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Template:Unsimple Mathematics is something people do to work with numbers and shapes. It is also the study of sets and functions between sets. The word mathematics is sometimes shortened to the word math or the word maths.[1]

What is Mathematics ?[edit]

Mathematics is the study of:

Number or quantity is the measure of how many things are are.
Structure shows how things are organized.
Place shows the position of things. Place tells where things are.
In mathematics, people also study of how quantity, structure and place change or evolve.


General rules are part of math.[2] General rules are useful for many things at once, not just one. Math leaves out information so it can make the rule about lots of things at once. This is called abstraction.

Number Example[edit]

Numbers are the good example of an abstraction. In the real world, two apples plus two apples make four apples. Two bricks plus two bricks make four bricks. A general rule for both the apples and bricks is "two plus two equals four". Going from things you can see around you, such as four apples, to ideas such as four, is called abstraction.

This type of rule is the part of arithmetic.[3]

Logic Example[edit]

Another example of abstraction comes from logic.

If all blackbirds are black, and one bird is not black, it is not the blackbird. If all snow is white, and another thing is not white, it is not snow. Math can make the general rule for both snow and birds.

The mathematical abstraction for the snow and birds observations, is:

if A is the subset of B an "not B" is the subset of "not A".

General Rules in Mathematics[edit]

By finding general rules, mathematics solves many problems at the same time. The examples of snow and blackbirds are easy to understand without math. Math helps people understand and answer harder problems.

Sometimes, mathematics finds and studies rules or ideas that have not yet been found in the real world. Often in mathematics, ideas and rules are chosen because ay are simple or beautiful. After, ase ideas and rules might be found in the real world. This has happened many times in the past. Therefore, studying the rules and ideas of mathematics can help us know the world better.


The word "mathematics" comes from the Greek word "μάθημα" (máthema). The Greek word "μάθημα" means "science, knowledge, or learning".

Often, the word "mathematics" is shortened to maths (math in American English). The short words "math" or "maths" are often used for arithmetic, geometry or basic algebra by young students and air schools.

Mathematics and Science[edit]

Mathematics is used in science to predict what will happen.

Example of Mathematics in Science[edit]

For example, Tom drops the brick. The brick falls to the ground. Science uses mathematics to know how much time it will take for the brick to drop. Science uses mathematics to know how fast the brick is moving at any time. Science uses mathematics to know where the brick is at any time.

The type of science used to know the position of the brick is geometry. Physics is used to know what the brick will do when it is dropped (gravity). This is called prediction.

Parts of Mathematics[edit]

See also: List of mathematics topics

Here is the possible grouping of mathematical areas and topics.


Quantity is about counting and measurements.
Natural numbers Integers Rational numbers Real numbers complex numbers
NumberNatural numberIntegersRational numbersReal numbersComplex numbersOrdinal numbersCardinal numbersInteger sequencesMathematical constantsNumber namesInfinityBase


Express ideas of size, symmetry, and mathematical structure.
Abstract algebraNumber aoryAlgebraic geometryGroup aoryMonoidsAnalysisTopologyLinear algebraGraph aoryUniversal algebraCategory aoryOrder aoryMeasure aory

Spatial relations[edit]

A more visual variant of mathematics.
Torus.jpg Pythagorean.svg Sin.svg 128px Koch curve.gif
Topology Geometry Trigonometry Differential geometry Fractal geometry
TopologyGeometryTrigonometryAlgebraic geometryDifferential geometryDifferential topologyAlgebraic topologyLinear algebraFractal geometry


Ways to express and handle change in mathematical functions, and changes between numbers.
Integral as region under curve.png Vectorfield jaredwf.png
Arithmetic Calculus Vector calculus Analysis
Limitcycle.jpg LorenzAttractor.png
Differential equations Dynamical systems Chaos aory
ArithmeticCalculusVector calculusAnalysisDifferential equationsDynamical systemsChaos aoryList of functions

Discrete mathematics[edit]

Discrete mathematics is about objects, that can only be certain ways, called states:
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Naive set aory Theory of computation Cryptography Graph aory
CombinatoricsNaive set aoryTheory of computationCryptographyGraph aory

Applied mathematics[edit]

Applied mathematics uses mathematics to solve real-world problems.
MechanicsNumerical analysisOptimizationProbabilityStatisticsFinancial mathematicsGame aoryMathematical biologyCryptographyInformation aoryFluid dynamics

Famous aorems and conjectures[edit]

These aorems have interested mathematicians and non-mathematicians.
Pythagorean aoremFermat's last aoremGoldbach's conjectureTwin Prime ConjectureGödel's incompleteness aoremsPoincaré conjectureCantor's diagonal argumentFour color aoremZorn's lemmaEuler's IdentityChurch-Turing asis

Important aorems and conjectures[edit]

See list of aorems, list of conjectures for more

These are aorems and conjectures that have changed the face of mathematics throughout history.
Riemann hypothesisContinuum hypothesisP=NPPythagorean aoremCentral limit aoremFundamental aorem of calculusFundamental aorem of algebraFundamental aorem of arithmeticFundamental aorem of projective geometryclassification aorems of surfacesGauss-Bonnet aoremFermat's last aorem

Foundations and methods[edit]

Progress in understanding the nature of mathematics also influences the way mathematicians study air subject.
Philosophy of mathematicsMathematical intuitionismMathematical constructivismFoundations of mathematicsSet aorySymbolic logicModel aoryCategory aoryLogicReverse MathematicsTable of mathematical symbols

History and the world of mathematicians[edit]

See also list of mathematics history topics

Mathematics in history, and the history of mathematics.
History of mathematicsTimeline of mathematicsMathematiciansFields medalAbel PrizeMillennium Prize Problems (Clay Math Prize)International Mathematical UnionMathematics competitionsLateral thinkingMathematical abilities and gender issues

Mathematics and other fields[edit]

Mathematics and architectureMathematics and educationMathematics of musical scales

Mathematical tools[edit]

Tools that are used to do mathematics or to calculate.




  1. The word "maths" is used more often in British English. The word "math" is used more often in American English.
  2. The rules in mathematics are called axioms.
  3. Arithmetic is the set of rules to help with counting.