# Arithmetic

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Basic Math

Arithmetic is often considered the most fundamental area of mathematics and a foundation for other math concepts. Understanding arithmetic is essential before tackling algebra.
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Everyday Use

Arithmetic is used in daily tasks, such as shopping, cooking, and budgeting. Calculating change from a purchase involves basic arithmetic.
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Subject-Specific

The term 'arithmetic' shouldn’t be confused or used interchangeably with higher-level math subjects like 'geometry' or 'calculus'. They're studying arithmetic now, geometry will be next semester.