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Math in Daily Life

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Jan 28, 2021

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Kids are very inquisitive. They need to be explained the importance of Math in their daily life at an early age, for them to enjoy doing it instead of doing it without the love for the subject.

Math in Daily Life: When am I ever going to use Math?

The truth is that we use math all the time!

It is pertinent to note how one experiences mathematical applications in daily life from the time one gets up from bed till one goes to bed in the night.

Be it a cook or a farmer, a carpenter, a mechanic, a shopkeeper or a doctor, an engineer or a scientist, a musician or a magician, an artist or a tailor, everyone needs math in daily life.


Math in Daily Life - PDF

This will help us understand the importance of maths in daily life. It summarizes some real-life examples with activities. The importance of maths in our daily life and few real-life examples are mentioned below in the Downloadable PDF.

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Why is Math Important in our Daily Life?

Math is very useful in everyday life. Math can help us do many things that are important in our everyday lives. Here are some daily tasks for which math is important:

  • Managing time: Keeping a track of time is very important to do all you love to do

  • Budgeting: Managing money, understanding discounts, and buying for the best price

  • Sports: Score, Time, Strategizing to win

  • Cooking: Measuring the ingredients to add to a recipe, kitchen inventory planning

  • Exercising and Dieting

  • Driving: Distance traveled, the shortest route to take to reach a destination

  • Home Decorating

  • Stitching: Measurements to stitch a dress

  • Critical Thinking

  • The base of other Subjects

     

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Some Real-Life Examples with Activities

  1.  Managing Time

 When we get up in the morning, we see the time of waking to verify whether we have enough time to complete various tasks. (Awareness of time, reading a clock/watch, planning one’s routine)

Task: Encourage the kids to make a daily timetable for their daily activities allocating time for their hobbies, academics, leisure, sports, etc.

  1. Budgeting

How much is this shirt or blouse going to cost once the 50% sale is applied? What about once the taxes are added? Do you prefer to gather your things and hope for a great deal on the cash counter? Or know the price before heading there.

That takes math knowledge and at least a basic understanding of how percentages work.

calculator and money

Task: Fix pocket money for your kids and guide them to manage it in a proper way.

  1. Exercising and Dieting

Guy doing exercising

We set our routine according to our workout schedule, count the number of repetitions while exercising, etc., just based on math.

Task: let the kids practice any type of exercise like skipping, push-ups, running, and ask them to keep a count of their repetitions.

  1. Sports

kid playing sports

Basic knowledge of math also helps keep track of scores for every sports activity. Geometry and trigonometry can help your teens who want to improve their skills in sports. It can help them find the best way to hit a ball, make a basket or run around the track.

Task: Introduce the kids to a new sport on TV and let them judge the winning team.

  1. Cooking

The recipe calls for “3 tablespoons” of salt. You only have a teaspoon or a soup spoon. The recipe calls for “2 cups,” but you only have a quarter cup measuring tool and a half cup measuring tool. How much adds up to “2 ”? You may know the answer.

But that’s because you understand math, fractions, and conversions.

tablespoon of sugar

Task: Bake a cake :)

  1. Driving

Driving

Operating a car or motorcycle is ultimately nothing but a series of calculations viz., How many kilometers needed to reach the destination? How much petrol in the car? How many kilometers per hour am I able to drive? How many kilometers per liter does my car get? Oh no, I’ve hit a traffic jam, and now my pace has slowed, am I still going to make it to work on time?

All of these questions are extremely easily answered with basic math skills.

Task: Calculate the speed of the school bus by using the distance and time of travel.

  1. Home Decorating

Home decorating

How many rolls of wallpaper do we need for this wall? What’s the difference between a meter and a square meter? Do we have enough space to fit in your favorite couch? Common questions when you are trying to set up your new space or apartment. It's very important to know these basics before you head to a store, otherwise, you will end up coming back empty-handed as the sales representative won’t be able to help you without the proper input from your side.

You should have a fair knowledge of dimensions and units and unit conversions to be able to sail through. It seems fairly simple if you know how to do the math.

Task: Help the kids to measure their study table.

  1. Stitching

Just home decorating, math is also an essential concept of fashion designing. From taking measurements, estimating the quantity and quality of clothes, choosing the color theme, estimating the cost and profit, to produce cloth according to the needs and tastes of the customers, math is followed at every stage.

Task: Join the cut pieces of waste cloth and make a small table cover.

  1. Critical Thinking

Technically ‘critical thinking’ is not even Math as there are no numbers involved. But knowledge of Math surely increases the ability to think critically.

The more math skills you gain, the more you observe the minute details, question the available data, rule out unnecessary data and analyze it further for your benefit.

Critical thinking

Task: Solve a puzzle

  1. The base of all other subjects

Though math is itself a unique subject. But, you would be surprised to know that it forms the base for every subject. The subjects like physics, chemistry, economics, history, accountancy, statistics, in fact; every subject is based upon math.

So, next time you say, “I’m not going to study this math subject ever!” remember, this subject will not be going to leave you ever.

Task: Takedown the important dates in the History in chronological order.


Conclusion

Math is a tool in our hands to make our life smoother. The more mathematical we are in our approach, the more rational would be our thoughts. It’s time to understand the importance of the subject and enjoy the beauty of it. Math is a medium that should be embraced by everyone in all our walks of life.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does math help with in life?

Math helps us have better problem-solving skills

Math helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. The reasoning is our ability to think logically about a situation. Analytical and reasoning skills are essential because they help us solve problems and look for solutions.

Why is math so hard?

Math seems difficult because it takes time and energy. Many people don't experience sufficient time to "get" math lessons, and they fall behind as the teacher moves on.

Many move on to study more complex concepts with a shaky foundation. We often end up with a weak structure that is doomed to collapse at some point.

What is the need and importance of mathematics in daily life?

Mathematics makes our life orderly and prevents chaos. Certain qualities that are nurtured by mathematics are the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, and even effective communication skills.


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