“Mathematical literacy involves more than executing procedures. It implies a knowledge base and the competence and confidence to apply this knowledge in the practical world.” When I pay tuition fees, buy textbooks, do grocery shopping, pay rent, and plan any budget, I’m using simple mathematical principles in my daily life. In fact, everything in our life involves simple or complex math principles. “A mathematically literate person can estimate; interpret data; solve day-to-day problems; reason in numerical, graphical, and geometric situations; and communicate using mathematics” (Leading Math Success: Mathematical Literacy, Grade 7-12, pp10). Math can help us understand and solve daily problems. Whether I’m taking a flight back to China or financing a car in Canada, math literate is everywhere. As difficult as aircraft navigation; as useful as compound interest, Mathematics underlines everything that occurs around us. Even cooking and baking involve math, look at the proportion of different ingredients that I need in a recipe to make a tasty cheesecake.
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Math is a language that can be understood everywhere, it is universal.