Quote UchihaMonster:

Why... Why... Why do we have to learn stupid things like Pythagora's Theorem? We are NEVER going to use it... Ever. And instead of teaching us important things like: How to pay council tax; How to buy a house; How to take a loan...etc They teach us how to find the length of the hypotenuse of a bloody triangle.

So when you're 30 years old and you're at home thinking, "Oh! What a lovely lesson I had! I'm so glad I learnt how to find the hypotenuse of a triangle! I use it every day!". That is never going to happen.

Why does maths even exist? You don't have to know the exact amount of sheep you have. Or the chances of you having a lamb from trying specific sheep. You can just estimate how many sheep you have and if you have enough pregnant for next year. (Sheep rearing is just an example... You can apply it to anything!)

You. Don't. Need. Useless. Things. Like. Pythagora's. Theorem.

Standard Form? When am I EVER going to need to shorten a number with 16 digits, eh? Never. They should teach useful things, not useless formulae that you will never use. *sigh*

Why... Why... Why do we have to learn stupid things like Pythagora's Theorem? We are NEVER going to use it... Ever. And instead of teaching us important things like: How to pay council tax; How to buy a house; How to take a loan...etc They teach us how to find the length of the hypotenuse of a bloody triangle.

So when you're 30 years old and you're at home thinking, "Oh! What a lovely lesson I had! I'm so glad I learnt how to find the hypotenuse of a triangle! I use it every day!". That is never going to happen.

Why does maths even exist? You don't have to know the exact amount of sheep you have. Or the chances of you having a lamb from trying specific sheep. You can just estimate how many sheep you have and if you have enough pregnant for next year. (Sheep rearing is just an example... You can apply it to anything!)

You. Don't. Need. Useless. Things. Like. Pythagora's. Theorem.

Standard Form? When am I EVER going to need to shorten a number with 16 digits, eh? Never. They should teach useful things, not useless formulae that you will never use. *sigh*

I work as a Chemical Engineer. One day you may find yourself in a like for like role.

The theorem as such is not limited to working out sides of a triangle. There are more applications with telecommonications, statistics, economics etc etc. The military and many tracking firms use this kind of mathematics in their software.

Standard form is also used by chemists, engineers, astrologists, geologists, and many other scientific professions as well as any job level higher than "administrator".

Learning "Useless things" is the difference between having a job and a career.

Everytime someone slates basic mathematics (and it only gets harder), I cringe a little. I took up a maths degree so I could get out of a rut, I now earn more than many could imagine, and my prospects have only improved. Sure your school may teach you in a stupid round-about way, but they're giving you the basic tools you need.

Council Tax, Loans, mortages. I'm almost 28, and these are a drop in the ocean. Council tax you do via direct debit. Loans are all done for you. When I took out a mortgage and got a house, a lot of the work was done for me via the bank, mortgage advisor and my legal advisor.

I'm glad I learned how to work out a side of a triangle. Because now I can perform much.. MUCH more complicated mathematics. The world values those who can crunch numbers.