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Find information about mathematics, which can be as simple as addition or as complex as the abstract field of number theory. Mathematics is used in many areas of learning, from science, engineering, and medicine to the arts, cooking, sports, and a myriad of other areas.
The extent to which mathematics pervades all aspects of life is astonishing. All the major advances in electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and so forth were dependent on mathematics. Exploration of space and most of the technological discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries have been made through the application of mathematics.
All branches of mathematics are interrelated. Mathematics is the study of quantitative relationships. When such relationships are expressed in terms of numbers, that branch of mathematics is called arithmetic; elementary school math, which focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions, is considered arithmetic. When relationships are expressed in letters and numbers, with similar rules to arithmetic, the subject is known as algebra. Trigonometry studies relationships between angles. Geometry is concerned with size, shape, area, and volume of objects and position in space.
Calculus deals with the relationship between changing quantities. In differential calculus, the problem is to find the rate at which a known but varying quantity changes. The problem in integral calculus is the reverse of this: to find a quantity when the rate at which it is changing is known. Combinatorics is a branch of mathematics primarily dealing with counting.
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