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Do We Really Need Math?

Do we really need math? 

Math Storytelling Day is observed annually on September 25. This is a day to appreciate all the ways math enhances our daily lives and is a great opportunity to get children excited about math.

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Math. I shudder just thinking about it. My least favorite subject in school. For most kids, I think it is the least liked subject.

Basic math, once mastered, is fairly easy. Next comes Algebra. I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure where this is used. I personally have never used the Pythagorean Theorem in any part of my life.

Proverbs 20:15

Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. 

At Specialty Plastics Fabricators, Superior Truck Tarps, Perfect Fit Tank Liner and Fasteners Plus Intl, math is used on a daily basis. Geometry is used the most and reading a tape measure is a must know!! During the hiring process, you must pass a math test. The products we make depends on good math skills.

Perfect Fit Tank Liners depends on precise measurements and excellent math skills. It’s in the name. The only way for it to fit perfectly is exact measurements. At Superior Truck Tarps, the same thing. We offer custom truck tarps so we need exact measurements to be sure it fits properly.

When a product is ordered, a drawing is consulted or if custom, made. All the math is figured out on paper before actual production begins. The drawings are checked then double and triple checked. It is better to correct math mistakes on paper than try to fix after the item is complete. You need to know how much plastic needs to be used to make the product. How much material do you need for your project? If you’re building houses, you’ll need much more than if you’re building a plant box. The math needs to be done ahead of time so you get the correct amount. You don’t want to run out of material in the middle of a project.

There are many jobs that need math skills. For many of the jobs, basic math is just fine. As a receptionist, one does not need advanced math skills to do the job. Whereas an Architect needs much more math, specifically geometry, because what you are designing must fit into the space designated.

For most math, all you need is a pencil and your brain. Throw a calculator in there as well and maybe some paper. I believe it’s best to write out the problem in pencil and also use a calculator. Once you have the problem down, you can change out numbers to get different answers. Say you need 3 different sizes of the same item. You should only have to do the math once, then substitute other information to get the measurements you need.

Math is universal, no matter where you are and what language it is in, 1+1 will always equal 2. Math is important in life. As you go through daily life, you do math and not even think about it. As an adult, sometimes learning math a little easier because you can see where it’s applied in life. I can’t think of a single time you don’t use math in some way.

Encourage math knowledge in young adults and children. Needing to know how to budget money so you can live, pay bills and still have money left to have fun is a skill they definitely need. They’re going to need a paycheck and someday buy a house, a car or other big ticket item. They need to make sure they can afford the payments. When going to the grocery store, if you’re on a tight budget, you need to know how to best stretch your money. Check your receipts to make sure the math is correct. Mistakes happen. We’re all human.

Pi sign

Math is also delicious. Who doesn’t love pie?

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