At school, the maths we learn and see can seem like a set of only rules and a whole bunch of numbers that we must learn. However, maths isn’t all about that, although it may seem as such. Maths is a subject that is really enjoyable to me, so here is what I think it really is. Maths is considered a boring topic for many people. ” When am I ever going to use math? “, ” How will it even help me in life? “, “This is so boring” – these are things that have echoed through the halls of maths classrooms every single day! Many students want to know where math takes place in every day life. The thing is, maths is not just a sequence of numbers and computations that need to be carried out until your patience or stamina runs out! You may not be aiming for a job in the future that includes mathematics but that’s okay, because most people aren’t going to .
However, you can still do maths. You probably are doing math, even if you don’t call it that.
In a book that I read: How not to be wrong – the hidden maths of everyday life, the author Jordan Ellenberg implies maths with soccer in a really interesting way. Think about this – if you want to play soccer, you need to do a lot of boring, repetitive, pointless drills. The question is – do professional players even use those drills? On a major soccer match, you won’t see any player zigzagging between traffic cones or curling weights, would you? But you will see the players using the strength , speed and flexibility they built up by doing those drills- learning those drills is part of learning soccer. So are those drills really pointless?
Also, if you want to play soccer for a living, you will spend most of your time and all your weekends on the field to practice, there is no other way. But the good news is this:
If the drills are too much for you, you can at least enjoy the moment and feeling by just playing it for fun. You will be healthier and happier than you would be if you just sat at home watching the professionals playing on the television.
Mathematics is pretty much the same, isn’t it? Maths makes you better at things, even if you are not one of the best at it. At first, it’s true that is might seem like a subject with only numbers and rules and you might think that it’s a subject for only “smart people” but once you understand this language, you will start to enjoy it and see how it helps you every day, everywhere – wherever you are. It teaches you at least something and It’s all around you, even if you don’t notice it – in the kitchen, in the grocery store, maths is everywhere! Maths makes us make important decisions , perform everyday tasks, and become better thinkers.
So to conclude- try to have this thought the next time you write a maths test or exam or are studying for a math test. You don’t learn maths just to score an A or to pass a test, you learn it because it’s a life skill that’s needed in everyday life. You would rather want to understand maths than to take it as a subject where you have to learn it off without understanding what you are doing because as Eugenia Cheng , a brilliant mathematician said, at school, you don’t ask the question “why”, you are just given formulas to learn. So discover the math around the world, by asking just one question – why?
Maths has taught me that every problem has a solution. And with the tools of mathematics in hand, we can understand the world in a deeper and more meaningful way.