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The presence of Geometry in Real Life


25 November  2020

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Ever wondered why do I learn geometry?

What is the point of geometry?

Math is one of the most practical subjects that you will ever learn. Every minor thing you learn can be implemented in our day to day lives, if we closely observe. Geometry, as we all know, is a branch of mathematics that studies the size, shape, and position of 2-dimensional shapes and 3-dimensional figures.

Geometry in a real life structure 

With shapes and figures being all around us, it's definitely easy to relate to geometry in real life. If you are someone who always had questions like ‘why learn geometry’ and ‘what are the ‘application of geometry’ in real life, then this article will excite you!

The presence of Geometry in Real Life-PDF

This blog answers the questions “ ‘why learn geometry’ and ‘what are the ‘application of geometry’ in real life, it gives the examples of geometry in real life in various areas. Here is a downloadable PDF to explore more.

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Why should you learn Geometry?

Even without ever cracking open a geometry book, you can learn about geometry by simply looking all around you. In fact, you might be using geometry real life without even knowing it. Here are some applications of geometry:

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  • When you park a car, measure how far you need to throw a piece of paper for it to get into the dustbin, all of these things require geometric intervention. 
  • This is where the practical application of geometry comes up, it requires your brain to think of time and distance as separate entities and perform actions in accordance with it. 
  • This is exactly how geometry can be found in art, architecture, engineering, robotics, astronomy, sculptures, space, nature, sports, machines, cars, and much more. 
  • To understand all these and much more, geometry is essential to learn. 

We hope this answers your question of ‘When will I use geometry in real life’! If not, we have some examples for you...

The many occurrences of Geometry in Real Life

Real-life applications of geometry are many. With all these shapes being around us, it is not difficult to relate to many activities we do. 

1. How is Geometry used in Art?

Math and art are interlinked. Think of any painting, any image or object that has been created by humans. All of them are defined by geometric shapes.

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Even things like perspective for a painting are geometric 3D figures being portrayed in 2D! (We were equally shocked when we realized it). This is a typical geometry in real-life example. 


2. What are some Technical uses of Geometry

Robotics, computers, video games use geometry more than we realize. The simplest of things like the shapes & movements of animated characters are also determined by sine and cosine functions.

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Using geometric computation helps translate a 3-D into a 2-D map, and expert mathematicians help create these in the respective fields. Isn't this a use of geometry in real life?


3. The powerful impact of Geometry in Architecture

If you have seen an architectural structure of a building, all you would see would be lines and angles. Imagine how difficult architecture would be without geometry. 

Every building would be weirdly constructed (or be the leaning tower of Pisa) and then eventually fall since it wasn't built at the right angle or at the right height. In fact, it is even believed that geometry was invented to help with construction of buildings.

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 Did you ever wonder why stairs all around the world are at 90 degrees angle? And what would happen if they were made 91 or 89 degrees. It may not seem like a lot, but that 1 degree may cause tilting and injuries to the human body. 

Geometry is not just making accurate staircases, it is also saving lives. Geometry shapes in real life are all around us!


4.  How Geometry is used in Sports

Application of geometry in sports is seen when Dhoni hits a six or Messi scores a goal. Sportsmen assess & estimate a lot of mathematical parameters before making the perfect shot that helps them win the game.

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Imagine applying all this geometry in sports with a fastball coming towards you, or opponents blocking the goal post. You may not realize it, but the best sportsmen are very familiar with the practical applications of geometry. 


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These are some of the basic uses of geometry in real life, but it doesn't end there. A lot of professions use geometry in order to do their job properly. Practical applications of Geometry in mapping, surveying, navigation, and astronomy...and some career paths that you may conveniently ignore like sports or art. This also answers: why learn geometry?

From sketching to calculating distances, professionals use geometry to accomplish their job. Geometry affects us even in the most basic details of our lives. 

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Who invented geometry?

Archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of geometry being studied in Mesopotamia and Egypt in the 2nd millennium BC.   

Who is the Father of Geometry?

Euclid is known as the father of Geometry. You can read about Euclid and Euclid's postulates.

External References

Study.com - Geometry in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Britannica - The different types of Geometry and their History

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