# Mathematics

Math has been called the “Queen of the Sciences,” and for good reason. We all use math every day!

Math, at heart, is about **finding patterns** in the world around us, studying them by **making conjectures**, and then **proving** them. These patterns could be about numbers, but there is much more than that. When an airline company needs to plan its flight routes across the country, they need to find a mathematical pattern. When an artist wants to make a sculpture or painting that uses symmetry (say, of the human body, or a tree, or a cube), that symmetry will follow a mathematical pattern. When a chemist needs to understand how different molecules will fit together to form chemical bonds, a mathematical pattern will govern how this works. When a lawyer makes an argument to a jury or reads a legal document, a pattern of logic will be behind the scenes, making it work.

The Mathematics major at Merrimack College prepares students for a wide range of opportunities, including careers in government, industry, education, and further study in graduate school.

## Math Team

The Math Team is a group of 8-10 students who compete in mathematical problem-solving competitions against teams from other colleges (about 5 competitions throughout the year). We also run our own annual Merrimack College Math Contest for teams of students and faculty members. The Math Team meets one afternoon a week to practice solving interesting math problems and to plan for our competitions.

## Math Club

The Math Club serves as a way to bring a new and interesting spin on mathematics. Students and professors alike join together, generally once a month, for pizza and discussion.

## Visit the Math Center!

Located on the third floor of the McQuade Library, the Mathematics Center is a walk-in center for help with any questions you may have in mathematics. Trained peer tutors and a professional tutor are always on duty to provide one-on-one or small group assistance with understanding the concepts and techniques taught in class.