If you are a geometry teacher and have not heard the question, When will we ever use this stuff in real life? you haven’t gotten past the first day of class. If you haven’t heard it at least a thousand times, you are nowhere close to retirement.
Farmers, landscapers, surveyors, contractors, those who lay carpet and a whole host of others need to be experts in figuring area and perimeter. Every profession requires its members to know a bit about logic; however, teachers, administrators, doctors, lawyers and politicians need to be particularly adept in that area. Artists and architects need to understand how similar figures are calculated and be very knowledgeable about the characteristics of three-dimensional figures.
About this time, the student who asked the question blurts out, All that’s fine, but suppose I’m not going to do any of those jobs? Instead of asking the student if there is a particular job he would like you to discuss, why not refer to this list to explain why geometry is important in everyone’s life. Afterwards, he is bound to come to the realization he uses geometric concepts every single day without ever thinking about it.
We must understand and have knowledge of spatial use (areas related to space and the position, size and shape of the things in it) if we are to understand the wonder of the world’s shape and cultivate an appreciation of it.
Numbers and Measurement
Once we know how to apply and understand the relationship between shapes and sizes we will be able to better use them every day. This is true because geometry provides us the knowledge of how to deal with the measurements and relationships of lines, angles, surfaces and solids.
While some people think in shapes and sizes, others see the entire picture. Those who use their visual ability use their imagination to tap the mind’s source of objects that must all come together to form the bigger picture.
In the Workplace
As noted in the main body of this piece, there are a myriad of scientific and technological fields requiring an extensive knowledge of geometry. This is especially true in advanced and specialized study fields.
Total Use of Brain Capacity
Geometry helps people to bring both sides of your brain together. Instead of just being a left-brain thinker, the skills required also induce you to become a right-brain thinker, too. The left-brain is more the logic, technical side, while the right-brain visualizes and is creative. Not many people have the ability to make the two connect and work together as one; however, geometry will assist in that.
Do you ever look at the man-made wonders of the world and think, How did they do that? Each of the geniuses who created those made great use of geometry to construct them. The same is true of architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, who design buildings with interesting shapes and sizes.
Two and three dimensional shapes originate in geometry. Puzzle makers and people involved in the making of television shows and movies are all influenced by geometry. This is particularly true of the graphic artists who make video games and 3-D movies.
Geometry is a good training camp for students to make use of concrete materials and activities. It will prepare you to use many different types of textures and materials together in seamless harmony.
Widen Your Horizons
Geometry helps students to learn to think outside the box. Solutions learned in one area can often be applied to other situations in your life. Logic will be particularly helpful in this area.
Geometry teaches students how to think logically. Proofs require a student to break down a larger problem and solve it piece by piece. In the process, students often find there are easier ways to solve the problem than first thought. This is an essential skill for solving problems in life.