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Math is Real Life

So, Blogging 1-0-1 Comment on other blogs! Great, I can do this. I found Miss Math Dork.  She and her great math blogging buddies came up with the following thoughts related to our students. “When are we EVER going to use THIS?!  This statement… this one little statement has caused fear and panic to run through MANY a math teacher’s veins!”   A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up will be hosted by 4mulaFunFourth Grade StudioTeaching to Inspire in 5th, AND MissMathDork,

This seemed like fun. Since I teach high school students, Algebra 2 Honors and above, I often joke with my students that they will possibly never use the definite integral of a function from a to b  in real life, but our love and understanding of mathematics is an open door to possibilities for a great future.

Beginning my 19th year in math education, I often use my own life experiences as a Florida Certified Building Contractor (No, really, I am.) to make math REAL! My son and all of my family members are still building homes, so often they allow me the joys of helping on a remodel job.  In fact, this past week we “rehabed” a foreclosure property. The master bathroom was old and outdated with a really low vanity. The challenge was to replace it with something more modern and a friendly height…at the most reasonable price! Here’s the tear out look!

Now, there begins the problem! REASONABLE PRICING? A bath vanity that’s 116 inches long, seriously doesn’t exist unless it’s a custom design. Cha-Ching! Remember…A REASONABLE PRICE! Double sinks here! See the p-traps coming from the wall? Need some drawers, too. Shopping at Home Depot and Lowe’s was a fun adventure with designing to match the tile, woodwork, etc. Adding up some numbers, shopping in both the bath vanity section and the kitchen cabinets. Yes, kitchen cabinets work now, since the trend is to have a 36-inch vanity height. We agreed on the price, the look, made our way to the checkout, and began the installation. A little light addition and subtraction, a few filler pieces to make a perfect fit.

Here we go, almost there. Using two 36-inch sink bases, two 18-inch drawer banks for all of the essential beauty supplies, and two three-inch fill strips…Do that math now…I think we are up to 114 inches. The final fill strip was ripped down to an inch and three-quarters…Perfect fit in carpenter world….Math world, not so much! The quarter-inch is needed to save the drywall from ripping on installation. Next week, the granite countertop arrives. House for sale! Perfect!
Now, my next blogging job will be to give away free stuff and find more followers! I might actually enjoy this new adventure!

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