Real World Connections
Oftentimes learners put off practicing or studying math because they feel it does not apply to their daily life. For many, math can bring up unpleasant memories of worksheets, timed tests, flashcards, memorizing, and more. However, if you spend time considering how math really does apply to your day-to-day activities it can help shed some positive light on the subject.
We encourage you to review the examples of real-world math connections below. You are also encouraged to spend some time thinking about how you use math in your daily activities and how studying math and increasing your knowledge of math concepts can help with daily tasks.
Math helps you with personal decisions like these:
- Calculating gas mileage: Should you buy a new car? Hybrid or regular?
- Choosing the best cell phone plan.
- Determining how much paint you will need for your kitchen remodeling project.
- Calculating the change in your mortgage payment if you were to refinance your home.
- Determining how much carpet you need for that new addition to the house.
- Reading food labels and comparing products to determine appropriate foods for a healthy diet.
- Calculating the amount of food you need to feed guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner.
At work, math helps you to:
- Calculate mileage to be submitted for reimbursement.
- Determine 401K contributions. How much do you need to contribute to achieve the maximum company match?
- Determine product selling price in order to make a profit.
- Review quarterly and annual reports; calculate gross profit, increase or decrease in sales; and analyze financial performance.
- Calculate quarterly tax payments for freelance work.
- Investigate traffic accidents by performing calculations based on the physics of the accident (speed, distance traveled, angles, road friction, et cetera).
- Determine staffing needs and calculate the cost of hiring additional staff.
In school, you use math to:
- Calculate your GPA (Grade Point Average).
- Determine total cost of tuition and books each quarter.
- Calculate how much money you will owe after your employer tuition assistance is applied.
- Determine how long it will take to complete your program if you take two courses per quarter.