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What to do when language in a text gets rough

  1. Aug 23, 2007 #1
    specifically a pure math book? I'm reading this textbook and sometimes it takes me so long to figure out what the theorem or something is actually saying. I can't tell whether parts of it are supposed or are conditions or if they're using some characteristic of another proven part of the concept.

    :cry:

    it's so annoying cause for about 12 pages i really liked this book due to its rigor now its rigor is killing me.

    its this one

    http://www.amazon.com/Methods-Mathematical-Physics-Cambridge-Library/dp/0521664020

    if anyone knows a book like this, thats develops all the concepts from scratch, but is clearer I would very much like to know.
     
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  3. Aug 23, 2007 #2
    You can do a varity of things:

    1) Pick up a new book on the subject and compare wording.
    2) Re-read.
    3) Attempt to complete the proof before the text gives it to you (this is a skill that you should start working on anyway, because many of the graduate math texts I have used tend to assume you can prove the almost every theorem they give you without too much insight).
    4) Ask a professor to assist you are stumped.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2007 #3
    in particular since it is a math book u should tend to be more intutive than looking for proofs in the book once u satisfy urdelf with an example then probably u will fell lot better.
     
  5. Aug 23, 2007 #4

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    You've chosen an old book to look into. Try Arfken and Weber. The words are more common.
     
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