# Mathematics

**Why Study Mathematics?**

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related but have different ways of thinking and different approaches to solving problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining, and making sense of the world in which they live.

Mathematicians and statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations. These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental, and economic contexts.

Mathematics, to varying degrees, underpins nearly everything we do in daily life - finance, cooking, sport, discerning reports in the media as well as many other fields of academic study.

Many of us study mathematics and statistics for the sheer challenge of doing something that requires commitment and hard work. It is through such commitment that new skills and better understanding are gained and doors are opened into other areas of further study or interest.

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