I would like examples like that on the website to help students understand why they learn mathematics.

]]>To figure out weight watcher points without the little slide rule they give you, you figure how many

50's can you squeeze into the calories. For example a 110 calorie cereal would be just over 2 points, at first.

but then you read the total fat, and for every 3 grams of fat, you add a 1/4 point more, so 12 grams of fat adds

another point to this. Finally, you look up the dietary fiber, and for every gram of dietary fiber, you can SUBTRACT

(because it is good for you) about 1/5th (or a 1/4 if it is easier in your head) of a point.

See at weight watchers, based on your weight and other criteria, you are assigned to eat a certain number of points

each day inorder to lose weight at a reasonable pace.]]>

As for what role math takes in daily life, math is the language of truth. Whether you you're a calculus wizard, or a 1st grade arithmatic drop out, math remains true, whether you like it or not. This is why it can be so powerfull. Nature is bound by math. Studying math allows you to harness nature. The most powerfull physical force in the world.

And btw, without math we wouldn't have, computers, automobiles, cell phones, tv's video games, radio's, ipods, refridgerators, toasters, ovens, and many other things we take for granted.

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