# Mathematics Anonymous Support Group

*“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein, German (1879 – 1955) *

Why study mathematics? This question is very important and deserves due attention. One answer to such a broad-based question is: **“Mathematics makes the world go round because we cannot run away from numbers but have to manipulate them one way or the other.”**

*“The more I tried to run away from numbers, the more I stumbled into them.”- Edzai C. Zvobwo*

All other areas of study and research rely heavily on mathematics. The advancement of agriculture, computer science, astronomy and zoology has all been made possible by some knowledge of mathematics.

To be better positioned for any career, you need adequate and relevant knowledge of mathematics in your chosen career path. Any workplace requires the use of fundamental numerical and spatial skills in order to efficiently meet the demands of the job.

This numeracy enables you to become a better employee or employer. Further, it prepares you to interpret work-related formulae, read statistical charts, deal with schedules and understand instructions involving numerical components.

*“Mathematics is the best launch-pad for any career. It is the best leverage you can get.” – Edzai Zvobwo*

It is necessary that as part of our life skills we should have basic financial mathematics for personal budgets and other applications of numbers. This may be a controversial view but after a second reading you might be saying, “Do I really need all that algebra, trigonometry and statistics to know how to budget?” The answer is **YES!**.

*“Mathematics is to the mind what love is to the heart.” – Edzai Zvobwo*

According to Ron Eglash and Toluwalogo B Odumosu (1999) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, “Most people engage in mathematical exercise unknowingly every day. Determining the change in financial transactions is just one of the many abilities that require mathematical sensibilities. Time and space are also mathematically delimited as we all refer to our clocks for local time and unconsciously resolve the mathematical relationship between seconds, minutes and hours. The argument can easily be made that mathematics is all around us. This point must be fully understood by all doing mathematics”.

Every day in your life there is ** ‘an equation’** to be solved, from simple linear equations to complex problems. It is just that at times you do not realize you are solving equations as it is not in a class setting hence the ease. In this case, there is no pressure on you to perform, no peers to impress, no foes to scorn and humiliate you and definitely, no teacher to mark your answer.

*“Most things have been discovered by ordinary people with an extraordinary attitude and grit.” – Edzai Zvobwo*

- List ten career paths that use mathematics and problem solving.
- What is your desired job?
- How will you apply mathematics in this job?

A trace of history reveals that almost all the great minds that left a legacy on earth had a connection with mathematics somehow.

It is good that you have decided to read this book and it is evidence enough that you want to excel in math if done systematically this will surely open up a lot of doors for you regardless of what career you wish to pursue.

Mathematics is all around us and it is in your best interest to appreciate its concepts and apply it effectively. The buzzword nowadays is “Data” thus you should know how to manipulate data otherwise you become obsolete in this “data-driven society”.

Strive to apply every math principle you have learnt in school in all situations of your life and you will be smiling all the way to the bank (literally).

In this lesson, we are going to cover different reasons why we must study mathematics. Some of the benefits are obvious and others are subtle. We will look at:

- Learn how to learn
- Develop complex problem-solving skills
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Develop the ability to spot patterns and trends
- Develop fact-based judgement and decision making
- Develop Resilience and Grit
- Develop communication skills
- Develop Confidence
- Develop risk-taking skills
- Humanity needs Maths
- Potential for Joint courses
- Graduate Prospects
- Transferable skills

**Maths jokes **