Real Life Maths

October 23, 2018 10:13 am

Maths is everywhere!

Whether you hope to study biology, economics, sociology, psychology, physics or many other subjects, Mathematics is used all the time. You will need to solve numerous Maths problems, as part of your studies.


Maths is all around you the minute you step into your local supermarket! You will pass through automatic doors and security scanners. None of these would exist without Maths. The bar codes on each product identify the product and manufacturer.


Using Maths in cooking is unavoidable. One example is when you have to convert the proportions of a recipe for a certain amount of people to a different number. When you convert weights, for example grams to pounds, Mathematical calculations are used. Temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit may need converting also.

Buying A House

Buying property is one of the most important and practical examples of using Maths in everyday life. When you borrow money, you are presented with a repayment plan that accounts for interest rates, sometimes fixed, sometimes variable, depending on the length of your loan. If you borrow for ten, twenty or thirty years, the rate will differ. Mathematics is used to calculate how much you are going to pay overall, the amount you must save and the total you will have to repay.


If you are planning a Do-It-Yourself project you will need to use Maths. Whether you want to calculate the angles necessary to construct a partition or work out the number of tiles needed to decorate a bathroom. You need to know how to calculate angles and find the hypotenuse of a triangle and be at comfortable calculating surfaces in square meters and volumes in cubic meters.


Nowadays, GPS receivers are found in so many cars and smartphones. Before all this technology came along, we had the compass, protractor, sextant and the astrolabe (hard to pronounce, I know)! It’s with triangulation that we can determine our distance from a fixed point, and direction of movement.

Logical Thinking

Away from the practical applications of Mathematics in your everyday life, there are holistic benefits of Mathematics are skills that can be used in all sorts of situations. If you can reason more effectively and remain consistent and precise in your thinking, there is a good chance that you will be able to make better decisions.


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Katherine Wallis
Maths Teacher
Spark Academy