how do we use algebra in real life? to me its just a waste of time. teach us how to pay our bills, write a check, buy a home, manage our money. im tiered of trying to find your X algebra and i dont know Y either!!!!

## how do we use algebra in the real life

# 5 Answers

Most teachers will probably tell you that algebra can be helpful in the real world when you're shopping, doing your taxes, or balancing your checkbook. Although the skills you learn in algebra can be helpful in those situations, I would like to give you a slightly different answer. When I was in school, I had to run a mile every week in PE, and I hated it. I have not run a mile since I was in high school, but I recognize that running a mile every week back then helped me to be a healthier person, and to stay in shape for my everyday life. After high school, you may never use algebra again, but you are learning it now to develop parts of your brain that would otherwise get weak. Algebra teaches you more than how to do a math problem; it teaches you how to think logically and organize information, and that is something you will need to do in your everyday life, whether you think of it as algebra or not. Also, you may hate algebra now, but you may realize down the line that the career you want requires you to have some math knowledge, and if you don't learn it now, you will limit your career choices in the future. For example, my husband designs video games for a living, and he has to have some knowledge of CALCULUS for his job. You never know what skills you will need in the future, and your time in junior high and high school is supposed to prepare you to have basic knowledge in ALL subjects so that you don't find yourself stuck down the line!

Most of us use algebra every day - simple problems that we "do in our heads". For instance, say you have $20 and you go to the store. The store is having a "buy one and get one at half price" sale. How do you figure out what you can buy? There's an equation for that. Or, "how tall is that building?" If you know how far away it is, and the height of any one thing you have at hand, there's an equation for that.