What is this thing called “math”?

A lot of people are either scared of the word math or find math irrelevant. Both of these things need to be wiped from the table. Math is neither a scary thing, nor is it irrelevant. In fact, we do math every day in many things we do without even knowing we have done it.

Right now you are either thinking: “oh so true,” or “what the heck is this guy talking about?!” So let me break it down for you…

Have you ever picked up a glass?

Have you ever reached for a door knob?

Have you ever driven a car and had to turn a corner?

 Have you ever sat in a chair?

All of these things required mental estimations and mathematical processing by the brain, but we do it without even thinking about it. But for some reason, someone somewhere has shown you or taught you to freak out or panic as soon as you see this math on a piece of paper or on a whiteboard.

Math is something we do every day, it is in how we think, move, react, sense, and more. When we are introduced to mathematical ideologies in school, they are not there to trick you or even confuse you, they are there to help you develop the skills you have already in your mind. You know that saying, “Practice makes perfect?” This is an application and very good proof for that saying. The more we learn in math and the further we understand its calculations and processes, the better thinkers we are and the faster we can process our world around us.

So, next time you see a math problem and want to freak out or think it is irrelevant to anything in life, remember it’s not always the numbers or the operations, but sometimes it is the thought process behind the math that we want you to learn.

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