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Mathematics in our lives

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh *



Historically, Mathematics has been a subject that many students struggle with. How often have you heard a young learner utter the words" Im never going to use this stuff" as they are struggling to solve some algebra or calculus problems?

Unfortunately, math has a reputation for being hard to understand. For many students, math is boring, abstract, lacking in creativity, complex and very difficult to understand hence typical expression "Im of letters" or "Numbers are not mine".

For some, it can even be a source of dread and panic, causing math anxiety among students. For many parents and teachers the utterances of these phrases are too often a common occurrence in the classrooms. Most people will respond to the students by saying that they may need it or a future job or that it improves the critical thinking ability of brain.

While these responses are good and well-intended, they don't serve the practical and immediate need of the child. So perhaps next time that you hear a student struggling with math, you can gently remind them of these practical applications of math in our everyday life.

Furthermore it is interesting to note that if you lack knowledge of mathematics, then you won't know how it can be used in your life. In other words, learning mathematics will help your mind come up with useful ways that math can be used. People often don't know what they don't know and until you fully grasp a new concept you won't realize what power it has. Even those suffering from math- related anxieties or phobias cannot escape its everyday presence in their lives.

From home to school, to work and places in between, math is everywhere whether using measurements, in a recipe or deciding if half a tank of gas will make the distinction, we all use math. It is a good idea, therefore for teachers and parents of reluctant math learners to use real-world examples to ignite a spark of practical interest.

Mathematics is a powerful tool for global understanding and communication that organize our lives and prevents chaos. Mathematics helps us understand the world and provides an effective way of building mental discipline. Math, encourage logical reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, abstract or spatial thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills.

In fact mathematics is a study of measurements, numbers and space which is one of the first sciences that human work to develop because of its great importance and benefits. The origin of the word "MATHEMATICS" in Greek, which means tendencies to learn and there are many branches of mathematics in science that are related to the number including the geometric forms, algebra and others.

Mathematics plays a vital role in all aspect of life, whether in everyday matters such as time tracking, driving, cooking or jobs such as accounting, finance, banking, engineering and software. These functions require a strong mathematical background and scientific experiments by scientists' needs mathematical technique. They are a language to describe scientists: work and achievements.

As for mathematical inventions they are numerous, throughout the ages. Some of them were tangible, such as counting and measuring devices. Some of them are not tangible as method of thinking and solving. The symbol that express numbers are also one of the most important mathematical inventions.

Mathematics helps in analytical thinking. While solving math problems, data are collected, disassembled and then interconnected to solve them. Mathematics helps: to develop the ability to think; explain how things work; to develop wisdom; increase the speed of intuitive; make the child smarter; provides the child with an opportunity to get to the world. It is important in a constantly evolving world and money can be collected in mathematics when used as a profession.

Mathematics is the pillar of organize life for the present day. Without number and mathematical evidence we can't resolve many issues in our daily lives. There are times, measurements, rates, wages, lenders, discounts, claims, supplies, taxes, money exchange, consumption etc. and in the absence of these sports data, we have to face confusion and chaos.

Thus mathematics has become the companion of man and his helper, since the beginning of human existence on the Earth. When man wanted to answer questions such as "How many", he invented math. Then algebra was invented to facilitate calculations, measurements, analysis and Engineering. The science of trigonometry emerged when humans wanted to locate high mountains and stars.

Therefore, the knowledge of mathematics arose and developed when human felt the need and mathematics are necessary for the long planning of life and also the daily planning of any individual.

Mathematical rapprochement is necessary for any process, so, if anyone want to reach the height of his life he should not fail to believe in the role of mathematics in his life, starting with the ordinary citizens. Everyday has a daily interest in mathematics. Mathematics deeply related to the natural phenomena, the way to solve many secrets of nature.

Mathematics is necessary to understand the other branches of knowledge. All depends on mathematics in one way or others. There is no science, art or specialty except mathematics was the key to it. This discipline and mastery of any other science or art are very much related to the size of mathematics.

In fact mathematics is at the center of our culture and its history is often confused with that of philosophy. Just as the cosmological and evolution theories have exerted considerable influence on the conception that humans have of us, the non-Euclidean geometries have allowed new ideas about the Universe and theorems of mathematical logic have revealed the limitations of deductive method.

There is also mathematics in art. Since Pythagoras, the most famous mathematician, discovered numerical reasons in musical harmony, the relationship between mathematics and art has been permanent. These aspects of mathematics make them a bridge between the humanities and natural sciences, between the two cultures.

Mathematics has a number of useful benefits to our mind, if we go into its study. In spite of huge benefits provided by mathematics, it seems natural that the majority of the populations knows almost nothing about mathematics and that their relation to math is limited to the four rules. This distance contracts with the importance of mathematics today in society.

However, it is a subject that is part of the study of our children and as such should be an effort for compression, which usually involves constant practice. As boring as math may seem, its study translates into benefits for education and for our life in general.


* Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh wrote this article for Imphal Times
The writer is a Sr. Faculty JCRE at Global College, Babupara
This article was webcasted on January 24 2021.



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