Questions tagged [mathematics]

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Is there any chance for a person with BSc in mathematics to get into good graduate level theoretical physics program?

I am a mathematics major without any undergraduate level courses in physics. I am lately interested in physics. Is there any chance for me to go into good theoretical physics graduate program without ...
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What does one do the summer between graduation and graduate school?

I am about to graduate with a B.S. in mathematics and will (hopefully) be attending a PhD program somewhere starting in the fall. What is one supposed to do the summer between? I don't have any ...
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How to cope with the change from easy undergrad. to difficult masters?

I'm doing a masters course at a different university than I did my undergrad (both in maths). I did well in my undergrad but now I'm finding it very difficult. The shock of the change is hard to cope ...
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why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines

I was always wondering why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines? I come up with some guesses that I would like to know ...
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I missed an application deadline, but it wasn't entirely my fault. How can I still be considered?

About a week ago, I went to submit the application for the mathematics PhD program at one of my top choice schools. The form told me I had missed the deadline, which was December 15th. I had January ...
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Important factors for hiring a young mathematician

Let's list important factors for evaluation of a job candidate (for research post doc, assistant professor, tenure track, etc): Research experience (research articles, research talks, expository ...
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Is it hard to get a scholarship for graduate school in Mathematics?

I am currently majoring in Physics but I am thinking about changing my major to Mathematics because feel more attracted to it as a subject. However, I have been told that in Physics, one almost always ...
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tips for mathematics student giving interview for physics (quantum information)

As suggested by @PiotrMigdal I am putting a separate question regarding the title mentioned above. I am a Mathematics PhD student doing work in functional analysis / operator theory aspects of ...
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Tips for making online presentation over Skype

I am about to complete my PhD. My area is functional analytic/ operator theoretic aspects of quantum information. I am applying for post-doctoral positions in various places. Recently, one group ...
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Refer to arxiv version?

Am I breaking some kind of rule if I'm adding the arxiv link to the bibitem for an article that's published in a journal? I thought obviously not until I noticed that (link to arxiv) and (page number ...
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Working at a Liberal Arts College in Mathematics

I am finishing my Ph.D. in mathematics and am currently applying to many different schools. I would like to customize my cover letter somewhat for liberal arts colleges. In general, what defines a ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of learning mathematics and physics subjects through lecture videos

I have been contemplating studying some subjects by watching video lectures, more specifically Topology and Quantum Mechanics. I was wondering, if anyone has tried studying a subject on his own by ...
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Are the Hardy-Littlewood “rules” unethical?

For the second time recently, someone mentioned to me the Hardy-Littlewood rules for collaboration (and on that very site). From what I read about it, they include the following rule: And, finally, ...
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Is it possible to attend graduate school in pure math after undergrad in CSE?

I am a Bangladeshi student studying CSE in the best university of my country. At the beginning of my second year in my university, an interest towards pure math grew in my mind. But my university does ...
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Does one need a specific field in mind to apply to a PhD program in mathematics?

When applying for the PhD program in mathematics, usually, one is not required to specify in what field (e.g., PDE, dynamical system, etc.) he/she intends to do. However, I don't know whether it will ...
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What metrics are used to judge a mathematical journal's quality?

The metric I see most on the internet and on journals' home pages is the 'Impact Factor'. Are there any other metrics that are considered as important as (or more important than) the Impact Factor?
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Beginners' guide to publications in mathematics

I solved an interesting problem in probability, and I think it's worth publishing as an interesting application. However, I am not a mathematician and don't know anything about existing journals or ...
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Any chance for an overseas student to pursue online courses and get a degree?

I am planning to take courses in Mathematics, Computer Science from a US University. I am not in the USA. How should I generally go about it? Is it an online degree that I am looking for? And I ...
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How do I get into a masters course in pure mathematics?

My question is as stated in the title and to elaborate more: I would like to know if there are any standardized international exams to enter a masters course in pure mathematics (besides GRE Math) ...

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