# Why Math Is Important

Professor Gibson

Math 095

24 November 2010

Do we really need Math when we grow up?

When I was growing up, I really did not care for math. At a young age I realized that I must study and practice all the time to truly understand math. Math is a tricky subject like that, if you do not practice it all the time you tend to forget it. I also asked myself one day, ‘Do we really need to have a good foundation of math, and will we need it when we grow up?” When we are older adults, are we going to need Math knowledge in our everyday life, or in our jobs? When I was young, I never thought that you would need Math in any career when you’re an adult. Now I know that I was all wrong. In this paper I will discuss how we need Math in our everyday living, and in certain careers that you might not have thought that math was used.

We as human being need to eat to live and survive. We cannot just go to fast food restaurants and order from the menu all the time, that is to unhealthy. Some time in life, you must learn how to cook. There are many different ways to learn how to cook; if it is not from your Mother then it is for another source like TV, the Inter Net, a cookbook, or a cooking class.

To create dishes with good flavor, consistency, and texture, the various ingredients must have a kind of relationship to one another. For instance, to make cookies that both look and taste like cookies, you need to make sure you use the right amount of each ingredient. Add too much flour and your cookies will be solid as rocks. Add too much salt and they'll taste terrible. All ingredients have relationships to each other in a recipe and are an important concept in cooking. It's also an important math concept. In math, this relationship between 2 quantities is called a ratio. If a recipe calls for 1 egg and 2 cups of flour, the relationship of eggs to cups of flour is 1 to 2. In mathematical language, that relationship can be written in two ways: 1/2 or...

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