After all, where is mathematics needed? Agrinio’s “Nea Paideia” School responds

By | May 9, 2023

They are found in every manifestation of our daily life. And if we can’t understand it, it can easily be explained where and how by those… now in charge.

The Tutor Mathematician”new education» in Agrínio, Xenofontas Paputsis addresses the simple question: “What is the need for mathematics after all?”, demonstrating that “it is not for a few but for all” and concludes that it is important that both teachers and professors succeed in instilling in children the love for them, especially at young ages.


Why do we learn Mathematics? Where are all these symbols and complex formulas with their equations and theories that serve us? Questions that teachers often receive and are asked to answer to our students, but also to society in general. An attempt will be made to give a short answer to the above questions.

Mathematics is not just a series of symbols, formulas and theories, which some people simply formulate, but above all the most perfect “language”, based on logic and proof. Mathematics is “with us” in everything we use in our daily lives. When man is faced with a problem, a new situation or a dilemma, he follows a path of thought, in which he identifies the known and unknown facts, analyzes them, evaluates them and recomposes them, so that he is finally led to the solution. of the problem. We follow this same process when we try to solve a math problem. Mathematics, therefore, allows us to cultivate and organize our thinking, practice analysis and reasoning skills, and support arguments.

So it’s no exaggeration to say that Mathematics actually teaches us how to think and solve problems, which is perhaps the most useful college skill in life. Of course, not all of us will become mathematicians, but we should all get closer to mathematical thinking, because mathematics has applications in almost every field, from science and technology to business, art, and sports. Indicatively, we mention some areas of its application.


“Mathematics is the queen and servant of all sciences” said Leonhard Euler. In fact, mathematical principles are the foundation, the cornerstone of many sciences, such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Biology and many others.


Economists and market analysts use mathematical calculations to analyze market trends, price changes, and economic indicators. Math concepts such as percentage increase and decrease, averages, graphs, and equations can help us understand financial analysis and make better decisions about investing, banking, insurance, and taxes.


Engineers, programmers, and computer scientists use mathematical calculations to design and develop new technologies. Smartphones, computers, ATMs have been shaped by technology and make our daily lives easier.


Architects use mathematical principles to design buildings, bridges, and other structures.

astronomy and cosmology

People send satellites into space and, with the help of mathematics, analyze the data they collect and gain new insights about our solar system, planets, and stars.

Meteorology and Seismology

With appropriate mathematical models, experts can predict the weather and earthquakes on a daily basis.


With the help of applied mathematics, engineers build medical devices, pharmacists determine the correct dosages of ingredients in the drugs they create, and doctors better organize their patients’ treatments.


Music is also closely related to mathematical principles, such as rhythmic and harmonic analysis and the study of the musical scale.


Mathematical knowledge can also be applied in areas of entertainment such as games, casinos, scientific games (chess, etc.). Numbers, probabilities and statistics can help both to understand situations and to make decisions.


Most sports evaluate mathematical calculations, such as basketball algorithms for calculating scoring systems, mathematical principles of physical movement in soccer, and geometric principles for designing courts.

Finally, to the question “where do I need Mathematics?” the answer is “everywhere!”. Because Mathematics is not just a school subject. She is a Universal language That applies to almost all aspects of life. All professions now due to the technological revolution require adequate mathematical training.

Furthermore, mathematics is not for a few but for all. This self-evident principle of compulsory education means that to all students, whether or not they are particularly inclined, belong to national minorities or have learning difficulties, etc., the education system should teach Mathematics in such a way that it does not create a negative attitude. towards the particular course. This complex task, in addition to the adequate didactic material, is more related to the teacher and the teaching that will be carried out in the classroom. Therefore, it becomes important that both teachers and professors succeed in instilling in children a love for Mathematics, especially at an early age, by adapting their teaching and providing exercises that have a clear application in the daily life of children.

Xenofontas Paputsis


Tutor New Education

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