# 2 Math

These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, and algebra are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

**Lesson #1**: How do law enforcement professionals use basic math operations on the job?**Lesson #2**: Why is it important for successful caterers to know how to perform operations with fractions?**Lesson #3**: How are sales commissions calculated in retail and service careers?**Lesson #4**: Why would a meteorologist need to understand integers, graphs, and spreadsheets?**Lesson #5**: How does math relate to art and architecture?**Lesson #6**: How do toymakers and marketing professionals use scale drawings?**Lesson #7**: How do biologists use diagrams and Punnett squares to calculate probability?**Lesson #8**: Why are probabilities important to doctors and other medical professionals?**Lesson #9**: How are calculations of area useful when repairing and renovating homes?**Lesson #10**: How do general contractors calculate the area of plane figures to build a house?

## Lessons and relevant careers

Concept/Lesson | Career | Activity |
---|---|---|

1. Operations with decimals | Law enforcement | Small group discussion, operations with decimals |

2. Fractions | Food service | Catering activity |

3. Percents of a number | Sales careers | Small group discussion, sales commission calculations |

4. Mean, median, mode data analysis | Meteorology | Student reading, temperature calculations, and spreadsheet/line graph |

5. Measurement | Art and architecture | Student reading and “divine proportion” measurement activity |

6. Scale drawings | Marketing and graphic design | Scale drawing problem, reflection paper |

7. Probability | Biology | Genetic probability calculations |

8. Probability | Medical careers: pediatrics and geriatrics | Medical probability calculations |

9. Area | Home construction/renovation | Home renovation project calculations |

10. Area | General contracting, architecture, home design | Home design activity, reflection paper |

- 2.1Law enforcement careers: Working with decimals
- 2.2Food service professionals: Working with fractions
- 2.3Sales careers: Working with percents
- 2.4Meteorologists: Working with data analysis
- 2.5Phi: The divine proportion
- 2.6Marketing careers: Working with scale drawings
- 2.7Biologists: Working with probability
- 2.8Medical careers: Working with probability
- 2.9Home renovation: Working with area
- 2.10General contractors: Working with area