One of the most logical and yet sometimes overlooked use of graph paper is for math problems. Since math is all about working with numbers of varying sizes and length, the ability to easily line up the numbers in their own individual boxes makes math easier to visualize even from a very young age.
With young children, larger graph paper boxes keep the numbers separated and easier to literally see where they should be. Knowing the number must fit into the box gives clarity on where the number should go.
As math calculations start getting more complex, the boxes of graph paper make even more sense. With longer number sequences and more complicated calculations, graph paper helps keep the numbers aligned so they all stay in their own columns. The ones, tens, hundreds and thousands columns make more sense as math concepts are being taught. Keeping some graph paper on hand to use as scratch paper in working math problems can be useful at almost any age.
In the complex math classes like calculus, trigonometry and statistics, graph paper becomes indispensable rather than just a preferred way of doing things. With formulas, theorems, angles, actual graphs and so much more thrown into the mix, any math student would be lost without graph paper!
While most people do not need to do long-hand math on a regular basis once they are finished with their schooling, it’s great knowing that you CAN do complicated problems if you need to and that graph paper helps to simplify what could otherwise seem incredibly overwhelming!