Using maths in everyday life


Maths has very obvious applications to everyday life, such as handling money, weighing ingredients for cooking, measuring material for making curtains, or cutting a pizza so that everyone gets a slice. Most people need to be able to read a bus or train timetable, graphs from the internet and tables from various magazines. Some will need to read and interpret spreadsheets.

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In today's society, children will need maths if they are going to be, for example, engineers, mechanics, lawyers, nurses or dentists.

Many retail and clerical jobs require the use of maths, although most people now rely on calculators and other electronic devices for calculating. But even then, it is necessary to be able to estimate in order to be confident of the amount.

Everybody benefits from having the ability to think more logically - we need to have a basic understanding of shapes, angles, lines, volume, measurement and numeracy to function in today's society.

We need to be able to work out our pay and pensions, or how long it takes to make a journey, or how much the supermarket's special offer saves us. And adults who are doing building or DIY need geometry to measure angles. 

And even when we're relaxing, and playing games such as darts, billiards, Scrabble or snooker, maths is necessary to keep the score and work out who has won.

So maths is used extensively in everyday life - at school, in the home, in workplaces and in our leisure time, which means a great deal depends on it. Even if we're not involved in a maths or science-related job or profession, we need a knowledge of mathematics to function effectively in today's world.


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