
. Above are the winners both First Place and Honorable Mention of the 2018 Dana Raimondi Math Essay Contest. Dana Raimondi is center. Below are the First Place winning essays for each of the schools.
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One of my reasons are in daily life. You use Math
in your daily routine too. When you go shopping or to restaurants,
you use price and quantities. When you go to open your mail, you see
bills, coupons, and advertisements. Even in technology and sports,
you use Math to keep track of data and points. You literally use
Math everywhere!
Another reason of mine is in careers. Like in
construction, you measure boards, pipes, and wires. You have to make
the building stable. In engineering you use Math since engineering
is incorporated in the idea of Mathematics. In banking, you use Math
numbers to keep track of the money and the data. Even in music you
use Math with different frequencies and notes.
My last reason that I have chosen for this essay
is health. Without Math or the number system, you wouldn’t be able
to check heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, your height, or
weight. Your hospital wouldn’t be able to give you your own
prescription. And when you need to undergo and operation, the
surgeons need the data which they wouldn’t be able to get without
Math. These are my reasons of why Math is important in our lives. You see! I was right. We use Math every day, every hour, every time everywhere. We use Math in these reasons and way more. I hope you learned a couple of reasons why Math is important.
Nevaeh R. Pena  First Place
Why do some people dislike Math if it is
everywhere? Well in these next paragraphs, I will be talking about
why Math so important and a few things that people do which include
Math when some people don’t even think they are using it.
There is Math included in some great activities,
like basketball. In basketball, you have to find the angle to shoot
the ball in. There also is ratios such as if one team has scored
three points and the other team has scored five points the ratio
would be three to five. There also is Math in American football. In
American you have to calculate how many kilometers, feet, yards and
much more, but you still have to do the ratio like in many sports.
If you are in swimming, you have to see how long you can stay
underwater.
Furthermore, another thing that you probably do
which includes Math is, cooking. When you cook you have to use
fractions and proportions. If you use the right amount of
ingredients according to the recipe you will probably have a
delicious meal, but if you change the recipe you would either still
have a delicious meal or maybe not. Other than that, in cooking you
also have to use percentages.
Some people are carpenters which are people who
build structures. My dad is a carpenter and to do the work that he
does he has to use a lot of Math. My father works with shapes,
sizes, area and perimeter to create work buildings such as Facebook
which is an office building. Not just carpenters do this job but
also business people and archeologist. These people do calculations
and they also search. The adults I know have great jobs, one of them
told me that Math is everywhere and everything but, if you think you
are not doing Math you actually are.
In addition, even people use Math in driving and
dialing numbers to make a phone call. If someone is dialing numbers
to make a phone call they are using formulas. To add, if a person is
driving that person is measuring the speed and miles per hour the
person is driving. When driving, my mom said that if you are driving
you have to use proportions and percentages to know how much gas you
need to get to where you need to go.
As a result, Math is everywhere, also did you know
that you are using Math right now? Well if you did it’s probably
because you just read my essay.
Prableen Kakar  First Place
Did you know that it
is believed that ancient Egyptians used complex Mathematics such as
algebra, arithmetic and geometry as far back as 3000 BC? Math is
very important, without Math, you wouldn’t be able to do things such
as cooking, shopping, or even watch TV! Three reasons why Math is
important are, if Math wasn’t invented, it would be difficult for
you to meet your basic needs, if you didn’t know Math, you wouldn’t
have a job, and finally, without it you wouldn’t be able to enjoy
your hobbies.
My first and foremost
reason why Math is important is that without it, it would be hard
for you to meet your basic need, such as food, water, and shelter.
For example, without the stove, oven, microwave, and other
appliances that are used in the kitchen which were all invented
using Math is would be hard for you to cook your food. Another
example is water. The faucet helps us easily get water using
electricity. Try to imagine life without water coming through the
faucet! Math was also used while making shelter, for instance,
houses, buildings, etc. They used Math to find the area of the
rooms, and to decide all the shapes and sizes. All in all we need
Math to meet our basic needs.
The second reason why
Math is important is that if you didn’t know Math, you wouldn’t have
a job! Most jobs, such as doctors, and construction workers need to
know Math! For example, bankers need to know a lot of Math. They
need to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide money.
Another example are archeologists. They need to know how to plot and
graph on coordinate grids. Therefore, that makes Math important
again. Let’s move on to another paragraph.
Last but not least,
the third reason why Math is important is that without Math, you
wouldn’t be able to enjoy your hobbies. Hobbies such as cooking,
gaming, drawing, and watching TV, all can be done using Math. You
must be wondering how cooking uses Math? Well, while cooking, you
need to measure your ingredients, which is basically Math.
Additionally, you use computers to game, and Math helped invents
computers. Also when you draw, you use varied shapes and sizes! Even
if your hobby is watching TV, you should still thank Math. In fact,
TV are practically made of chips, which is engineering, resulting in
Math! Therefore without Math, it would be hard to enjoy your
hobbies.
To conclude, Math is
important as without it in our life, it would be difficult for you
to meet your basic needs, if you didn’t know Math, it would be hard
for you to find a job, and finally, without it, you wouldn’t be able
to enjoy your hobbies. Imagine living in a world with no Math.
Everywhere you look, people starving because of no food and people
homeless without a job. Moreover, no fun video games, or funny TV
shows. That is not the kind of world that I would like to live in
and definitely not the world that we live in today! Like Galileo
once said, “Math is the alphabet that God has used to create the
world!”
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, it
can be defined as Mathematics, such a simple definition, yet, such a
complicated thing. Math is everywhere, whether in a restaurant,
paying your bills, handling deals, travelling, in a kitchen, or in
your job. It is what Edison used to create the light bulb. It is
what sir Isaac Newton used to discover the size of the earth. And it
is what engineers still use today to make iphones. Still don’t
understand? Let me explain further on why Math is important in day
to day life.
It is just common courtesy to leave a tip or a
fullservice restaurant. But how? Math! Being able to calculate tips
take basic division and subtraction. Another way to prove that Math
is a lifelong skill, is when you are about to pay your bills. You
need Math to figure out payments, to come up with a payment
schedule, and to deduct what you pay from bank account.
Speaking of bank account; insurance, budgeting,
credit cards, interest rates – you need Math to understand all of
these concepts. How will you know that the deal you’re being offered
is actually a good deal? It is a valuable life skill, with basic
Math skills, you can calculate how much time it will take you to
reach the airports, and how to get there faster. Making wise
lifestyle choices requires a solid Math brain.
Now let me move on to the most common Math –
demanding subject. Food! Whether on the dinner table, or in the
kitchen, Math is sure to come useful. Measuring amounts, calculating
ratios of ingredients, doubling or tripling, the batch, or even
dividing the pizza  it’s is all Math! But, everybody is going to
have to get a job at some point in their life, and numbers are
necessary for almost every job that you can think of. Whether you
are a broker, CEO, a doctor, animator, fashion designer, architect,
construction worker, or engineer. So whatever your dream is, build a
big Math brain.
As I said earlier, Math is a lifelong skill. Math
is everywhere. You can’t avoid it. And on daytoday basis, be it a
restaurant, paying bills, handling deals, travelling, in a kitchen,
or in a job. Math has formed our world. May be, it can form us even
more.
Khushi Shaha
 First Place
You walk into your classroom and slump down on
your desk. You come to the worst class of the day: Math. At that
moment, your teacher announces that today there will be a pop quiz.
How wonderful, not! You then wonder why Math was invented, and what
is the purpose? To annoy students? But is Math actually that bad?
Was Math actually invented to annoy students? In this essay I will
be showing you why Math is important. I hope you enjoy your journey
as you explore the beautiful world of Math.
Did you know that there are approximately 5
billion jobs in this world? And there are 3.8 million jobs in the
USA alone. Now, I want you to name a job that doesn’t include Math.
Got the answer? Hard right? The reason I asked this question was
because many people have the misconception that only Scientists,
engineers, and teachers use Math. If you are a fashion designer then
you have to measure the size of the dress and the scale the design.
All of this requires Math. If you are a janitor, then you have to
use Math to figure out how much toilet paper is need to make sure
each stall as much as needed. All in all, Math is needed and used
all around us, we just have to find it.
There must be something you like to do in your
free time. For example, reading, cooking, or dancing. Believe it or
not, all of these hobbies include Math. For instance, reading. If
you have 30 minutes to read, and takes you 2 minutes to read one
page, then you can use Math to see how many pages can be read in 30
minutes. Cooking also uses Math to figure out how much of each
ingredient is needed for the new recipe. Now, you realized that you
are using Math without even knowing.
In conclusion, Math is all around us. Even animals
show Math with their uniquely designed homes that show patterns.
Anywhere you go, you have to use Math, even if you don’t realize it.
I hope I have motivated you to love Math. Always remember, when you
aren’t willing to learn, nobody can help. When you are willing to
learn, nobody can stop you.
Alexander Lupoiu  First Place
Math is an important
factor in our lives. Everything in our society relies on Math. From
the education system to the stock market and military system, it’s
all because of Math that organizes it. Math is the way we speak and
makes our daily decisions. We, as humans, couldn’t achieve the great
things we have without Math. We can send men to space, and rovers to
Mars. We can build skyscrapers that can withstand natural disasters
and engineer planes that fly through storms. All of this thanks to
Math; we would all probably still be cavemen without it!
Almost everything you
do involves Math. When you use timetelling and subtraction to
realize that you’re ten minutes before school starts, you use Math.
When you use fractions to fill 2/3 of a bowl with milk, and 1/3 of
the bowl with cereal, you use Math. When you drive thirtyfive miles
an hour and school is five miles away, you use proportions to figure
out it will take about eight minutes and thirty seconds to get to
school; you use Math. Later at the store, you use multiplication to
find the total amount paid when you buy three oranges that each cost
seventy nine cents; you use Math. At the register you are charged
two dollars and thirty cents. You use money counting skills and
subtraction to figure out how much money you should receive back if
you give the cashier two  one dollar bills and two quarters; you
use Math. You have to wake up tomorrow at seventhirty and need ten
hours of sleep. At what time should you wake up? You use Math. From
morning to night, you use Math. Imagine what would happen if Math
wasn’t there; if it didn’t exist. It would be impossible to go
through the day because Math keeps us going.
Math is a universal
language; that makes it important. No matter where you go, the Math
is still the same. Long ago, during ancient times, traders used Math
to talk about deals while negotiating. If all Math was different,
how would you know how to pay for imported goods, or how much would
you give? You wouldn’t. In conclusion, from ancient times to
nowadays, we have been using Math. It helped us become modernly
advanced and turned into a daily routine in our lives. Math is one
of the most important achievements in human history
Sommer Mojadidi  First Place
Math is used in our everyday lives. Math is used
for even the simplest things in the world. One example Math is used
for building things like houses, walls, buildings and even bridges.
So Math has been alive since ancient times. Everyone uses Math even
if they don’t realize it. Another example is, people use it for
buying things and shopping. Other people like Scientists use it for
identifying things like experiments. You even need Math for medical
issues so doctors and nurses use Math for their patients and
medicine. Math is also needed for weather and temperature. Teachers
also need Math for their students. Adults need Math for their jobs.
It’s needed 90% of the time.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that Math is
important for certain things and everyone uses it.
Grimmer Melissa Munoz  First Place
Have you ever thought of why Math is important?
Well if you haven’t you should really think about it because the
answer is unbelievable. Now there might be different answers and
different opinions, but I have three great reasons that show why
Math is important.
First of all, it helps you in everyday life.
Although many of us don’t realize it, we use Math almost every
second of our lives. We use it at home in things like cooking to
watering the plants, because we use measurements and calculations.
We also use it at work. Math is used in probably every job you can
think of, from a farmer to a doctor. All these examples prove that
Math is important in our daily lives.
Second of all, Math helps us develop our minds to
make them stronger. Math is a subject that involves high standard
thinking, this makes us progress our critical thinking, and our
problem solving abilities.
That brings us up to our third reason which is
that Math helps prepare us for the future. It helps us because like
I said we need Math for all the jobs Math is an important factor to
get any job. These three reasons show just how much Math is
important to our lives. Hadrian Sumaoang  First Place
Math is important in many ways. We use it for
coding, clocks, devices, and more! Here are some reasons Math is
important to all of us.
Clocks are one of the most useful things we use
every day. Just imagine a world without it. You don’t know when it
is time for your school / work. You will never know when you should
sleep or wake up. In order to know you would have to measure the sun
with a shadow of something, but you don’t have to because of Math.
Coding is a very important thing in life. With it
we made phones, games, computers, and many more. A world without it
is the worst. No text, no call, we would be playing with nothing but
rocks. It would also be hard to warn people/ message people
something urgent.
A world without Math is a world that won’t make
sense. No clocks, no time, no phone, it’s hard. That’s is only
electronic stuff. You can’t say, “Give me $5.” You would have to say
“give me some $.” Actually there won’s be any use for $ if Math
doesn’t exist.
Vanisha Mishra  First Place
Vallejo Mill Elementary Riya Parlikar  First Place
Are you someone who thinks that Math sucks?
Someone who wonders why we have to learn Math? Someone who thinks
Math is the worst or wonder why Math is important? Math is important
because every profession uses Math, money requires us to use Math
and time involves Math.
Math is important because every profession uses
Math. For example if you want to be a doctor, you will have to use
Math to measure people’s height, weight, blood flow, blood sugar and
temperature. Doctors also use fancy devices such as stethoscope to
measure the health of our hearts and lungs. Architects design and
build structures that requires the use of Math. They have to measure
the area, height and volume of the structures they are building.
They even have to figure out how to build a structure that will not
collapse when there is a big earthquake. Scientists use Math when
they do various experiments. Even if it is as simple as opening a
door. It requires measuring how many degrees do you turn the knob?
How many seconds does it take you to open the door? How much
pressure/ force do you use to open it? Fashion designers use Math to
measure and stitch clothes. Their measurements have to be precise or
else the clothes won’t look good! Think of any profession and you
will find examples of how they use Math.
Does the color green remind you of money? Do you
love getting money as a present? Well, money also requires knowing
Math! The world runs on money – buying and selling goods. For
example, we all need to buy good, clothes, and pay for our shelter
to meet our basic needs.
We as a civilization know our history because of
our understanding of time. Time is measured in numbers, numbers in
Math. People’s daily schedules involve the use of time. For example
scheduling vacations, gettogethers and appointments that is all run
on time.
Math is important because everything we did, do
and will do involve Math. So next time before you pop a candy in
your mouth, read the nutrition facts and calories. Then count how
many times you chew before you swallow. Finally, ask yourself why
Math is important!
Simrah Syed  First Place
Math is used in everyday things and makes life
easier for human beings. Most people think that Math is only
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division but they’re
wrong. Math is used for solving problems, groceries, money and much
more. I love Math but most other people don’t. Ratios, fractions,
decimals are going to help you get through college and much more.
Mathematics is also important to business, for example marketing,
sales and accounting. Math will also develop more Scientists. None
of us would be able to do anything if Math wasn’t invented.
