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Kyria despises math and hates the fact that she is required to learn vector calculus at Salem University where she is studying magic. So, she determines to go back in time to learn how the ancient wizards cast spells without it.
This onepage story (not to be confused with the novel of the same name published six years later) appeared in a special issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine (Issue #09, Summer 1990) which was devoted to "short short stories". Thanks to Fred Galvin for sending me this link that allowed me to read it for free in 2021. 
More information about this work can be found at archive.org. 
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in nonfictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
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