# What is the use of arithmetic in daily life?

Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think the previous posts discuss very well the idea of basic arithmetic in daily life.  I would also suggest that one of the critical uses of math on a daily basis is that it gives us a way to examine the world in which we live.  One critical use of daily arithmetic is checking accounts online.  With the threat of identity theft and online banking, it is critical to be able to possess an overall sense of basic arithmetic in such settings.

sbinkowski | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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So far today, I have used math in these ways:

1) Found out how much I make per month, given that I make so much a semester.

2) Found out how much unemployment I may get per month.

3) How long I talked to my mother on the phone.

4) Counted how many baby goats we have now and will have after all of the does deliver

5) Looked at the clock and told time

6) Calculated how long before dinner is ready and if the kids can have a snack

I'm sure that there are more. You use some basic math concepts continually and never even realize it.

lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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If you want to have a healthy life, and one in which you do not waste money, you use arithmetic all the time. Every time you go to the grocery store, you should be calculating which item of the several offered is the best buy. Is it the box of cereal that is 20 cents per ounce, or \$3.00 per pound? Which type of frozen pizza is not only the best buy, but the one with the lowest percentage of saturated fat? If you need to replace the carpet in the living room, how many square feet do you need? When you go to buy, the price of some types is given in price per square foot, the price of others in price per square yard. How do you compare the two? Can you calculate the gas mileage your new car is getting? If you can't figure out elapsed time, how can you make sure you get to your appointments on time? When you are cooking, can you double a recipe? What are your actual chances of winning a lottery?

These are just off the top of my head; enotes doesn't really have a math reference section, but if you google "daily math uses", I bet you come up with a lot more!

thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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Great question! I know of many people who have asked the same question (including myself sometimes). We use math/arithmetic in more ways than we really know. We definitely use it quite a bit in everyday life. From counting money, making change and telling time to accounting and paying bills, math is used by everyone everywhere, even if you feel like you are not very good at it.

Hope this helps!

udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Modern day arithmetic's allows for people to map out their budget every month which enables them to choose whether it is okay to spend money on item theye may want. Modern day arithmetic's has also allowed for many to create things that have become essential to the modern world such as apps, websites, etc.

jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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One example of arithmetic in our life could be when we're going shopping,  whether grocery shopping or clothes shopping we would use arithmetic. For example, we would have to calculate the stuff that we want to buy to see if we have enough money.  Also when we checkout if we have to make sure that we received the right amount of money back from the cashier .

taangerine | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Probably the most use of arithmetic is money. In life everywhere we go, do, and listen involves arithmetic. Music is probably one most people don't even think about, the rhythm, and beat. Math is all around us and every subject is necessary to ours lives. From making sure we have time to listening to the beats, arithmetic is everywhere hiding and working to our best interests.

Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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I use arithmetic daily and not just when doing my math homework, mind you. From baking, to sewing, balancing my budget, deciding what to purchase, telling time, planning events, etc, there is some arithmetic in some way shape or form. It might be subtle but its always there. I don't think people appreciate how lucky we are to have a number system and arithmetic. Gone are the days when you had to "count" the number of sheep you owned by drawing notches on the ground.

acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Math, simple arithmatic, is used for every day activities. It is used for knowing time saving money by being able to see how much you could save.

elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I agree with all the posts. I feel math is part of our daily activities because atimes we unconsciously calculate somethings such as distance, number of steps...all is part of math. Do the math LIFE has 4 words, we have 2-1 life to live.All is math. Although not everything is done with math, math still plays a significant role in our daily activities.

saransh44 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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So far today, I have used math in these ways:

1) Found out how much I make per month, given that I make so much a semester.

2) Found out how much unemployment I may get per month.

3) How long I talked to my mother on the phone.

4) Counted how many baby goats we have now and will have after all of the does deliver

5) Looked at the clock and told time

6) Calculated how long before dinner is ready and if the kids can have a snack

I'm sure that there are more. You use sotme basic math concepts continually and never even realize it.

loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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ngyunhui | Student | (Level 1) Honors

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Arithmetic computations are generally performed in one of three ways: (1) mentally, (2) with paper and pencil, or (3) with a machine, e.g. calculator or abacus. The method chosen depends on the purpose of the calculation. If we need rapid, precise calculations, we would choose a machine. If we need a quick, ballpark estimate or if the numbers are “easy,” we would do a mental computation.

maggiekb | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

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Whenever I'm in my math class and someone asks "What is the point to learning this? I'm never going to use this in real life!" my teacher always says, "That's what I said when I took this class, and look at me now! I use it every day!" :)

hybrid01 | eNotes Newbie

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arithmetic is more important in every day life than we usual realize, aside from being able to balance your checkbook and calculate the amount of change which is correct when we buy something in the store..as someone pointed out above we need to be able to calculate countless daily activities in order to understand them.

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