# Math Is Everywhere

Not everyone likes math or has the capacity, ability, talent or patience to solve math problems. I was a very bad math student and I think that my own children inherited it, or I just influenced in them my math rejection (sorry to my grown up babies).

I blamed my low level math skills on my teachers. It is sad what I am saying, but it is true. From all of my math teachers, I can not mention even one that encouraged and knew how to transmit the process in resolving a math problem. As a Mother, I could say the same concerning my children's math teachers (hoping no offense takes place).

I was also told that math was not for females. I than blamed people that labeled, injecting prejudice. The monster that my parents said will grab me, preventing me to do something risky became my math teachers.

Today, as a mature woman, I have to agree with Kiran B. Mali and deal with the fact of his quote: "*The most incomprehensible about Mathematics is that it is comprehensible.* ”

Math is everywhere is what I tell my students. Everywhere you go to, every theme you talk about or every subject ... math is seen.

Not only as a Mother or a teacher, where my position is education but as a human I now know that math is an inevitable in our life. Why is this so? I have asked and have responded to this question, and it is just because Math is: a group of related sciences including algebra, geometry, and calculus, concerned with the study of number, quantity, shape, and space and their interrelationships by using a specialized notation.

## Living

If we do not know how to deal with numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, we will never be able to buy groceries, have a house or make a living. Everything is based on the economy.

The United States in 2007 lost it's seat to the European Union (EU) as the world's largest economy. The EU's currency, the euro, is now competing with the dollar as the global currency. Do we live by money? We certainly do, and if you think we don't... tell me how you are reading this hub without money? As part of this world that we live in and operates in a capitalistic way...we will have to find a natural survival system if we do not need money.

If you are not interested in learning the equivalence between other country's money because math is not your problem to solve problems, I suggest to start a garden, making clothes... and learn what Gandhi did to survive.

## Math concepts

Not everyone has a mathematical brain but I do not believe that there are impossibles in this world either. "*Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart*." (Psalm 37:4). People with learning disabilities will have *difficulty* writing numbers, time concepts, organizations by number or quantity and performing practical math tasks such as measuring for recipes. There are different strategies available for the performance of math solutions.

What math concepts do we need to understand and practice?

- Concrete, tangible items
- Whole numbers
- Decimals
- Coins
- Units of time
- Units of measure
- Percentages
- Integers
- Fractions
- Rational numbers
- Irrational Numbers
- Algebraic terms
- Polynomials
- Rational expressions
- Trigonometric values

## Music

Bryan Ferry quoted "*But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing* ." I have trust that with music, which is the universal language, we can transmit many concepts as with math. Music is a phenomena of nature; a result of the principles of physics and mathematics. Music is sound that is organized in a meaningful way with: rhythm, melody and harmony.

Math in music concepts interacted:

**Fraction** **-** Rhythm

**Sets and intersecting sets** **-** Keys and related keys

**The relationship between ratios, fractions, and decimals** **-** frequency and interval**Roots and powers -** equal temperament tuning

- Mathematics in Music (Lesson Plans & Printables) - TeacherVision.com

Make connections between music and mathematics with these lessons and printables for grades K-12. Explore patterns, numbers, and graphing as students learn about songs, jazz, and musical notation.

## Remember math is everywhere

I just gave some examples of the wide world within "Math". Step by step and practicing is the clue to every goal. In the diversity of this living nature, music is one way, but remember math is everywhere.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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## Comments 5 comments

very good hub. it's present in all the spheres of life. things just don't happen without it.

Very Interesting!!! I love math and always stress how important it is to my children and their friends!!

I too, didn't think math was important; I then realized that in the construction trade, math is used on everything. It is amazing how much we do use even the things we didn't think we would, like algebra, calculus and trigonometry.

I hope that people will share this hub with their children that are still in school.

Good hub hon. Voted up!!

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