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What is the use of arithmetic in daily life?

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alnyash | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2009 at 3:19 AM via web

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What is the use of arithmetic in daily life?

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 18, 2009 at 3:58 PM (Answer #2)

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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!

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neela | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 13, 2009 at 6:24 AM (Answer #3)

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Arithmetics is the helping hand on all occasions with or without our consciousness.Numerals , the digits , logical rules and concepts, +,-,X and / -are some of the basic components  of the great this subject.

We start the day  with  counting from the time we wakup. The number of spoons of sugar we require for the morning tea,the time at which we should start work till we end our work depends on the time which is measured through arithmetic. A cook needs the proportion of the inputs in the dishes he prepares and  time he sould serve it.

Our daily expenditure, the routine budget is only a different name of arithmetic.Arithmatic is the base on which planning, quality control, production stands and can be assed/examined/reviewed for their performance. It helps identify the bad performance area ,enabling to rectify the correction in the process.

The modern science and its acivements has a great contribution from arithmetic.We cannot analyse light, electricity or a tiniest atom which uses mathematics which has its paternity in arithmetic only. Mathematics has its sound base in arithmetics and can be used as tool to critically examine and  asses both physical and abstract things . Any thing can be quantified for its quality and special characteristics and then it  can be compared ,assessed or examined-here words or articulation comes next to comparing . While we  say A is better than B ,the adjective better has its strength in ' how much A and B measured or scored or what are the percentile in which A and B stand . And reality of mathematical or scientic hypothesis is ultimately scrutinised/examined or tested  with the reality show of arithmetics.

Arithmetic is pervading -time, space ,life  and beyond life the entire universe.

 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM (Answer #4)

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Arithmetic is the most basic and and the oldest part of mathematics that deals with rules for basic operation on numbers including counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is difficult to think of a situation where an average person does not make regular use of arithmetic in daily life.

For example, we use arithmetic for so many routine activities like:

  1. finding out time by looking at our watches
  2. figuring out how many more days of school before we get off for Saturday and Sunday
  3. comparing prices of shirts you contemplate buying
  4. deciding on quantities of different items you need to purchase for a party you are hosting at your home

The list is endless. But I hope examples given  illustrate clearly the widespread use of arithmetic in our daily lives.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted June 13, 2009 at 10:04 PM (Answer #5)

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Arithmetic allows anyone to have a more fuller life. By calculating things we can understand daily activities and accomplish things. 

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

Posted June 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM (Answer #6)

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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.

 

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selizondo | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:14 PM (Answer #7)

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All of the mental math we do everyday keeps your mind sharp. With our fast paced, short attention span, digital world, it is very easy to become passive. We want to be spoonfed information. We have to use our brains for math. Basic mental math, arithmetic, keeps us mentally active and in the game.

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

Posted July 31, 2009 at 2:46 PM (Answer #8)

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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.

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ancypv26087 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted July 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM (Answer #9)

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Maths is very usefull in our life.all the nature surrounded by maths

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snickel1 | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted September 9, 2011 at 4:54 AM (Answer #10)

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Even though everyone tells you that you use math everyday, I only find a few instances in which my math knowledge has been used. Knowing how to convert to the metric system is really useful when your trying to deal cocaine across the ocean or when your filling out your personal records such as the height of the homeless person you accidentally killed over a street vendors fake Rolex. Going along with killing people, it can be useful to have a knowledge of angles and gravity so you can figure out bullet accuracy. I suppose that's physics though......

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snickel1 | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted September 9, 2011 at 5:14 AM (Answer #11)

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Even though everyone tells you that you use math everyday, I only find a few instances in which my math knowledge has been used. Knowing how to convert to the metric system is really useful when your trying to deal cocaine across the ocean or when your filling out your personal records such as the height of the homeless person you accidentally killed over a street vendors fake Rolex. Going along with killing people, it can be useful to have a knowledge of angles and gravity so you can figure out bullet accuracy. I suppose that's physics though......

Please excuse this answer that was somehow posted from my account. It appears that a combination of "auto-correct" and someone interfering with my answer when I was busy produced an awkward answer. Cocaine was meant to be Croatian Rugs, and while it is true that knowledge of proper angle use is useful, I did not type anything about "killing homeless people". Please excuse this unfortunate situation.

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dcaplinger | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 10, 2011 at 8:18 PM (Answer #12)

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Math is everywhere.  You have to know math when you go shopping, so you don't go over what you've budgeted.  You must know if you will have enough room in your vehicle to carry the items you've purchased.  You must know if they weigh more than you can physically carry.  You must know if the food is beyond the expiration date, or if the size of the container is enough to feed the number of people in your family.  If you are buying clothing, you need to know if the article is of sufficient size to fit you.

You must know addresses, phone numbers, dates of births/anniversaries.  These are all numbers, and therefore are part of math.  You know there are 7 days in a week and 365 days in a year.  You know there are approximately 30 days in each month (ratio).  You must know your shoe size, weight, height, temperature... these are all numbers!

There is very little we do anymore that does not involve math in some form or fashion.  In fact, if you were to give me a subject, any subject, I'd probably be able to give you a list of examples of how math is involved with the subject.

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D

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king-dol | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted September 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM (Answer #13)

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Maths is good!

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hpus12 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted October 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM (Answer #14)

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Maths is practise worthy and scoring

 

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sandrabaldwin | Middle School Teacher | Honors

Posted November 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM (Answer #16)

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Math helps make complicated decisions in life simpler.

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hybrid01 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2011 at 12:26 AM (Answer #17)

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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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raysnayn | eNoter

Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM (Answer #18)

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When you buy something you use math to calculate for the change.

 

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maggiekb | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 14, 2011 at 11:32 PM (Answer #19)

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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!" :)

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ngyunhui | Student | Honors

Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM (Answer #20)

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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.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted January 1, 2012 at 5:45 AM (Answer #21)

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jether | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM (Answer #23)

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nice

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shihan | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM (Answer #24)

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If u think deeply about that u will realize that It connects our everything in life..

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gracezhong | eNoter

Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM (Answer #25)

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gracezhong | eNoter

Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM (Answer #26)

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gracezhong | eNoter

Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #27)

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saransh44 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM (Answer #28)

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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.

 

 

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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM (Answer #30)

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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.

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2014 at 6:58 AM (Answer #31)

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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.

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM (Answer #32)

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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. 

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taangerine | TA , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM (Answer #33)

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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. 

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jess1999 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted July 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM (Answer #34)

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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 .

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