Why Do We Even Need Math? Unraveling Its Importance Beyond the Basics

Athena
3 min readNov 23, 2023

My husband likes to tell the story of how when one of the fast food giants tried to sell both a quarter pound burger and a third pound burger, the 1/4 pound burger sold better — why? Because people knew 4 is larger than 3. Because of the fear of fractions though, many people didn’t catch on that 1/3 is bigger than 1/4. You can picture a pie and divide it into 4 slices vs 3 slices. Which pie will have the larger slices? You can also do the division and find that 1/3 = .33 vs 1/4 = .25. Which is larger?

Math has frequently gotten a bad rap, viewed as tough, why do we need it, and just for geeks… Personally I find that I use small parts of math everyday. Everything from cooking, baking, crafts, budget, shopping, and working out how many hours I slept last night can all involve math.

Mathematics, often perceived as a complex web of numbers and formulas, is much more than just a subject confined to academic textbooks. It is an integral part of our daily lives, playing a crucial role in various professions, far beyond basic budgeting and tax calculations. In this blog post, we’ll explore the significance of math in a range of careers, highlighting its indispensable nature in our modern world.

Essential for Technology and Programming

In the realm of technology, math is the backbone of innovation. For example, SQL, Python, ASP, and PHP programmers rely heavily on mathematical concepts. Algorithm design, which is fundamental to programming, requires a deep understanding of logic and problem-solving techniques rooted in mathematics. From optimizing database queries in SQL to developing complex software applications in Python, math provides the necessary tools for efficient and effective solutions.

Engineering: Building the World Around Us

Engineers, whether they’re in civil, mechanical, electrical, or aerospace fields, use math to design and build the infrastructure and technology that shape our world. Calculus, geometry, and algebra are used to calculate forces, energy efficiency, and material strength, ensuring the safety and functionality of everything from bridges to electronic devices.

The Financial Sector: More Than Just Numbers

In finance, math is indispensable. Actuaries, accountants, and financial analysts use…

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Athena

Mom of three boys. Computer programmer living in the country with my husband focusing on my hobbies and youngest son. https://ko-fi.com/athenaandrew