Where maths studies can take you

You might be surprised where maths turns up and the jobs you need it for

#1 Algebra in animation

How?

Animators use applied maths to find unknowns from a simple set of equations. You need linear algebra for major actions, like rotating and shifting objects, as well as changing their size.

What?

Uni-level algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus I and II, linear algebra

Where?

Obviously, Disney and Pixar. But also TV programming, game development, internet animation, advertising, research, educating and training (across all sorts of fields).

 

#2 Stats in forensic science

How?

Yes, just like on TV, bloodstain analysis can reveal important details about violent crimes. And it’s maths that enables forensic analysts to work out those details.

What?

Uni-level algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus I and II, statistics

Where?

Too many places to list — but they include police, shops, government departments, legal firms and insurance agencies.

#3 Geometry in fashion

How?

Creating patterns from designs takes maths — and so does making a range of sizes, working fabric requirements and costing garments (how much they’ll cost to make and how much you need to sell them for).

What?

A good grasp of high school algebra and geometry. Most courses in fashion design won’t have specific requirements, but being comfortable with the maths makes it a whole lot easier.

Where?

Fashion stores, designer studios, museum displays.

#4 High-level maths in AI

How?

Seen Sophia the robot? Machine learning is setting up computer systems to ‘learn’ (get better at things) by using data instead of having to be programmed for each task and much of maths is essential to the development of better AI (artificial intelligence).

What?

Uni-level algebra, linear algebra, trigonometry, statistics and calculus.

Where?

Tech companies, car manufacturers, law offices, health, and anywhere else that would benefit from their computer systems being able to learn from data.

#5 Social media and algorithms

How?

You know how your favourite social media ‘remembers’ what you’ve liked before and ‘suggests’ stuff, or decides what you see when? Well, that’s done with algorithms, which are all maths.

What?

Deep breaths, now — complex network theory, graph structure, nodes, clusters, power-law, weakly-connected component (WCC), degree distributions, scale-free network, eccentricity.

Where?

Social media companies (big and small). Also potentially anywhere that uses social media for brand and marketing purposes.

#6 Data and doing good

How?

International aid organisations rely on maths to work out how and where to do the most good. When there’s a limited amount of money to share around, this is super important.

What?

Data analysis, statistics.

Where?

Aid agencies and government foreign affairs departments.

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Written by Tiffany Hutton. Enjoyed this article? Read about Fashion Founder, Maggie McGowan.

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