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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Solving Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
I have a way of organizing the steps for solving absolute value equations and inequalities that I thought was simple, straightforward and easy to explain. (I am still trying to do a better job on this topic. See this post … Continue reading
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Yesterday apropos of nothing a student stated, ” There is one thing I don’t like about you Mr. Hatton.” I replied, “Only one thing?” “Yes,” she said. “You make us define our variables. I hate that.” I reaffirmed my … Continue reading
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Levels of Operations
Here is a pdf file of my summary of the levels of algebraic operations. LevelsofOperations
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Fast Fractions
This pdf file is a graphical summary of fast operations on fractions. Fast Fractions.
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Presentation Tools – I Try Prezi
There is a new presentation tool out there called Prezi in which twodimensional space is used to organize and present information. In contrast PowerPoint can be thought of as a linear presenter – one slide after another. Here are two … Continue reading
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A Year of Nights of Wondering – IV
I was discussing the difference between the phrase “the square of z” and “the square root of z” in class yesterday. I asked, “So what does the square root of z mean?” One of my students said that it means … Continue reading
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Square Roots – Newton’s Method Revisited
In a previous post I calculated the square root of six using Newton’s method. It occurred to me then that a possibly faster implementation of the process could be to do the iteration algebraically and then do a single numerical … Continue reading
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Moneyball – The Movie: A Discussion
Spoiler alert: This post is a discussion of the movie not a review – clearly a oneside “discussion” but nevertheless written with the assumption that the reader has seen the movie and knows how it ends. Moneyball is a visually … Continue reading
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