Have you found yourself wondering why you have to learn maths? Well, mathematics is like a universal language of communication which expresses itself in virtually all aspects of our life. We find practical applications of math all around us, in nature and in our daily activities. Here are some instances we use math in our lives.
You need a proper understanding of division, addition, and number base to tell time. Just to tell time…? Yes. You need to know that your clock works in base 60. hence, each hour contains 60 minutes and in turn, each minute contains 60 seconds. You also use fractions to interpret a statement like “it’s a quarter-past-four,” to mean “it’s 15 minutes past 4 0’clock” because 15 minutes is ¼ of the 60 minutes in an hour.
Choosing a Job
It’s only mathematics that can help you choose the best job for you. Math tells you how much you make in an hour and if it’s a good amount or not. You need to work with variables and do some multiplication, addition, division, and subtraction to if your job can pay your bills.
In the kitchen
Without realizing it, we use mathematics in basic kitchen activities like cooking, baking, or doing the dishes. To prepare a delicious meal, you need some understanding of math to measure the right quantity of ingredients. To get an accurate measurement, you may sometimes need to add, divide or multiply.
In the Garden
Even without thinking, you are using math — measuring width and depth of holes, the height of your garden bed, liters of water and et cetera.
The Math of Shopping
We use mathematics a lot especially when shopping on a budget. We apply our understanding of math concepts like percentage when deals and coupons are advertised or worry about the tax rates on products.
Math answers critical questions on the cost of renovation even before you embark on it. We use the metric system to measure how much paint we need for the walls or if the new furniture will fit into the room when decorating our home.
Planning an Event or Trip
If you’ve ever planned a successful outing you’ll know it isn’t as easy as it seemed on the surface. You need to plan all activities with the limited 24 hours available in a day. You use math to calculate the amount of fuel and other things you need for the car; the number of people coming; the quantity of food, drinks and water needed for everyone; and so on.
Organizing Your Day
Almost everyone keeps a diary because, without it, we may crash and burn. Your math skills help you properly schedule your time and keep everyday appointments. So you use dates, add minutes & hours and set time to sleep.
Mathematics in Arts
Every form of art applies math skills. You need to measure the angle of your chisel when sculpting, the size of your painting canvas, or the number of -steps you take in a dance.
We use math to forecast events and make decisions based on research and historical statistics. Statistics help us create structure and balance and structure, knowing and applying what worked while avoiding what didn’t.