7 Reasons Why Math is Important
What calculations were used to build the Pyramids? How do suspension bridges not fail? How is landing on the moon possible? In all of these questions lies a solution based on the usage of mathematics. Curious minds have been solving humanity’s biggest conundrums for centuries by harnessing the power of mathematics. Seemingly impossible feats are achieved, like landing on the moon or building the tallest tower…without mathematics, none of this would be possible. Mathematics is an essential tool that helps make the world go around. It’s no wonder that as a field of study, mathematics is a fascinating and useful degree program to pursue.
The importance of mathematics can be seen in hidden ways, and in everyday usage, all around us: computers, aeroplanes, body scanners, software, coding, and much more. Have you ever heard about the Golden Ratio? In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. Why does this matter? Well, once mathematicians discovered the Golden Ratio, we have been able to use it to our advantage: architects use it to design buildings, scientists apply it to nature’s recurring spiral arrangement, and even artists use the proportions in their artistic designs. A mathematics student will learn all about this and much more if he or she chooses to pursue this field of study. Here are seven more reasons to study mathematics.
1 )Math helps us to have analytical thinking.
We could define it as the thought directed to decompose the arguments in its premises or expressions that compose it, to see the relations that exist between them and their conclusion, in order to judge its veracity or reliability of the same. This is what we do when we do a mathematical problem: collect the data, break down its premises, observe the relations that keep or systematically solve their parts in a rational way. If we are able to understand mathematics and arrive at logical solutions, we will be able to prepare our minds when we have real problems. We can look for the best logic, see the possible solutions and relate the data we have to reach the conclusion.
2. Math helps us have better problem-solving skills
Math helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. Analytical thinking refers to the ability to think critically about the world around us. Reasoning is our ability to think logically about a situation. Analytical and reasoning skills are essential because they help us solve problems and look for solutions. While it may seem far-fetched to believe that solving the train problem above can help you solve a problem in your life, the skills that you use in framing the problem, identifying the knowns and unknowns, and taking steps to solve the problem can be a very important strategy that is applicable to other issues in life.
3) Mathematics quickens our minds
and helps us, in general, to deepen and think when we are faced with complex problems. Our life is composed largely of situations of choice, approach, reasoning and facing problems to which solutions have to be found. In that sense, mathematics helps you to open your mind and to understand that there is only one way to solve things. It is to investigate and finally conclude.
4)Helps understand the world better
Studying mathematics allows you to understand the world better. This seems obvious, but knowing the nuances behind how mathematics works can open your eyes and help you see the world around you in a new way. For example, Einstein’s theory or relativity (what we perceive as the force of gravity in fact arises from the curvature of space and time; and objects such as the sun and the Earth change this geometry) is instrumental in furthering our understanding of the universe.
5)Practically every career uses math in some way.
Obviously, mathematicians and scientists rely on mathematical principles to do the most basic aspects of their work, such as test hypotheses. While scientific careers famously involve math, they are not the only careers to do so. Even operating a cash register requires that one understands basic arithmetic. People working in a factory must be able to do mental arithmetic to keep track of the parts on the assembly line and must, in some cases, manipulate fabrication software utilizing geometric properties (such as the dimensions of a part) in order to build their products. Really, any job requires math because you must know how to interpret your paycheck and balance your budget.
6) Thanks to mathematics, we can explain how things work.
that is, we can express our thoughts and ideas with clarity, coherence, and precision. This is fundamental and very positive so that all the others understand us and know that we are people with a clear and coherent thought. Our way of ordering ideas and expressing them correctly is a big part of our image.
7) Math can make you more popular
Before you start to disagree with me, think about how great it is to go to dinner with a friend who can quickly divide a check in their mind to determine how much each person needs to pay to split the bill. Your knowledge of fractions can also help you divide a pizza among a few people. While math is popularly the realm of nerds, your ability to avoid awkward confusion and silence as you and your friends try to divide a pizza or a dinner bill is a truly valuable skill. Be known as the cool (yes, I said cool) person that knows how to do mental math quickl