Think, discover, learn
Mathematical sciences set you up to solve problems in the real world.
From putting a person on the Moon to analysing climate change to producing smartphone technology, maths is behind the biggest discoveries and inventions of our time.
“Maths is everywhere. It gives us tools to solve problems, helps us understand the world around us and lets us build cool stuff,” says Dr Lewis Mitchell, lecturer of applied mathematics at The University of Adelaide.
“Maths can be applied to most challenges, even the ones we face when relaxing. In simple games like Candy Crush or Angry Birds, we recognise patterns or combine different tools to figure out a sequence of moves,” he says. “We apply logical thought to solving problems – and often don’t even realise we’re using maths.”
From engineering to business, marketing, public health or games development, a wide range of rewarding and well-paid careers require maths skills, so ensuring your maths foundation is solid in areas like algebra and calculus, for example, is key to getting a job.
“Employers are crying out for people who can use the power of mathematics to provide solutions and insights,” says Lewis. “Maths teaches you to think, and that’s valuable no matter what you do beyond high school.”
– Rachael Oku
TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide
“Employers are crying out for people who can use the power of mathematics to provide solutions and insights.”
Author: STEM Contributor
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