The Role and relevance of mathematics in the maritime industry
AbstractMaritime 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 programming 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
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