Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mathematics and our Daily life

 Many people would claim that they are not proficient in mathematics. In fact, a number of them would swear that they would have nothing to do with mathematics for a s long as they live. Do you agree with them? Of course not – nobody escapes the art of counting, dividing, subtracting and multiplying. We all do those mathematical exercises everyday, whether we like it or not. For instance, if you are a weight watcher and you start the day by weighting yourself and comparing your weight with that of the previous day, you will get the increase or decrease in your weight by subtracting your previous weight with that of the present. Now, that is a mathematical exercise. From the moment you wake up you are already doing series of mathematical activities without you knowing it. It may not be complicated activities like performing an integral or differential calculus but still the same, you deal with numbers and you use basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
          If you take a look at your daily routine, you will notice that there are many activities that you do which requires you to do some serious mathematical computations. You have taken these activities for granted as part of your routine but a closer look into things would reveal that you are indeed solving one of the most difficult mathematic problems of daily life. For instance, when you go to the grocery store, you make a list of what to buy and set a side a budget for the goods you have in your list. Budgeting involves a lot of calculations and some intense mathematical exercise. It’s not always easy to make a budget especially if you have limited funds so you really need to do some intense calculations.

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