What Skill Can Be Learned From Math?

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Mathematics has a variety of different real world applications that you can use to make your life easier. Find out what skills you can learn from math with help from an experienced mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi my name is Marija. I'm a mathematician and today we're going to talk about what skills can be learned from math. The most important skill that you're going to be able to take away from your math class is problem solving skills. Okay so when you're solving equations and factoring, things like that you are getting problem solving skills and the most important thing that you're taking is the check process in knowing that once you have a solution that you can go backwards, work backwards and make sure that it does truly work. So problem solving is one. Real life skills that you're going to be able to use from math are things like calculating a tip. Okay so when you're at a restaurant you need to calculate a tip you can do so very quickly using your math skills without having to take out a calculator. Other things that you can calculate very quickly are how much tax you're going to have to pay on something okay or how much a sale price is going to be. So if you're in a store and you see that something is 20% off and you have a $10 coupon and you need to see which one is going to work better, that's a skill that you're going to have, being able to very quickly calculate sale prices. Another thing that you're going to be able to do is compare unit prices. Okay so by unit prices I mean prices per pound or per ounce. So if you are in the grocery store and you see that you've got the one pound of flour for a certain amount of dollars and then you have a big five pound bag for another pound and you want to see which one is the better deal, that's a math skill that you're going to be able to use, comparing unit prices to find out what is the better deal. So there is an endless amount of math skills that you're going to be able to use, these are a few of them that you're going to be able to use in real life. My name is Marija and I just showed you some skills that you're going to be able to use in math.

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