Mathematics vs Calculator - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between mathematics and calculator

is that mathematics is an abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure, change and the relationships between these concepts while calculator is a mechanical or electronic device that performs mathematical calculations.

mathematics

Alternative forms

* mathematicks (obsolete)

Noun

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  • An abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure, change and the relationships between these concepts.
  • * 2001 , David Salsburg, The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century , page 8
  • In many cases, the mathematics involved are deep and complicated.
  • * 2002 , Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos , page 38
  • The answer is 'yes', and the mathematics needed is the theory of probability and its applied cousin, statistics.
  • A person's ability to count, calculate, and use different systems of mathematics at differing levels.
  • My mathematics is not very good.
    Their mathematics are not very good.
    Their mathematics is not very good.

    Usage notes

    * Before the beginning of the 20th century, it was proper to say "My mathematics are not very good".

    Synonyms

    * (ability to use mathematics) numeracy * abbreviation: maths * See also

    Derived terms

    * applied mathematics * astromathematics * biomathematics * discrete mathematics * ethnomathematics * metamathematics * pseudomathematics * pure mathematics * recreational mathematics

    See also

    * (wikipedia "mathematics") * (Definitions of mathematics) * polymath

    calculator

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A mechanical or electronic device that performs mathematical calculations.
  • (dated) A person who performs mathematical calculation
  • A person who calculates (in the sense of scheming).
  • (obsolete) A set of mathematical tables.
  • Synonyms

    * (electronic device) electronic calculator, pocket calculator * (mechanical device) adding machine * (person who performs mathematical calculations) computer (dated) * (person who schemes) plotter, schemer * (mathematical tables) ready reckoner, tables

    Derived terms

    * electronic calculator * pocket calculator

    See also

    * ready reckoner * slide rule * tables * (commonslite) ----