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Factorization is simple...much simpler than you see above, that's for sure. Whew, no wonder so many kids and adults have a problem with understanding the technical babble, as I tend to call it.   Ok, think of pulling something out of a bunch of numbers and letters. Ask yourself what...

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Break the top apart into two expressions, and then, factor it out, Cancel the top and bottom common factors.    (x^3-5x^2)+(2x-10)/x-5   x^2(x-5)+2(x-5)/x-5   Cancel ALL common factors (x-5) on both top and bottom You end up with x^2+2...

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When they're asking about factoring, think division.   What number can you pull out of both the numbers you see?   (2n) and (-6)   They have to be divided evenly. Out of the 2n and the -6, you can divide a 2 out of each, evenly. Once you pull out the 2, ask...

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Chris, you are absolutely correct. It is a very poorly written question. The question doesn't tell you how many each person would pack, just how many each purchases. You could do a fractional portion of each: 16+8/44 = 24/44 for allison and 6/44 for hanson, but the question doesn't say how...

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X+7=-2(4x+10) (answer)

Well, that's a douzy! Isn't it?  That would drive most students running to the board, eh? NOT! ;) X+7=-2(4x+10) No Sweat! Follow the simple steps and you'll be able to do it again and again. 1. 1X+7=-2(4x+10) First do distribution. That means, take the number...

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Substitution? Easy as pie! Think of it this way, when you substitute something, you're replacing it with something else, right? That's what substitution in math is about too. You replace a letter you don't know with something you do know, so you can make the problem easy to solve. Step 1:...

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Often, coursebooks have a dictionary section in the back. I like to give my students a couple of minutes to study one page of words and definitions. I, then, tell them to close their books. On a piece of paper, I instruct them to draw two vertical lines that form three columns. At the top of the left column, I have them write the number, 100. At the top of the middle column, they write, 'YES'... read more

8 yr old learns Algebra I

She's 8 yrs old and learning Algebra 1! Students excel 2 - 4 x faster than normal, because of the unique methods I use. And, my students don't JUST learn the problems, they UNDERSTAND what they're learning and why they're learning it!

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There are several key components that cause students to fail, just as they begin the subject, Pre-Algebra. One of these key components is understanding what a variable is and is not. According to everyone else, Algebra is a word that describes something we want to figure out; something we don't know, yet, or solving for unknowns. Ouch that just hurt my head to think about! Ok, ok,... read more