Patrick Jones on Composition of Functions

In the video below, Patrick Jones shows how to work with composition of functions with several examples. Enjoy!

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Geoburst – helping foster a vigorous enthusiasm for Mathematics

Below, Geoff of Geoff Mobile interviews Alejandro Erickson, mathemagician and founder of Geoburst a “not for profit, math education enrichment initiative.” Geoburst’s mission is to “foster a vigorous enthusiasm for mathematics.”

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Alejandro Erickson and his mission is sound. By developing enthusiasm for a subject, you will find that you will start to do better in the subject. Why this tends to be so is the topic for another post. In the meantime, please check out Geoburst for more information about the project and definitely go to one of the geoburst workshops if you have the opportunity.


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How to Study Mathematics

One issue I often encounter with students I tutor is that beyond particular misunderstandings of certain areas of mathematics, students often do not know how to effectively study and or communicate their work in written form. This is especially true for for exams – often the major component of one’s final grade in college and university courses. I was extremely fortunate to read How to Study Mathematics: Effective Study Strategies for College and University Studies (affiliate link) by Peter Schiavone my first semester of university. In the book, Schiavone shares the most effective study strategies he’s encountered for college and university level students. I highly recommend this book if you plan on taking any university or college level mathematics courses as it will help you Ace Your Math Class! :)

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Quick Math Tips from The Math Dude

If you have yet to come across The Math Dude (Jason Marshall), I highly recommend checking out his Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier podcast. The about page on the QuickAndDirtyTips website says it all – Jason provides:

“clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic person looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you’re getting ready to take the SATs or GREs, or if you’re going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, the Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier will strengthen your fundamental skills, help you better understand the language of math, and succeed when it comes to taking a test. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.”

Even if you’re strong at math, the podcast is worth listening to for his mental mathematics tips – a skill most people, even mathematics majors, have never been properly taught.

QUESTION: What is your favorite mathematical podcast or audio program and why? Please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

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Cool Math Link: Knot a Braid of Links Service of the Canadian Mathematical Society

Whatever subject you study, it becomes much easier to learn if you become enthusiastic about the subject. Sometimes, an enthusiastic teacher is all it takes to help you along. Most of the time, however, it’s a matter of finding areas within the subject that pique your interest. For several years Marcus Barnes (aka the creator of Ace Your Math Class) was a linkmaster for the Knot a Braid of Links (KaBoL) Service of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) as part of my work on the Student Committee (Studc). Through this work, I encountered vastly more interesting and stimulating material than was possible for my high school and university teachers to present. I’ve decided to create my own cool math link service here on Ace Your Math Class to help expose you to interesting and useful webpages related to mathematics in the hopes that it will help you see why mathematics is such an interesting, stimulating, and ultimately beautiful subject. I wish you success with your studies – I hope I play my little part in helping you get that A+ in your mathematics courses!

COOL MATH LINK: Knot a Braid of Links (KaBoL) “cool math site of the week” service of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

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