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Teacher Pay  Fair and Balanced?
With a new PresidentElect and the coming of a new administration, education will be a key issue in the coming years. For many teachers out there, the topic of professional compensation is a hot ..(November 09, 2008)

Mathematics  Beautiful For Many Reasons
Mathematics is rife with beauty. Yes beauty. Oh, maybe not the type of physical beauty you are thinking of but a beauty that can only be perceived when you study this subject in all of its fabulous ..(September 27, 2008)

Why Study Math?  How About Solving Rubik's Cube?
So you think that math does not teach you things like solving Rubik's cube? Then think again. My ability to figure out the 3x3 cube lies not so much in my inherent brilliance but because my ..(September 05, 2008)

If At First You Fail, Remember Many Great Ones Before You Did ..
If you have tried and failed, fear not: many great ones before you have experienced this fortune. What is important is not whether you have failed, but what you have done after such failure. Did you ..(March 29, 2008)

Teach Your Kids Arithmetic  Multiplication Shortcuts  Part I
When Gauss said that mathematics was the queen of sciences and arithmetic the queen of mathematics, he was not lying. Without arithmetic, there could be no mathematics; for the essence of this most ..(March 08, 2008)

School Administrators  Get Off Your Teachers' Backs!
School administrators, do your teachers a favor and get off their backs and let them teach. This is especially true for the nontenured teachers, and the ones that really have their hearts in the ..(March 13, 2008)

Teach Your Kids Arithmetic  Mastery of the Multiplication ..
Learning your multiplication facts does not have to be hard. In fact, depending on how you look at it, this feat can be quite fun. Repetition does play a role, but knowing some cool tricks can be the .(March 14, 2008)

Advanced Mathematics  What Does it All Mean?
If you think mathematics is a difficult subject, you should try studying some of the more advanced branches like abstract algebra before you come to such a conclusion. It is in these higher realms of .(March 15, 2008)

Trigonometry for Dopes  The Sine's Better Half
If you read the first article in this series, then you know the sine is an important trigonometric function. Yet as important as the sine is, and as myriad the formulas and mathematical laws that it ..(February 24, 2008)

Trigonometry for Dopes  The Touchy Tangent
The tangent is the last of the three principal trigonometric functions. It derives its name from the Latin tangere for “to touch. " This derivation is relevant to the actual mechanics of the ..(February 26, 2008)

Algebra for Dopes  It Ain't That Hard  Part II
As mentioned in Part I of this series, mastering algebra requires little more than clearcut explanation and some concerted practice. Conquering the diverse aspects of this field necessitates focused .(August 17, 2007)

Algebra for Dopes  It Ain't That Hard  Part III
In Part III of this series, we examine how we solve factorable quadratics of the form ax^2  bx + c, in which both the a and c terms are positive, but the b, or middle term, is negative. Such an ..(August 19, 2007)

Algebra For Dopes  It Ain't That Hard  Part IV
In Part IV of this series, we examine how we solve factorable quadratics of the form ax^2  bx  c, in which both the b and c terms are negative. Such an example would be x^2  4x  5. This subclass ..(August 20, 2007)

Algebra For Dopes  It Ain't That Hard  Part V
In Part V of this series, we examine how we solve the last class of factorable quadratics of the form ax^2 + bx  c, in which the bterm is positive and the cterm is negative. Such an example would ..(August 21, 2007)

Calculus for Dopes  It Ain' That Hard  The Limit Part I
When Sir Isaac Newton was among other things working out the orbits of the planets in the 1600's, he realized that the mathematics of the day were simply—well—too simple. Thus he invented a new ..(August 25, 2007)

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just The Math Teacher!
Yes, all you high school math teachers out there. The time has come for another year of teaching that dreaded of all dreaded subjects: math. No matter you teach basic math, algebra, or precalculus, ..(August 22, 2007)

Algebra for Dopes  It Ain't That Hard  Part I
When Persian mathematician alKwarizmi formulated the first algebraic principles, his purpose was to solve equations that up to his time were unsolvable by the methods then available. This math whiz ..(June 30, 2007)

Your Kids Can Conquer Fractions
Your kids can learn to conquer fractions. The most important thing is that they not acquire an unnecessary fear of these tamable mathematical creatures. Many times, kids fear things because they have .(June 17, 2007)

Eulogy on the Sonnet
There is just something simply elegant about packing a ton of meaning into a fourteen line poem, which we know as the sonnet. I came to write sonnets as a result of having been asked by a student, ..(March 09, 2007)

Why Study Calculus? How About Square Roots With No Calculator?
To continue with my Why Study Calculus? series, I discuss here some interesting applications of this branch of mathematics to numbers. Numbers and the operations on them are the key to mathematics, ..(January 06, 2007)

Teenage Problems and Math  Could There Be a Connection?
Children who are difficult to manage are often poor problem solvers. Any parent who is experiencing trouble raising their teenage son or daughter knows how vexing a problem this can be. My wife and I .(January 13, 2007)

Einstein's Number Trick: Fun for All
There are many interesting number tricks, and, if you’ve followed my articles, I’ve written quite a few about such interesting numerical wizardry. When we attach the name Einstein to a ..(February 17, 2007)

Learn Math Through Poetry
Since mathematics as a whole is a difficult subject to learn, maybe different approaches are needed to enhance the teaching of this discipline. Certainly the handson method gives students a tactile ..(March 09, 2007)

Concepts In Infinity – Some Ideas To Ponder
In my series of articles entitled Dabbling in Infinity, I talk about the existence of different realms of infinity and how we can establish this as an irrefutable reality. Did you ever seriously ..(March 25, 2007)

Hey, Who Said You Couldn't Do Math?  It's All in Your Head
So you think you can’t do math, huh? Well, what if I told you that without even an algebra background I could teach you some calculus right here and now? You don’t believe me. I thought ..(March 28, 2007)
