Finding the Real Life Application of Calculus
A common complaint heard in the halls of every educational facility is “When will you use [insert nameof class here] in the real world?” Many times that class is calculus, but it can also be substituted for an
yof the sciences, introduction to philosophy, etc.As a business major, why will you need to know when 2 trains will intersect when one is heading fromthe west at 65 miles per hour, and the other is coming from the east at 45 miles per hour? For thatmatter, what will William Shakespeare ever do for you in a future career as an accountant?These students have a point. On the surfa
ce, this information won’t help,
unless they pursue careers inthose fields.
Your Classes Are Useful
When you examine the diversity of today’s busines
s world though, it begins to make sense why youneed as well rounded an education as possible if you want to make a career for yourself. Careers are nolonger black and white.
People don’t just “become accountant
” like their degree
states. They become accountants for any type of business.That business could be a local theater. The accountant heremust understand the business to such a degree that he orshe can comment on the expenditures taking place and makesuggestions on improvements.Those expenditure
s can have a lot to do with the current shows played. The accountant’s ability to make
suggestions based on his or her education is highly valuable here.Responsibilities are clearly defined in the job description of accountants, but they are not limited to justthose responsibilities. Often their roles force them to go above and beyond that description.The same is true of the business major learning calculus. Like the accountants, a business major can joinany business in any field.Working for the state of Utah could put him or her in charge of the new Frontrunner trains travelingaround the city. A high leadership position here would require him to oversee and sign off on trainschedules.When these trains occasionally travel the same tracks north and south, it becomes extraordinarilyimportant that he or she knows the math necessary to make sure they never collide. Otherwise, theirofficial signatures could sign away the lives of passengers.