I was working with a student today, and as we worked through the section in his book dealing with Trigonometric Identities and Pythagorean Identities, we stumbled across a problem that gave us a bit of trouble. The solution is not so complicated, but it sure had us stumped earlier. The problem was presented as such: Factor and simplify the following using Trigonometric and Pythagorean Identities: sec3(x) - sec2(x) - sec(x) + 1 We tried a couple of different approaches, such as factoring sec(x) from each term: sec(x) * [ sec2(x) - sec(x) - 1 + 1/sec(x) ] and factoring sec2(x) from each term: sec2(x) * [ sec(x) - 1 - 1/sec(x) + 1/sec2(x) ] We followed these approaches through a few steps, but nothing we were attempting led to the solution. After doing some reading online, I found that the solution required a simple approach that I had overlooked. Instead of attempting... read more
I greatly enjoyed the years I spent serving in the US Marine Corps and loved my job. I don't regret making the choice to enlist, choosing the Marine Corps, or choosing to be in the infantry as a rocket and missle gunner. I do however wish that I had maxed out my retirement funds starting from the day I joined up. I'm currently employed as a civil service member and I enjoy the government matching 5% of my retirement investment. I could've saved tens of thousands more though if I had saved while I was enlisted. You live and you learn though! I'm saving over 15% of my income, now, so I feel that I'm on the right track.
Hello! Skyler here, just wanted to say hello and that I look forward to meeting and working with some of you. I am currently attending Middle Georgia State College in Macon. My major is a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics. I have taken the majority of my math series including Calculus I. The Calculus series fascinates me and - you won't believe it what I'm about to say - I can't wait to take Calc III next semester! I am enrolled in Calculus II this semester and my average thus far is a 103. The three above 100 come from some of the bonus questions my professor has placed on her exams. I am pretty darn proficient in Calculus and the subjects leading up to it, and hope you'll utilize my tutoring services. No math problem too big or too small! :) Feel free to contact me any time; I'll respond as soon I see the notification on my phone! Thank you, -Skyler