What's the Difference Between Pure Math and Technical Math?

Technical Math or Pure Math? Who knows. If you are getting ready to choose your subjects and you have no idea what the difference between pure math and technical math is, we got you covered. 


High school mathematic is not fun, and when you get to Grade 10 you have to face the uneasy choice of deciding which kind of maths it is that you wish to do. 

There are three kind of math; pure math, math literacy and then one more that we don't hear of too often called technical math. For now we are going to forget math lit and focus on pure math and technical math. 

The big question is, "what is the difference between the two anyway?". Let's find out. 

Pure Math 

Pure Maths is mostly seen as the less practical decision when it comes to the two, it is not the kind of math you would use in everyday like, it seems to be more problem-solving  

When we think of pure math we think of, trigonometry, algebra and basic calculus. 

The pro to pure math is that it teaches you problem-solving skills. Another upside is you are more likely to get accepted into a mathematics based or even non-mathematic based tertiary institution with pure maths. 

The con to pure math is that it can be very difficult. Many students find themselves having to take extra classes and putting in extra hours in order to pass. To get into most tertiary institutions you would need at least 50% for pure math, depending on what you choose to study. 

Pure math is a subject you would need if you intended on going into a career in physics, engineering and most science based careers.

Technical Math  

Technical Math is math for a tradesman. This form of maths is an applied maths. You learn how to calculate things like peak current flow in an alternating current network as well as integration and differentiation – this means also knowing how to apply partial fractions. In simple terms it is just pure maths in a practical way. 

Many know it a Applied Math because, you use it to apply real life solutions 

The con of technical math is that once you have chosen it as a subject, you will only be able to study at a technical college after high school. Many universities don't recognize technical math. 

The pro is that there is a high demand for technical skills in the South African job market. 

If you are looking for a career in plumbing, fitting or something electrical, technical math is the way to go. 

Maths in general is not the easiest of subjects and having to choose which one to take is not an easy decision. It is advices that you do you research and consider your post-schooling options before finalizing anything as it could impact you long-term goals and future decisions. 

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