School of Mathematical Sciences
Why do we need maths?
Why do we need maths?
Do you ever find yourself questioning of the significance of maths to your course? Do you feel a lack of motivation when studying maths because you can't see its relevance? Would you be happier learning maths if you knew its uses? The following articles show the relevance of maths to your course, to various careers and to life in general:
- Molecules through the looking glass.A look at the roll of the mathematics of symmetry in chemistry.
- Mathematics and the ocean.Understanding of the ocean is far from complete, but is growing - thanks in great part to maths.
- Tracking pollutants. From the problem of sewage outflow to the search for bodies of people who have fallen into rivers, fluid mechanics lies behind it all.
- Detecting financial fraud. Tax frauds can get caught if they don't know their maths, especially Benford's Law.
- How much is in your account? To understand the world of finance it helps to understand the maths behind compound interest.
- Understanding your options. A further look at the mathematics of finance.
- Will I or won't I?. The influence of maths on decison making in business and finance.
- Radioactive decay and exponential laws. Radioactive decay, used in carbon-dating of ancient artefacts, is an example of an exponential law at work.
- The mathematics of diseases. Understanding and predicting the spread of diseases has been aided significantly by maths.
- Staistics and Justice. Flawed statistical arguments may have secured a conviction in a UK murder trial.
- Maths on trial. Two chemists talk about the vital role of maths in presenting criminal evidence.
- Using stats to make a difference. Two consultant statisticians talk about solving real world problems.
- Connecting the World. Problems that occur in large, complex communication networks can be solved with the help of maths.
- Designing and developingcomputer games. Two interviews with maths graduates working for companies behind computer games.
- A model subject. An ability to create mathematical models is useful in many areas, from structural engineering to biology .
- The history and the uses of the quadratic equation. A discussion of the many applications of the quadratic equation and its fundamental role in human history.
- The art of keeping a secret. Best selling author Simon Singh talks about the application of mathematics to cryptography.
- Maths, the most natural thing in the world! Neuropsychologal research shows that we are all born with a basic understanding of number.