A mathematical exercise is a routine application of algebra or other mathematics to a stated challenge. Teachers assign mathematical exercises to develop the skills of their students. Early exercises deal with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers. Extensive courses of exercises in school extend such arithmetic to rational numbers. Various approaches to geometry have based exercises on relations of angles, segments, and triangles. The topic of trigonometry gains many of its exercises from the trigonometric identities. In college mathematics exercises often depend on functions of a real variable. The standard exercises of calculus involve ...

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  1. Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
    The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.
  2. Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.
  3. A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
  4. The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
  5. That which gives practice; a trial; a test.


  1. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
    to exercise troops or horses; to exercise one's brain with a puzzle
  2. To perform physical activity for health or training.
    I exercise at the gym every day.
  3. To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
    The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.
    She is going to exercise her right to vote.
  4. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.
  5. To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
    exercised with pain

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