When Am I Ever Gonna Use This Math??


If you ever have kids who complain about their Mathematics assignments and say, “When am I ever gonna use this?” – here’s something you can share with them.

I was spotlighted this month on the Brigham Young University Mathematics Department Alumni page. Following is what it said – it just may help you answer that age-old question:

“Leslie (Robertson) Householder graduated from BYU in 1996, she was deeply impacted by one professor’s insistence that the main purpose for studying Math is to gain problem-solving skills. Having experienced a number of unexpected life challenges after leaving BYU, and by applying the problem-solving techniques she learned, Leslie found herself on an entirely different career path.

“Leslie’s passion for math was not lost on her new ventures, however. The series of difficulties she faced caused her to begin asking new questions, as she had been trained to do.  It was her appreciation for dependable mathematical principles that caused her to also believe in, seek for, discover, test, and prove other principles that she suspected must be governing these other aspects of her life.

“Leslie is a mother of 7 and an internationally published, three-time best-selling and award-winning author and speaker.  Her first book, Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters was written with her LDS peers in mind, but has found wide acclaim with readers of all religious backgrounds worldwide.

“Leslie’s second book is an allegory, The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can, (available in its entirety as a free download at www.jackrabbitfactor.com). Credited for helping one man acquire the World’s Best Job out of 34,000 applicants, The Jackrabbit Factor has also been translated into multiple languages including Turkish, Spanish, and Chinese (already available in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and scheduled for release with its sequel in Mainland China later this year).

“Nevertheless, her favorite work is Portal to Genius, the sequel to The Jackrabbit Factor. Based on the premise that the solution to every problem is only an idea away, the life principles she discovered were brilliantly woven through the book as it follows three story lines: a young couple at the end of their financial rope, a father who needs a medical miracle for his son, and a businessman who needs $4.5 million by Wednesday, as they each discover how to access their own portal to genius.

“Learn more about Leslie and her work at: www.47tips.com.”

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