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Thinking in Problems

How Mathematicians Find Creative Solutions

Roytvarf, Alexander A.

2013, XXXVII, 405 p. 14 illus.

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  • Introduces key problem-solving techniques in depth
  • Provides the reader with a range of methods that are used in numerous mathematical fields
  • Each self-contained chapter builds on the previous one, allowing the reader to uncover new approaches and prepare creative solutions
  • Corresponding hints, explanations, and full solutions are supplied for each problem
  • The difficulty level for all examples are indicated throughout the book

This concise, self-contained textbook gives an in-depth look at problem-solving from a mathematician’s point-of-view. Each chapter builds off the previous one, while introducing a variety of methods that could be used when approaching any given problem. Creative thinking is the key to solving mathematical problems, and this book outlines the tools necessary to improve the reader’s technique.

The text is divided into twelve chapters, each providing corresponding hints, explanations, and finalization of solutions for the problems in the given chapter. For the reader’s convenience, each exercise is marked with the required background level. This book implements a variety of strategies that can be used to solve mathematical problems in fields such as analysis, calculus, linear and multilinear algebra and combinatorics. It includes applications to mathematical physics, geometry, and other branches of mathematics. Also provided within the text are real-life problems in engineering and technology.

Thinking in Problems is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom or as a self-study guide. Prerequisites include linear algebra and analysis.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Analysis - Chebyshev systems - Combinatorial theory - Dynamical systems - Jacobi identities - Multiexponential analysis - Singular value decomposition theorems

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Table of contents 

Section I. Problems.- 1. Jacobi Identities and Related Combinatorial Formulas.- 2. A Property of Recurrent Sequences.- 3. A Combinatorial Algorithm in Multiexponential Analysis.- 4. A Frequently Encountered Determinant.- 5. A Dynamical System with a Strange Attractor.- 6. Polar and Singular Value Decomposition Theorems.- 7. 2X2 Matrices Which Are Roots of 1.- 8. A Property of Orthogonal Matrices.- 9. Convexity and Related Classical Inequalities.- 10. One-Parameter Groups of Linear Transformations.- 11. Examples of Generating Functions in Combinatorial Theory and Analysis.- 12. Least Squares and Chebyshev Systems.- Section II. Hints.- 1. Jacobi Identities and Related Combinatorial Formulas.- 2. A Property of Recurrent Sequences.- 3. A Combinatorial Algorithm in Multiexponential Analysis.- 4. A Frequently Encountered Determinant.- 5. A Dynamical System with a Strange Attractor.- 6. Polar and Singular Value Decomposition Theorems.- 7. 2X2 Matrices Which Are Roots of 1.- 8. A Property of Orthogonal Matrices.- 9. Convexity and Related Classical Inequalities.- 10. One-Parameter Groups of Linear Transformations.- 11. Examples of Generating Functions in Combinatorial Theory and Analysis.- 12. Least Squares and Chebyshev Systems.- Section III. Explanations.-1. Jacobi Identities and Related Combinatorial Formulas.- 2. A Property of Recurrent Sequences.- 3. A Combinatorial Algorithm in Multiexponential Analysis.- 4. A Frequently Encountered Determinant.- 5. A Dynamical System with a Strange Attractor.- 6. Polar and Singular Value Decomposition Theorems.- 7. 2X2 Matrices Which Are Roots of 1.- 8. A Property of Orthogonal Matrices.- 9. Convexity and Related Classical Inequalities.- 10. One-Parameter Groups of Linear Transformations.- 11. Examples of Generating Functions in Combinatorial Theory and Analysis.- 12. Least Squares and Chebyshev Systems.- Section IV. Full Solutions.- 1. Jacobi Identities and Related Combinatorial Formulas.- 2. A Property of Recurrent Sequences.- 3. A Combinatorial Algorithm in Multiexponential Analysis.- 4. A Frequently Encountered Determinant.- 5. A Dynamical System with a Strange Attractor.- 6. Polar and Singular Value Decomposition Theorems.- 7. 2X2 Matrices Which Are Roots of 1.- 8. A Property of Orthogonal Matrices.- 9. Convexity and Related Classical Inequalities.- 10. One-Parameter Groups of Linear Transformations.- 11. Examples of Generating Functions in Combinatorial Theory and Analysis.- 12. Least Squares and Chebyshev Systems.

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