Algebra Is Still Necessary, Says Podiatrist

After the school books close, American students find it to keep an open mind about one particular subject: Algebra.

In last Sunday's New York Times, Andrew Hacker--a professor emeritus of political science-- challenged the need for Algebra in a special editorial. It set off many online debates about whether students need to study the dreaded mathematical subject. 

Dr. Nicklya Harris-Ray, a podiatrist and health professor who practices throughout the Gulf Coast, uses algebra regularly in her practice. 

She told Zack's TV that "there is always going to be a missing variable in medicine and education." 

The 35-year-old medical professional also shared a real-life example of how she uses algebra to solve problems:

For example, in a situation, when you have to make payroll, you must establish how many patients you need to see to keep the lights on. Hypothetical number. If you charge an average of 100 dollar per patient, and in order to pay my staff and the bills, I need 7000, how many patients do I need to see in August. Patients being X, my equation is 100x=7000 x=70. I need to see 70 patients in August. BUT, I want to take a vacation to Tahiti, and its running my family 4000 dollars. How many additional patients must I see to cover my trip in full?
7000 + 4000 = 11,000. 11000=100x x =110

~ Zack The Producer
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