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I became pi day challenge genius #181 at 3:14 on Sunday :-) Less than an estimated 10% of those who play do all 37+ (some have groups of puzzles). You can still play at any time at pidaychallenge.com #pidaychallenge Pi Day Challenge throughout the year. They're not just math/physics puzzles.   Per the owner of the site, I calculated the genius percentage incorrectly.  About... read more

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  Try this fun English grammar quiz. https://www.women.com/shannon/quiz-if-you-get-10-slash-15-on-this-advanced-grammar-test-you-have-a-150-iq Research what you get wrong, then take the quiz again 3 days later.   I got 100% the first time :-)   Barbara W.  

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I should have done this in March. This year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles.  The last puzzle is NOT friendly to full time  shift employees (hint). There are only 2 right answers; one answer must be done during scheduled work hours and the other answer must be done after any normal person goes to bed at night (or early morning).   It's... read more

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It's still not too late to get onto www.pidaychallenge.com and work through 24 puzzles to get onto the Genius board.  You may work at the puzzles at your own pace.  Last year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles.   Even though I don't believe 2016's puzzles are as hard as last year's challenge, it was quite entertaining and, based upon the stats,... read more

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I started at noon on PI Day (3/14/15).  I got all the way to #27 (of 24) by Sunday night before I got back into the workweek. I finished at Genius #312 on the PI Day Challenge Genius board for 2015 :-) You all can still work the 27 puzzles and get on the Genius board yourself! Go to http://www.pidaychallenge.com ; These are the puzzles that gave me the hardest time (hmmm... read more

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I started late on PI Day (3/14) and had to work on taxes these last 2 weeks, but I became the #255 GENIUS on the PI Day Challenge Genius board yesterday.   You all can still work the 27 puzzles and get on the Genius board yourself! Go to www.pidaychallenge.com ;   These are the puzzles that gave me the hardest time (hmmm... they have the least math) #5... read more

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I broke my foot two days ago and I am now going to Doctors, propping my feet up, hurting, using crutches, having difficulties sleeping, etc.  What should I do?   I did an online tutoring session with one of my students yesterday.  It was the night before her semester exam and she asked for my help studying.  Neither of us could drive, but we accomplished our task to... read more

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Even though I do not intend to be a public school teacher, I am taking Florida's certification exams so that I could get my temporary teacher's license.  Passionate tutors such as myself log many hours tutoring in their specialties.  We work with students of all capabilities, handicaps, aspirations, and needs.  We LIKE tutoring one-on-one or in small groups. What are my thoughts... read more

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... no, I didn't begin on PI Day (3/14). I got onto www.pidaychallenge.com on the following day conquered the challenge by 1 am on 3/16. The last puzzle was actually a series of 5 puzzles that, if you didn't solve them all in one sitting, you would have to do the work over again. Some of the games are based upon algebra, geometry, and calculus (yes, 1 of the puzzles' second part was easily done... read more

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I heard back from the one of my students that I tutored last year. He needed to pass his EOC (end of course) algebra 1 assessment prior to the 2012-2013 school start so that he could continue with the next in the math series, geometry. I found out that he passed (6 months after the fact)! My only question is, why did it take so long to find out? I find this is typical. Even though I ask for feedback,... read more

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I was asked by a student for a list of collective nouns. I went through my English books and compiled this list, along with rules. There are other, more complete lists of groups of animals (e.g. team, herd) on the Internet, but there is not a compilation of collective words for groups of people that might be used on standardized tests (e.g. the SAT, GED). As I find other collective nouns, I will... read more

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An equation that includes a radical (squareroot) would have more than one solution.  Sqrt 4 has two solutions, 2 (e.g. 2*2=4) and -2 (e.g. -2*-2=4). Use Sqrt in a division expression.   Sqrt 4 / 2 = ?   The answers are 1 and -1. You could be creative and...

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12p+15c>360 (answer)

In the answer provided by Cornelia M., it is assumed that p=x and c=y.  You would label the x axis "p" and the y axis "c".  Point (0,24) would have p=0 and c=24.  Point (30,0) would have p=30 and c=0. This is the "solution" to the equation,...

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I was on LinkedIn today and this headliner article was interesting reading. http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/listening-to-complainers-is-bad-for-your-brain.html Here is one excerpt I have empirically found true through my math tutoring career: Even worse, being exposed to too much complaining can actually make you dumb. Research shows that exposure to 30 minutes or more of negativity--including... read more

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I try to assign my students higher level high school or college level reading materials. One of my students reads the New York Times, but I didn't know its reading level, so I did some investigating. It seems that the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today all meet my criteria for reading. I have attached two of the more pertinent links from other researchers who have performed... read more

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I spent much of July on vacation. Going away or doing different activities ... or learning new skills is a wonderful way to recharge your brain. I typically do the puzzles in the newspapers each day. After vacation, I found that I did the puzzles much faster than usual. They were SOOOO easy. What was I doing differently? I was getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep. I was away from my computer for multiple... read more

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