Dr_Revels wrote:I accompanied my fiance to a meet up with some high school friends she hadn't seen in 17 years, and this exact sentiment arose in the course of their reminiscing. She turned to me and said, "can you think of any time you have had to use algebra since high school?", but wasn't amused when I answered back, "yes, daily".

If context matters at all, my fiancee is a pediatrician and the other members of the table were a baker, a psychologist and a university administrator. I am a medical student.

A baker? The baker doesn't think they use math on a daily basis? Do they not use chemistry either? I think the main problem is these people don't really know what math [b]is.[b] And that the goal of math class is ingraining it into a person enough so they don't need paper to do the basics, including basic algebra. Any baker will have to change around values (or math) of ingredients, if they are changing the amount of liquid to dry they also have to change the amount of leavening agent (or chemistry) accordingly. I am not a good enough baker to do that automatically, or without looking up the formula for it (in relation to the chemistry part).

Though for somethings that can be explained by math I will allow that thinking of math while doing it would hamper your performance. Like in sports. Pausing to do the math of how hard to throw to get the ball to its destination takes longer than the learned muscle response of just doing it.