Have you ever wondered how math is used outside of school?

We asked people all around the world "How do you use math?"

Check out their responses!

We asked people all around the world "How do you use math?"

Check out their responses!

## August 2020

First name: Hilary

Career/Job title: Writer/Editor and founder of Dream Write Creative

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Write/edit educational materials, copywriting, etc. Plus the day-to-day activities of running a small business

How do you use math within your career/job? When I get hired to refine math textbooks or digital programs

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? Accounting/bookkeeping for my business, budgeting for life.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? Yes (I went up through AP Calculus)

Did you take any math classes after High School? I took the History of Math in college...no computation required. Does that count? lol

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? Because math, along with communications (reading/writing, etc), never goes away. It's a fact of life. If you want to be in charge of your own life you have to know how to handle numbers to get good prices, build/remodel your home, retire comfortably, etc.

Career/Job title: Writer/Editor and founder of Dream Write Creative

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Write/edit educational materials, copywriting, etc. Plus the day-to-day activities of running a small business

How do you use math within your career/job? When I get hired to refine math textbooks or digital programs

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? Accounting/bookkeeping for my business, budgeting for life.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? Yes (I went up through AP Calculus)

Did you take any math classes after High School? I took the History of Math in college...no computation required. Does that count? lol

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? Because math, along with communications (reading/writing, etc), never goes away. It's a fact of life. If you want to be in charge of your own life you have to know how to handle numbers to get good prices, build/remodel your home, retire comfortably, etc.

## July 2020

First name: Sam

Career/Job title: Graphic Designer

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? In my day to day job I oversee the production of artwork that goes into math textbooks! However, I also have a thriving creative practice where I work on both client work (primarily identity-based design) and personal work that both exhibit and publish.

How do you use math within your career/job? Well, it is helpful to have a general understanding of basic mathematics when reviewing the artwork used in math textbooks. However, ensuring that the content is right is not really my job, but making sure that it makes sense visually is. I also use math a lot when designing books. Understanding margins, bleeds, gutters, type size to page size ratios, digital aspect ratios-- that is all essentially math. It also helps me when managing the business-end of my practice with invoicing, paying bills, doing taxes, etc.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? Truthfully the extent of the math I do mostly in the "real world" is just simply percentage calculations. Figuring out how much something is at 40% off. Tips. And knowing how much it will take to fill up my 13-gallon gas tank if gas costs $2.98 per gallon, the distance I can go with that and approximately how many days I can go without having to fill up again. Just general life stuff.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? I took both. I did really poorly in algebra and I did well at geometry.

Did you take any math classes after High School? Nope. And I have a master's degree!

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? I think because it was so intimidating to me when I was younger, and therefore a struggle, I didn't reach my full potential with it. My high school math classes helped me with some of the foundational skills I need to possess in my career-field and helped me come into it with a greater competency than I would have if I hadn't had those classes.

Career/Job title: Graphic Designer

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? In my day to day job I oversee the production of artwork that goes into math textbooks! However, I also have a thriving creative practice where I work on both client work (primarily identity-based design) and personal work that both exhibit and publish.

How do you use math within your career/job? Well, it is helpful to have a general understanding of basic mathematics when reviewing the artwork used in math textbooks. However, ensuring that the content is right is not really my job, but making sure that it makes sense visually is. I also use math a lot when designing books. Understanding margins, bleeds, gutters, type size to page size ratios, digital aspect ratios-- that is all essentially math. It also helps me when managing the business-end of my practice with invoicing, paying bills, doing taxes, etc.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? Truthfully the extent of the math I do mostly in the "real world" is just simply percentage calculations. Figuring out how much something is at 40% off. Tips. And knowing how much it will take to fill up my 13-gallon gas tank if gas costs $2.98 per gallon, the distance I can go with that and approximately how many days I can go without having to fill up again. Just general life stuff.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? I took both. I did really poorly in algebra and I did well at geometry.

Did you take any math classes after High School? Nope. And I have a master's degree!

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? I think because it was so intimidating to me when I was younger, and therefore a struggle, I didn't reach my full potential with it. My high school math classes helped me with some of the foundational skills I need to possess in my career-field and helped me come into it with a greater competency than I would have if I hadn't had those classes.