I consider mathematics as a very important tool in life. My first real memories with mathematics began in my elementary years. I use to bring home assignments of several pages in order to master the basic arithmetic principles. I would go over my textbook answering several pages that included addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. What a truly memorable experiences they were and still was very rewarding especially when I got the correct answers. Other than that, I could compete with my classmates in how fast we can solve the problems.
From my elementary years, mathematics became more demanding when I became a high school student. It was quite a transition period as much as I can recall. Mathematics that was taught to us became more complex and was somehow much more difficult than what I was doing in primary school. High school math was presented as something straight forward. Our teachers during that time presented examples in class and gave the homework without further explanation. I knew I had to work hard and concentrate in order to get decent grades. The problems involved a lot of time and analyzing equations. It was both difficult but fun. When I got the chance to adopt on the new concepts, I easily adjusted and was happy to get decent grades.
For me, Geometry seemed to be the most difficult at that time. It involved a lot of consideration with the principles of Pythagoras. Ever since then, I came to appreciate the importance of its relationship with regards other subject areas and its corresponding practical applications. I felt comfortable when Algebra was the focus of attention in class. I felt that I was able to absorb the lessons quite well and more easily than my class mates. I took this opportunity to help others who had problems with home works and assignments. I must admit that I may not know much more that what my classmates knew, but I had the proficiency to communicate what has to be done and at the same time get the desired results. These experiences made me more adept and a lover of mathematics in theory and practical aspect.
The importance of mathematics can never be undermined. I believe that mathematics is the language of the whole universe. Actually, it is a language of its own. The world will not be complete without mathematics because we would have no buildings, no roads, no electricity, no science, and no sports. A German mathematician by the name of Carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as “the Queen of the Sciences.” All other sciences without mathematics would not be able to function. As such, if one does not have a clear understanding of mathematics, then the other sciences to comprehend and appreciate.
There are no other extracurricular activities that will compare and offer that kind of intellectual stimulation which the field of mathematics offers. Students who indulge with the study of advance mathematics will offer high school students the opportunity to enter and pursue college education. It is in this line that students to earn a degree to work for a college credit for learning about the subjects they want to enroll enjoy.
The best learning style utilized in view of mathematics is hands on experience; inasmuch as mathematics is both divided into pure and applied applications. The former speaks about the study of math for its own sake. The latter is the study of math for the very purpose of solving real problems. This is the best way to explain math in actual terms. It spans topics from problems that pertain to engineering, science, technology, and commerce. This can be more exposed when it is applied in the use for making computers, predicting earthquakes, explaining how the economy works, or understanding the functions of the human body, among many other things. In short, math is used in almost every kind of study in the world.
Sanchez, James (2006). Mathematics in the Contemporary Times.
Chicago: Salesius Publishing