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Topic: Top 100 most used Theorems and Ideas from Mathematics
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 Irchans Posts: 41 Registered: 12/13/04
Top 100 most used Theorems and Ideas from Mathematics
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 1:24 PM

I put together a list of the ideas and theorems that I used most and tried to put them in order by frequency of use. It's hard because I often use a mathematical idea like symmetry without even realizing that I've use it, but this is my best guess. Feel free comments because I want to revise the list. I am sure I forgot a lot of things. It would be great if other people posted their most used theorems.

http://artent.net/blog/2012/11/27/100-most-useful-theorems-and-ideas-in-mathematics/

Here is the list without the TeX and HTML Formatting:

counting
zero
place notation 100, 1000, ?
the four arithmetic operations + ? * /
fractions
decimal notation
basic propositional logic (Modus ponens, If-then, and, or, ?)
negative numbers
equivalence classes
equality & substitution
basic algebra ? idea of variables, equations, ?
the idea of probability
commutative and associative properties
distributive property
powers (squared, cubed,?), - compound interest (miracle of)
scientific notation 1.3e6 = 1,300,000
polynomials
first order predicate logic
infinity
irrational numbers
Demorgan?s laws
statistical independence
the notion of a function
square root (cube root, ?)
inequalities
power laws (i.e. a^b a^c = a^( b+c )
Cartesian coordinate plane
basic set theory
random variable
probability distribution
histogram
the mean, expected value & strong law of large numbers
the graph of a function
standard deviation
Pythagorean theorem
vector spaces
limits
real numbers as limits of fractions, the least upper bound
continuity
Rn, Euclidean Space, and Hilbert spaces
derivative
correlation
central limit theorem
integrals
chain rule
modular arithmetic
sine cosine tangent
circumference, area, and volume formulas for circles, rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, spheres, cones,?
linear regression
Taylor?s theorem
the number e and the exponential function
Rolle?s theorem
the notion of linearity
injective (one-to-one) / surjective (onto) functions
imaginary numbers
symmetry
Euler?s Formula e^(i?)?1=0
Fourier transform
fundamental theorem of calculus
logarithms
matrices
conic sections
Boolean algebra
Cauchy?Schwarz inequality
binomial theorem - Pascal?s triangle
the determinant
ordinary differential equation (ODE)
mode (maximum likelihood estimator)
cosine law
prime numbers
linear independence
Jacobian
fundamental theorem of arithmetic
duality - (polyhedron faces & points, geometry lines and points, Dual Linear Program, dual space, ?)
intermediate value theorem
eigenvalues
median
entropy
KL distance
binomial distribution
Bayes? theorem
23.32?10
compactness, Heine ? Borel theorem
metric space, Triangle Inequality
Projections, Best Approximation
1/(1?X)=1+X+X2+?
partial differential equations
Reisz representation theorem
Fubini?s theorem
the ides of groups, semigroups, monoids, rings, ?
Singular Value Decomposition
numeric integration - trapezoidal rule, ?
mutual information
Plancherel?s theorem
matrix condition number
integration by parts
Euler?s method for numerical integration of ODEs (and improved Euler & Runge?Kutta)
countable vs uncountable infinity
pigeon hole principle

There is a long list of mathematical ideas that I use less often. Here?s a sampling: Baire category theorem, Cauchy integral formula, calculus of variations, closed graph theorem, Chinese remainder theorem, Clifford algebra (quaternions), cohomology, Euclidean algorithm, fundamental group, Gauss? Law, Grassmannian algebra, homology, modules, non-associative algebra, Platonic/Euclidean solids, Pontryagain duality, Sylow p subgroup, repeating decimals equal a fraction, ring ideals, sine law, tensors, tessellation, transcendental numbers, Weierstrass approximation theorem, ?

Date Subject Author
11/27/12 Irchans
11/28/12 IV