## HOW MATH FITS INTO MY FUTURE

### PEARLINE SCOTT

This site will help students see how mathematics can play a part in all aspects of life. Students will see different careers and occupations that they could have and how mathematics plays a part in it.  Students may select a career and will be give a lesson that will fit in that field.

SEE IF YOU CAN ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS:

1.) Which of the following occupations would need to know--

a) fractions;      b) measurements;      c) percents;      d) geometry

(1. VETERINARIAN   2. EDUCATOR/TEACHER   3. DENTIST   4. ENTERTAINER   5. CHEF   6. SPORTS)

2.) How or when would a Chef change a fraction to a decimal?

3.) When might a Veterinarian use some form of measurement?

4.) What occupations would need a budget?

SELECT A CAREER

chef [shef ] (plural chefs) noun
professional cook:  a professional cook, especially the principal cook in a hotel or restaurant

Cooking  for a large group is easy for chefs. They can change a recipe that serves 4 to service for 20. This is done by increasing or decreasing the ingredients. Sometimes they may need to multiply or divide fractions, mixed or whole numbers.

Examples:      The recipe for four people calls for  3½ cups flour. To increase the service to 20 you multiply by 5.
3½ × 5 =

7/2 ×5  = 17½ cups

¼ cup oil increase by 5
¼ × 5 =
¼ × 5 = 1¼ cups

Click  here for your lessons with fractions.

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Dentist

den·tist [déntist ] (plural den·tists) noun
practitioner of dentistry:  somebody trained and licensed to practice general dentistry or a specialty such as orthodontics or dental surgery

Dentistry calls for precise measurements. A dentist must understand the metric system.  He/She needs to be able to change measurements from one unit to another.

Examples:     4cm =40mm
80mm=8cm
2.5cm=25mm

Click here for your lesson with the metric system.

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Entertainer

en·ter·tain·er [èntr táynr , éntr tàynr ] (plural en·ter·tain·ers) noun
somebody who performs:  somebody who amuses or interests others by telling jokes, singing, dancing, or acting, especially somebody who does this for a living

Entertainers need to be aware of their finances. Having a budget is important and so is understanding percentages.

Example: A singer making  \$10,000 per performance must pay 28% in taxes and 15% to her agent.
10000 × 0.28 = 2800
10000 × 0.15 = 1500

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Sports/Athlete

ath·lete [áth leet ] (plural ath·letes) noun
somebody with athletic ability:  somebody who has the necessary abilities to participate in physical exercise, especially in competitive situations such as games, races, and matches

In baseball a batter hits a line drive at 100 ft./sec. How long would an out fielder have to get into  position  if he's 200 ft. away?

Example:    d = r × t
200 =100 × t
2 = t

Click here for your lesson on distance, rate and time.

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Teacher/Educator

teach·er [tchr ] (plural teach·ers) noun

1.  somebody who teaches:  somebody who teaches, especially as a profession
2.  anything that teaches:  anything from which something may be learned - Experience is a great teacher.

ed·u·ca·tor [éjj kàytr ] (plural ed·u·ca·tors) noun

1.  somebody who educates:  a professional teacher
2.  specialist in education:  an expert in the theories or administration of education

Teachers need to have a good understanding of mathematics.  Understanding number theory is a good foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Number Theory and basic Arithmetic.

Ask Dr. Math?

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vet·er·i·nar·i·an [vèttr náiree n , vèttr náiree n ] noun
practitioner of veterinary medicine:  somebody trained and qualified in the medical treatment of animals. U.K. term veterinary surgeon

Veterinarians sometimes use the metric system when converting units for medication.

Examples:    50mg=0.05g
7g=7000mg
0.6kg=600g
9000g=9kg

Click here for more about the metric system and problems you can try.

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