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    Unusual set of 3 integers

    I fail to see how this is inconsistent with Mathematics in general!
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    Linear algebra: Prove that the set is a subspace

    I don't follow what you are trying to say here. I'm sorry, I must be missing something.
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    Linear algebra: Prove that the set is a subspace

    Your basis has to be a set of 3x3 matrices. That is fair, I'm just wondering the method you used. You've (assuming your calculations are correct) found what matrices in the subspace U "look like". Can you write that matrix as a linear combination of other matrices? (I haven't verified, but it...
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    Linear algebra: Prove that the set is a subspace

    What does it mean to be a basis? I don't agree with your explanation of the dimension and basis of U. Column vectors (in this case) are ##3x1## matrices. You're claiming that you can generate a whole space of 3x3 matrices with linear combinations of 3x1 matrices. The basis that you are claiming...
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    Polynomial splits over simple extension implies splitting field?

    That is a fair critique I suppose. If we wanted to be super rigorous we could fix an algebraic closure of ##\mathbb{F}## call it ##\mathbb{F}^*## with ##\mathbb{F} \subseteq \mathbb{K} \subseteq \mathbb{F}^*##. But either way, while the argument is very short, it seems like a useful lemma that...
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    Proof Practice

    You might start by trying to prove some statements about parity. Like an odd number times an odd number is always odd. Even number times anything is always even. Those are pretty straight forward. If you feel you already feel comfortable with those. Then really you should just find a good...
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    Polynomial splits over simple extension implies splitting field?

    Since ##\alpha## is a root of f and ##\mathbb{L}## is the splitting field of f. ##\mathbb{L}## must contain all roots of f, basically by definition of splitting field.
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    Collection of Lame Jokes

    What's purple and commutes? An abelian grape.
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    Separate a variable

    Three things: First, gotta have some context. We can't help you if we don't know what the question is. Second, learn latex it's not hard at all, your equations are impossible to interpret with certainty. Third, are these your equations? If not, you may quote this message and see how it was...
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    Probability - Tree Diagram problem

    Can you describe your intent with the attached tree? That is, how have you chosen your labels on your branches? Why do you know there is something wrong?
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    Proof Practice

    Also, if you scroll through the Calculus and beyond section you might find some exercises to try to prove. Or.. you might prove that there are no positive integers ##a,b,## and ##c## such that for ##n \geq 3## $$a^n + b^n = c^n$$. :-p
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    Polynomial splits over simple extension implies splitting field?

    This is a question that came about while I attempting to prove that a simple extension was a splitting field via mutual containment. This isn't actually the problem, however, it seems like the argument I'm using shouldn't be exclusive to my problem. Here is my attempt at convincing myself that...
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    Group Presentations Isomorphisms

    It's not obvious to me why simply mapping the generators to generators should define a homomorphism. Just to be sure I'm on the same page as you. Let ##a,b ## generate G, ##a',b'## generate H. Let ##\phi : G \rightarrow H## be defined by ##\phi(a)=a'## and ##\phi(b)##. From just this, It's not...
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    Group Presentations Isomorphisms

    If you are trying to show that two groups, call them H and G, are isomorphic and you know a presentation for H, is it enough to show that G has the same number of generators and that those generators have the same relations?
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    Science Jokes

    So, finite groups are virtually trivial. What's the big deal?
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