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mass nounNorth AmericanMathematics.

*‘she teaches math and science’**‘It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.’**‘At my hotel, a professor came every morning to teach math and reading skills to the workers.’**‘He has also complained that they've kept him from teaching math to his fellow inmates.’**‘This philosopher made a name for himself by using math to solve science hundreds of years ago.’**‘If you can add and know the difference between a one and a zero, you can do binary math.’**‘I think my sensibilities were running more towards arts and humanities than math and science.’**‘This brings me to my next point, which is how highly treasured math and science are.’**‘More undergraduates need to be motivated to specialize in math or the sciences.’**‘Do various science or math theories belong, at all, in the world of literary criticism?’**‘We had started some math and they took to it as quickly as they had words and letters.’**‘You had to know the length of your title and then do some math to get you to the right place to start.’**‘It's not giving the kids much of a break if everything has to teach them about tolerance or math.’**‘Students in math know that the essence of the subject lies in theorems and proofs.’**‘In fact, it looked as though he had forgotten how to do math altogether.’**‘During the day my mind was occupied with thoughts of math, literature, English, and history.’**‘He always came top of the class in math so I thought he would be useful for once.’**‘I chuckle and look back to where my ancestors, several hundred years ago, began learning to do math.’**‘The math is dumbed down a bit as is necessary for a mass market book like this.’**‘Also, it was said that the review recommended that math and physics come together a bit.’**‘It was the first time in my life that I understood why people are terrified of math.’*

**arithmetical problem**, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, question

**Phrases**

often in imperative Make a calculation or come to a conclusion based on the relevant facts and figures, typically with the implication that the result is or should be obvious.

*‘diesel prices in my area are approximately 7% more than regular gas, but the mileage is over 20% greater—do the math’**‘did closing thirty beds hurt emergency waiting times? You do the math!’**‘Six kids, one bathroom—you do the math.’**‘We got a couple hundred boxes per show, and we played 200 shows a year, so do the math!’**‘The whole thing's smelly already, I think the people can do the math, don't you?’**‘So do the math before committing your college savings to a plan that's going to fritter away your tax benefits.’**‘Spooner did the math, figured he would lose money on anything more than 3 cents a click, and declined the offer.’**‘Since the first film in this series was pretty bad, well, I think you can do the math.’**‘If you do the math, you can see it was hardly risky at all.’**‘I did the math on cable once when I moved, and figured I'd be paying about $10 a show, so I never bothered to get it hooked up.’**‘Because we've done the math on this before, we'll leave it alone and assume that the president is counting on a huge surge in revenues.’**‘Many companies pay lip service to the notion that employees are their most valuable assets, but few have actually done the math.’*

**do the math**

informal

**Origin**

Mid 19th century abbreviation.

**Pronunciation**

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