Let’s say that you, your brother, and your parents are going to share a pepperoni pizza from your local pizzeria. The pizza is cut into eight equal pieces, and you want to be sure that everybody gets the same amount. Being the inventive mathematician that you are, you start grabbing pieces one by one and placing them in clockwise order on each person’s plate, and you find out that each person gets two pieces (or 1/4 of the pizza), an equal amount! If the pizza was cut into four pieces, you would each get the same amount of pizza but you would each get only one piece. To learn more about pizza and equivalent fractions, check out this video!

One week later, you order the same eight slice pepperoni pizza, but your mom had to travel out of town so it’s just the three of you sharing the pizza. You quickly see that two people will get three slices, while one person gets stuck with only two pieces, oh no! But you come up with another inventive plan to solve the problem! You put two pieces of pizza on each person’s plate, then you cut each of the two remaining slices into three equal parts. You then place two of the skinny pieces on each person’s plate giving them two big pieces and two skinny pieces (or 1/3 of the pizza), an equal amount!

It’s important to stay sharp on your fraction skills, especially when there’s pizza on the line, check out this website with fun math games to continue the learning!

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If I give you two candy bars, and we agree that you must give them back to me at some point, what happens if you eat the candy bars? Instead of being able to open your drawer and give me two candy bars, you now have none left, so you owe me two candy bars. Owing someone two of something can be thought of as being two numbers backward from zero on the number line, or negative two:

Being in debt to someone is typically not a good thing. What if you kept borrowing candy from me, and you kept eating it for a long long time? You might end up with a mountain of candy debt, that would be a lot further to the left on the number line than just negative two!

Currently the United States is roughly $18 Trillion in debt, that’s a lot of candy! As a country, how did we get to this point, and what can we do to fix it? To gain an idea of how our national debt was and is continuing to be acquired, check out this great video! Will there ever be an end to the exponential growth of our national debt? Check out where our debt ceiling stands today in this article!

Integers are great tools to have around as they offer the flexibility of going backwards and forwards on the number line. They allow us to balance our personal budgets, and plan for our economic futures. They help us understand credit card debt, home mortgages, and income management. Having an understanding of these concepts, is a crucial element of living in today’s society. Knowledge of integers will help to better prepare you for your future!

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Thirty years ago, baseball statisticians mostly spent their time counting basic statistics such as hits and runs, and they would share the numbers with the decision makers within a team’s front office. However, today the statisticians have become the decision makers for baseball teams as they now draft players, trade for players, and determine how much a player will be paid. To learn about the basics of baseball statistics, check out this cool video series!

The history of baseball scouting and statistical record keeping has changed dramatically over the past thirty to forty years, for a brief history of those changes check out this great webpage!

One of the biggest changes that has made its way into baseball is the defensive shift. In the image above you can see that all four infielders for this team are on the right side of the field, meaning that the entire left side of the field is wide open for the hitter! Teams make these changes because they know that certain hitters (like the one batting against the team above) will hit 9 out of 10 balls to the right side, so they can get more outs this way over the course of a long 162 game season. Basic math such as fractions and percentages are vital components of baseball, and determine who gets the chance to play. As a baseball fan there is never a shortage of numbers running through your mind!

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There are plenty of websites and charts available that can help you make conversions easy, but what do you do when your hands are full of sauce, you’ve got two burners going, and you need a quick conversion ? That’s where you and many others need a little bit of assistance on quick tips!

Lots of people have trouble working out measurement problems in the kitchen, but have no fear, the math chef is here to help you in the fun video! He offers up a lot of great tips and tricks to help you better remember conversions in the kitchen.

With a little bit of practice and some time spent refreshing your knowledge of fractions, you’ll be converting everything you need in no time! It’s important to remember all of the practical applications that we have for math in our daily lives. Whether it’s in the kitchen, in the workshop, or at the grocery store, it seems that our need for math skills is never in short demand.

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Upon first glance, it’s enough to make your head spin! Upon closer inspection, I’m sure that you’ll figure out what symbols represent, but it does require counting of the symbols to verify that you have the correct number. Not only that, but what does it mean to have a base of 60? Can you simply add a zero on to a “times 60” problem? Unfortunately no, it’s a bit more complicated than that, and that is part of the reason why we should be grateful for the base 10 method.

There many nifty tricks that are made possible through the base 10 system, just take a look at this video to see how you can do fast mental math to figure out multiplication problems that appear to be complex upon first glance.

One great way to learn the more basic principles of the base 10 system is through the use of manipulatives. Check out this cool website that features a fun interactive way of using manipulatives to help teach the base 10 system!

Using the base 10 system makes math fun and easy to learn, it’s important to bear in mind that there are many ways of reaching the correct answer, be sure to explore different methods, as it will help you become a better problem solver!

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For example, take the following problem; “please show how two consecutive triangular numbers when added together create a square number”. Traditionally, expectations might be to show the solution in numerical or written form. However, look at how the drawings below show an understanding of the problem and the process of getting to a solution:

There seems to be a lot of pressure on students to do math the “right” way, and to prove their understanding in a very specific, often formulaic way (at least that was my personal experience throughout school). The above example shows how easy it can be to show understanding of a concept without having to be incredibly precise in a formulaic sense. In fact, there are math advocates out there promoting the concept of removing much of the language, and heavy use of words from the math classroom, in favor of a more visually focused approach. Check out this video:

We have a great opportunity to evolve the learning experience in today’s classrooms, and visual learning can be a big step in the right direction. There is no perfect way of teaching math, in fact, teachers are constantly searching for new ways, check out this article to learn more!

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