Math is the Universal Language

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Every semester throngs of incoming freshmen howl out their earsplitting lamentation: “This is so stupid! Why do I have to take algebra classes? I am not going to use any kind of math in my profession!” What these arriving freshmen do not understand is that math is a skill that is used every day in all professions in some form or another. Understanding and being able to function mathematically is a fundamental building block of a well-rounded education. However, disabilities related to math and numbers can hinder students who are affected. Courses such as algebra provide an opportunity for students to build confidence in their abilities and may lead to jobs with greater financial benefit. For these reasons, it is important to overcome or workaround difficulties and develop a strong knowledge of mathematics for success in school and in life. Speaking proper English is essential in today’s workforce. It can be quite a task to take a professional person seriously if they speak in double negatives, use slang or misuse terms commonly applied in their line of work. The same can be said when it comes to math ability. Although knowledge of complicated math may not be necessary in some lines of work, many professions require specific knowledge of algebraic equations, calculus, or trigonometry to complete job tasks. For example, nurses need to convert grams to milligrams for drug dosages or be able to calculate the number of drops per minute for an IV should computerized equipment not be available. Also airline pilots need to be able to calculate landing speeds, glide slopes, and what degree of flaps to deploy for a safe landing in an emergency situation. Secondly, students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilit... ... middle of paper ... ...event of a computer failure should not be allowed in the cockpit. At the other end of the economic scale, the same holds true. A person who digs ditches needs to be able to understand and comprehend how deep and wide the ditch needs to be to suit the needs of their employer. Homeless people need to be able to count the change they receive throughout the day, or understand the concept of weight if they recycle so they do not get cheated. An unknown author is quoted as saying “The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra.” Math surrounds us everywhere we look. Overcoming difficulties and preconceived notions about math are vital to a college student’s success in school, and in life. Maybe once the weeping freshmen have taken a few classes, they will understand that math is the universal language and should not be taken for granted.
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