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Re: 11th grade math...
Posted:
Aug 24, 2012 9:31 PM


Hi Adam. It is true that there are many intelligent students who find math an uninteresting subject. But for Plato's Academy, geometry was a requirement. Math is about numbers, and the rules and laws governing the various operations between them. It is really not so much more than addition and subtraction, multiplication, and maybe division. So learn those things first. Examine the concept of number, beginning with the integers, and find out how it was expanded to include negative numbers, zero, then reciprocals of integers, then fractions, and finally, what are called "Irrational" numbers. Once you understand the existence of all these kinds of numbers, and the rules governing the operations between or among them and the rules of equations, you should not have too much trouble, since everything that follows is merely a variation of these simple ideas. As far as online courses or videos, there are many, and generally all you need to do is to search with some key words related to what you are studying. The Kahn Academy is one such online resource. Find a student who is willing to help you. Stay after school and work out the homework with other students, or with the teacher's help, as sometimes teachers make themselves available for this purpose. Math is a challenging game, like an interesting number puzzle. If you apply yourself, you can get good grades and teach others. You might even start to enjoy it.



