Math is a part of our lives, whether we clean the house, make supper
or mow the lawn. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you are using math
daily without even realizing it. It just comes naturally.
Chatting on the cell phone
Chatting on the cell phone is the way of communicating for most people
nowadays. It's easy, accessible and cost effective. Every one has
a cell phone and it requires a basic knowledge of skill and math.
You need to know numbers and how they work, and with today's technology
you can do basically everything on your cell phone, from talking and
faxing to surfing the Internet.
In the kitchen
Baking and cooking requires some mathematical skill as well. Every
ingredient has to be measured and sometimes you need to multiply or
divide to get the exact amount you need. Whatever you do in the kitchen
requires math. Even just using the stove is basic math skills in action.
Even doing something as mundane as gardening requires a basic math
skill. If you need to plant or sow new seeds or seedlings you need
to make a row or count them out or even make holes. So even without
thinking you are doing math. Measuring skills is always needed, and
calculations of the essence when doing something new in the garden.
When doing any form of art you are using math. Whether you're a
sculptor, a painter, a dancer or even just doing a collage for fun,
you will need to be able to measure, count and apply basic math to
it. Every form of art is co-dependant upon math skills.
Keeping a diary
Keeping a diary has become an essential part of our daily lives.
We run from place to place and appointment to appointment. Making
appointments and having a time schedule that works for you requires
math. Without a diary we will crash and burn. Some people even have
to make appointments to take some time out. Math is a much needed
skill in today's life.
Planning an outing
Every outing you plan needs your math skill. Whether you go to the
beach or the zoo is irrelevant. You will plan your way there and you
will use your time wisely, math is your guide that will assist you
and help you. When driving you need fuel, oil and water, without it
your car will break down. All of these require math.
Can you imagine going to the bank and not having any idea what you
need to do or how to manage your finances. This will cause a huge
disaster in your life, and you will be bankrupt within hours.
Planning dinner parties
How about that inevitable dinner party or cocktail that you have
to host. Planning is essential, how many guests are attending, what
foods are you serving, the ambience of the place where you want to
host it and so many other essentials all requiring multiplication,
division and subtraction.
Decorating your home
Whether you are painting, doing the flooring or just acquiring new
furniture, you need math to make your sums add up. Everything you
do inside or outside of your home needs math skills. From accessories
to a new swimming pool and putting in new lighting.
Every basic thing we use in life consist of history. That means statistics.
Taking into account the past and the future, and keeping record of
what has been done. Without statistics we won't know what worked and
what didn't. It helps us to find balance and structure.