# What main branches of mathematics are there?

by Mathmanman
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 P: 60 Besides trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. Can you give me a list? And maybe links to where I can learn them?
 Homework Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 13,110 The main fields in maths are called "applied" and "pure". "Trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics..." are examples of topics in mathematics. To get a good idea of how maths gets divided up, instead, have a look at your local college's prospectus and the titles of the higher-level papers. However, it is a common enough request: did you have a look online? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areas_of_mathematics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_o...ematics_topics ... which should give you a starting place.
 P: 60 Ok, so what textbooks are there? I need the ones that also give me problems to practice. Without practice problems, I would forget it fast. I thought it was math, not maths.
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What main branches of mathematics are there?

See this post of mine: http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...17&postcount=3

 Quote by Mathmanman I thought it was math, not maths.
Both are fine.
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 6,750 People of the UK persuasion call it 'maths'. In the US and Canada I think it is just 'math'.
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 Ok, so what textbooks are there? I need the ones that also give me problems to practice. Without practice problems, I would forget it fast.
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthr...65#post4758465

 I thought it was math, not maths.
Technically, it's "mathematics" - a kind of pseudo-plural of "mathematic" - hence the s on the end of the abbreviation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics#Etymology

Aside:
Him: You do the math!
Me: Maths.
Him: Same thing.
Me: No. Mine has five letters and yours has four.
Him: What's the difference?
Me: One.
 Math Emeritus Sci Advisor Thanks PF Gold P: 39,682 In a rough sense there are two main branches of mathematics: algebra and geometry. Analysis comprises the overlap of those two.

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