• More often than you might think. A simple algebraic equation is 1 plus what equals 2. Or in estimating how much of a thing you will need. People do algebra in their heads without even knowing they're doing algebra.
• Anoname
Sounds more like regular math to me.
• Linda Joy
Would it sound more like algebra if I said 1+x=2?
• Anoname
Sounds like 2 divided by 1.
• Linda Joy
(SMH)
• mushroom
You just can't explain math to people who don't know the difference between fractions, miles per gallon, and percentage.
• Linda Joy
I think he was joking.
• Anoname
Math is not my strong point. Where's that calculator watch....
• All the time. It's about how numbers behave when they are added, subtracted, multiplied or divided. Such as, are apples cheaper at \$1.49 per pound or in a 5 pound bag for \$3.22. Is one apple bigger than the other? (a variable, X). How many apples have they put in the 5 pound bag (a variable, y) or Sand for the kids 4feet x 4feet x 6inch sandbox? One bag is 80 pounds for \$3.49 the other bag is 50 pounds for \$2.25. Hurry up! The kids are waiting!
• Linda Joy
I like that urgent reality tacked on the end there! Lol
• Anoname
Good example. I do sometimes consider variables like size.
• Every day. I'm an electrician, so if I'm not doing load calculations, I'm doing pipe bending formulas. Being able to quickly convert fractions to decimals and vice versa in my head is also a requirement.
• Anoname