Math in the Workplace Math Background: My father has taken extensive math classes that he kept learning from until his Ph. D degree. In high school he took the math courses of algebra, chemistry, and geometry. In college, he has taken advanced math classes, and permutation and combinatory classes. Henry Liu Math Concepts or Skills Used Regularly on the Job: My dad uses a combination of everyday skills. Some include estimation, percentage, grouping, ratios, probability, and simple calculation. People Skills Needed for Job Many skills needed for this job include being positive, patient, careful, being able to multitask, and being able to troubleshoot and problem solve. Yong Liu Organic Chemist Sample Math Problem from this job: During an experiment to make a compound, starting materials, A and B, are put together to create a reaction to produce material C. If all of A and B and transferred to create C, then the yield of the reaction is 100%. However, it is not possible to get 100% of yield in an experiment. The problem is to solve how much of C was actually created from A and B. The closer the percentage is to 100%, the better reaction conditions there are. Advice to Students about math classes: Math is important to your future, no matter what job you get. If you don’t get take the opportunity to learn now, you won’t get far in life. Would you want this job? No, I would not want this job because it involves a lot of science background. I like to learn more about cause and effect science rather than reaction and product science.