# mathematics self-study Articles

## Articles for: mathematics self-study

### Yardsticks to Metric Tensor Fields

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I asked myself why different scientists understand the same thing seemingly differently, especially the concept of a metric tensor. If we ask a topologist,…

### 10 Math Things We All Learnt Wrong At School

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The title is admittedly clickbait. Or a joke. Or a provocation. It depends on with whom you speak, or who reads it with which expectation. Well, I cannot…

### How to Solve Second-Order Partial Derivatives

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Introduction A frequent concern among students is how to carry out higher order partial derivatives where a change of variables and the chain rule are…

### The Analytic Continuation of the Lerch and the Zeta Functions

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Introduction In this brief Insight article the analytic continuations of the Lerch Transcendent and Riemann Zeta Functions are achieved via the Euler's…

### A Path to Fractional Integral Representations of Some Special Functions

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Introduction This bit is what new thing you can learn reading this:) As for original content, I only have hope that the method of using the sets \$\$C_N^n:…

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### The 10 Commandments of Index Expressions and Tensor Calculus

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Having more than 10 years of experience in teaching vector and tensor calculus and special and general relativity, I have noted that many people have the…

### What is the Homopolar Generator: An Analytical Example

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Introduction It is surprising that the homopolar generator, invented in one of Faraday's ingenious experiments in 1831, still seems to create confusion…

### What Is a Tensor? The mathematical point of view.

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Let me start with a counter-question. What is a number? Before you laugh, there is more to this question than one might think. A number can be something…

### Learn How to Solve the Cubic Equation for Dummies

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Everybody learns the "quadratic formula" for solving equations of the form [itex]A x^2 + B x + C = 0[/itex], even though you don't really need such a formula,…

### Omissions in Mathematics Education: Gauge Integration

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The current (pure) mathematics curriculum at the university is well established. Most of the choices made are sensible. But still, there are some important…

### Some Misconceptions on Indefinite Integrals

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Integration is an incredibly useful technique taught in all calculus classes. Nevertheless, there are certain paradoxes involved with integration that…

### Exploring the Relationship Between Group Theory and Geometry

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There is a very deep link between group theory and geometry. Sadly, this link is not emphasized a lot in most courses of group theory, even though it is…

### 5 Problems with Students Self Studying Mathematics

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For several years already I have been trying to help students who have been self-studying math. I did this completely free with no compensation for me.…

### In High School and Want to Do Advanced Mathematics?

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This insight is written for high school students who don't feel very challenged by their high school courses. Or maybe those high school students who want…

### How to Self-Study Basic High School Mathematics

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IntroductionWe often get questions here from people self-studying mathematics. One of those questions is what mathematics should I study…