Mathematics is the study of abstraction. Mathematicians search for similar patterns in seemingly different settings and then strive to communicate those patterns precisely. Mathematics is a creative process, not a mechanical one. For example, finding the circumference of a circle with the formula 2πr is simply calculation; the discovery of π was (ancient) mathematics. Likewise, the discovery of Calculus was a great feat of Mathematics, but applying Calculus to find the acceleration of an object is not. At Denison, you will initially continue your high school Calculus education, but quickly be exposed to some of the more fascinating questions that really excite mathematicians.
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