It is pertinent to note the ways in which one experiences mathematical application in daily life from the time one get up from bed till one goes to bed in the night.
When we get up we see the time of walking to verify whether we have enough time to attend to various responsibilities (Awareness of time, reading a clock, planning one’s routine).
When we brush our teeth the life of the brush, its cost, the paste, its available quantity to get new one come to one’s mind (cost accounting).
Water use and conservation in case of bathing. Taking food as breakfast needs clear knowledge of proportion for preparation to have good taste- more salt, chilly etc. (study of ratio and proportion).
Even when you are looking to spend some time in the sun maths in everyday life is all around you, because planning a holiday is all about optimization deciding where to visit is just the first of a whole bunch of questions.
When is the best time of year to go? How do I get to the airport on time? Can I fit all these clothes in my suitcase? Answering these questions involves working with numbers – Hotel prices, flight timetables, suitcase volumes to come up with the best results.
It’s your birthday and you have decided to go out for a meal with some friends. While you won’t be having fried formulas or a side order of statistics, math is involved at every stage.
Looking down at the menu, you eye up the prices .The restaurant owner has to work out how much he needs to charge for his food by creating a business model. Detailing the cost of raw ingredients, staff wages and so on. He also has to calculate how these costs might change in the future and how many customers he expects. Many restaurants fail within their first year because of poor mathematical planning.
A good understanding of maths in everyday life is essential for making sense of all the numbers and problems life throws at us.
I haven’t yet told you the most important use of maths .Maths sharpens your reasoning power and helps your mind be cheerful and more open .You become more creative, curious and knowledgeable .Your mind sharpens and develops to be quick responsive ,make better decisions and multitasking.
Now its your turn go on and practice maths more and more.
Prof. Radha Gupta
Prof. Radha Gupta