This class is about to embark on the study of the primary rules of Mathematics, that said, we should start with the definition of Mathematics.Science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects. It deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculation. Since the 17th century it has been an indispensable adjunct to the physical sciences and technology, to the extent that it is considered the underlying language of science. Among the principal branches of mathematics are algebra, analysis, arithmetic, combinatorics,Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, game theory, number theory, numerical analysis, optimization, probability, set theory,statistics, topology, and trigonometry. In the definition above it is spoken of as a "science" and as a "language". One must use care in siting information from Wikipedia but I find their definition a great place to start a discussion on how to view the topic of Mathematics from the beginners view.## MathematicsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mathematics is the abstract study of topics such as quantity (numbers), Aristotle defined mathematics as "the science of quantity", and this definition prevailed until the 18th century. View the full Wikipedia article on Mathematics : a specialist or expert in mathematicsDoes the above define what you are? If not, how can we do Mathematics? I propose that for the purpose of beginning to study Mathematics we consider it a language, in fact, the language of science. If we opt for this definition which puts Mathematics in the Art arena then we can begin to study and develop our skills using the same pedagogy as learning a language. In this course of study we can make references to our own native language and it's syntax, definitions, and rules which should draw parallels to concepts we already know thus making the study of Mathematics more familiar. |