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To me math is so much more than just figuring out problems in a textbook. Math is everywhere in daily life, most people (who aren't math majors anyway) just don't realize it. Math to me is of course all the computational things we learn throughout life, but it is also a tool and language humans use to make sense of the world around us. We use math to explain the things we observe, which help us see the structure in the world around us in hopes of understanding the chaotic universe we are a part of.

There have been many discoveries and milestones in the history of math. One of which is the Pythagorean Theorem. This theorem seems to be used to much in mathematics it is hard to think about where the subject would be without this information. Another big moment in math would be the idea of the number zero. It seems so obvious to us now that zero is a number, but how strange it must have been to early mathematicians to think of "nothing" as something. One more big mathematical moment I can think of is the idea of functions and the fact that you can use trends from what has happened before to predict what will happen next. How powerful it must have felt to be able to predict something with some sort of accuracy and reasoning the first time!

ord to define, and I think one's definition of math changes as they gain more mathematical knowledge. I'm sure that if you ask a second grade student what math is they will say it is adding and subtracting, whereas an eighth grade student will likely include multiplication, division, basic geometry, and maybe even some algebra. But, somewhere along the way math also includes many abstract ideas, more difficult computations, and maybe even a way of thinking about the world.To me math is so much more than just figuring out problems in a textbook. Math is everywhere in daily life, most people (who aren't math majors anyway) just don't realize it. Math to me is of course all the computational things we learn throughout life, but it is also a tool and language humans use to make sense of the world around us. We use math to explain the things we observe, which help us see the structure in the world around us in hopes of understanding the chaotic universe we are a part of.

There have been many discoveries and milestones in the history of math. One of which is the Pythagorean Theorem. This theorem seems to be used to much in mathematics it is hard to think about where the subject would be without this information. Another big moment in math would be the idea of the number zero. It seems so obvious to us now that zero is a number, but how strange it must have been to early mathematicians to think of "nothing" as something. One more big mathematical moment I can think of is the idea of functions and the fact that you can use trends from what has happened before to predict what will happen next. How powerful it must have felt to be able to predict something with some sort of accuracy and reasoning the first time!