More and more, math is an essential tool to survive in today’s world.  Math is a powerful tool for understanding the world, and almost everyone—from advertising agencies to doctors, from retailers to builders—everyone who doesn't want to be left behind is using math to do their job better and to get ahead in the world.

“The world is moving into a new age of numbers. …Just look at where the mathematicians are now. They’re helping to map out advertising campaigns, they’re changing the nature of research in newsrooms and in biology labs, and they’re enabling marketers to forge new one-on-one relationships with customers. As this occurs, more of the economy falls into the realm of numbers.”  Business Week, Math will Rock Your World, January 23, 2006

The formulas and ideas you learn in math are very useful, but even if you never use them again, learning math develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter.

Your body gets stronger when you exercise it by running, lifting weights, and jumping rope.  Your mind gets stronger when you do math—solving problems, understanding new ideas, and proving theorems.  Most athletes don’t lift weights in competition, but having stronger muscles helps you in all your sports.   Most people don’t do advanced math for their work, but being smarter helps you in everything you do.

Math helps you learn how to solve the hard challenges in your life that no one has solved before.

Math helps you learn to recognize mistakes in thinking and errors in arguments—it helps you recognize when people are lying to you or trying to cheat you.

Math helps you handle data.  The world is filled with more and more numbers, patterns, and data.  Math gives you the important tools you need to deal with it all, make sense of it, and use it in your life.

source:  WeUseMath.org

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