“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple“
Mathematics is constantly applied in our day to day activities.Let’s take a look at some real-life examples where mathematics is used and appreciate its importance.
Mathematics is used to measure the ingredients while cooking. Different metrics are used to measure solid and liquid ingredients.
Counting money includes mathematics. Paying for items purchased, getting the balance payment pack involves addition subtraction of money.
Calculating time to complete or perform an activity, travelling from one place to another involves mathematics as well.
Doctors prescribing medicines, measuring the dosage or counting the number of tablets to be taken in a day is once again a great example of the use of mathematics.
Mathematics is widely used in the field of architecture such as to determine the size of the plot, depth of the foundation etc.
The total experience of shopping involves using a whole lot of mathematics- from selection of say a piece of clothing on the basis of size till paying via cash or credit card.
In the field of sports, calculating the number of players, the scores, start and finish time, tracking performance all include the use of numbers.
Mathematics is used to calculate distance, time taken to travel and also speed of the vehicles.
Length of notes, start and stop time for musical instruments and singing has full use of mathematics.
Mathematics is put into use while exercising too. Keeping track of the count, duration, calories burned during a workout requires various modes of calculation.
Mathematics impacts everyday occurrences in diverse ways. Sometimes we use mathematics without even realising it. It is an inevitable part of life.
Sharmila Suresh is the Program Director and an Abacus instructor for over 3 years. Her philosophy is to create an environment that fosters the importance of learning and a strong work ethic. She is very passionate and teaches from the heart while allowing students to discover their abilities and mould them into confident individuals.