Maths in Real Life Contexts

I met yesterday with some representatives from the "Engineering UK Business & Industry Panel". I talked about the need for maths teachers to be able to put maths into real-life contexts. The problem with many "real-life contexts" found in text books is that they are not real life. How many of us have actually used Pythagoras' theorem to find out whether a ladder will reach a window? One person, from NATS, the company that controls the airplanes flying over Britain, has sent me the attached resource which explains how  charges are calculated for flying over European countries. Try it in lessons with some students and share their results by replying to this post.

CIMT have produced two collections 

which contain other useful resources.

Have you got any good examples of using maths in a real life context?

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Subject(s)Mathematics
Age11-14, 14-16
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