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fahrenheitunreachable33

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#41 13 years ago

That is true. Why do you need to know what E=MC2 is? Do you need to know what the surface area of a cube times Pi is? I totally agree.




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#42 13 years ago
fahrenheitThat is true. Why do you need to know what E=MC2 is? Do you need to know what the surface area of a cube times Pi is? I totally agree.

It's all about your occupation. Any physicist (as one of my best friends wants to be) needs to know e=mc^2, as much as you need to know that if you are paying two cents per minute on a cellphone call and it lasts 8 minutes, you owe 16 cents. It's just a proportion, nothing scary, that has some very helpful applications in physics. Although I can't think of a single instance where the surface area of a cube times pi would be necessary, I get your idea. You're now talking about engineering and design. Say you need to make a container, in a 'pill' shape (straight body, rounded ends). If that needs a certain interior volume, you can figure that out with the washer or shell method. You can figure out how much paint would be needed to cover the exterior. If you're trying to build a bridge, where do you place the struts and how much resistance do you give them so that it doesn't collapse, kill everyone on it, and shut down transportation in the area? If you're a doctor, you can figure out the most effective dose of medicine, without overdosing a patient.

Any single technical field you enter, math is important. It's unavoidable.




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#43 13 years ago
fahrenheitunreachable33;3303365That is true. Why do you need to know what E=MC2 is? Do you need to know what the surface area of a cube times Pi is? I totally agree.

How about general education? Besides, without Einstein's theories many things today, like GPS wouldn't be possible.




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#44 13 years ago

I find it amusing that "pointless" often coincides with difficult. You continue to learn "pointless" maths at 15, or whatever age it gets hard, for two primary reasons; 1. It does have real life applications, or provides a stepping stone to further maths which does. 2. It keeps your options open. If everyone had the choice to stop learning maths at 15 then there is a whole host of careers you simply could not do, due to your lack of mathematical knowledge. 15 is too young to be deciding your life career options in my opinion.




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#45 13 years ago
Jill;3299461It is like this in my school. 9th: Algebra I 10th: Algebra II 11th: Geometry (this year) 12th: Modern Introductory Analysis. Gee...I know Alabama is one of the lowest academic schools in the country but I did not know we are 2 years behind everyone.

Your Not, we follow the same cirriculum. I think he's describing his own Experiances, not the whole Schools. Anyway, here's mine: 9th: Algebra I, Algebra II depending on which class you took before in Middle School, Geometry. 10: Geometry, Intro to Trig, Algebra II 11: Trigonometry . . Intro the Calculus, Geometry II. I think. 12: ? Most of these are guesses.




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#46 13 years ago

Anyway, I can understand the necessities of Maths like sums, but why algebra and area? It's pointless.




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#47 13 years ago
fahrenheitunreachable33;3303908Anyway, I can understand the necessities of Maths like sums, but why algebra and area? It's pointless.

There are numerous applications for all kinds of math. The only fields of math that don't have an application yet are those that are being researched right now.




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#48 13 years ago
||G||;3295192[COLOR=red]This thread is mainly for kids and teenagers around my age, 15.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Math in school seems to be getting harder and harder each year with new big ass math equations that you can never figure out or it takes hours to do. Why? I just don't see the point of alot of math. Like algebra for example, when in life are we going to use that! Teachers should really only be teaching the important math that we actually will use in life.[/COLOR] All I'm saying is math experts, stop making more math! Give it a break! If we've lasted this long without alot of them, why would we need them now? ||G||

Algebra is used in life... It was super easy for me to get the hang of.




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#49 13 years ago
fahrenheitunreachable33;3303908Anyway, I can understand the necessities of Maths like sums, but why algebra and area? It's pointless.

Ever think you'll need to seed your lawn to grow grass? You'll need to know the area of the lawn to know how much grass seed to buy. Putting in a fence? Perimeter will be useful. Algebra is useful to find out if you're paying the right amount for things. Good math skills will make you a smarter person, not to mention save you some money in a lot of areas. That's just its application to economics, which is one of the most important reasons to have good math skills. There are plenty of other practical applications to algebra.




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#50 13 years ago

i dont think we will ever need it u use the bare essentials +- x and division decimals and maybe fractions a couple of times:nodding: