Applications of Mathematics in daily life

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  • While getting up early in the morning. ( thinking and calculating time on a clock, mentally managing time for the day’s
  • While doing morning exercise, jogging, running and aerobics. (counting number of body movements, length of the track, time taken for the exercise etc.)
  • While brushing our teeth. ( counting the remaining life of the tooth brush, number of movements made by the brush in our mouth etc.)
  • While having coffee/tea/milk. ( noting the required temperature of coffee, its needed quantity etc.)
    While having a bath. ( water requirement and thus preventing its wastage.)
  • While wearing our dresses. ( cost and the length of the cloth required, time needed for its stitching etc.)
  • While preparing meals in our kitchens. ( quantity of the food to be cooked, ratio and the degree of the ingredients to be added into it, boiling and the cooking temperature, time required for the cooking etc.)
  • While playing, going to office and attending other social activities. ( time/energy/cost management)

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Moreover, Mother Nature too uses unfailingly the application of Mathematics in her daily life ranging from – the tiny ants, trees, animals, water, air, sun, stars, earth – to the entire universe. Eg. Bees could be said to have no basic knowledge about mathematics but their designing of honeycombs is such that their hexagonal structures hold more honey than their same triangle, rectangle and square counterparts- surprisingly telling us their knowledge of Mathematics. It (honeycomb) must be another natural wonder on the earth.[/su_quote]

[su_expand]For the further enrichment in your curiosity we are presenting here an interesting article on this wonderful and unthinkable ability of bees.

Bees and Math

Bees…by virtue of a certain geometrical forethought…know that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle, and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material. — Pappus of Alexandria

 Bees have not studied tessellations theory. However, some of their behavior patterns can be explained mathematically. One such phenomena which mother nature instilled in the bee is the nature to use the least expenditure of energy and materials. The bees somehow know that the square, the triangle and the hexagon are the only three self-tessellating regular polygons. Of the three, the hexagon has the smallest perimeter for a given area. So, when bees are constructing hexagonal prism cells in the hive, they use less wax and do less work to enclose the same space than if tessellating space with prisms of square or triangular bases.

The honeycomb walls are made up of cells which are 1/80 of an inch thick, yet can support 30 times their own weight. A honeycomb of 14.5″x8.8″ can hold more than five pounds of honey. That also explains why they are so heavy. The bees are creating hexagonal prisms in three rhombic sections, and the walls of the cell meet at exactly 120 degree angles. What is even more amazing, is the fact that the bees work simultaneously on different sections forming a comb with no visible seams. It is built vertically downward, and the bees use parts of their bodies as measuring instruments. In fact, their heads act as plummets.
If you are totally fascinated with mother nature’s creations, that is not all. The honeybee’s ability to navigate is influenced by its built-in “compass.” As it turns out, the bees’ orientation is influenced by the Earth’s magnetic field. They can detect minute fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field which are only discernible to sensitive magnetometers. This explains why bees can build a new hive starting form different parts of the new area without any bee directing them. All the bees orient their new comb in the same direction as their old hive. Bees build the cell walls with a slope of 13′ to make sure that the honey should not be running out before the tops are capped with wax domes. The honeybee gets its mathematical training via its genetic codes.

(by Narinder Singh, J&K Bank)
(by Narinder Singh, J&K Bank)
 To conclude we can say that from cradle –the weight of the new born- to grave – measurement of the land required for the pyre and the quantity of the sacred materials required- the application of Mathematics is purely un-doubtable and unquestionable. It is the Polestar among other sciences and the Everest of arts.

Let us take a pledge and get committed to generating a feeling of insatiable curiosity and unfaltering interest in the hearts of our children without falling prey to our negative environmental forces and let them become other Ramanujams, Bhaskarasharyas, Aryabhatas, Brahmaguptas and other foreign Mathematical geniuses around the world.

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