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As new discoveries are constantly being made in the field of mathematics, there are still a number of unsolved problems. Many of these problems, once solved, will help to improve the quality of our daily lives.
In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute selected 7 different unsolved problems and offered a prize of $1 million per problem for those who find a solution. They chose to call these problems the “millennium problems”. (http://www.claymath.org/millennium/)
These problems include:
y2 = x3 - x
The graph of this equation is called an elliptic curve. It turns out you can describe these curves using algebraic terms and geometric terms. The Birch Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture says there is a connection between these two descriptions.
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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.