math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌmath-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) , ˌma-thə- \

Definition of mathematics

1 : the science of numbers and their operations (see operation sense 5), interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space (see space entry 1 sense 7) configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations Algebra, arithmetic, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry are branches of mathematics.
2 : a branch of, operation in, or use of mathematics the mathematics of physical chemistry

Examples of mathematics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For more than 15 years, Rachel Rothman, the Chief Technologist & Director of Engineering at the Institute, has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 Metea Valley — Divij Garg, who plans to study mathematics. Naperville Sun Staff, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 In their work, all three physicists used complex mathematics to explain and predict what seemed like chaotic forces of nature in computer simulations, called modeling. David Keyton And Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 In their work, the physicists used complex mathematics to explain and predict what seemed like chaotic forces of nature in computer simulations, called modeling. David Keyton And Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Oct. 2021 Izhikevich, who has a doctorate in mathematics and is a neural networks expert, has led the 250-employee company since it was founded in 2009. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2022 Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist and head engineer, has a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics with a mathematics minor from the University of Pennsylvania and has been at GH for 14 years. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 The medal fills an honorary void since a Nobel Prize for mathematics does not exist. Amanda Taheri,, 6 July 2022 Lieb was recognized for contributions to physics, chemistry and pure mathematics. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mathematics

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mathematics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematics

: the science that studies and explains numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them


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