Why do we learn Algebra, where is it used in everyday life? Mathematics in daily life!
Mathematics in daily life!
A question asked by pupils all the time is “Why do we learn Algebra, where is it used in everyday life, Where do we use Mathematics in daily life?” or “Why do we use x in Algebra as the unknown?“. Below are some examples of Mathematics in daily life and also some great algebra funnies at the bottom of the article. You really need to take a look at the second picture, it is hilarious!
As educators we all have our own responses and it would be great to collect together examples all in one place so they can be shared and used by all. Below are some examples of using algebra in everyday life, it would be great if you left your responses in the comments area. Take a look at some of the other Algebra resources on the site or search for a resource on the side bar. Also don’t forget to check out this letter to Algebra
Mathematics in daily life –Example 1
When filling your car up with gas you can use a form of algebra. Lets say you only have £20.00 to spend on petrol today and petrol is £3.50 a gallon. How many gallons could you buy?
Let x = # of gallons of petrol
Mathematics in daily life – Example 2
Lets say you need to buy a PS3. You have £400 to spend on everything. You know a new system costs £200 and extra controller £20. Assuming a game costs £30 how many games could you get?
Let x= the number of Games
£400 = £200 + £20 +£30x
x = 6 Games
Mathematics in daily life- Example 3
Why do we learn algebra? A great video showing examples of this.
Do we need to teach algebra in schools?
Mathematics in daily life funnies
Check out these Algebra funnies my favourite is definitely the second one!