Why Is Math Important

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Math is necessary for even the most basic of life functions. Whether you're buying groceries, determining a budget for yourself, calculating interest on investments, or carrying out a whole myriad of other life tasks, math will somehow be involved. This is a fact I don't particularly like to admit, being an English teacher, but let's face it -- the world would be just as lost without numbers as it would be without words (maybe moreso?). Granted, I was never very good at math, but it is unfortunately essential for basic survival.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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"The language of Nature is Mathematics."  How much or little we comprehend Math is exactly how much or little we comprehend.  Comprehension is probably a function of brain wiring; some are better at it than others, but most of us have endured the poorly taught math class with a revulsion for the subject, which is a shame.  Progress in commerce, science, and technology all depend upon math's comprehension; we may have had to learn calculus to do physics problems, but at the first, Newton's study of physics led him (and Leibniz) to develop calculus! George Boole in the 1800's developed a branch of algebra for logic manipulations; every computer in existence relies on them now. We've come a long way from adding and subtracting on fingers.

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Math is very functional.  Most of us use it without even thinking about it.  Do you ever go shopping?  How do you determine how much of a product to buy?  You probably take into account how many will be eating, as well as how much you'd like each person to have.  If you're feeding a family of eight, perhaps more than a single box of macaroni and cheese would be in order, unless, of course, everyone is on a strict diet.

How do you know if bigger is better?  Lots of products come in "value sizes", usually with a higher price tag, yet with a bigger volume.  Simple math helps you determine whether or not you truly are getting more for your money.

Are "combo meal deals" really a better option at restaurants?  Why pay 3.99 for a so-called value meal at Mickey D's, when you can get the sandwich, fries, and drink for only $1 a piece? 

Math is used all the time.  The reasoning and logic behind it help us avoid getting ripped off. 

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I totally agree with those who talk about the everyday practical applications of math.  However, those are man-made necessities.  Arguably, so is music, although there is music in nature.  I think the most fascinating context in which we see math is nature.  Consider the fibonacci numbers.  Tree branching, leaf placement, artichokes, pineapples and pine cones, the spiral of a conch shell -- all reflect fibonacci numbers.  When we look to atomic structure, DNA, etc. there are more mathematical echoes.  Math is part of the universe.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In response to #6--Ha!  Mostly I agree with you...although you have to recognize math's significance.  I saw a sweatshirt over the break that reminded me of people like us.  It read:  ENGLISH MAJOR:  YOU DO THE MATH.  Tee-hee!  :)

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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As an English major, I honestly wish it was not so important LOL! (I am only kidding!)  Beyond balancing my checkbook and for financial reasons, I would love to simply forget my years in geometry and trigonometry and calculus!!!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Do you like music?  Music is heavily influenced by math--rhythms, beat, meter--all of this is math-based.  Without math, music would not be as advanced and intriguing as it is today.

Watch the TV show NUMBERS sometime.  It will give you some other ideas as to the importance of math in our everyday lives.  Even if you don't like math or aren't good at it, we must recognize its importance in the technological advancements, measurements (cooking and elsewhere), and daily life experiences.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Without people who can do math, we would not have many of the things we take for granted. We wouldn't have cars, highways, or plane travel--math is required to design and build such things. Tall buildings? Forget it--architecture is heavily math based. Anything that requires electricity also requires many math calculations to function.

But everyone needs to be able to do some math. Would you know if someone was giving you correct change when you buy something? How would you know which item was the best buy? How would you know the nutrition per serving of food? Could you figure out the amount of carpet to re-do the living room?

Unfortunately math has a reputation as being hard to understand, and kids can decide at an early age that they are not good at it. Keep at it; one of math's strong points is that it is very logical, and can be understood if the right methods are used to teach it. You may have to look and find other explanations for some aspects, but everyone can understand basic (and not-so-basic) math.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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First of all, you need to see math as an instrument, as the teaspoon is important, when you need to eat a very tasty cake in a fancy restaurant.

Since the early Greek studies concerning geometry and algebra till the nowadays theories studies about infinity and strings, math meant the progress in all fields as: computers science,  medicine, architecture, economy etc.

Imagine, if the math doesn't exist, the computers science couldn't exist, and you couldn't launch the question and receive an answer from your PC or Notebook. Do you agree?

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

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Simple math is a part of your everyday life. Whether you are calculating how much money you'll save on a clearance item, doubling a recipe, or counting how many hours of sleep you'll get if you fall asleep in the next 10 minutes, you will use math all the time with out even realizing it. Now obviously not everyone will need to know the quadratic formula for their future life and career, but simple math is always needed. If you are planning on being a financial assistant or architect, math will be more important in your life compared to some others.

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hadijaved | Student | (Level 1) Honors

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Can you imagine going to the store and paying for your groceries with a $100 bill. You just stand there and wait for the change, but have no idea how much it should be, or what amount of change you should receive. This is kind of like a first grader starting to use money, isn't it. They are all excited about spending and paying although they know nothing about doing math.

Math is the one skill you need to master in your life, even if it is the only one, you will at least be able to live without being cheated, robbed or abused. You see, without math we just cannot live or survive. We need math in our everyday lives. Just doing the basic essentials is dependant on your ability to do math.

Let's take for instance time, in today's society one cannot survive without a watch. Just make an experiment and see how many times a day you use your watch. From getting up in the morning to going from one place to another, and going to bed at night, time is as essential as breathing to us. We are creatures of habit, planning every minute of our lives.

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jess-jessy | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Math is very important if you never knew how to do math what else would you know how to do math is like in our everyday life if there is no math lets just say you won't now anything and you would be living on the streets

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

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The question of why math is important usually arises when children have learned how to count, add, substract, multiply, and divide; and they come to believe they know all they need to know to function adequately in life. After all, if one understands how to keep track of his own money, figure out what it means when a scale shows two additional pounds, or cut a cake so there'll be enough pieces for everyone, what else do we need to know?



The littlest children who don't like math can usually understand the explanation that knowing how to handle money, telling time, cooking, sharing things, or knowing how many of any item will be left if some are used, all require knowing math. Younger children can usually understand why it's important to know how to measure how tall something is or how heavy it is, and they can usually understand how doing things like wallpapering or hanging window shades call for knowing how to measure.


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kashino168 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Math is important because it is part of our live. Everything must involve in mathematics. Even though you are a philosopher, you'll still need math to see whether you are cheated in the market or not. However, if we talking about professional in math, we would notice that those math genius will have more opportunety to find jobs because math suit perfectly to everyday problems such as economic problems, engineering work or even in military serves where the professers are asked to demonstrate how to shoot missiles perfectly.

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mjones0108 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Math is critical to brain development. Every student has probably asked the question. "Why do I have to learn Algebra? I'll never use it again." Possibly, but you will use the area of your brain that it develops every day of your life. Math teaches you to take steps to find an answer. The process is every bit as important as the answer. Without mental discipline, even the smartest of people can fail at life. As you think your way through math problems, you actually build new and stronger brain circuitry that translates into solving all of life's challenges more effectively. If you are interested in building your body strength, but neglect your brain, you are only accomplishing part of what you need. Think of math as "working out" your brain!

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