Mathematics in Daily Life: 7 Examples
- Jul 16, 2016
- Sudipto Das
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The best way to inculcate the math love in children is to take various examples related to mathematics in your daily life and encourage your child to solve the problem or at least, get himself/herself involved in the subject matter. This article will point out a few daily life examples related to mathematics that you can refer to as per your convenience for your child.
The Gas Mileage Problem
It’s a very interesting sum and is there before your very eyes, especially at the time when you and your child are on a trip. We would also like to tell you that you should explain the meaning of gas mileage to your child because most children might not know the meaning of that term at a young age. Gas mileage depicts the number of miles that a vehicle can travel on a gallon of gasoline. It’s also called miles per gallon or mpg. So how can you involve your child into the mathematics? Say for example, you are on a trip from place A to B. You know the actual distance (in miles) between those 2 stations. You filled the car with a certain gallon of fuel from station A. You must remember that amount or note it down somewhere for an easy reference. As you are nearing gas station B your fuel gauze is nearing to an end. Now is the best time to implement the math and involve your child into the same. Give him the required values that would be the distance between the 2 stations in miles and the gallows of fuel injected into the car in station A. Ask him to divide the distance by the amount of fuel to come to a result which would give the mileage of the car in mpg (miles per gallon). There are many different versions of this problem. You may calculate the distance in km and the fuel amount in liters to get the mileage in kmpl. The main thing that we should highlight that two information must be known to you for implementing these types of problems. One is the distance and two is the amount of fuel consumed by the vehicle to traverse the same distance. Then only the mileage can be found out in an effectively.
Shop till you Drop
The basic idea is there in the sub-heading itself. This activity constitutes your shopping which can be for any product starting from your daily groceries to that of your garments or some other things like that. We have used the tagline because such a tagline is more suitable when the seller has provided you immense discounts on products maybe for a clearance sale or for any other reasons. His discount part is more important. Now let’s go to our example environment-
You are in a supermarket shopping for your daily groceries with your kid. Ask your kid to apply the prescribed discount on the specific item and come to the final result that needs to be paid for that specific item. If s/he doesn’t know the process, show him first how to do it. If s/he hasn’t been introduced to certain math concepts like fractions and percentages, it’s necessary for him/her to get himself/herself acquainted to such concepts first to get into such math problems. Now do the same for all your purchases and note the individual prices somewhere down say, on your mobile phone notepad. After that ask your kid to sum up the prices for final payment. We should also like to add a suggestion after your kid successfully completed the entire problem (we are sure that s/he will succeed at one point). Get him/her a chocolate as a reward for successful completion of the sums and you’ll definitely see the look of joy on his face. That’s the sense of accomplishment we are talking about.
Outdoor Sports and Games
It’s a pretty good platform to connect with mathematics. Almost every sport incorporates mathematics in their scoring system. Point this out to your children. Say for example, the concerned game is a game of cricket. Ask your children to calculate the runs accordingly or calculate the number of balls left in a specific over. It’s a part and parcel of the game but make sure, that your children are actually involved in such calculation. By doing that, they will never even realize that they are actually involved in mathematics while they are hitting the ball out of the park. Similarly, there are many other examples involved in many other sports. You can also highlight the back-story of various sports that are actually related to mathematics. For example, the Diagonal system of control DSC) in football that’s concerned with the positioning of refs in a football field for maintaining an effective control over the game. You may or may not mention the term DSC to your children but you can actually point out the mathematics involved in the effective positioning of refs while they are engrossed in a match of Barcelona/Real Madrid.
There are different ways to engage your children into the measurement of quantities and make them acclimatized to metric units like kilogram, liters, grams, milligrams etc. For example, while shopping for your daily grocery items, you’ll encounter various situations where the quantity of that specific item has to be measured by the shopkeeper according to your needs. You can point this out to your children. Explain the different units and the link between them like 1kg=1000g. You might even involve your child into shopping on your behalf. We would recommend you to accompany them at first and just watch them from the sidelines. Your child should approach the shopkeeper asking for the designated quantity of specific items, pay the bill and take the items away. On the hindsight, you’ll see them actually involved in basic arithmetic which is certainly a part and parcel of mathematics.
Dresses and other Fashion Accessories
Dresses are available in varying sizes and designs. Since we are dealing with mathematics here, we’ll talk only about the size of dresses in this particular article. Your children should realize that they should opt for dresses as per fittings. Therefore the size comes into the limelight. Make them aware of the various lengths and breaths associated with various garments. The same applies to other fashion accessories example shoes, wrist watches and so on. Your child should easily develop the concepts of basic measurements that are related to mathematics. Now that’s what we call fashionable math lessons.
Involving children at a young age in monetary matters is frowned upon by many parents. But we reckon that the involvement is not always harmful especially when you can connect the same with that of mathematics. You can actually involve your child while depositing his/her school fees. Show him/her the various expenditure incurred on specific tabs in a month’s fess. Ask him/her to add the sums up and come to the final answer. It not only provides an effective math education but it also has the potentials of making your child conscious about the money that’s involved in his/her education. That’ll aware him of the fact that education is quite important for his/her career and it doesn’t always come free.
Last but not the least; we come to the point of “time management”. Managing time is always an important part of education, be it lessons or examinations or even daily routines. You must make your children understand that. You should also provide them with specific ideas as to how to do that time management effectively like estimating the time required for completing a specific task and complete the same to the best of their abilities within that specific time-frame. That estimation and calculation involve a considerable amount of mathematics which should definitely be beneficial for them in the long run.
Mathematics is all around us. You just have to keep your eyes open and you’ll see what we are actually talking about. We have mentioned only 7 examples in this article but there are countless others. You can find them out on your own, improvise as you see fit and involve your child into the problem. That’ll result in an effective math education. You wanted an effective hand-on math education for your child, right? Well, this form of math education should exactly suit your needs. Your environment is your classroom and you are the teacher. We wish you the best of luck from our ends then in your teaching endeavors. Adieu!
Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.
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