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!

## november 2020

First name: Ray

Career/Job title: Digital Content/Platform Authoring Specialist

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Help digital content authors create products to create electronic versions of course materials covering all subjects, grade levels and languages.

How do you use math within your career/job? We create interactive digital tools that teachers can ass to their digital content to teach math from kindergargen to 12th grades. These tools teach students to solve problems utilizing math.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? I use math to estimate how much time I need to do tasks, how much money I need to save for things I want or need for my family today and in the far future, and how to help other people do the same.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? Yes, I took both in Middle and High school.

Did you take any math classes after High School? Yes, higher leves of math are required for many college majors. I was required to take Calculus my first year in college.

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? Because you owe it to yourself to know how to solve your own problems in life after school using math. For most students, High School is the last opportunity to take structured math courses taught and evaluatred by a teacher. Make education in as many subjects a PRIORITY in your life. MATH being one of the MOST important next to reading and writing (communication). So many opportunities in life depend on what other people think of you and your skills to do a job. Education is teaching yourself HOW TO LEARN.

Career/Job title: Digital Content/Platform Authoring Specialist

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Help digital content authors create products to create electronic versions of course materials covering all subjects, grade levels and languages.

How do you use math within your career/job? We create interactive digital tools that teachers can ass to their digital content to teach math from kindergargen to 12th grades. These tools teach students to solve problems utilizing math.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? I use math to estimate how much time I need to do tasks, how much money I need to save for things I want or need for my family today and in the far future, and how to help other people do the same.

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? Yes, I took both in Middle and High school.

Did you take any math classes after High School? Yes, higher leves of math are required for many college majors. I was required to take Calculus my first year in college.

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? Because you owe it to yourself to know how to solve your own problems in life after school using math. For most students, High School is the last opportunity to take structured math courses taught and evaluatred by a teacher. Make education in as many subjects a PRIORITY in your life. MATH being one of the MOST important next to reading and writing (communication). So many opportunities in life depend on what other people think of you and your skills to do a job. Education is teaching yourself HOW TO LEARN.

## october 2020

First name: Gretchen

Career/Job title: Business/competitive intelligence

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Monitor the competition, their strategies and market perceptions.

How do you use math within your career/job? Determine share of market and other market assumptions

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? budgeting, measuring,

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? yes - Algebra I and Geometry

Did you take any math classes after High School? Yes - college algebra and multiple accounting and finance classes.

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? You use math every day - whether you realize it or not. Calculate how much to fill up your tank, spend at the grocery, etc.

Career/Job title: Business/competitive intelligence

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? Monitor the competition, their strategies and market perceptions.

How do you use math within your career/job? Determine share of market and other market assumptions

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? budgeting, measuring,

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? yes - Algebra I and Geometry

Did you take any math classes after High School? Yes - college algebra and multiple accounting and finance classes.

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? You use math every day - whether you realize it or not. Calculate how much to fill up your tank, spend at the grocery, etc.

## September 2020

First name: Patricia

Career/Job title: 3rd Grade teacher

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? I teach ela, math, social studies and science

How do you use math within your career/job? I use math in many ways for my job. I count my students and other things to make sure that I have enough of something per student. I calculate how much an assignment is worth, percentage of answers correct. I use division to divide students and other things into equal groups. I teach 3rd grade so I teach the foundations of fractions, multiplication and division. We use math to create, read and understand timelines/data/graphs in class. I collect and analyze data about my students. The students and I are able to calculate how much growth or progress was made throughout the year. Students are taught how to read and understand word problems which teaches critical thinking and real world applications to the math that we learn.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? I use math to balance my checking account, knowing how much I need to make to pay my bills, how much money I will have left over for entertainment or fixing up my house, telling time, measuring things around the house and in recipes, converting measurements for recipes, knowing how long and at what temperature to cook something (sometimes I modify the temperature to help cook something faster or slower). I use math to read my mph, determine the distance I will drive and how long it may take me. I use math to make

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? I took basic Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Algebra 3 in High School.

Did you take any math classes after High School? yes

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? It is important to take math classes in high school to try to avoid taking them in college or so you can have a better understanding of what you do take in college. If you choose not to attend college, high school math is very beneficial for which ever trade you may choose to go in or job you choose to do along with all the other things math is used for outside of work.

Career/Job title: 3rd Grade teacher

What do you do in your day-to-day career/job? I teach ela, math, social studies and science

How do you use math within your career/job? I use math in many ways for my job. I count my students and other things to make sure that I have enough of something per student. I calculate how much an assignment is worth, percentage of answers correct. I use division to divide students and other things into equal groups. I teach 3rd grade so I teach the foundations of fractions, multiplication and division. We use math to create, read and understand timelines/data/graphs in class. I collect and analyze data about my students. The students and I are able to calculate how much growth or progress was made throughout the year. Students are taught how to read and understand word problems which teaches critical thinking and real world applications to the math that we learn.

How do you use math outside of your career/job, such as in your day-to-day activities? I use math to balance my checking account, knowing how much I need to make to pay my bills, how much money I will have left over for entertainment or fixing up my house, telling time, measuring things around the house and in recipes, converting measurements for recipes, knowing how long and at what temperature to cook something (sometimes I modify the temperature to help cook something faster or slower). I use math to read my mph, determine the distance I will drive and how long it may take me. I use math to make

Did you take Algebra and/or Geometry in High School? I took basic Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Algebra 3 in High School.

Did you take any math classes after High School? yes

Why do you think it is important to take math classes in High School? It is important to take math classes in high school to try to avoid taking them in college or so you can have a better understanding of what you do take in college. If you choose not to attend college, high school math is very beneficial for which ever trade you may choose to go in or job you choose to do along with all the other things math is used for outside of work.

## 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.