The Importance of Math in Our Daily Life

Published: 23rd February 2011
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Many of us rarely give math any credit. In fact we often look upon it with disdain. However, math plays an important role in holding our daily lives, everything from the food we eat to the work we do, math is involved everywhere! So, it is important to understand the importance of math in our daily life.

If you are one of those who hated math in school, appreciating the value of math in everyday life may prove to be difficult. You may feel that itís a boring subject and wondered why we even need to study it because who cares about equations and trigonometry! Please carry reading and you will find that math forms an integral part of our daily life.

Math in Daily Activities


When you cook, you need to measure the ingredients in terms of teaspoon, tablespoon, ounces, grams, kilograms, etc If you are preparing meals for many people, you will need to convert all the measurements accordingly. Messing up with the measurements can result in disastrous meals.

Grocery Shopping

Iím sure when you go grocery shopping youíll check the price tags of each item before putting them into the cart. Imagine going to the counter and seeing a bill beyond your budget! How embarrassing! You also have to consider discounts. Meaning you need math to calculate the total amount you have to pay and the money saved.


People who are overweight need to be conscious of their calorie intake. Especially if they are on special weight loss diets, knowledge of math is needed to calculate the total amount of calories consumed in one day, one week and one month.


Here is where math can help prevent you from landing yourself and your family in soup! Just imagine, not knowing how much money you have and how much you are allowed to spend is a definite way of landing yourself in the lap of credit. Even if you do not pay the electricity bill, water bill or cable TV bills, one bill that you definitely cannot escape is the restaurant bill. Restaurants are places where your math knowledge becomes so useful.

Building Things

Math is vital in building anything from a piece of furniture to some major building project. Measurements act guidelines for building. Imagine trying to build a house or even a bed without measurements. It's not possible at all!


Math is needed everywhere people work irrespective of the field of work you are employed in. Besides the business analysts, bank officials and financial accountants that need to be competent in math. We all require math to calculate our targets, salaries and most important of all, leave status!

Visiting a Foreign Country

When you go abroad for a holiday, it is important that you have knowledge of currency conversion, because only by converting it back into your currency will you know if something is expensive for your budget or not. But if you can't convert currencies, you will never know if you were getting it cheaper.

As you can see it is important to teach the significance of math in our daily life to kids so that they will understand that learning math is important for their lives and is not a subject that they are being forced to learn. One good way is to ask them to write an essay about importance of math in our daily life to increase their awareness of the importance of math!

CY Lack is an experienced educator who has been teaching English and Mathematics for more than 15 years. His mission in life is to try to improve the English and Mathematics standards of students in Singapore. He is currently working with a few private schools and tuition centres in Singapore. For more information, please visit his website at

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