(1); b=norm_vec(2); c=norm_vec(3); Now I ...
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Bad signs in a department for PhD

Is it a bad sign in a department if most of those who do their thesis in that department also did their undergraduate studies there and most of those who get their PhD there either are employed in ...
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Applying to Math PhD programs with an math degree completed online

Before I start, I apologize in advance for dumping my neuroses on this community. So I finished a BA in mathematics online from penn state with a 4.0 GPA (some of the courses I finished were in ...
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Doing a PhD in physics after doing bachelors and masters in mathematics

I have done my bachelors and currently doing masters in pure mathematics. I have done four physics courses during bachelors degree which also includes special relativity. What is the possibility that ...
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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics in Canada [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know that what are the best Universities in Canada for Graduate Studies in Pure Mathematics? In particular, what about University of Waterloo and University of British ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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IEEE Style for Number Array

What is the IEEE preferred style for writing a number array with a specific step size? There seem to be several options: 1: (start, step, stop) 2: (start:step:stop) 3: start ... (step) ... stop ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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When graduated and thinking hard problems by own, how to get help on hard parts?

I graduated from maths with better than average grades. But on my free time I would like to learn a book Qing Liu: Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves on my own. The problem is that it has some ...
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Are there any trustworthy Mathematics fee-based open access journals?

Some open access journals, like Integers for example, don't charge the author any fee for publishing their article. Other open access journals do charge the author a fee and the author has to pay the ...
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Ask an expert in your field that you have never met to write a reference letter?

To be more specific, I work in pure mathematics and I am applying for a postdoc position in the US. Prior to this, I have only had my recommendation letters written by my former advisors and PhD ...
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Is it unwise to start a Ms/PhD program without a stipend - will it upset professors if I leave with a masters to apply to funded programs?

I was recently notified that I was accepted to a Ms/PhD program with a full tuition scholarship but I am waitlisted for receiving a Stipend. I don't currently have the best credentials so I don't ...
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I keep forgetting what I've learned. Should I even consider pursuing advanced degree in math?

This is my first time posting here, and I'm not very sure whether I should post this in Academia or Math stackexchange. Currently I am a Mathematics/Economics major. I have been taking a lot of math ...
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Programming languages in computer science / applied math academic journals

I am working on documenting a new algorithm to solve a discrete mathematics problem, hopefully to publish academically. In this article, I will need to provide code samples and attach or link to a ...
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What to do in the summer if math REUs reject me? Should I still apply to grad school?

This past fall/winter I applied to 16 of the pure math summer REU programs listed by the AMS here, and haven't been accepted by any so far. Five have rejected me, and the fact that none of the other ...
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How are TT candidates measured with different number of postdoc years?

In my field (math), typically people get 3 year postdoctoral fellowships as the standard offer. Some afterwards do another postdoc and some go directly to tenure track. Some people, however, get ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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Is it realistic to continue academic career if a supervisor is a sophist?

I was writing my bachelor's degree and that went quite bad. The reason was that my supervisor was a sophist, in my opinion. For example, when I wrote in my thesis: "Let n be the cardinality of the ...
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Where to publish (recreational) mathematics without a PhD?

I have been out of undergrad for some time now but was interested in publishing a few things I have been working on. Are there any good "beginner" journals where someone without a mathematics PhD ...
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How do I get mathematics recommenders out of undergrad?

I am a few years out of undergrad, graduated with a CompE BS with math minor, but was wanting to head into graduate school for mathematics and/or mathematical physics (particle or high energy theory). ...
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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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Must graphs in a mathematical PhD thesis be drawn nicely?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics and there are several graphs to be included (on knots, braids, and other related objects). I know that there are several software available for drawing graphs ...
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Largest PhD programs in mathematics

I'll be applying to graduate schools in the fall but so far don't have any real clue what area I want to focus on. As such, I hope to attend a very large math graduate program with a lot of varied ...
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How big are Mathematics research projects usually?

I have been involved in a number of large-ish research consortia usually with 10 or more groups, with each group containing 2 or more individuals. Some have originated from computer science, others ...
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How to stand out in math graduate school admissions

In less than a year from now I'll be applying to pure math PhD programs. I'm going to have a competitive application. I'm attending a well regarded school and will no doubt get good reccomendations; I ...
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How do I know if I am truly prepared for graduate school in mathematics?

Tl;dr: Having taken lots of math classes, I've managed to forget a lot of information. Also, since I'm at a small university, most of my peers are not interested in pure mathematics graduate school, ...
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Why are some good math journals not indexed by Thomson Reuters?

I observed some very good math journals are not indexed by Thomson Reuters. The basis of my evaluation is the composition of the editorial board, the university or press that house the journals and ...