Algebra in the Real World and Everyday Life. Essay

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Algebra in the Real World and Everyday Life
Hal Hagood u07a2 Table of Contents
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Table of Contents …………………………………………………………………… 2

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………… 3

Ways That Algebra Affects Business or Science ………………………………….. 5

How Algebraic Concepts Can Solve Everyday Problems in Life …………………. 6

Ways Algebra Can Solve Everyday Problems in Business or Science ……………. 9

A Surprising Finding About How Algebra Affects Personal Life, Business, and Science 10

References ………………………………………………………………………….. 14

Introduction
Algebra, some of us fear it while some of us embrace it, algebra is not “arithmetic with letters” it is better described as a
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To highlight a few for examples let us start with astronomy, astronomers use math all the time. “One way it is used is when we look at objects in the sky with a telescope. The camera that is attached to the telescope basically records a series of numbers - those numbers might correspond to how much light different objects in the sky are emitting, what type of light, etc. In order to be able to understand the information that these numbers contain, we need to use math and statistics to interpret them. Another way that astronomers use math is when they are forming and testing theories for the physical laws that govern the objects in the sky” (Real Life Applications of Algebra, 2013).
Almost all consumer math involves calculating transactions. This ranges from calculating change to interest on a loan. Algebra can be used to fill in the blanks for more complex equations such as calculating the total loan and interest given a fluctuating rate, very necessary in today’s world and markets. Yet another example is the use of algebra in the construction business, it is widely known for calculating square footage, cubic footage, and angles when building. “Mathematics in algebra is used by construction workers in many ways. When setting out a site, mathematics is used to get the dimensions correct. It is also used calculating the amount of materials to order, and when cutting materials to size. Very few tasks do not involve some use of mathematics”

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