Mathematics in the Real World

Some approaches to problem-solving are driven by particular subjects, while others are inter-disciplinary. In any case, math skills are so fundamental that it deserves at least a dialogue.

For many students, math inspires fear, but a well-coordinated curriculum, recognizing overlap and particularity, can help overcome these barriers.

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22 Examples of Mathematics in Everyday Life

According to most student's perceptions, math is just the use of complicated formulas and calculations which won't be ever applied in real life. But, math is the universal language which is applied in almost every aspect of life. This blog post looks at examples in everything from Construction and Sports to Fashion Designing and Video…  learn more

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How Traffic Jams Happen

Ever wonder why traffic jams appear when there is no accident or other apparent cause? The Mathematical Society in Japan used a test track to replicate traffic jams that seem to occur for no reason. These "shockwave" traffic jams travel backwards at about 20 km (~12 mph). That's why you don't always see the massive…  learn more

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If High School Math Was Real

What would happen if the typical math problems we learned in High School were actually used in real life? A great parody, with some real life lessons at the end.  learn more

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Maths in Everyday Life

This post from the United Kingdom goes more in-depth on why math is important. Whether your students aspire to study sociology, psychology, physics, biology or even economics, math is held in high regard and will be required as part of their jobs. They posit that math is also relevant to a wide variety of academic…  learn more

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MendelWeb's Statistics Calculation Page

The Mendel project is routinely assigned in high school classes for the study of genetics. Students are asked to look at their peers and families for the presence of a widow's peak, for instance. Usually, the pool of subjects at hand is fairly small so compiling math statistics doesn't work so well. The existence of…  learn more

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Monster Math App

Monster Math is a fun K-5 math program designed to make your child love Math - no matter what proficiency she is at. Games with really fun characters and story lines, combined with offline math activities in the form of printables, provide really fun and complete Math Practice. Give your child a fun way to…  learn more

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Real-World Math

Math teacher Dan Meyer show how tossing a basketball can be a math problem. (starts about 50 seconds into the video) Math teacher Dan Meyer explains how presenting real-life scenarios through photos and videos can make math problems "irresistible" to students. Highly recommended.  learn more

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TedEd Math In Real Life

Mathematics is all around us. It can be seen in every aspect of our daily lives, from technology to art, engineering, finance, and even sports. This series explains mathematics, from its origins to its surprising modern uses. Even the math-averse will have their interest piqued. While many of the videos might be too advanced for…  learn more

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Thinking Fountain!

The Thinking Fountain in the Minnesota Science Museum offers a variety of brainteasers, not just in math.  learn more