Math Around the world.
From last ten years during my teaching experience I am coming across few same questions from my students over and over again . The questions are;
“ Why we study Math, when in my life I will use this, is it really related to us in anyway? Where can I see it helpful in my life?? where is math around us? Can we have math around the world anywhere? is there any math around us in the world?” and so on….
Most of the people in the world believe that there is no maths in the world around us.
First of all let’s enjoy this video of Mathemagic.
Plato argued that mathematical concepts as real and concrete with us having any or no knowledge about them. I am confused where to start. I also want to mention that there is the utilization of mathematics in almost every field of life, so for sure I cannot mention every field where it is used but to give you some examples, let me take this chance to begin.
In Medicine physicians need to have mathematical skills to calculate the dose of drugs and medicine. There are many concepts in medical literature that can be understood with math. For the preparation of medicine in industry carefully ratios and concentration of products is checked to prepare medicine. In medicine, to know and calculate, if the dose or medicine will work one needs to have mathematical skills.
Understanding of the basic concepts of math is very important to have a profitable Business. You need it to have some price of your product or if you want to keep things in budget.
Time has a great importance in our lives and we can not deny this reality. One who do not care about time is mostly on losing side. Our day starts with time and ends with it. we calculate it with our watches, calendars etc. we have to be precise if we want to reach airport or train station on time. We have to wake up early to get to our educational institute or office on time. If we will not keep a check on time we can not fulfill any assignment in our life whether it is related to education or job etc.
The favorite hobby of females is Shopping. No matter if we are going for the shopping of cloth or decided to do some grocery it involves the calculations. We have to know our size for dress or the quantity of fruits that we need to buy. So in every supermarket, no matter if one is doing grocery or buying a perfect suit measurement counts. All this involves some calculation. If we are related to Engineering then the measurement and proper calculation of ratios of steel, cement, water to make buildings, bridges and keep them strong for a long time is needed the most. If proper calculation is not done before hand then buildings cannot be durable and strong. Most of the time we check temperature, speedometers in our vehicles, petrol filling stations, we come across measurement everywhere. If you do not know your size or do not check it, surly your dress can be loose or tight etc. Measurements are also used to estimate the air in tires of vehicles from a small car to plane or water level in your swimming pools each need proper measurement.
Every day you come across many Patterns in your life. They are spread all around us from wild life to man mad objects. See the lines on the body of zebra there is a pattern. There is pattern in your cloth and your bed room. When you open your eyes in morning, see, the cloth you are wearing has beautiful pattern of colors, see in window panels of your room, on your roof , stairs and also there can be different patterns of tiles on your floor. Brick walls all the walk ways show different types of the mathematical patters.
If we see the animals around us, no matter big or small some symmetrical patters become very obvious. Let’s see a butterfly you must have always admired the symmetry of colors and patterns on its wings. Symmetry is also in our bodies, shapes, structures and even in our face. Our eyes, ears , nostrils, ribs , arms , legs are equally spaced and have equal length. Case is also same with animals and birds etc.
You can see many buildings outside on road that can be excellent piece of architecture, even your own house building defines many different mathematical shapes and symmetry. If there is no symmetry in buildings they can not stand rather will fall.
I think there is not even a single person in world who do not need Money. Where ever you go, travel, shopping you need money. All the time you have to know exact amount that you have to pay for your bills, tickets, buying cloth for you or even a gift for friend. While ordering a birthday cake you have to tell the weight of the cake and have to pay for it when it is ready. Whenever you have to pay money you need to do some calculation.
We use Fractionsin our recipes , pizzas and sale price etc. Most of us love different games and we try to know about the chances of success by Probabilityin different sporting events and challenges.
Math is everywhere, try to feel it you will Love it!
Math is always around us in different shapes and ways from objects to calculations. In Golden shapes, sphere of Earth, bee hexagons, truncated Icosahedron can be seen in a football. Math is in music, video games, fashion, games, restaurants, medicine, architecture, designing, almost everywhere.
In my next post I will try to write about the applications of mathematics in different fields of life. Till that time stay tuned.
You can find excellent math resources on following sites;
Curious math
Math forum
Math Academy
and
http://www.ams.org/
http://www.math.com/
http://www.c3.lanl.gov/megamath/
You can find more detailed information of topic on this site.
All the pictures are used from a project of my students, in which I have asked them to find math in real life. I got the picture of the leaf from one of my best friend, Jennifer Lydia Moss. I would like to say Thanks to my friend and the students.

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