Why are Fractions Important?
Eight-fifths of the people in the world have difficulty with fractions. Now, if you know fractions enough you would know that that statement is false or an exaggeration. It refers to more people than there actually are in the world!
Perhaps that statement can be made true if we counted people twice after they go past a certain weight and/or height. Then again, that would mean we would need fractions to figure that out. Another way to make that statement true is if we counted people in another time continuum. Now, that's a completely different topic or field of study in itself, and it would surely require the help of fractions to figure it out (if ever it can be figured out).
Fractions are not just used in solving problems in a quiz or exam in school. They are not just for engineers, architects, physicists, chemists or mathematicians who deal specifically with numbers in their work places. Fractions are applied every day, many times in a day. Without it, we would all be dealing with whole everything.
Let's take the favorite example in teaching fractions: pizza. Just imagine eating one whole pizza on your own every time you want to eat pizza. Pretty soon, you will feel queasy at the mention of the word pizza. Still using the same example, can you imagine your family or friends around for pizza night, and everyone had one whole pizza all to himself? Aside from it not being a pretty sight or being unhealthy, that can be really expensive. Aren't you glad there are fractions and you can divide your pizza into eight parts?
While we are on the subject of food, fractions are very important in cooking anything. Even if you are just cooking egg with the sunny side up, knowing you only need a fraction of the salt in the salt shaker helps. Otherwise, you could end up with more salt than egg for breakfast.
Fractions are important in almost everything that we do. It helps us figure out into how many parts to divide a meal so everyone at the dinner table can eat. Fractions help in figuring out how big a garage needs to be so two cars and a motorcycle can fit in it. Fractions help you decide how much toothpaste to put on your toothbrush. Fractions help you figure out how much of your weekly allowance you need to save so you can buy your mom a present for her birthday.
The next time you wonder about the importance of fractions, think about gobbling one large pizza all by yourself or sharing it with another person, and you can't divide it into parts.