Mathematics is at its heart the search for pattern or structure. It is an essential component of the liberal arts: A mathematician finds a structure and develops a vocabulary or theory for describing, exploring, and extending it further. Each course in mathematics engages students in the search and in the articulation of the consequences. The study of mathematics requires both creativity and rigorous, logical thinking. Mathematics courses are designed to meet two goals: (1) to introduce some of the most influential ideas and techniques in mathematics; and (2) to develop problem- solving ability by teaching students to combine creative mathematical searching with rigorous reasoning.
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