How Do Doctors Use Math?

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Doctors use math quite frequently, specifically when taking measurements, making graphs and taking part in the business aspect of medicine. Discover how doctors use math to calculate revenue with help from a math teacher in this free video on math applications.

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How do doctors use math? Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang, I've been teaching college mathematics for nine years, and the answer to that question is, actually, a lot, you just don't really think about it as much, but there are some examples as to how doctors use math in their profession. Now for starters, they use a lot of measurements, whether it be your height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, saliva, etc. If they didn't, if they couldn't measure, then they wouldn't be able to tell you what's wrong, or if everything is OK. Now, once they take all those various measurements, they're able to transform that in to graphs, and they're able to talk to you about percents and ratios to see if you're at the right levels, or at the wrong levels, and that so that you need to work on getting them stabilized. Now, what you don't hear about often though, is the business math of it all. Yes, the take a lot measurements, but they also have to make sure that everything is balanced from a financial stand point. So, they use a lot of business math to calculate revenue, as well as cost. So, in addition to the medical side of things, doctors also use math for the business side of things. So, I'm Jimmy Chang, and there is a glimpse as to how doctors use math.


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