Mathematics may be remembered by some as a less than exciting school subject, but the field of applied mathematics shows that it can be both interesting and useful when it is used to solve real-life problems.
One such conundrum is the disappearance of pollock from Korean waters since 2000.
After scientists succeeded in producing fertilized pollock eggs, they're now using applied mathematics to calculate how to balance the population.
Afterward, fishing operations will be limited to maintain a good number at all times.
"Mathematicians and marine scholars will be able answer how many fish will need to be released and how long it will take before we see them on our dinner tables."
Medicine is another field in which mathematicians regularly offer solutions.
For instance, heart conditions can be spotted via a mathematical analysis of the organ's movement through a sonogram.
The discovery was shared at a recent conference on applied mathematics that offered attendees lectures and fun events to pique their interest.
"I was interested in why we study math and how it is used in everyday life. The lecture taught me about the connection between business and math."
As the attendees learned, math is like a tool that can make the real world much more interesting and accessible.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.