“Mathematics is not just about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms; it is about understanding,”

William Paul Thurston, an eminent mathematician.

We just can’t underestimate the importance of Mathematics in everyday life. Here are more than 10 ways we use math everyday;

- Managing Money
- Preparing food
- Balancing checkbook
- Shopping for best deals
- Calculation of distance, time and cost of travel
- Estimating loans for car, home, or other purposes
- Appreciation of sports
- Playing music
- Decorating and renovating home
- Sewing
- Gardening and landscaping

Amazed, aren’t you with what all maths does! Let’s read further to cover all the bullet points mentioned above.

## Preparing a budget

What is my monthly expenditure? How much do I need to save to buy the car I desire? Which bank’s home loan interest rate suits me? How will I be able to pay EMIs?

These questions are all related to maths. Keeping the mathematics principles and formulas in mind, we decide our budgets. We calculate the interest rates and EMIs payments using the principles of the subject.

So, the attitude of “I’m disowning maths!” has to be dropped. We are affected by maths in ways we don’t even realise.

### Exercises and Training

How should I reduce some body fat ?! What is my ideal BMI? Answers to all these are provided by maths. Yes, based on simple mathematics estimations, we can find answers to many such questions which we may deal with regularly.

### Shopping

The most obvious place where the mathematical basics are applied, is at your grocery store or supermarket. We use it to calculate our bills. The schemes like upto 50% off or buy one get one free, etc lure us to the stores. We go through the deals and start figuring out how much money would we save? What is the correct quantity to buy? Our shopping entirely depends on maths. In this way we are using the mathematical approach in shopping.

### Cooking and Baking

When cooking and baking our favourite dishes, we follow the measurements regarding use of ingredients to be used for cooking, the heat variations ideal for baking, the time needed for the delicacy to set well. Mathematics guides us here as well. Infact, children can be involved in the kitchen so that they can appreciate the importance of the subject in a creative manner.

### Sports

Maths helps in honing the information processing and pattern recognition skills of a person. Such skills are very essential for a sports person because by this he/she can make a quick decision for the team and self. It is used to make estimates, calculate scores and make projections. Inability to refine cognition skills can lead to ill informed decisions during the event. So, sports without doubt is guided by mathematics.