It is important to understand the significance of math in everyday life. Although we rarely give math any credit, and look upon it with disdain, math plays an important role in our daily affairs. Right from the food we eat to the work we do, math is involved everywhere!
For those of us who hated math in school, appreciating its value is not easy. We found the subject boring in school and wondered why it wasn’t an optional one. After all, who cares about equations and trigonometry! However, math forms an integral part of everybody’s daily life. Let’s find out how!
The understanding of numbers, especially fractions and conversions, play an important role in cooking, especially baking. In cooking, the ingredients are measured in terms of teaspoon, tablespoon, ounces, pounds, grams, kilograms, etc. To prepare meals in larger quantities you will have to convert all the measurements accordingly. Messing up the measurements can result in disastrous meals, especially if you’re baking a cake, wherein precise measurements are crucial.
You go to the grocery store with $50 and drop several things into your shopping cart. However, it’s important to check the price tag of each item before putting them into the cart. Imagine going to the counter and receiving a bill beyond $50! Since you do not have the cash you will have to ask permission to omit a few items. How embarrassing this will be! Moreover, without the knowledge of math, you would never know if you are being cheated. Then again, what about discounts! A certain item has 10% discount on the current rate, which means you need math to calculate the total amount you have to pay and the money saved.
Weight conscious folks who keep a vigilant eye on their calorie intake need math to calculate the total amount of calories consumed in one day, one week, one month, etc. Moreover, people following the weight watchers diet program have several other calculations to make and calculate their daily points. To calculate the weight lost with the help of the diet plan also one requires math. Understanding percentages will help you understand the proportion in which proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, etc., are required for the body, hence, calculating percentage is a vital part to organizing your diet regime.
Without a monthly budget, you can land yourself and your family in soup! Imagine not knowing how much money you have and how much you are allowed to spend. This can land you in the lap of credit. Math helps you divide the money available into different fractions for various chores and expenses of the house.
To build anything, be it a piece of furniture or some craft project, one needs math―measurement in centimeter, meter, inch, foot, etc. Without these measurement, you are like a ship without a rudder; you’re sailing but you do not know if you will reach your destination. Imagine trying to build a bed without measurements. It’s ridiculous!
Irrespective of the field of work you are employed in, everybody needs math. It’s not only the business analysts, bank officials, or financial accountants that need math. We all require math to calculate our targets, salaries, and most important of all―leave status!
One major area which involves math in every day life, is bill payments. Even if you do not prepare the electricity bill, water bill, or cable bill, one bill that you cannot escape is the restaurant bill. Restaurants are places where your math skills are tested. You dare not offer to pay for the meal, with less money in your pocket. You also need math to split the bill at a restaurant among friends and share the expenses. Moreover, at the shopping mall, when you pick up apparel, you need to be able to calculate the final bill amount, and pay for it calculating the currency you have.
Visiting a Foreign Country
Imagine going abroad for a holiday without knowing how to convert currency! Currency conversion is very important, because only by converting it back into your currency will you know if something is expensive for your budget or no. For example, if you visit an Asian country, you can manage to get several things at a lesser rate, than what you would have to pay in the United States. But if you can’t convert currencies, you will never know if you were getting it cheaper.
It is important to teach the significance of math to kids, so that they will understand that learning math is important for their lives, and is not a subject education ministers wished to burden them with. All the best!