Math is quite popular as a subject that most of the students hate. It’s not very uncommon to hear that “I hate math. How is it going to help me in my real life?” Those struggling with the subject often find it dull and boring. Thus, they put all their efforts to escape from the subject. You can also hear students saying “I chose Commerce or Humanities because I don’t want to study math”.
Often, the way Mathematics is taught makes it monotonous even though the subject is quite magical.
However, Math is the universal language and we can find it pretty much in our everyday applications, whether we’re aware of it or not. From cooking to managing finances, Mathematics help the students explore their creativity and solve the real life problems.
Here, we are listing some real-life applications of Math that would help students relate to the subject and thus, making Math fun and engaging.
As a student, one of the most difficult tasks is to manage time. We always have to complete several assignments with very limited time in our hands. You can solve this problem by adding up the hours you contribute to each activity and see which activity consume most of your time. You can analyze where you want to spend less time, and what you would benefit from spending more hours in.
“Time is the most valuable asset”. Math not only helps us to manage time but also to value it. In a fast-paced world, time management is a key to student’s success. One who learns the art of time management leads a balanced lifestyle.
Students should also learn about the time on a digital and analogue clock, world clock, calendars and time zones.
Whether you’re a student or an adult, money management is a skill everyone should learn. Understanding and managing your money implies deciding what percentage of money to spend for your needs and what percentage should you save for your future. Money Math that we learn in school help us count, budget and keep a track of our money. The concept of exponential growth and compound interest help an individual to manage their debt in a better way.
Also, the experts claim that without appropriate knowledge of money math, individuals usually spend based on their emotions which eventually lead to financial mistakes. Parents and teachers should teach the students that how math lessons can help them a budget and handle their personal finances in real life. This would encourage students to engage in the lessons and understand them better.
We use fractions in our day-to-day tidings without even realizing it. Think of the fruit seller who probably doesn’t have an idea of what Fractions actually mean and yet he manages to sell you ½ a dozen bananas at a particular price. Here, he uses fraction even without knowing them.
Let’s take another example. We use Mathematics in the kitchen more than anywhere in the house. Adding ¼ cup of milk & ½ cup of chocolate to ¾ cup of flour, to bake the delicious chocolate cake on your birthday involves fraction.
Also, splitting a bill at the restaurant, calculating body mass index, the new price of the product during the sale or shutter speed of the camera, you need to apply fractions.
Architecture and Construction
Did you know that Math is fundamental to architecture and construction work? Mathematics and Construction are highly related.
Architects use trigonometry, geometry and algebra for designing the architectures and planning their blueprints. Architects are using Geometry and Pythagoras for planning spatial forms of the building since ancient times. In 300 B.C., Euclid, a Greek Mathematician has defined the “Golden Ratio” as the Mathematical Law of Nature. The ratio is known to be found in every living and non-living thing. The ratio is considered a basic geometric principle in architecture and is used to design proportions in buildings for more than 2000 years. The pyramid of Giza, Taj Mahal and many more architectures are built using the Golden Ratio.
A lot of mathematical concepts, calculating area & volume, estimating costs, preparing budgets and setting targets are to be followed for construction and design purposes.
For example, constructing a building requires the calculation of wall angles, room sizes and roofs. The constructors need to calculate the volume of water required to fill up the swimming pool.
Till now, you must have an idea that Math is an indispensable part of our life. There are innumerable applications of math in real life. Math is not mere numbers but much beyond that.
Shopping at Grocery stores or planning a trip, playing a sport or learning the musical notes, Math operates all around us. Math is everywhere you walk in, be it a hospital, pet store, school or home. It helps us think rationally and explore our creativity.
So, the next time anyone asks you, How is Math going to help me in my real life, you have the answers.