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Well done folks! We have finally arrived. This the third part of the three-part computer programming post. We will learn how to write a program that will accept data by user input through the keyboard and also print out a result to the computer monitor after performing a simple task of checking if the number is positive of negative. For simplicity, I have chosen the object-oriented, higher level programming language C++ to program the computer to perform a simple computation for us. We will write a C++ program that will prompt the user to type in an integer and the program will check whether the entered integer is positive or negative and display an appropriate output. //////////////////////// #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { /*variable declarations*/ int number; int threshold = 0; // we assume 0 is positive /*user prompted for input, then input received from keyboard*/ cout<<... read more

Spring is in the air. With Spring comes time to freshen up again. As tutors and educators, we need to freshen up on our skills, our transportation, and our teaching methods. With a fresh new attitude, we endeavor to raise our student's altitude. We freshen up to allow for more fun in line with the new season. Here is my essential chores check-list to tackle when Spring arrives:   Month of March >This year, daylight savings time(DST) begins on Sunday, March 13. Go to sleep early the night before and remember to set all your clocks and watches one hour ahead >Update your own assessments to match new test requirements e.g. EOG tests, PSAT, SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, etc >Work on your own promotional materials >Advertise through usual channels such as social media and bulletin boards   Month of April >Seek ways to improve your tutoring by adding in new games, fun activities, or even stories >Take a class or learn a new... read more

I had a great math teacher in seventh grade.  Coach Hopkins was just one of those teachers that made math look so easy when he demonstrated problems on the chalkboard.  For some reason, he was always smiling.  Believe me, in seventh grade, a smiling teacher who made me feel like he liked his job and his students was a bright spot in my day.  I was lucky enough to have him again in college for an algebra class.  He made math seem so simple!  I learned that when you go into a department store, and the tag says 40% off of a $25.00 blouse, you don't have to figure out what 40% off is and subtract that amount from $25.00.  There is a faster, easier way.  Since the blouse is 40% off, that actually means you will pay 60% of the retail price.  So, we only have to multiply $25.00 times 60%, and we have the price of the blouse.  For instance:     $25.00 x .60 = $15.00                 ... read more

Expressing ease or difficulty in Japanese has two forms which divide the psychological and physical reasons whether or not something is hard to do.   The first, the psychological, is the pre-masu form plus NIKUI for difficulty. Tanaka no ji wa yominikui.  Tanaka's handwriting is hard to read (because I find it messy.) Be careful!  The adjective, MINUKUI ugly) sounds a lot like "hard to see."  Try saying "YOKU MIEMASEN."    For an inactive action, like thinking or remembering, you can use GATAI after the pre-masu form. Ryugakusei jidai wa wasuregatai.  It's hard to forget my days as an exchange students.   A course way of saying something is tough (or closer to a pain in the... neck) would be subsittuting either with DZURAI. Obaachan no meshi wa kuidzurai, naa.  Man, eating Gramma's cooking is tough (because its been cooked to heck and has no flavor.)   We can also say... read more

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