10 daily uses of maths


The Herald

A lot of people say they hate maths but they do not realise that maths is a part of our everyday life. We use maths as we clean the house, make supper or mow the lawn. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you are using maths daily without even realising it. It just comes naturally.

Chatting on the cellphone
Chatting on the cellphone is the way of communicating for most people now-adays. It’s easy, accessible and cost effective. Almost everyone has a cellphone and it requires a basic knowledge of skill and maths. You need to know numbers and how they work. For example, when you check your balance, buy airtime or dial a number you are using maths. Then, of course, we all love to receive a good joke on WhatsApp or Facebook. But some of them have figures and if you do not understand maths you cannot get the joke!

In the kitchen
Whatever you do in the kitchen requires maths, like counting the number of teaspoons of sugar that are just right for you in your tea or coffee or complicated cooking and baking. Even just using the stove, microwave and kettle is basic maths skills in action.

Even doing something as mundane as gardening requires a basic maths skill. If you need to plant or sow new seeds or seedlings you need to make a row or count them out or even make holes. So even without thinking you are doing maths. Measuring skills is always needed, and calculations are important when doing something new in the garden.

When doing any form of art you are using maths. Whether you’re a sculptor, a painter, a dancer or even just doing a collage for fun, you will need to be able to measure, count and apply basic maths to it. Every form of art is co-dependent upon maths skills.

Keeping a diary/timetable
Keeping a diary of some sort has become an essential part of our daily lives. We run from place to place and from appointment to appointment. Making appointments and having a time schedule that works for you requires maths. Without a diary we will crash and burn. Some people even have to make appointments to take some time out. Maths is a much needed skill in today’s life.

Planning an outing
Every outing you plan needs your maths skill. Whether you go to the movies or a party is irrelevant. You will plan your way there and how you will spend the time there, maths is your guide that will assist you and help you. You also need to synchronise activities with friends. All of these require maths.


A lot of teens do not have bank accounts, but you still do banking. You need to know how to manage your allowances so that you can afford the best that you can get on what you have. Otherwise you may find yourself without money for the essentials like stationery after buying the luxuries like ice cream.

Planning parties
Planning is essential, what it will cost, how many guests are attending, what foods are you serving, the ambience of the place where you want to host it and so many other essentials all requiring multiplication, division and subtraction.

Whether you are buying sweets or clothes or something bigger like a mobile handset, you use maths. You need to know the price, calculate change if any or even compare prices.

Making choices
Every basic thing we use in life consist of history. That means statistics. Taking into account the past and the future, and keeping record of what has been done. Without statistics we won’t know what worked and what didn’t. It helps us to find balance and structure. For example, choosing the subjects to study at A-Level, you use statistics to determine which areas you are strong in and are likely to pass.

Love maths, because it is a part of your life!

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