African Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics and Sciences Vol. 12, 2016 75 The Role and Relevance of Mathematics in the Maritime Industry G. S. K. Akakpo Abstract Maritime activities occupy more than three quarters of the world space and provide a huge occupational industry for mankind. Of late, ship construction and usage including space management onboard the vessels and the ports have brought about a great dependency on mathematical principles or models such as time series, linear programing and queuing theories among others. These models, however, hardly come in the form of direct mathematics but rather embedded in technology which, again, is built on the advancement of mathematics. This study was aimed at investigating the relevance (utility value) of mathematics in the changing trends of Maritime Business, Education and Training. The paper discusses the various domains of occupational practice where maritime education and training practitioners encounter the use and application of mathematics. It also identifies specific types or areas of mathematics applicable to and/or by Maritime Business, Education and Training practitioners in their day to day activities. The paper concludes by making recommendations for curriculum considerations on issues bordering on the mathematics teaching and learning for Maritime Business, Education and Training. Key words: Use of mathematics, MET industry, Maritime, Mathematics curriculum. Introduction “Education should be started with mathematics; for it forms well designed brains that are able to reason right. It is even admitted that those who have studied mathematics during their childhood should be trusted, for they have acquired solid bases for arguing which become to them a sort of second nature” Gouba (2008).Mathematics has been defined in many ways throughout the ages. Today, mathematics is an inevitable part of science and it is used in almost every field of human endeavour: be it natural science, engineering, art or economics. According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, mathematics is defined as the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations and abstractions. Again, the Britannica concise encyclopedia views mathematics as a “Science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from counting, measuring and describing the shapes of objects”. It deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculations. Most of university degrees require mathematics. The importance of mathematics for potential careers cannot be over emphasized. Students who choose not to take mathematics seriously or to ignore it in high school and universities forfeit many future career opportunities that they could have. They essentially turn their backs on more than half the job market. Mathematics is needed for the execution of non-routine activities such as budgeting towards our groceries and 1Gabriel Senanu Kwashie Akakpo is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Regional Maritime University (RMU), Tema, Ghana.
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