Four years ago, I came up with this math trick. Take a look at it, and at the end I'll show you why it works!
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Let's play a game. I’m going to let you make up a math problem, and I will be able to tell you the answer from here. I can’t see what you’re doing, I’m not even in the same room as you, but I will still be able to tell you the correct answer.
Trust me. I’m a professional. Ready?
Okay. First, pick a number. It can be any number you wish, large or small. Now add 5 to that number. Got it? Okay, now double your new number (multiply by 2). Alright, now subtract 4 from the double.
Next, divide your new number by 2. Now, finally, subtract your original number from this new quotient. Got it? Okay. Here comes the cool part. Ready?
The answer is 3. Nifty, huh? What’s that? How’d I do it? Oh, magic.
Okay, okay, it’s not magic. The answer will always be 3, no matter what number you pick. Let’s illustrate this by...
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Today, the future depends on you as much as it does on me. The future also depends on educating the masses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, otherwise known as STEM. As a new tutor to WyzAnt, I hope to instill the importance of these subjects
in student's lives, as well as, the lives around them.
Besides the fact that, "the average U.S. salary is $43,460, compared with the average STEM salary of $77,880," (Careerbuilder) these subjects are interesting and applicable to topics well beyond the classroom. Success first starts with you; I am only
there to help you succeed along the way. STEM are difficult subjects. Yet when you seek out help from a tutor, like myself, you have what it takes to master them.
Please enlighten me on students looking to achieve and succeed rather than live in the past and think I can't as opposed to I can. We can take the trip to the future together, one question at a time

This week's Math Journey builds on the material in
The Function Machine. If you have not yet read that journey, I suggest you do so now.
In The Function Machine we discussed why graphing a function is possible at all on a conceptual level – essentially, since every x value of a function has a corresponding y value, we can plot those corresponding values as an ordered
pair on a coordinate plane. Plot enough pairs and a pattern begins to emerge; we join the points into a continuous line as an indication that there are actually an infinite number of pairs when you account for all real numbers as possible x values.
But plotting point after point is a tedious and time-consuming process. Wouldn't it be great if there was a quick way to tell what the graph was going to look like, and to be able to sketch it after plotting just a few carefully-chosen points?
Well, there is! Mathematicians look for an assortment of clues that help to determine the shape of a...
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My recommendationa:
Vi Hart, website: vihart.com
Sal Khan, https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra
Mamikon Mnatsakanian, www.its.caltech.edu/.../calculus.html

Come with me on a journey of division.
I have here a bag of M&Ms, which you and I and two of your friends want to share equally. I'm going to pour the bag out on the table and split it into four equal piles. For this example, “one bag” is our whole, and the best number to represent that whole would
be the number of M&Ms in the bag. Let's say there were 32. If I split those 32 M&Ms into four equal piles and asked you how many were in one pile, you could certainly just count them. But a quicker way would be to take that 32 and divide it by the number of
piles I'd made, which in this case is 4. You'd probably write that as:
32 ÷ 4 = 8
So there are 8 candies in each pile.
Seems easy enough with a large number of M&Ms, right? But what if there were less candies – what if our “whole” was less than the entire bag? Well, for a while we'd be okay – if there were 16, for example, we'd do the same thing and come up with piles of 4
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Factoring can be quite difficult for those who are new to the concept. There are many ways to go about it. The guess and check way seems to be the most common, and in my mind, it is the best, especially if one wants to go further into mathematics, than
Calculus 1. But for those just getting through a required algebra course, here is another way to consider, that I picked up while tutoring some time ago:
If you have heard of factor by grouping, then this concept will make some sense to you. Let's use an example to demenstrate how to do this operation:
Ex| x2 + x - 2
With this guess and check method, we would use (x + 1)(x - 2) or (x + 2)(x - 1). When we "foil" this out, we see that the second choice is the correct factorization. But, instead of just using these guesses, why not have a concrete way to do this.
Let's redo the example, with another method.
Ex| x2 + x - 2
First...
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I am happy to announce that all my students have passed the NY State Regents examinations, except one student. The subjects varied from Algebra 1, Algebra 11/Trigonometry, English, US and Global History and Living Environment. I am so proud of them.
Most of these students are students who struggled quite a bit. It was a long journey but one I would do again.
I am very proud of them as most of them will be graduating this year. The NY State Common Core examinations are next.

Several of my current Geometry students have commented on this very distinction. This has prompted me to offer a few possible reasons.
First, Geometry requires a heavy reliance on explanations and justifications (particularly of the formal two-column proof variety) that involve stepwise, deductive reasoning. For many, this is their first exposure to this type of thought process, basically
absent in Algebra 1.
Second, a large part of Geometry involves 2-d and 3-d visualization abilities and the differences in appearance between shapes even when they are not positioned upright. Still further, for a number of students, distinguishing the characteristic properties
amongst the different shapes becomes a new challenge.
Third, in many cases Geometry entails the ability to form conjectures about observed properties of shapes, lines, line segments and angles even before the facts have been clearly established and...
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As a student, I found that I remembered information a lot easier when the information was in a song. I learned the 'quadratic formula song' in one of my math classes and have not forgotten the formula since. Several of my students have also found this
song helpful (and catchy!), so I though I'd share:
The 'Quadratic Formula Song' (sung to the lyrics of 'Pop Goes the Weasel')
The quadratic formula is negative b
plus or minus the square root
of b squared minus four a c
all over 2a!
(Warning, this will get stuck in your head!)

Here are some of my favorite Math resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.
As a note, college-level math textbooks are often helpful for high school math students. Why is that? Isn't that a little counter-intuitive? Yes, it would appear that way! However, many college-level math textbooks are written with the idea that many college
students may not have taken a math class in a year or more, so they are written with more detailed explanations. This can be particularly helpful for high school students taking Algebra, Geometry, and Trig. I have a collection of college-level math books that
I purchased at a local used bookstore. The most expensive used math book I own cost $26 used. Books that focus on standardized test prep (such as the SAT, AP, or GED prep) can be helpful for all core subjects, as they summarize key ideas more succinctly than
'normal' textbooks. These...
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Hi,
I would be honored in having the opportunity of working with students and parents. The education and success of students are very important to me and I would love to do what I can to help. I am a math and education major with an Associate's of Arts and
Teaching Degree from Lee College and I am seeking a teaching career. I live in the Baytown area and I am not able to provide my own transportation due to the fact that I have a disability which prevents me from driving, so I can only rely on public transportation
and I am limited to how far I can travel. Therefor, communication is much needed. I am available until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone needing a private tutor, please contact me. I would be happy to help you at any time.

Hi All!
In the spirit of giving, starting on 11/29/2013, I will be offering a few brainteasers/ trivia questions where the first 3 people to email me the correct answer will receive a free, one hour, tutoring session in any subject that I offer tutoring for (via
the online platform)! That's right free! Get your thinking hats on everyone!
Merry Christmas!!
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Area, Volume and Circumference equations:
Area of a Square
A=S2
Area of a Triangle
A=1/2bh
Area of a Rectangle
A=LW
Right Triangle/Pythagorean Theorem
a2+b2=c2
Area of Parallelogram
A=bh
Area of a Trapezoid
A=1/2h(a+b)
Area of a Circle
A=πr2
Circumference of a Circle
c=πd or c=2πr
Volume of a Sphere
V=4/3πr3
Surface Area of a Sphere
SA=4πr2
Volume of a Cube
V=s3
Volume of a Rectangular Solid
V=lwh
Slope of a line Equations
Slope-intercept form
y=mx+b
m is the slope
b is the y-intercept
y is a y coordinate on the graph (that coincides with the line)
x is an x coordinate on the graph (that coincides with the line)
Horizontal line
y=b
Vertical line
x=a
Finding...
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Let's use our imagination a bit. Picture yourself in math class (Algebra I to be exact), minding your own business, having fun playing with the axioms (aka rules) of algebra, and then one day your teacher drops this bomb on you:
"Expand (x+3)(x-1)"
And you might be thinking, "woah now, where did come from?"
It makes sense that this would shock you. You were just getting used to the idea of expanding 3(x-1), and you probably would have been fine with x+3(x-1), but (x+3)(x-1) is a foreign idea all together.
Well, before you have much time to think about it on your own and discover anything interesting, your teacher will probably tell you that even though you don't know how to solve it now, there is a "super helpful", magical technique that will help you…
FOIL
For those of you lucky enough never to have heard of FOIL, I will explain. FOIL stands for First Outside Inside Last and is a common mnemonic...
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One of the major differences between algebraic equations and algebraic expressions consist of the equal sign because the equal sign consitutes for a solution that can be checked to verify that it is the solution. Expressions are meant to be simplified
so common factors are important in simplifying expressions. Equations give a way to actually check the answer by subsitution for the variable while expressions are normally checked by multiplication or another type of operation.

I recently responded to a question on WyzAnt's “Answers” page from a very frustrated student asking why he should bother learning algebra. He wanted to know when he would ever need to use it in the “real world” because it was frustrating him to tears and
“I'm tired of trying to find your x algebra, and I don't care y either!!!”
Now, despite that being a pretty awesome joke, I really felt for this kid. I hear this sort of complaint a lot from students who desperately want to just throw in the towel and skip math completely. But what bothered me even more were the responses already
given by three or four other tutors. They were all valid points talking about life skills that require math, such as paying bills, applying for loans, etc., or else career fields that involve math such as computer science and physics. I hear these responses
a lot too, and what bothers me is that those answers are clearly not what this poor student needed to hear. When you're that frustrated...
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How to be Successful In Mathematics
Math is a complicated subject. Students struggle with it, parents don’t feel comfortable helping with homework, and teachers find it impossible to “re-teach” every year. It is for these reasons that I feel having a good foundation in math is imperative. Students
that have a great foundation feel confident and are not afraid of tackling a problem until they figure it out.
What do students need to know to have a good foundation?
Well, I think the most basic concepts they need to master are the concepts learned in pre-algebra. Most parents would be shocked to hear that students begin to learn these concepts as early as second grade.
Some are those concepts include properly using the order of operations; being able to add, subtract, multiply and divide negative numbers, fractions and decimals; and working problems with more than one variable. I encounter students “freezing” all the time
when they encounter fractions,...
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When both writing down and reading the algebraic expressions, the binary operation (including addition+, subtraction-, multiply*, divide/, exponential^) follow a conventional order:
0) Parenthesis, including {}, [], ()
1) Exponent, multiply and divide
2) Addition and subtraction
The ordering is 0)>1)>2). Then there is no ordering within each group, eg multiply and divide are at the same level of priority except that 0) comes in such as a parenthesis.
Let's take a look at one quick example: 3+(8-2)*6.
First compute (8-2)=6;
Then compute (8-2)*6=6*6=36;
Finally compute 3+(8-2)*6=3+36=39.
Another example: 3^2+3/(5-2)
First compute (5-2)=3;
Then do 3/(5-3)=3/3=1;
Next compute 3^2=3*3=9;
Finally add 3^2+3/(5-2)=9+1=10.
Hope it helps!

My worst school years were when I did not keep up because I didn't care for the subject. Get over it. If the course is required you have to take it and do well. Putting off studying and keeping up with the curriculum will only make getting ready for
tests more difficult and you will not have as good understand of the subject. This can rub off on other subjects as well while you cram for exams.
The semesters I got a jump on all subjects, especially the ones I did not think I would like, I did much better. Whether it was by reading text book ahead, ready to ask questions in class or understand the lecture and making sure my class notes were well
done and I reviewed them after class to fill in gaps, it all helps build the foundation for the subject matter. Generally if I did this, by the time the semester was 60% complete, the remainder was a breeze. Made all the difference for me.

Well, there are two exceptions to this question. X cannot be 0 or 1 because 0*0=0, and 1*1=1. No matter how many times you multiply 0 by itself, you will always get 0, and no matter how many times you multiply 1 by itself, you will always get 1. That's why
the power of x will never change its value if x is 0 or 1. Now that we realize the two exceptions of 0 and 1 for x, x would have to be in one of two certain ranges: 0<x<1 or x>1.
If 0<x<1, then that would mean that x is a proper fraction when the numerator is smaller than the denominator (e.g. 5/6). Let's use the easiest fraction value for x, 1/2, and the easiest power of x, x^2. Plug in the value of x, and you will get x^2=(1/2)^2.
This will multiply the fraction of 1/2 twice by itself: (1/2)*(1/2). Now, since any number times 1 is that number, (1/2)*1=1/2 so that 1/2 remains the same. So if the second term is less than 1, it will make the first term smaller than itself as (1/2)*(1/2)=1/4.
Therefore,...
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