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Do you think mathemathics is a necessary skill for a lot of the proffessions today?
Posted 8/9/07
you use it but you just don't realize
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Posted 8/9/07

senjiku wrote:

was i wrong ._. sorry



No. You were funny. ^_^
Posted 8/9/07
how was it funny >_< lol anyways, yah i think it would be stupid if u didnt learn math, just my opinion
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Posted 8/9/07
of course .. they are very important
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Posted 8/9/07
I understand where you would say that most people wont use advanced Calculus (got me there, a mugger has never offered to spare me if I solve anti-derivatives) but as for basic math I know you can't be a doctor without it. I would pity the sucker who's doctor couldn't fill out a perscription. (it's basic, but it's math) The same goes for most subjects, although you won't need to know everything about and related to the course (assuming you are not persuing a career in that field) you will need to know the basics to function well in society.
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Posted 8/9/07
I can see your point, tg88. A lot of maths won't be directly relevant to any profession except, as a1q2s3 pointed out, engineering and similar. The "everyday" maths that Dusterbayala and others have pointed out is often of primary school standard. I can't recall ever having used trigonometry, for example, in any of my work. One of my sons wants to be a lawyer or a journalist. Maths isn't needed for either of these, but he will probably be using maths to get into university.

However, I think that in general questions about the relevance of maths to the real world overlook why maths is taught in schools and its importance. Maths can be used to train people in logical thought, for a start. Also, the example given by tg88 of a doctor not needing maths falls down when you look at it this way:

It is essential that prospective doctors be intelligent and gifted at science (and no-one would deny the similarities between the thought processes maths and science). To understand a lot of science, you need maths. The science is essential for the content of the medical course and, basically, how to cure someone, (biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy, genetics etc). Also, the pass mark for medical faculties is a lot more that the 50% required in some other uni faculties. It has to be like that because no-one would want a doctor who only knew 50% of his/her studies. This means we need to take the very best at maths/science for medicine.
Posted 8/9/07
I don't know my multiplication table, nor am I good at addition or subtration. However, I get A's in algebra and geometry, because I use a calculator. I wonder what's going to come of me, my elementary school teachers always told me you use math everyday, and if you don't know it you won't make it. :/
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Posted 8/9/07
I guess if you're into any type of engineering or physical science problems, then you will definitely face mathematics. Other than the arts, humanities and social sciences, I can't think of any other major in university/college that does not have math subjects in its curriculum.

Understanding the basics and concepts are the most important in any math topic. This allows you to know some methods to solve a particular problem; the actual solution is usually done by calculators/computers. (Matlab anyone?) This is especially true at the higher levels because the human's brain can no longer handle the complexity of math. That's why they (including me) say the academic subjects get easier as you go higher; you don't have to bother about the nitty-gritty details and calculations.

Everyone use some kind of math everyday without realizing it, for example counting money when buying food.
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Posted 10/15/07
absolutely
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Posted 10/15/07
yup it is , but not like math with many formula in it!! we alredy got calculator rite ??hgahah
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Posted 10/15/07
No math is tupid and you have to continually take all of these pointless math classes just to get into certain colleges when your not even majoring in math!
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Posted 10/15/07
math is relevant in everything, the universe is controlled by it. The exact layout of sunflower seeds, spirals and everything else you can think of, including the ratio of our arms to legs, can be calculated by the phi formula (pronounced fee, and no, I'm not confused with pi, though that is another re-occurring and important number)

So maths is everywhere, but you don't really need to realise it or learn it ^^
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Posted 10/15/07
well the calculator can solve many basic formulas in maths rite? i feel that basic maths is definitely necessary. Basically simple calculations. Imagine using ur fingers to count 1-10. It would be so inconvienent. All professions use maths but some use more than others.
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Posted 10/15/07

tg88 wrote:

there are alot of people even the doctors do not use math or do not even know the simple calculations. they have been through a lot of math to get to become a doctor, but math seems to be no use to them. similarly, there are alot of other professions needs math to graduate, yet during the period of the job, math would be in no use to them. why do you think people say math is a necessary skills for most of the proffesions, yet it becomes obsolete afterwards.

do tell...



Wohoohohoo.... where did you get that silly misconception? If cardiopulmonologists didn't know how to calculate for different insipratory/expiratory volumes to determine lung diseases... or anesthesiologists don't calculate the proper amount of anesthetic per body weight index... or gastroenterologists didn't know the Henderson-Hasselbach equation to solve for the pH level of blood to determine metabolic acidosis of a patient under ventilatory support... then the entire medical system would just flop.


Plus, it's not just Math, per se... it's the ability to derive quantitative understanding from abstract concepts such as numbers... it's a discipline, not a skill.
Posted 10/15/07
Seriously math is not necessary at all when you already in work. .. but Math subject Help your brain to function or stimulates faster.... Math help us to think and understand... hehehehehe
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