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When am I ever going to use this?????????. A Mathematical Investigation. INTRODUCTION. Have you ever wondered, " When am I ever going to use this ?“ in a Maths class? Well , it's your lucky day!

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when am i ever going to use this

When am I ever going to use this?????????

A Mathematical Investigation


Have you ever wondered,

"When am I ever going to use this?“

in a Maths class?

Well, it's your lucky day!

Here is your chance to find out when you will use topics like linear relationships, angles in geometric shapes, fractions, decimals and more in real-life.

Are you ready?

Well let's get started!



  • Your mission is to convince the rest of your class that Maths can be used in our everyday lives.
  • You and a partner will:
  • research one of the main topics you will look at in Maths this year
  • find real world applications
  • create a PowerPoint presentation
  • complete a summary table by providing a description and at least three real-life examples.


Review the topics in the table below. Which topic are you and your partner most interested in?



2. Look at the rubric below, so that you know what I will be looking for. 

Evaluation - When am I ever going to use this?" Scoring Rubric “



3. Research your topic using the links from the following resources (next few pages).

Write facts and other information into Microsoft Word.

Come up with three real-life representations of your topic.

Provide important facts, formulas and applications of these topics.

These will be used as evidence to support you and your partner’s view that there are real world applications for Maths.

Make sure that your descriptions clear and accurate.



Linear Relationships ~ Moving Straight Aheadhttp://www.realdata.com/ls/linear.shtml


Volume & Surface Area ~ Filling and Wrappinghttp://www.movingdayboxes.com/



Counting Principle ~ Clever Countinghttp://regentsprep.org/regents/Math/counting/PracCnt.htm




Inverse Relationships ~ Thinking with Mathematical Modelshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse_relationship



Geometry definitionshttp://www.mathleague.com/help/geometry/geometry.htmGeometry helphttp://math.about.comMathematical Glossary of termshttp://math.about.com/library/blglossarytopics.htmBasic Math Conceptshttp://www.astro.uiuc.edu/projects/textbook/math.html#simplifyAlgebra Concept Maphttp://www.linkslearning.org/_multimedia/teachers/1_math/2_curriculum_planning/2_math_concepts/4_algebraic_sense/mapfive.htmlGeometry Concept Maphttp://www.linkslearning.org/_multimedia/teachers/1_math/2_curriculum_planning/2_math_concepts/3_geometric_sense/mapfour.htmlLine Symmetry in the Real Worldhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/4_Line_Symmetry/index.htmlPatterns in the Real Worldhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/5_Patterns/index.htmlWeight and Capacity Lessonhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/6_Weight_and_Capacity/index.htmlEstimation of Lengthhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/2_Estimation_of_Length/index.htmlThe Introductions to Mathematical Conceptshttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/1_Introduction/index.htmlAlgebra Terms and Conceptshttp://www.mathwords.com/index_algebra.htmGeometry Terms and Conceptshttp://www.mathwords.com/index_geometry.htmMath in Daily Lifehttp://www.learner.org/exhibits/dailymath/Using Math to Shophttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/shopping.htmlWhy Study Math?http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.why.math.htmlWhy is Math Important?http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52293.htmlMath and Sports Connectionhttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/sport.htmlArt and Math Connectionhttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/art.htmlManaging Your Finances Using Mathhttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/banking.htmlUsing Math to Calculate Your Grades




Using Math to Plan a Partyhttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/cooking2.html

Using Math to Plan a Vacationhttp://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webunits/math/trips.html

Geometry in the Real Worldhttp://library.thinkquest.org/C006354/real.htmlGeometry in Baseballhttp://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~demo5337/Group3/bball.htmlCareers with Mathematical Backgroundshttp://www.maa.org/careers/index.htmlMathematics in the Workplacehttp://www.maa.org/t_and_l/sampler/rs_6.htmlMath in Everyday Lifehttp://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr148.shtmlMath and Music Noteshttp://www.mathnotes.com/aw_notetaking.htmlMath and Footballhttp://www.mathnotes.com/aw_quarterback.htmlMath Applications with Digital Camerashttp://drscavanaugh.org/digitalcamera/math_applications.htmLine Symmetry in the Real Worldhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/4_Line_Symmetry/index.html

Patterns in the Real Worldhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/5_Patterns/index.html

Weight/Capacity and the Real Worldhttp://www.linkslearning.org/Kids/1_Math/2_Illustrated_Lessons/6_Weight_and_Capacity/index.htmlMathematical Applications in the Real Worldhttp://library.thinkquest.org/4116/



4. Create a PowerPoint presentation based on your topic. It must include a title page, lesson, examples, at least three appropriate graphics and a resources page (where you list websites you used, books you used etc).  

5. Add slide transition and animation to your presentation 

6. Spell check each of your PowerPoint slides. 

7. Use the “When am I ever going to use this?” summary table from page 5 to summarize what you learned this term from your topic.



So, did you get your answer?

When are you ever going to use this stuff?

Think about the fact that these are only some of the topics that we talk about in year 8 . . . how many more topics are out there?

Will you ever use them in real-life?