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I know that math can be used to measure motion, like where something will end up over a period of time, but is math itself 'in' motion. Take a look at how you use math: You scribble, type, draw figures and equations over the screen, it takes motion to make math start to happen. So, would it be that math is the physical representation, or snap shot, of your efforts. Like when you get back your answer from the calculator, the answer you get is as far as the calculator could keep up with the configurations and gives you its last ditch effort in return. I know this is stupid question for some, but it's been driving me insane to have someone share their thoughts.

Keep in mind, I am not a savvy with the language of math, symbols, equations, i.e...but I can understand visual concepts. Thanks and have a good night, or day, whatever it is for you.

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The answer is no. Many parts of math have nothing to do with motion. For example, mathematicians discovered there are infinitely many prime numbers. This has nothing to do with motion.

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You seem to be blurring the distinction between mathematical facts and the methods we use to perform calculations. Yes, drawing symbols and calculating numbers takes motion of various quantities, but that's because everything physical does, not because math has any inherent motion in it. By this logic, English, History, Science, Geography, etc. are all "motion-based". The representation of data takes time, but you can't conclude that the ideas involve time from that. The ideas are separate from the way they're calculated/written. $2+2=4$ requires no motion whatsoever. Of course it takes motion to write, but the mathematical fact still existed before I wrote it, and wasn't dependent on that action.

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