In our contemporary world, the usefulness of mathematics is inevitable. It gives us a way of apprehending patterns, quantifying relationships, and predicting the future. It also helps us understand the world and we use the world to understand math as well. The course is called ‘Mathematics in the Modern World’ because math provides a tool for understanding and dealing with various aspects of present-day living such as managing personal finances, making social choices, appreciating geometric designs, and dividing limited resources. These aspects will offer opportunities for actually doing mathematics in a broad range of exercises that bring out its various dimensions.
Hence, it is a foundation upon which modern society is built and a structure in which nature is patterned.
Each topic under MMW namely; Patterns, Language of Mathematics, Problem Solving, and Reasoning, and Geometric Design, brings a large contribution in today’s world through empowering us, especially the students, to understand better the information-laden world in which we live. As a student, Patterns are useful for it allows me to observe relationships, find continuous connections, and create predictions on a certain event.
I also find it valuable in the sense that it makes my work clear and systematic. In Language of Mathematics, students’ mathematical vocabulary learning is a vital part of language development and ultimately mathematical proficiency. This, it enables me as a learner to communicate mathematical knowledge with precision. On the other hand, Problem Solving and Reasoning influence me to go beyond the typical understanding of every situation that I may encounter.
That is, not by formulas alone but by the dimension that allows Mathematics to be a language by itself and the one that creates a typical worldview of everyday experience. Problems whether mathematical or not can also serve as a source of motivation for me to unlock my critical and rational thinking in justifying events especially if the problems engage my interests and aspirations. When it comes to Geometric Design the knowledge I’ve learned through understanding some geometric principles has provided skill level enhancement and aesthetically pleasing arrangements which, for me, are applicable especially when I create designs in making my projects using a different forms of raw materials. By applying geometry I learn to think outside the box, it simply develops my creativity and carefulness in measurements.
The laws of mathematics are evident throughout the world, including in nature. Using it, students can make sense of the world and solve complex and real problems. While many may complain that math is dull or confusing, the reality is that a life without math means that we’re going around experiencing the world on a much less fascinating level than we could.
Conclusively, math stands in many ways as a gateway to students’ success in education. This is becoming particularly true as our society moves relentlessly into the technological age. The special role of mathematics in education is a consequence of its universal applicability. Therefore, it is vital that students develop higher levels of competency and understanding in mathematics.