As a math teacher, how many times have you heard frustrated students ask, “When are we ever going to use this math in real life!?” We know, it’s maddening! Especially for those of us who love math so much we’ve devoted our lives to sharing it with others.

It may very well be true that students won’t use some of the more abstract mathematical concepts they learn in school unless they choose to work in specific fields. But the underlying skills they develop in math class—like taking risks, thinking logically and solving problems—will last a lifetime and help them solve work-related and real-world problems.

Here are 26 images and accompanying comebacks to share with your students to get them thinking about all the different and unexpected ways they might use math in their futures!

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## 4. In case of a zombie apocalypse, you’re going to want to explore geometric progressions, interpret data and make predictions in order to stay human.

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Trigger an outbreak of learning and infectious fun in your classroom with this Zombie Apocalypse activity from TI’s STEM Behind Hollywood series.

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## 8. Even if you’re just an armchair athlete, you can’t believe the math involved in kicking field goals!

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Check out this Field Goal for the Win activity that encourages students to model, explore and explain the dynamics of kicking a football through the uprights.

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## 12. If  you grow up to be an ice cream scientist, you’re going to have to understand the effect of temperature and pressure at the molecular level.

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Explore states of matter and the processes that change cow milk into a cone of delicious decadence with this Ice Cream, Cool Science activity.

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## 16. If you go into medical research, you’re going to have to know how to solve equations.

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Learn more about inspiring careers that improve lives with STEM Behind Health, a series of free activities from TI.

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## 20. If you grow up to be a super villain, you’re going to need to use math to determine the most effective way to slow down the superhero and keep him from saving the day.

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Put your students in the role of an arch-villain’s minions with Science Friction, a STEM Behind Hollywood activity.

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## 24. If have aspirations of being a fashion designer, you’ll have to understand geometry in order to make the perfect twirling skirt

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Geometry and fashion design intersect in this STEM Behind Cool Careers activity.

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