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Why should students study mathematics? To understand this question, there is a need to first understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life

BySanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Updated 16 Dec 2022, 2:09 pm

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Why is math important, or what is the importance of mathematics? These are some questions that the students search for. But what are the reasons behind asking these questions? Have you ever wondered about it? Maybe not! In 2005, Gallup conducted a survey in which they asked the students to specify the subject name that they find the most difficult. Unsurprisingly, Mathematics is the subject that students find the most difficult one. So, before understanding the importance of mathematics, let’s discuss its overview and why students consider mathematics a complex subject.

Once you know the reasons, it would be easy for you to understand why you should know the importance of Mathematics. These reasons can also help you to know how you can help the students with their mathematics problems. Let’s find out why students find math’s the most challenging subject.

Mathematics refers to the study of quality, structure, space, and change. By abstraction and logical reasoning, mathematics emerged from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the physical object’s motions and shapes.

Mathematics is a significant part of human logic and thoughts. It gives an effective way to create mental discipline and increases logical reasoning. Moreover, mathematical knowledge plays an essential role in understanding the concept of other subjects like science, social studies, and even music and art.

Mathematics is used in several fields and disciplines.

The concepts and procedures of mathematics are used to solve engineering, science, and economics problems. Let’s learn why several students find mathematics so tricky. Custom pins are great gifts if you want to inspire children to take an interest in maths. They are suitable as party favours, holiday gifts or future celebration gifts for math’s students or your child’s teacher at the end of the school year. While we amateurs may not understand the concept behind these pins, these are sure to make any mathematician laugh.

The learning experience can enhance when the students relate their subject to real-life situations. But because of the advanced and challenging concepts, students are not able to relate math’s to real-life examples. That is why they also do not exactly know why is important for them.

Several students say that they can just know whether their answer is right or wrong. It becomes quite challenging to deal with the problem if it is incorrect as they do not know exactly where they did it wrong. As a result, students get frustrated with maths.

“Practice makes a man perfect,” and it is not only applicable to maths. All subjects need practice. But students who do not enjoy doing math’s problems find practicing math queries a difficult task. But if students do not practice the math’s concepts, it would lead to unclear conceptual knowledge. 

Why should students study mathematics?

It has been seen that Mathematics supports the development of critical and logical thinking. It provides kids an effective power to analyze, describe, and change things. Moreover, Mathematics is considered the language of science. Math’s can be applied in each aspect of life. That is why it is regarded as an essential subject.

Before moving directly to learn the importance of mathematics, let’s talk about the importance of mathematics in our daily life.

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A study done by Dr Tanya Evans at Stanford University proved that the students who solve math problems in their daily life have higher logical skills than those students who don’t solve the problems. Apart from that, the students also solve math problems for their brain exercise.

To make our bodies stay fit, we do exercise. In the same way, to keep our brain healthy and active, we need to do brain exercise.

There are plenty of ways to do brain exercise, but the most effective and robust way to do brain exercise is by practicing to solve mathematical problems.

Math is also helpful with your finances. With the help of math, you can easily make your financial budget.You can calculate how much money you have and how you can spend your money. Almost every single human in the world uses math for their finance. The salaried person uses math to calculate their expenses and salaries. On the other hand, businessmen use math to calculate their profits and losses. They also use it to calculate their loans and many more. It highlights the importance of business mathematics and also plays a crucial role in business accounting.

Math is quite useful for cooking. As in almost every recipe, there is a requirement to put the ingredients. Such as one spoon of turmeric, a tablespoon of garlic powder. Also, the half-cup of flour is the very same thing as eight tablespoons of flour. Therefore to make anything delicious, the cook requires to know the accurate measurements of the ingredients.

Problem-solving is one of the most important factors in our life. Math is one of the most effective ways to increase your analytical thinking. As I mentioned earlier, it also helps us to improve our logical thinking. Both this analytical thinking and logical thinking help us to become better problem solvers. In this way, we enhance our ability to solve the problem more effectively. The more we solve mathematics problems, the better we solve real-life problems.

There is no profession in the world that doesn’t use math.

We know that mathematicians and scientists rely on mathematical principles to perform their basic work. Engineers also use math to perform their daily tasks. Mathematics offers a great career opportunity for students. In most careers, employers want to hire employees who can solve complex problems. If you are good at math and have a keen ability to solve complex problems, you are at the top of applying for many jobs. Finance analysis and cost estimation are part of every business. Therefore there are excellent career options for the students to get math-related jobs.

Do you know that everything in nature is based on math?

You can also find mathematical figures in the real world, likewise the hexagonal bee combs, spider webs, Triangle Mountains, and many more. Every single part of nature is based on math. You can also do the math calculations to understand natural creations. Honey Bees, masters of geometry, use hexagons to make the honeycombs. A great sequence of numbers, The Fibonacci Sequence, is found everywhere in nature: in seashells, pinecones, trees, leaves, and flowers.

Time is the key to success for everyone. Therefore we have to be more calculative for time management. Math helps us to do better time management. The importance of math is reflected in time management tasks. With the help of math, you can make a wise decision on how you can spend your time effectively. Time management is also emerging the importance of mathematics in society.

Many other topics, such as chemistry, physics, and statistics, are built on the basis of math. These fields would not be possible without mathematical formulas and notions. We couldn’t describe the world without several of these fields. So don’t declare that you’ll never study math again!

Automobile manufacturers must understand the demand to build the right number of vehicles. In addition, businesses aim to maximize their earnings. They can compute the optimum price for their autos using mathematical techniques. After they graduate from high school, many students choose to pursue a career in interior design. However, most individuals are unaware that the profession lists out a significant amount of arithmetic. Finances are determined, and the rooms’ interiors need to be designed depending on their size and volume. Different mathematical principles are required to compute the layout.

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Have you ever wondered how a computer operates? How quickly does it perform each task in a logical and sequential order? The use and significance of mathematics is the simple reason for this.

In computer science, the subjects of mathematics and computers interact. Without arithmetic, studying computer applications is nearly difficult. Computation, algorithms, and other principles create the basis for various computer applications such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc. Even a simple understanding of probability (oruse of statistics) and odds can help you improve (or avoid) games of chance and gambling.

Your thinking grows more complex when you realize that the universe is more probabilistic than deterministic in nature. This improves the accuracy of your forecasts and the precision of your judgments.

We have already discussed that mathematics is used in all aspects of life. The concepts of mathematics are also useful for expressing the objective and accuracy of the solutions.

Importance of mathematics in society 

There is an importance of mathematics in society as it supports initiating research and analysis related to society. This further supports solving society-related problems using mathematical concepts. With the help of maths concepts, you can develop social value.  You can make your points clear to society using statistical data. This helps in presenting your points with more clarity. This is exactly how there is an importance of mathematics in society.

Development of the culture

Mathematics has played an important role in the development of the culture. Along with science, mathematical concepts are also used to make developments in day-to-day life. This supports in improving civilization among the society. The importance of mathematics in daily life is getting more crucial with every passing year.

We know that there is always uncertainty in the world in terms of economic crisis. To get rid of these problems, we need to have an excellent command of math.

It will help us remain stable at the time of the financial crisis. So, always remember why math is important and try to learn the new concept of maths daily. Now the statistics students may get to know the importance of mathematics in the real world.

(The views expressed are personal

 

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Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Assistant Professor, JCRE Global College, Babupara, Imphal. The writer can be reached at sjugeshwor7@gmail.com

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