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How much of the math you’ve learned in school do you use in everyday life?

SCOTTHYOUNG

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Casual observation tells us that most people don’t use math beyond simple arithmetic in everyday life. Few people make use of fractions, trigonometry, or multi-digit division algorithms they use in school. More advanced tools like algebra or calculus are even less likely to be brought out to solv...

I see three explanations for the failure to use math in everyday life:

1. Most people don’t learn math well enough to use it effortlessly.

2. We learn school math but fail to translate real problems into a format where we can apply our math knowledge.

3. Most higher math isn’t u...

There seem to be a few options:

1. More drill and practice with math. More time spent drilling and practicing math makes it more available for effortless calculations.

2. More practice with interpreting problem situations. We need to give students more training in noticing and convert...

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