Quality and Quantity in Math and coffee shops. By: Heather Breeze

Quality and Quantity concepts

Qualitative and quantitative is a very easy concept where qualitative is a physical observation and quantitative is a numeric value. Qualitative is like a color on a shirt or the feeling of a fabric or a sent in the store. Quantitative is a numeric value on how many things you have like an amount of cloths. Here are some daily life and academic times of qualitative and quantitative features.

usage of everyday life


People use qualitative and quantitative in their everyday life but most do not even realize they are doing it. Qualitative is like your five senses smell, sight, taste,touch, and hearing. like for example, coffee. Most people drink coffee in the morning and say “i love the smell of coffee in the morning” or “do you smell the coffee?”. Using those quotes means you are looking at the qualitative aspects, with your nose(sense of smell), you use in everyday life. People also see the color of coffee like black coffee or when you add milk it turns a lighter brown. people see coffee and say the coffee is a liquid texture. All these examples are qualitative aspects.

Jobs that deal with nature has a lot of qualitative aspects. Life as a farmer needs to use qualitative aspects for the soil and if the soil needs more nutrients for plants to grow. Farmers also look at the animal feed then judges if the quality is good for the specific animal of their choice or not. When the farmers want to breed their animals they look at the aspects of both the male and female’s body structure and chose the best for breeding. For example, a tall horse with a short horse will most likely breed a medium sized horse.

Quantitative is just as easy (maybe even easier) as qualitative aspects. Qualitative deals with numeric value. Data which can be measured Length, height, area, volume, weight, speed, time, temperature, humidity, sound levels, cost, members of a group, ages, etc. To be a veterinarian or a doctor you have to understand angle and more. Construction workers need lots of quantitative characteristics like taking measurements, converting quantities, and solving equations. Most people, after high school or college, live on their own and pay their taxes which is a jumbled mess of numbers. So even if you think you got rid of math after school and you think you do not need to do any more math you are sadly mistaken.

Graphing is used in daily life to show statistics on the product you might be selling. Population growth, technology and tricky graphs said  “The confusion stems from a single misleading graph that often appears in the environmental literature”(Schulze, Peter, and Jack Mealy, 2001, p.209) Sometimes the bar graphs can be misleading to the people to show the increase or decrease as a dramatic drop or a dramatic up rise. One of the things that are misleading is a linear graph, is it is not exact to the data, it is just an estimate of what is to come. If used graphs properly it can be helpful to show how much your job site has gained or lost and how to possibly improve the outcome of the future sales.

academic learning

Qualitative is used in many classes like art of any type and choir. The quality of your drawing or sculpture is based on what color you use, light colors are happy and dark colors are sad. The appearance of the painting attracts the viewers to look and relate to the painting you created using sight. The happier or brighter the picture the more chances that is will sell quicker for more than a sad or darker paintings. Choir uses hearing, tones need to be on the spot or it will sound terrible to the listener’s ear. With choir you do not just use your hearing but also visuals, the audience should be able to see expression based off of the song lyrics. If the song is happy or energetic they should be happy but if it is soft or sad they should have to have less facial expressions. Using qualitative in an academic environment helps show your personality on how you react to song lyrics or a painting.

Qualitative shows up in English and science with the quality of the writing and how well you researched on the project you are working on.  Another thing is how you present the project that you have for the class. You would have to  decide if you Would put you quality research in an essay or into a PowerPoint. To get a quality research paper you would have to find a credible website from what you are researching. The most credible is a person who has researched this topic for years.


In an academic surrounding you would use quantitative skills in math class. A simple addition problem like two plus two is using quantitative features. You will be using these features at a young age to the end of your schooling years, most people use it for their jobs. Weighing yourself in a specific unit or seeing how tall you are with a specific unit. Knowing how many people are in your class that are boys or girls you would be using quantitative skills.You subconsciously count the kids in the class and see who you might be friends with latter in the school year.

Schools also add quantitative in science and chemistry classes to find mass of something or to measure something. One of the most used is the avogadro’s number, it is use in all types of science classes. Almost everyone has grown a type of plant for a science project and had to wait to see how tall it is and how long it took and jotted down notes which is known as data. Data is what we call a scale of numeric value just like quantitative aspects. A graph or a table is usually used to record the data taken from the tests done to your projects.

Qualitative and quantitative are used most of your life but you really never realize it until you look closely to what you are doing or saying. To know how to use these skills is something you learn throughout time and will eventually become a big part of everyone’s daily life. It will be so much of your life that you would not be able to list it all off easily. I challenge you to try and see how far you can go without using these aspects or write down what aspects you have used in one day. Good luck!


Work cited



Schulze, P., & Mealy, J. (2001). POPULATION GROWTH, TECHNOLOGY AND TRICKY GRAPHS. American Scientist, 89(3), 209. Retrieved from https://ez1.maricopa.edu:2048/login?url=http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/scic/AcademicJournalsDetailsPage/AcademicJournalsDetailsWindow?disableHighlighting=false&displayGroupName=Journals&currPage=&scanId=&query=&prodId=SCIC&search_within_results=&p=SCIC&mode=view&catId=&limiter=&display-query=&displayGroups=&contentModules=&action=e&sortBy=&documentId=GALE%7CA74455151&windowstate=normal&activityType=&failOverType=&commentary=&source=Bookmark&u=mcc_chandler&jsid=7fb9b7b87658cf5179b239b0e1df110d


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