## Important Reasons for Learning the Fundamentals of Math

[ Editor's note: This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of how to Become a teacher in Florida. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com. ]

Math is used in varying degrees in every single aspect of our daily lives, especially in the information age. Whether you are cognizant of this fact or not, computations are constantly running calculations are being made, and formulas are being proved. Our world is a mathematical world. What follows is a list five important reasons we need to have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of math.

## Math is an integral part of daily life.

## Winner for MMM #17

Marijn Jongerden is the winner of MMM #17. Click here for Marijn's solution.

A few people tackled the advanced problems. I will be writing followup articles related to the generalizations.

Check out Blinkdagger on Monday for the next contest.

## MMM #17: The bishop and the king

Doug Hull was randomly chosen as the winner for MMM #16 over at Blinkdagger. Congratulations, Doug!

It's time for a new contest problem. As you may have noticed, I like counting and probability problems. I found an elegant one in an old book. I won't reveal what the book is until the end of the contest. Here's the problem:

## Math doesn’t suck

When the Penguin Group publishing company contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing Danica McKellar's popular books, Math Doesn't Suck, and Kiss My Math, I jumped at the chance. No, it wasn't for the free books. The time I spend reading and writing doesn't justify the cost savings. I review products I believe in. Period. For the sake of full disclosure, I received a free copy of each of the two books. That's it.

Danica McKellar is a well-known actress, a mathematician, and an advocate for Math education. I'm delighted to see people with a tremendous amount of influence use that influence to make Math more accessible.