Q1What is the difference between mathematics studied at the Mathematical Institute and mathematics studied in high school?

Q2 How do I study in the Mathematical Institute? What is the merit of studying at the Mathematical Institute in graduate studies?

Q3 What subjects do I study at the university mathematics department?

Q4 In what order will I study mathematics courses at the university mathematics department?

Q5 What is interdisciplinary education?

Q6 What is a seminar?

Q7 I got better grades in high school mathematics than other students. Can I learn mathematics well in the university mathematics department?

Q8 What is important for studying at the Mathematical Institute?

Q9 What should I do when I am lost in mathematics?

Q10 What kinds of jobs are available after graduation from the Mathematical Institute?

Q11 How can I carry out a job search at the Mathematical Institute?

Q12 How much does it cost to enter Tohoku University?

Q13 How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Sendai?

Q14 How is mathematics useful to society?

Q15 Please give me some examples of how mathematics is useful for the outside world.

Q16 Will mathematicians' research truly contribute to society?

Q17 How can I solve problems in study or private life?

Q18 What should I do if I cannot get along with my instructor?



Q14 How is mathematics useful to society?

A: Remember arithmetic, which you learned in elementary school.
It had been established by the time of the ancient Greeks. We use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division for money calculation in shopping. We also imagine the shape of the road map when we walk along a street or drive a car, and we look for a short cut. You can leave calculation to a cashier when shopping, but you might be charged a terrible amount. The arithmetic you learned in elementary school is indispensable for everyday life.

Meanwhile, the mathematics studied at junior high school and after serves as a foundation of science.
Modern society stands based on developed science and technology. The essence of science lies in treating natural phenomena quantitatively, and a tool for quantitative treatment is mathematics. Mathematics has a key role as a "language to describe science."
In addition, you can acquire competence in logical thinking by studying mathematics; your efforts to solve mathematical problems will be useful for training your imagination for problem-solving in society in the future.  


Mathematics = Language to describe science

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