The Real (UN) Hidden Agenda of Algebra

The hidden agenda of Algebra comes from some of the common human beings claiming, “I’m X years old and still haven’t used Algebra” in their daily lives – referring to their high school days and the hate of the subject.

However, these people couldn’t be more wrong.

When people make a simple or important decision in their personal or professional lives, it involves an algebraic equation. Even those terrible drivers on the road who cut you off or drive well beyond the speed limit are using an algebraic equation – just not the proper one.

Algebra class in school was designed to test and teach you common-sense and basic problem-solving skills. Although we really don’t think about it, we use it every day without realizing it. Believe it or not, your computer and smartphone are programmed with a digital and modernized language like algebra. When the user inputs information into a computer or smartphone, there is a formula that is calculated to produce the results given – even when you add something to your calendar or submit a post on your favorite social network.

In the modern-day world, simplistic examples of Algebra are as common as driving to work or operating a motor vehicle every day. But it depends on the formula used to produce the results you want and if you’re choosing the right formula to get results that follow the guidelines of common-sense.

Let’s look at a driver with common sense versus a driver whose agenda is only to get to their destination as efficiently for themselves as possible.

A proper problem-solving equation to compute the amount of time to get to a destination would look like this:
T = S / M (Time equals Speed Limit divided by Miles); Where Speed Limit is 55 MPH; Miles driven is 10. Solve for T
T = 55 / 10
T = 5.5 Minutes
So, it would take a commuter 5.5 minutes to drive 10 miles if the average speed limit is 55 MPH.

Some people who don’t figure time into the equation, as most would do with common-sense, are using the equation incorrectly and either get pulled over for a speeding ticket or may cause an accident. Let’s look at this.

The way these people calculate their own incorrect equation is:
S = T / M (Speed = Miles / Time); Where Time is 2 minutes and Miles driven is 10.
Solve for S
S = 10 / 2 (mathematically it is written as v = s / t; where v = speed, s = distance and t = time)
S = 300 MPH

You don’t even have to be an expert in Algebra to get these two answers. It’s simple mathematics and you can find a free calculator online. However, as you can see, each answer is very different from the process of thinking from one individual to another. This leads to the conclusion of choice from the individual who is driving, common-sense, and the situation at hand.

Obviously, those who use the second equation regularly have trouble with time management skills, problem solving skills, personal responsibility & safety and the safety of others when given a goal-oriented task or solution to master in both personal and professional decision making. The good news is, everyone can be trained or retrained to learn proper resolution in the form of a basic equation.

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