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Started 19th Jul, 2023

# Should Grade 10 students choose to do Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy be compulsory?

Mathematical Literacy prepares students for real-life situations while using aspects of Mathematics taught in younger grades. Students will be able to do basic tax, calculate water and electricity tariffs, the amount of paint needed to paint a room or the amount of tiles needed to tile a floor. Isn't this adding to adulting life and preparing students for society? While Mathematics can be a compulsory subject for those that want to go to university and have a great talent in Mathematics?

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The field of mathematics changed over time. Until the 19th century, it was limited to the study of quantities and spaces, but with scientific advances, fields of mathematics were expanded.
Mathematics is closely related to other sciences. First, it relies heavily on Logic and its strategies for proof and inference. That is why mathematics is an objective science. It can only be modified by demonstrating the existence of mathematical errors, for which a large part of the scientific paradigm with which one works will surely have to be modified.
The method then lies in analyzing abstract entities to produce hypotheses and assumptions, make deductions, and thus approach mathematical knowledge, which, as has been said, is assumed to be exact and true. These deductions are carried out with the support of definitions (limitations of something concerning everything else), theorems, corollaries, properties, and axioms (premises accepted without needing proof).
Mathematics is divided into pure and applied mathematics, each dealing with specific study objects pursuing a specific purpose. Pure mathematics are the theoretical branches; they are the fundamental concepts in charge of studying quantity when it is abstract. While in applied mathematics, the theorems proven in pure mathematics form the basis of it; that is, they have been the study of the application of quantity concerning real problems or a series of physical phenomena since everything can be measured and calculated.
Mathematics is essential:
· In daily life. Where with great assiduity, mathematical calculations are made, or measurements and comparisons. Mathematics is so global in our lives that many experts consider the absence of mathematical notions a variant of illiteracy.
· In the exact and natural sciences. In many cases, its very existence is due to mathematics's approach. In biology or chemistry, mathematics is also extremely important.
· In the social sciences. Like economics or psychology, which are based on mathematical concepts. Even in other disciplines and the arts (music, sculpture, drawing).
Mathematics is subdivided into different branches, which appeared over time and are dedicated to specific parts of this science. These are some of them:
· Algebra.
· Arithmetic.
· Calculus.
· Geometry.
· Logic.
· Trigonometry.
· Linear algebra.
· Analysis.
· Numerical Analysis.
· Combinatorial theory.
· Mathematical physics.
· Differential equations.
· Differential geometry.
· Optimization.
· Statistics and Probability.
Finally, it is said that an event is mathematical or mathematically occurs when it happens with great accuracy or regularity, standing out precisely for that attribute.
Based on what has been said, Grade 10 students should have Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy compulsory.
The decision of whether Grade 10 students should choose to do Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, or whether one should be compulsory, is a complex one that may depend on a variety of factors, including individual student interests, future educational and career plans, and societal needs.
Mathematical Literacy can indeed provide students with valuable skills and knowledge that can be applied in their daily lives, such as calculating expenses, managing finances, and making informed decisions. These skills are important for all individuals to have, regardless of whether they choose to pursue further studies in mathematics or related fields.
At the same time, it is also important to recognize the value of more advanced mathematics education, especially for those who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. By studying more advanced mathematics, students can gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and develop problem-solving skills that are highly valued in many industries.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to make Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy compulsory for Grade 10 students may depend on the particular needs and priorities of the educational system and society as a whole. It is important to balance the need for practical skills with the need for advanced mathematical proficiency, and to provide students with the resources and support they need to succeed in whichever path they choose.
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