#### Why Maths?

Functional skills in **Maths and English** are the most important skills you can have.

However, English maybe more obvious. We need to communicate and be able to document things.

Even down to a shopping list.

But how many of each item on that shopping list do you need? and will it be enough for the people that need it?

Furthermore, are you going to need to use fractions and ratios to divide the amounts of shopping between people?

That’s why **maths is important.** For everyday use in life, and at work Maths is important.

#### Maths and Employment:

Employers now favour qualifications that provide **practical maths skills**. For a well-rounded foundation to the role specific education you will be taught on an apprenticeship.

Therefore, Mathematics is now an **essential subject** since all students are now expected to attain grade** C or above at GCSE.**

Maths is a universal language.

A network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.

It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and **real-life problems.**

Furthermore, completing a functional skills qualification is an important companion to completing your apprenticeship.

It shows you have the basic knowledge to do your chosen profession. Especially in elements of problem solving, working with products and chemicals, customer service and finance.

Maths is the basis for all.

#### Maths and your apprenticeship:

Learning can be made easier if you have an understanding and can use maths in practice.

Whether it’s an **engineering** or **hairdressing** apprenticeship, maths is a daily need for all professions.

**The life of PI**

The number pi can also be observed all around us. Pi is a cool number with many unique properties.

Pi is approximately **3.14**, but in reality it is greater than **3.14**, with an infinite string of numbers after the decimal point.

Because pi is, in reality, an infinitely long number. It is expressed as the Greek letter **pi (π)**. It cannot be expressed as a fraction. Therefore, numbers that cannot be expressed as fractions are said to be **irrational.**

Pi is also **transcendental, which means that it is non-algebraic.** This means that pi cannot be the solution of single-variable polynomial equation whose coefficients are all integers.

Yep, this sounds like rocket science. However, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

For example, the number pi can be observed in the shapes of rivers. The ratio of a river’s length to the distance from the source to its mouth is called the **“meandering ratio.”** The average meandering ratio of rivers approaches the number pi.

It makes sense that the average meandering ratio of rivers approaches pi, because rivers tend to bend into loops, which are circular in nature. The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is also equal to pi. – **Woah! Mind blown!**

Now that you know more about pi and about how maths governs nature, and the world.

Furthermore, don’t you feel that you have a greater command over the **mathematical laws of the universe?**

It can be empowering to learn about mathematical principles.

Because it can help make sense of a world that, oftentimes, does not make much sense.

To test your **mathematics functional skills** check out some of **these quizzes. **