Mathematics helps us think analytically and solve problems in everyday life, enhancing both reasoning and creativity, as illustrated by Jade Daniels

## How does maths help us in life?

Maths can help us think analytically.

Analytically means

That you are thinking critically,

Think critically about the choices you make

Sometimes it can help you,

For example, saving money

Then in the future you will not be left with situations that are so crummy.

Maths can help you understand

And solve many problems in life.

It can help you with your career

And can help you to strive.

People can become more practical

With the help of maths,

It can even put you

On the correct career paths.

Learning maths is good for your brain.

Because it helps develop some parts of it.

It also improves your reasoning skills

Which is something very helpful and will not have you running for the hills.

## Who is mathematics for?

It is for everyone you see

We use it to help us in our everyday life

Even if we use some probability.

Even if we use some algebra,

Maybe some calculus or geometry,

Even some algorithms

Or maybe some set theory.

## What is the probability you may ask?

It is how likely something may happen.

We could use it in games, investing even the forecast of weather

But to be honest, the use of probability was never a passion.

The passion was more for the use of algebra

If I can say.

It was always fun to calculate what was x or y

Even if I used a different way.

There are many ways we can solve problems in maths

But how would we do that in calculus?

I would leave that for you to find,

But just make sure that you do not wreck your mind.

Sometimes I would wreck my mind when it came to geometry,

I would say this deals with points, lines, angles and surfaces and much more

Did you know that there is so much depth to geometry,

## What do some people love to explore?

A step-by-step procedure to solve mathematical questions.

That is what algorithms are

So use algorithms if you want to be a singer, actress, or whatever

And you might actually become a star.

## Did you know stars can also become sets?

This leads to the next topic, set theory

Which is a collection of objects called sets that contain elements.

So a collection of stars are sets which is a constellation that is an inspiration.

There is so much more to maths that I have not mentioned

Mathematics can be for everyone

Even for those who do not like it

So don’t think that when you give up on it, you are just done.

Everyone can learn and understand mathematics,

Even if it is in their own way.

It can help develop creative thinking

By solving problems in more than one way.

Maths can have many ways

To go about finding an answer.

That is the type of work that can

Be very powerful brain enhancers.

Sometimes people may encounter some struggles in the education of maths.

It might be the class pace or teaching style that might be wrong

Or maybe not being confident that you can succeed in maths,

But once you realize you can actually understand maths, you will realize it was easy all along.

One way to get through the struggle of maths,

Is to practice maths questions.

Practice some on a daily basis

And it will have you loving and solving equations ever so gracious.

Maths can also help people learn about failure.

It is just something all of us have to get through and learn about at some point.

Failure is not an easy concept to handle for some people.

We can learn from our mistakes with the use of maths and change our viewpoint.

So if there is a maths question,

Try and understand it from a different point of view.

Learn from the mistakes with maths

And how fun it can be too.

Maths is everywhere around us.

## What is the distance from point A to B?

How we prepare food,

And how many times our food should be chewed?

Even shopping includes maths

And how to save money when shopping is done.

At the end of the day, you get what you need

And it is fun.

Maths helps with decision-making

As well as communication.

But although it helps us,

It can also be frustrating.

Frustrating by not knowing where

To start or end with an equation.

But once we know how to solve it

It can become an inspiration.

Leading us to want to solve mathematical equations

And wanting to go deeper into maths.

Wanting to explore all the unknowns of it

And maybe it will take you to be first in the class.

### Jade Daniels

BSc Biomedical Mathematical Science, Stellenbosch University