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  • Writer's pictureSaloni Jain

Is Studying Maths In School Useful?

Updated: Oct 10, 2022


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Maths in School

We have always questioned maths in our school time and some cringe about it even after school.

What is the use of it?

Will trigonometry ever help in real life?

Why do I need to do these questions and have computers to do this for me?

And many more unresolved queries...

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. — Albert Einstein

The Indian education system has always focused on the theoretical approach to the subject of maths whereas it's one of the most practical subjects. It is used in our everyday life like home budgets, expense tracking, calculating distance-time while travel planning, or everyday useful measurements.

In certain careers, maths is responsible to build just the foundation of logical thinking whereas many careers rely heavily on complex mathematical calculations.

Budget, Accounts & Planning
Budget Planning

The careers that need basic mathematical understanding mainly in finance, administration, technician, and design sectors for eg. Accounting Professionals & Financial Consultants and Interior Designers, Industrial Designers, etc.

Even in management profiles, maths plays the role of reasoning and assessment.

Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers. Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer & mental calculator

Maths in Careers
Mathematicians & Scientist

There are careers where complex maths is at the core of it: Actuaries & Statisticians, Scientists, Architects, Engineers, Data Analyst, Economists, Physicists, and Astronomers. They have to use logical reasoning to solve complex problems.

Mathematics teachers and professors (secondary school and college) also have to study these concepts in detail to infer knowledge upon new learners.

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding. William Paul Thurston, American mathematician

One step further is the one career that signifies the love of Maths. Mathematicians - who use their mathematical knowledge and computational tools to create mathematical theories and techniques. They dedicate their lives to solving mysteries through maths and researching about it.

There is no Nobel Prize for mathematics, but many mathematicians have won the prize for physics and economics. Mathematician John Nash won a Nobel Prize in 1994, it was for a result that had a major impact on economics. (Nash's achievement was celebrated in director Ron Howard's 2002 movie A Beautiful Mind , starring Russell Crowe.)

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