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# What is mathematics?

Mathematics ("math") is the science of dealing with numbers,counting, and numerical operations. It has several important branches dealing with actualor theoretical uses in the… physical world. Math is the study of abstractions. Math allows us to isolate one ora few features such as the number, shape or direction of some kind of object. Then wecan study what can be learned about the behavior of those features while ignoringeverything else about the object. a subject in all schools. It's the study of the theory and rules of numbers & theirmanipulations. Algebra for example, apart from being the building-blocks of maths,(or "math" without the "s" in the US) is the rules of arithmetic ingeneral form, hence its value in creating and manipulating formulae(specific equations to carry out particular tasks. Mathematics underpins all the Sciences to varying degrees and invarious ways, Engineering (the application of science to practicalends, not mending cars!), Administration and Business. Without it you would not have the computer you're reading this on -you would not even have the electricity supply to which it'sconnected. Without maths - or more accurately without the physics which worksto highly mathematical rules - we would not exist. Nothing would! So to say it's just a school exam subject is not an answer worthyof its author I'm afraid. (MORE)