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Maths Magic: Maths in Daily Life

March 29, 2024

We may or may not know it but we use maths every single day of our lives and understanding maths can help us I many ways. Here’s how:

Maths In Daily Life

Working Out Your Odds

If you like the occasional flutter on the horses or putting a bet on which team will win an upcoming football match, you’ll need to be able to understand the odds and work them out when you place a bet. Probability might sound like a big, scary word, but really, it’s easy to understand if you understand even very basic beginner maths. Probability is the branch of maths that tells you, in numerical form, how likely or unlikely an event is to happen a certain way. Odds are the numbers that provide the measure of likelihood.

Creating a Household Budget

Budgeting is something that you have to understand and make use of if you’re going to make your money last all month and go all the places it needs to go! To create a budget- whether it is for your household, for a clothing allowance, or money to spend on holiday souvenirs when you’re abroad- you have to use basic sums. You’ll need the total income of everyone committing finances to the household, to begin with. Then, you’ll need to know your total expenditure, broken down into categories like groceries, toiletries, rent, savings, and entertainment. For a budget to work, your expenditures need to total less than your income, and you need to stay within those parameters.

Baking or Cooking

Whether you are cooking from a recipe or making things up as you go along, you need to use maths when you cook or bake. If your recipe calls for 240 ml of flour, you won’t be able to use the half-cup measuring cup. You’ll have to use the 60ml one four times to get to 240mls- that’s maths! If your recipe is in imperial and you work in metric, you’ll have to whip out your calculator to convert one set of measurements to another system. If you want to be sure the dish doesn’t burn, you’ll need to set a timer for however many minutes it needs to be in the oven, too. All simple things, all maths.

Taking a Road Trip

When you’re planning a road trip, you’ll need to figure out what your destinations will be. To make sure you stay within the budget for the trip (see point one), you’ll need to figure out how many kilometres you’re travelling in total and how much the fuel required to travel that distance will cost you and your friends. You’ll also need to add food, souvenirs, entertainment, and lodging to that budget. You’ll work out your total using- you guessed it- maths! Taking a road trip is lots of fun when you know where your money is going.

Reading and Playing Music

Here in the West, music is written in sets of 12 notes that might rise or fall in pitch (octaves). The tuning of each of these notes is based on maths. Every single musical note is about 5.95% higher than the one that came before it. Maths also features in the way some composers- like Bach- compose their music. Bach featured numerologically important numbers, 14 and 41, through his work. In numerology, letters are assigned to specific numbers- letters that Bach used to reference his own name in his music.

Marvellous Maths

Maths is the only language that is exactly the same no matter where on the planet you come from and which language you were raised speaking at home. It’s in furniture, driving, singing, painting, books, and wine. Maths is all around you and in everything you do.