I think that many math topics have meaning and relevancy and are dependent on the path one takes in terms of finding real world application. For example, sports is largely dependent on sports. Decisions are made based regarding playing time as well as strategy based on percentages. In baseball, there is a strong use of math. Managers have to make decisions on which pitchers to start and, especially so in games of importance, those decisions are predicated upon statistical reality. If a pitcher has a better winning percentage in certain conditions, this will help to sway the manager. The calculation of batting average is a mathematical reality. It is not common to hear enthusiasts of the sport say, "He's hitting .400 and will finish above if he goes 3 of 5 today!" These are math concepts integrated in speech and analysis. On a larger level, I am not sure how one can get past the practical applications of math in personal finances. Balancing a checkbook, creating budgets, anticipating costs and profits are all math based and reflect math's use in the real world. In terms advanced concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem, I have included a couple of links that can help apply the theorem in the realm of map-making, cartography, or in constructing a quicker route home from two different points given Mathematics: Everywhere & Everyday
Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life - in nature all around us, and in the technologies in our hands. Mathematics is the language of science and engineering - describing our understanding of all that we observe.The Mathematics Everywhere & Everyday Exhibition explores the many wonders and uses of mathematics in our lives. This exhibition is divided into nine areas focusing on different aspects of mathematics.Gallery Pathways worksheets prepared for primary and secondary school classes are available on request and booking. Please view our Enrichment Programmes – Gallery Pathways for more...
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