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Math can sometimes be a little tricky as there just seems so much to learn. In high school there are around 60 topics, from trigonometry to cumulative frequency and back again to quadratic formulas - that's a whole range of subjects that you need to know to be successful in your studies!
The good news is that there are common threads.. and a great understanding of math fractions, will help you to feel confident about working through some of the more challenging questions.
Questions that involve math fractions - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are very popular in exam papers. Whether you're studying GCSE, or SAT a great understanding of math fractions can really make a difference in your grade score.
If math was always about "arithmetic" you might not need this course. When you have been given an addition or multiplication math question it's usually fairly straightforward. The difficulty is when math is presented as a "word problem" and you need to work through to a final answer.
This course will help you to spend time understanding the wording, without worrying about the calculation. Math fractions - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing - is a crash course in helping you to get the very best from your math studies:
Math fractions - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing - is ideal for all high school students wanting to improve their grade, parents helping with math homework, career changers or anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of math.
Each short lecture is easy to understand and presented using actual exam questions. There's a little bit of humour, a lot of whiteboard and a logical development through all of the topics:
* In the UK 'maths'
In this course we're going to work through a whole range of topics to encourage you to get the very best from your maths studies.
Packed with hints and tips, this course is based on more than 14 years of one to one tutoring. During that time I've enjoyed working with students wanting to improve grades, career changes, adult learners and teachers. Fractions is one of the key skills and, as you work through this course, your knowledge of maths will really improve.
By the end of the course you should be able to work confidently with fractions.. and more importantly, 'see' fractions in all sorts of different topics. From trigonometry to gradient and ratio, there's sure to be a fraction in there somewhere!
Hi and welcome to 'How to be good at maths - and great at fractions!'
This lecture introduces two key concepts:
In the next few lectures we'll be developing these ideas just a little more.
Using equivalent fractions is a key skill when dealing with fractions. It's used in many calculations including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as many (most) of the word problems towards the end of the course.
Try to practice using equivalent fractions as much as possible and, as you are working through high school maths, there should be lots of opportunities.
As I reviewed this course there was a number of times I used phrases such as
Find out what I'm talking about in this lecture!
Try this test to really help with working with mixed numbers. Most of the questions you'll be asked in high school maths are given in a mixed number format - there's a good example in the machine tool lecture towards the end of the course.
These type of questions are very common in high school maths.
I've used, I hope, a fairly easy method to understand. The main thing is not to get too tied up in knots, use a logical way of working, and write everything down. It's also good, if you can, to work down the page with each calculation below the previous.
There's basically two methods to subtract fractions:
THE HARD WAY... change everything to improper fractions, use a whole load of big numbers, multiply lots, divide too much, get confused and check everything all over again.
The EASY way.. use this neat little trick to make your calculations SOOO much easier.
Can you cut a cake into 32 pieces?
Slightly tricky but, hopefully, you're getting the hang of this now.
These are the kind of questions that you'll get in high school - around age 16. In the UK this would be considered a C grade at GCSE.
Dividing fractions is exactly the same as multiplying.. with a twist
Forget the words.. just look for the maths!
Try your hand at working through these equivalent ratios.. remember they are just fractions.
Just a few real life maths questions as some additional practice.
Thank you for being the main reason for this course!
This is the first in a series of cheat sheets - I'll upload more as they are created. I hope they help and please do leave any comments in the discussion section.
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