Category Archives: Analysis

Real and complex analysis, functional analysis, PDE.

Zeros of random polynomials

Given a polynomial , where the coefficients are random, what can we say about the distribution of the roots (on )? Of course, it would depend on what “random” means. Here, “random” means that the sequence is an i.i.d. sequence … Continue reading

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Euler’s formula e^ix = cos x + i sin x: a geometric approach

Today I mentioned the famous Euler’s formula briefly in my calculus class (when discussing hyperbolic functions, lecture notes here): where is a solution to (usually denoted by “”, but indeed there is no single-valued square root for complex numbers, or … Continue reading

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An inequality for functions on the plane

I accidentally came across a curious inequality for functions of two variables. I would like to know if this inequality is a special case of a more general result but I was unable to find a reference. It would also … Continue reading

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Weighted isoperimetric inequalities in warped product manifolds

1. Introduction The classical isoperimetric inequality on the plane states that for a simple closed curve on , we have , where is the length of the curve and is the area of the region enclosed by it. The equality … Continue reading

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Faber-Krahn inequality

I record a proof of the Faber-Krahn inequality here, mainly for my own benefit. Let be one of the standard space forms: the Euclidean space , the unit sphere , or the hyperbolic space . Suppose is a bounded domain … Continue reading

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Why is a² + b² ≥ 2ab ?

This post can be regarded as a sequel to my previous (and very ancient) post on 1+2+3+…. Though these two posts are not quite logically related, they share the same spirit (I’m asking a dumb question again). How can one … Continue reading

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The Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and the Lagrange identity

The classical Lagrange identity is the following: This can be proven by expanding and separating the terms into the cross-terms part and the non cross-terms part. The Lagrange identity implies the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality in . And when , this can … Continue reading

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