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Math Apprentice – real world maths examples to try

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Math Apprentice is an interesting concept, behind which lies the an attempt to answer the question often asked in school, “Why do I need to learn this maths thing? I’ll never need to use it in the real world“.

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You can find out more about the project by clicking ‘About the Project’ link.

The front end of this site I don’t find the most intuitive. There’s an image with 17 or so professions on. Initially one might presume that you could click on any of these to take you onto the next part of the site, possibly looking into the use of maths in that profession.

However, you need to scroll down and then click on the Explore the Math link.

You need to choose a character to use on your trip around the professions, skateboarding passed the buildings using the left and right arrow keys. Clicking on a building will take you in and you’ll be provided with a brief introduction, and then a task to solve using mathematics.

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One drawback is the use of feet in distance measurements, rather than the SI units of metres.

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