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IMO, I don't really think arithmetic is really mathematics. It's just pure calculations, that's all.
TOTALLY WRONG....... how can you build real numbers???? without real numbers you cannot have an algebra well defined or at least the usual one .....IMO, I don't really think arithmetic is really mathematics. It's just pure calculations, that's all.
Hello, CRGreathouse! This is johnny from computer science and math forum. Nice meeting you in this forum! I hope to see you around in here as well, as far as I need help on my physics homework!"Is arithmetic part of mathematics?" No, not really. I've always considered them distinct.
"Arithmetic is needed in order to do higher maths." Oh certainly, just like math is needed to do physics.
"You can learn how to do algebra without any arithmetic at all." Not really.
I'd say the same about high-school algebra and physics.Arithmetic is the most useful and therefore the most important part of mathematics. You don't need to be fast or good at it, but you do need it before you can do higher maths.
Ah, that's a good point.Numerical analysis requires arithmetic, does that count as higher mathematics? Certain aspects certainly do, IMO.