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Math, Math, and More Math

I have been on a math kick lately so our most recent educationbug.org articles are centered around mathematics. There is an article in the Math Lesson section which is centered on Addition. Addition is one of the very first math lessons we learn. We start out as toddlers figuring out if there is more than just one of us then we are going to need enough to share with everyone, therefore quickly learning how to add the objects and the people we will need to share with (usually just to make sure we are assured we will get our share). This article is a greater reminder of all the different ways you can use to solve a problem with addition.

The other math article we posted is in the Science Projects area, called Math Science Projects. Most people think of “science” when considering what to do for a science project, especially one’s they intend to use for a “science fair”. But you would be surprised at how many different things you can do with math science projects. If you will read the article, I think you will find some fun and exciting ideas you can use for your next project.

Next, let me start by saying I do not homeschool my children, but, I came across an article about “Homeschool Math” and considering my interest in math lately I decided to read it. Something in the article really struck me, it suggests that just because you did well in math when you were in K-12 does not mean you are ready to teach math to your children. I had to take a step back and ask myself if I thought I would be qualified. At first, I thought, Yes! Then, remembering I took an algebra course at the local college last year and was thinking to myself, “I don’t remember learning this in high school.” Then I went home to do my homework and found out that my daughter (who was a sophomore in high school) was studying the exact same thing, and she started helping ME with MY homework. I suddenly realized I would not be well enough equipped to homeschool my children, at least not into their latter years of school. And once again I had a sense of relief to know my children are being educated by people who know this stuff and love it. I feel so fortunate that my children are have the opportunity to learn and grow from these wonderful teachers. I am so thankful there are people in this world who want to become teachers, who love education, who have patience and understanding, and who are willing to teach our children. THANK YOU TEACHERS!!!!

Prepositions and Division

Do you know the difference between simple prepositions, complex prepositions, prepositional complements, and what the roles of prepositional phrases are? If not, we have a great grammar lesson article for you to read at educationbug.org. Our grammar lessons are posted on a regular basis and can help you learn about many things in the English language. You will find articles about parts of sentences (like nouns, prepositions, adjectives etc…), allusion vs illusion, passed vs. past (and many more easy confused comparisons), and reminders of English grammar rules like I before E.

Educationbug also has a math lesson category with many new articles posted regularly. This week in math lessons we cover mathematical division. This article is a great reminder of some of the basic information on how to divide, and some of the many ways in which to solve division problems.

Acronyms and Multiplication

Acronyms are found all around us. An Acronym is an abbreviation of a word or phrase. There are some fields where acronyms are used on a regular basis, and are very prevalent. For example, the military uses such acronyms as NASA, ROTC, SGT, etc…The medical field is also known for their use of acronyms like HIV, EKG, MRI etc…And you cannot own or work on a computer without knowing some of their acronyms (CPU, .com, LOL etc…) Every single one of us use acronyms in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. We recently posted a grammar lesson article about acronyms that you may find interesting.

While you are there, check out our new math lesson article on multiplication. This article has great information on the basics of multiplication, multiplication tables, and how they work.

At educationbug.org we strive to continue to post articles that our readers will find interesting and educating.

Number Lines

Do you remember learning about number lines in elementary school, and think when will I ever use this? Then in jr. high and high school you learned about them again, and did you think when will I ever use this? Then when you got into college did you realize maybe you should have been paying attention all those years before because now you need to know what a number line is and how it works in order to do your college math lessons? OH, wait! Did you think you would never need a number line after college?
Ok, I have never been really good at math. I feel I am pretty good with numbers, memorizing numbers, remembering numbers, picking out random order, that sort of thing. But I have always done just ok when it comes to calculus or advanced algebra. But, I was recently having a problem with my vehicle and the mechanic (another adult) was trying to explain input and output of something to do with my vehicle which was creating a problem. It was not making any sense to me what-so-ever. I asked the same question in as many ways as I could think of, and the mechanic in return explained it in as many ways as he could think of. Both of us naturally getting frustrated, when my daughter spoke up and said, “Mom, think of it as a number line…” Hmmmmm, now that made sense.
If you ever think that you will never, ever in your entire life, use something that you are taught over and over again, maybe just maybe, you should consider that perhaps you are being taught that for a reason.
Education comes in all types and forms. We try to educate our children and eventually they teach us a thing or two.

Rounding Numbers

Rounding numbers can be very helpful when trying to solve math problems, especially if you are trying to add, subtract, multiply, or divide a very large number. Imagine trying to manually solve this problem:

60,499,999.543216546879874652132135459875
-35,000,000.245163546873187869213215647
—————————————————–

It would be a nightmare!

But, if you were to round this number to the nearest hundred thousand your math problem becomes much less complicated:

60,500,000
-35,000,000
—————-
25,500,000

Much easier, right? However rounding numbers may not always be to your benefit. Take the example of 60,499,999.00 being in dollars which are going to be split between two people. BUT, the number is to be rounded to the nearest million. Your share was just cut by nearly $250,000. And if the original dollar amount was a dollar or two more, you would receive an additional $250,000.00!

To learn more about how rounding numbers work, check out our latest math lesson article at educationbug.org.

Math Lessons – Subtraction

Educationbug.org has always offered a great variety of English grammar lessons which are updated and continually added to. We have had such a great success with the grammar articles and had many requests to insure they will continue. In addition (no pun intended) to that we have also had a number of requests to do articles on math lessons, as well as a number of other things. So we are excited to announce the recently posted subtraction article which is the first in a series on mathematical lessons. This article discusses the basics of subtraction as well as regrouping (or borrowing), subtracting negative numbers, and more. We will also soon be featuring articles on multiplication, division, area , measurements, addition, and more.