MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

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Laura S., a young math teacher who's been working in several different NY high schools and have noticed a few theories people have about math. You can love it, you can hate it, either way, you have to pass it. I'll be regularly reviewing math regents questions here that hopefully won't make your head spin.

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

1y ago

Greetings and welcome to MathSux! This post explores how to construct a circle inscribed in a triangle using a compass and straightedge. First we will find the Angle Bisector of each vertex of triangle ABC, then we will locate the incenter, measure the radius and use our compass to sketch and inscribe a circle into our triangle. If you have any questions, please check out the video below. Happy calculating! ?
Circle Inscribed in a Triangle Construction:
1) We start with triangle ABC and need to inscribe a circle within the triangle using a compass and straight edge.
2) We are going to create ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

1y ago

Greeting math friends! In todays post, we are going to be learning how to construct a parallel line using a compass and straightedge. Just a reminder, parallel lines are lines with the same slope and go in the same direction without ever intersecting. Please check out the GIF and step by step tutorial on how to construct parallel lines below. If anything is unclear also don’t forget to check out the video or to comment with any questions! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy calculating!
What are Parallel Lines?
Parallel Lines are lines that have the same slope going in the same direction ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

1y ago

Welcome MathSux friends! In todays lesson, we will be going over how to find the average rate of change over an interval of a function. This may sound intimidating at first, but all we are really doing is finding the slope, yes, the one we’re already familiar with over an interval given usually in the x-axis. Sounds simple enough? Check out the example below! Also, be sure to watch the video to check out multiple ways for solving these types of problems and the practice problems at the end of this post. Happy calculating!
Average rate of Change over Interval Example:
Step 1: The first ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

1y ago

What is Trigonometry?
What is Trigonometry? Trigonometry is the study of triangles angles and sides in mathematics. By applying the rules of trigonometry, we can find unknown angles and side lengths in triangles and other shapes that can be broken down into triangles.
Who cares? Why do we need to know a triangles angles or side length? This is a fair question! Although on paper, trigonometry can feel useless, it is a great tool in solving real-world problems in architecture, astronomy, engineering, and even video game design! For example, what if we wanted to know the angle measure between our ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

1y ago

Greeting math friends and welcome to MathSux! In today’s post, we are going to cover the Law of Cosines! Otherwise known as the cosine rule, this is a great formula for finding missing angle and side information on a triangle that is NOT a right triangle when we have SAS or SSS information about the triangle in question. This formula is much more straight forward when compared to the law of sines, so if you have already mastered that formula, the law of cosines should be a breeze! Also, don’t forget to check out the practice questions at the end of this post to test your knowledge ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

2y ago

Greeting math friends and welcome to MathSux! In today’s post, we are going to go over the Law of Sines! This is a great formula for finding missing angle and side information on a triangle that is NOT a right triangle, that is only if we are given ASA (Angle, Side, Angle) or AAS (Angle, Angle, Side) information of said triangle.
There is also something called the “ambiguous case” that happens when we have SSA (Side, Side, Angle) information of a triangle, and it is just as mysterious as it sounds. We can use the law of sine in the case of SSA to find missing angle and side i ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

2y ago

So many books, such little time! I had this dangerous idea of compiling all the best books found in the mathematical universe. The history of mathematics and the evolution of this global subject spans language barriers, across time, and throughout the world!
Before you discount math as a dry subject devoid of anything interesting, remember that there are people and stories behind each and every mathematical discovery.
Remember that the history of mathematics includes everything you can think of, starting at the beginning with the origins of mathematics and the development of the number zero al ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

2y ago

Hi everyone and welcome to MathSux! In today’s post, we are going to dip our toes into Trig Identities! There are a ton of trig identities out there but six trig functions that you’ll need to know for trig identity proofs, luckily most of them are related to the trigonometric functions you are probably already familiar with! Trig proofs involve working with trig functions we are already familiar with (sin θ, cos θ, tan θ), but breaking them down, inverting each trig function, and applying rules that are always true (otherwise known as trigonometric identities).
Proofs can feel a bit tricky at ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

2y ago

Greetings and welcome to MathSux! In today’s post we are going to go over everything you need to know about circles. We will start by going over the different parts of a circle including the centre of the circle, radius, chord, tangent, and secant. Then we will break down different formulas of a circle to know which include area, circumference, area of a sector, and several different circle theorems used to find missing angles and arcs.
Below is a cheat sheet that sums everything up in this post, but if you keep reading, we’ll get into more detail about how these theorems work with different e ..read more

MathSux^2 | Putting math into normal people language.

2y ago

Greetings math friends! Today we are going to go over a question I get asked a lot, which is “How Do You Study Math?” How to study math, what a question! There is really only one way that I’ve ever known and that is to practice questions, over and over again. That is the basic advice I usually give because it is a quick and easy answer (and it’s true), but of course, there is more to the story! There are tips and tricks to practicing questions to master not just math, but any subject when preparing for a test. In this post, there is no holding back, and I’m going to unleash all my test prep s ..read more