### Mathematics

#### What is Mathematics?

Mathematics (A word originated in Greek that means “knowledge, study, learning”), is the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change.

#### Overview of mathematics

• Basis of Mathematics is abstraction and logic.

• Mathematics is developed from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects.

• Mathematicians seek out patterns known as hypothesis or assumptions which are convinced to be true and use them to formulate new theorems (rules).

• When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or realistic predictions about nature.

• Mathematics is considered as part of formal science and therefore, closely related to "logic".

#### Branches/areas of mathematics

• Arithmetic
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Sets theory
• Probability & statistics
• Calculus
• Matrices
• Vectors
• Sequences & series
• Applied maths (Business & Common)
• Applied maths (Engineering)

#### Skills acquired by learning mathematics

• A basic life skill for day to day living. (eg: counting, basic financial calculations, etc..)

• Formal reasoning (logical thinking) as oppose to decisions based on faith or false logic.

• Better real world decision making & predictions (eg: Use of probability and statistics.)

• Help abstraction of ideas and concepts.

• Improve pattern recognition and strategic decision making.

• Help convey ideas precise & concise way.

• Applications in science, engineering & business.

#### Knowledge/skills tested in maths exams

• Knowledge on mathematical concepts/theorems.

• Application of knowledge (in related science, engineering & business areas)

• Logical thinking capacity

• Problem solving capabilities

• Ability to face challenges without fear

• Come up with strategy and planning and formulating solutions

• Ability to handle complexities

• Can you recover from errors fast?