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Where do you use math in your profession?

One of the most difficult challenges that math teachers face today is motivating their students. This becomes more difficult when faced with the all famous question: "What am I going to use this for?"

Help me with some real world examples of modern day math. Please let me know your profession and what type of math you use to share with our students.

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Thank you everyone so much for the contributions! They are great and I wasn't expecting such a turn out. My goal is to gain enough examples and to use them at the start of each lecture. I'm hoping that these examples in the beginning of class will spark the student's interest for the reaming of the lecture and to show that that we really do use math.

There is a difference between having to learn something and wanting to learn something. When we have to learn it we just try to get through it. When we want to learn it, this is when we make breakthroughs. Stimulate the interest in students so that they want to learn math and we increase our probability in someone discovering the next breakthrough.

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    Feb 10 2012: I work in IT, mostly with IVR (Interactive Response Units) design. My work is to understand how clients are using those systems through numbers!

    We collect usage data from every interaction and then we mix and match all the data through (usually basic) statistic models and use a lot of perception.

    "Is this prompt too long (as the client would become impatient?)"
    "Is this menu confusing? Where are the clients going?"
    "How can we improve the overall experience of the user?"
    "How can we tweak phrasing so it will result in better understanding of the companies process?"

    Those are questions that we try to answer every day. We gather data, treat it, count, group, calculate and forecast.

    The numbers gives us the power of being creative, but effectively, since we are able to test and prove the results of something that otherwise would be a guess.

    So, we try to understand this part of the world and people through many mathematical forms. Oh, and it's always awesome to know that you're changing (hopefully for better) this little aspect (how they connect with companies, have their problems solved, buy things and voice complaints) in the lives of millions of people each day.

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