In transportation, trucking, railroads, etc....<br />
There is lots of math, counting items, what to carry in weight to carry it, weight distribution to what cargo area that being loaded. There is, about no time that I do not use math except when I sleep. All the other answers above are true too.<br />
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People are not the only animals that uses math in living, any animal that thinks uses it too, dogs, monkeys, apes, mostly mammals etc...
Well, one thing to also look at is technology....
a. your television
b. your telephone
c. your computer
and then realize, how did that get built, what electronics, and engineering, and physics and chemistry was needed to design it, make the plastics and metals, and what was needed to design these inventions.
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As for math, yes there is measuring
and there is some straining for making thing efficient, maximum volumes, and minimum costs, and one could argue that calculus could have been used by the maker of that tin can of food to make it a maximum of Cambell's Soup to the minimum of Stainless Steel, and that's why many cans of tinned food does match to what you can do after a half year of a fairly good calculus course.
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or the whole math of linear programming where sales or some economics is put into equations and we look for maximum points of sales or profit, or minimum costs, and that can be from what is essentially a second year math course
a. Linear Algebra
b. Linear Programming [a bonus class after Linear Algebra]
or more complex problems in business or warfare with
c. Operations Research
[where people figure out the best way of dropping depth charges on subs with some probability math and other tools of aiming for MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY]
and you could say this is basically the higher math
that people use very much in problem solving like
The Game of BATTLESHIP....
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one more linear algebra problem could be like pipe A costs 200 dollars a foot and pipe B costs 700 dollars a Foot. You can get a problem of here is the map of city A and B.
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and you have to plan how much to use of a mixture of Pipe A and pipe B with a few conditions to the problem
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but for most things, math doesnt matter to people, other than counting things or pricing something to see if the larger bag of potato chips is cheaper
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The IMPORTANT thing to realize is that in some ways this question is a dumbing down of society, saying what good is math for, well, figure it out yourself. The real purpose is for science, and well, if you see how science affects everything in your life, you can not worry about dumbass applications.
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but sure, there is a lot out there that have people calculating maximums and minimums, for efficiency.
When one wakes up in the morning, time is ba<x>sed upon math, the construction of your clothes and everything around you use math measurements, the weight of the food and volume of the water or juice you consume use math standards. Knowing math keeps you from being ripped off when you use money, purchase carpet by the sq.ft or sq.yd., Using math measurements, houses, cars, roads, buildings, bridges, boats, ships are build strong enough to endure heavy use without over utilization of materials. <br />
If you have poor math skills you will get ripped off in life.
 If you have poor math skills you will get ripped off in life.
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It affects more with how you vote and not understanding the basis of economics or privatization, or globalization, or debt or stuff... Though reading Krugman once in a blue moon in the New York Times is a help, or uh watching the Daily Show...
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But people usually buy in the supermarket and often you can see if a larger container of juice or cheese or cheesies or potato chips is cheaper or really on sale to the other brand.
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Something like a mortgage now a days, you cant figure it out, you need seriously a laywer because major bands will blindly rip you off, much like a used car salesman, something that didnt really occur in the 70s. But now shifty mortgages go on where you end up paying a ton extra..assuming people make good money to actually get one now.
I know this one. one plus one equals two, two plus two equals four and it's important that I remember that four pints is my limit without using a tray.
Knowing which is the better deal when you shop<br />
If you have to alter a recipe amount to serve either more people or fewer people<br />
If you're trying to build something from scratch <br />
If you're trying to make an unofficial "blue print" for something<br />
To plan and track your personal budget<br />
To figure your gas mileage
sure. calculating time a person took in covering distance from his place to his destination. counting money you have, setting time to study or to do other things and etc.....
construction work and building requires alot of math
I figured out how much the government takes out of my taxes.
I think what might be more useful is basic statistics for standard deviations and teaching people how it can be used for picking well performing stocks.....
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Just think if the government tossed everyone $5000 a year and said play the stock market wisely with a course...
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Tax stuff i think will never be simple....but it'll help when it's back to businesses paying the bulk of the money over individuals, which is what went on during the glory years of capitalism and economics [AFTER the Great Depression, and before Reagan raping the Tax Code]
Figuring out how much to shave off if an item says x percent off the listed price.
Extremely might be a little overstated. But terribly? Possibly :)
1+1+1 is three
You are using the internet and EP.
being careful with cash that no one rips you off , well that's all i got
**** maths
I think that the school system ideally should teach people how to be masters of
a. English [then you can push History and Philosophy and Reading for Pleasure in classes]
b. Mathematics
[so most everyone can understand science]
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I think it would be great if the schools taught people algebra totally like grade 7 8 9 and by Grade 10 everyone had a baby, easy easy course in calculus.
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and the same goes for physics, math and chemistry, and i wonder if it's possible to teach people how to do 60% of what First year University people do with a minimum of exams or grades, with the right books or breaking up courses into like 40 mini lessons/chapters.
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I think I'd like to see a school system in 40 years where every 15 year old knows calculus and didnt suffer much learning it, and few people failed the math or science classes
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I tend to feel that it would be nicer if teachers had classes where 70% of the mark is from tons of homework, in little doses, and then there's not much stress with big scary exams.
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If 80% of teenagers could say, understand first year university physics and second year math, i think you'd have a hell of a society, where everyone could be a part time scientist or work for the government...
I do not think how I do not use it, Cooking measuring and think of how much to make, moving anything, the weight the area that the load will take and the combination of measurements takes math to solve. I do not think I can walk ten feet without some kind of math thinking of some kind.
I dont like the question, because i think it really lacks meaning, it sets up the question is it extremely important to an ordinary life?
For Christ's sake, knowing how to read isnt extremely important either, if you just care about eating rice and beans and water and live in a dwelling of straw and mud.
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Basically it is saying, would anything dealing with numbers be really really important to most people? Probably Not. If you're a butcher and need to weigh things in a Turkish Market or you take accounting in Singapore, or need to know how to read a speed limit sign and a speedometer in a car in Alabama, great.
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But is knowing how to add or count, that big a deal? And where do we draw the line? Percentages, Scientific Notation, trigonometry buttons on a calculator?
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It's still bullshit, it important if you are curious about science, and none of us here are 14 years old thinking, gee is a basic math course needed for nursing, or surveying or herding sheep? The Schools make it simple for those 14 year olds, they might have a poster in the hallway saying, with math 11 these careers are possible for YOU! Big Deal.
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Math isnt all that important to a lot of people to survive in society, but if we talk about the larger issue of Innumeracy, which i think was an 1980s book by the mathematician Paulos, he thought that the fear of math and of numbers and calculating anything was extremely dangerous for society.
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You have a public that has no idea what is going on with the economy, or the politicians with budgets, or getting ripped off by snake oil of freaky **** like Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Libertarian Budget which would have just destroyed the US Economy, yet 40% of people didnt find a Vice President with such views as DISTURBING.
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So there are politicial, social, economic, and educational consequences with being basically being illiterate with numbers and fearing math.
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