Mathematics is the language in which, for the past 4,000 years, people have been communicating and recording their thoughts and findings about the world. Mathematics is the gateway to understanding many and varied fields: space and time, money and commerce, growth and decay, motion and change. Mathematics at Jacksonville University provides exciting opportunities to investigate real-world problems in a teamwork setting, to "discover" mathematical ideas in a cooperative learning environment. Students are "researchers," teachers are coaches, and all are part of a learning team. The use of graphing and computational technology supports learning and the development of mathematical communication skills. JU's mathematics program has received national acclaim for its reform of the teaching of calculus as a lab science with real world applications.