Vestiges of the Past Making Math Confusing

Something in Math HAS to Change Convention is a beautiful thing.  It allows us to use symbols to convey little things like direction or a sound.  We can piece those things together to make larger things, and eventually use it to create something like what you’re reading now.  There are no inherent meanings to these … Read more

Where the First “Law” of Logarithms Originates – Wednesday’s Why E6

For a PDF of the following, click here. For a PowerPoint of this information, click here. rule 1 Wednesday’s Why – MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aqatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVu0Je9sqqrpepC0xbbL8F4rqqrFfpeea0xe9Lq=Jc9 vqaqpepm0xbba9pwe9Q8fs0=yqaqpepae9pg0FirpepeKkFr0xfr=x fr=xb9adbaqaaeGaciGaaiaabeqaamaabaabaaGcbaacbeqcLbCaqa aaaaaaaaWdbiaa=nbiaaa@3804@ Episode 6 In this week’s episode of Wednesday’s Why we will tackle why the following is “law” of exponents is true in a way that hopefully will … Read more

Exponents Part 2

two Exponents Part 2 Division In the previous section we learned that exponents are repeated multiplication, which on its own is not tricky. What makes exponents tricky is determining what is a base and what is not for a given exponent. It is imperative that you really understand the material from the previous section before … Read more

Exponents Part 1

exponents part 1 Exponents Part 1 Reading Math One of the biggest things to understand about math is how it is written. The spatial arrangement of characters is syntax. Syntax, in English, refers to the arrangements of words to convey meaning. Exponents are just a way of writing repeated multiplication. If we are multiplying a … Read more