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# Trigonometry Articles

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## That Sinking Feeling - "Top Performance"

A wise man once told me: "You can continue to beat your head against that rock, but you will not chip the rock, your head (on the other hand) will be deformed." I guess I should have seen it coming, my being summarily fired from a tutoring job - The parent (in this case the mother) demanding extra "busy-work" for her son between sessions, the lack of discipline, on the student's part (especially his inability to do homework or speak to his subject teacher) and his continual lack of attention during sessions. The call came, "You are not coming here anymore, Billy Ben (not his real name) ONLY...

## How to maximize your mathematics tutoring experience

Hi math students :)

When preparing for a mathematics tutoring session, try to have the following things at hand...

• Textbook (online or e-text)
• Syllabus, assignment, tips/hints/suggestions, answer sheet/key
• Class notes
• Pencils, pens, erasers, paper (graph paper, ruler, protractor)
• All necessary formulas, laws, tables, constants, etc.
• Calculator that you will use on tests

Do I really need my calculator? I can do most of my work in my head.

Having your calculator is just as important as paper and a pencil in most cases. You'll be using it on your test and if you don't know how to input what you...

## Mathematical Journeys: The Function Machine

y = f(x)

I can't tell you how many times I've had students come to me profoundly confused about their entire math unit, all because their teachers never fully explained this concept. Teachers throw this equation up on the board without discussion as if it explains everything – which it does, but only if you know what it means. So let's discuss!

First off, it's important to remember that this is not just an equation; it's an indication of a larger concept. We'll get to that in a minute, but let's start at the beginning.

Imagine that I have a little machine which I set on the table in front...

## Homeschool Math Support and Accelerated Math Development for Public and Private School Students

I have been working with a few students who are ready to learn math much, MUCH faster than allowed by the traditional classroom model in which math is taught over 6 to 8 years. Based on this experience I believe that many students as young as 4th grade and as old as 8th grade (when starting in the program) can master math in 2 years from simple addition through the first semester of Calculus, with Arithmetic, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, and Trigonometry in between.

This is significantly faster than the traditional approach and is enabled by a combination...

## The IMPORTANCE of ALGEBRA!

To My Future and Current Students,

I can't stress enough the IMPORTANCE of ALGEBRA! Of all the mathematics I have taken in my lifetime...BELIEVE ME IT'S BEEN A LOT, ALGEBRA is the only course that is WOVEN into every single course. I was lucky enough that my first mathematics teacher in High School (Mr. Large), turned me from a B student into an A student such that I graduated High School with a 4.0 in mathematics. The one piece of advice he gave me that I will share with you is that...I NEED TO CHECK, DOUBLE CHECK AND TRIPLE CHECK ALL OF MY ANSWERS!

Algebra is a required course (prerequisite)...

## Your Child's Success is My Success

A parent told me recently that her son scored a near 100% on his last test. I was so proud. I feel proud when all my students succeed. The question is what does it mean for a student to be successful. I think it's a mix between the student having more confidence than when I begin working with the student, as well as an increase in the student's grades.

Depending on the student and his or her own situation grades may increase immediately and with others it may take a bit of time. I want my students to feel confident about their abilities and also be able to show the world and themselves that...

## ANYONE who needs the math HELP

Hello, if you are a student frantically searching for help with a math problem, take a second here and I will repost answers to any MATH related questions you may have.

## Paul' s online math notes

Greetings, scholars!

The first step to success in any endeavor is having the right tools. Keeping tools organized and handy is equally important, but the overwhelming amount of information in most classes causes even the most powerful tools to get lost in the cluttered garage of facts, formulas, and applications.

What we need as mathematical scholars is a neat, uncluttered toolbox where key formulas are organized and kept close at hand. Luckily, Paul' s Online Math Notes provides just that! Here is a link: http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

The "cheat sheets" on the website below are invaluable...

## Yesterday was a Great Day

What a way to start off the New Year! First I met with a student for US History and Living Environment. She is taking the Regents exams in three weeks. When I first met with her, Cee had a fear of taking exams, and was very nervous. She struggled with understanding both subjects; the Historical Events and dates, as well as the vocabulary words for Biology. Her next struggles were understanding and answering the document based questions for US History and the short responses for LE. Now she answers them much more confidently and accurately, and has even improved in writing her document...

## The twelve hints of hercules

Spoiler Alert: This post gives a lot of hints on how to do the problem about the famous bullwhip that I posted on Dec 3, 2012 under the heading “Sine of the times”. If you got stuck on the problem, read a hint and then give it another try. Only read another hint if you are still stuck. You might want to have someone read you the hints so that you do not accidentally read more hints than you need.

Hint #1: Since the problem did not provide a diagram, and there are a lot of confusing details, read through the problem carefully and draw a diagram.

Hint#2: The diagram should include the known...