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cranlsn
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I'm having a senior moment (and I'm not forty yet).

My daughter has to express this as a mathematical expression.

"the total of three times the square of y and the square of y"

So...what my mind can't handle right now is...is "the square of y" the square root? Or y squared?

i.e. should she be looking for 3y^2 + y^2?

or should she be looking for 3 (times the square root of y) + (the square root of y)?

I'm not "giving" her the answer, but if I want to nudge her in the right direction...I need a nudge too.

This is embarrassingly stupid, but I can't even google it right....
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    Originally posted by cranlsn
    I'm having a senior moment (and I'm not forty yet).

    My daughter has to express this as a mathematical expression.

    "the total of three times the square of y and the square of y"

    So...what my mind can't handle right now is...is "the square of y" the square root? Or y squared?

    i.e. should she be looking for 3y^2 + y^2?

    or should she be looking for 3 (times the square root of y) + (the square root of y)?

    I'm not "giving" her the answer, but if I want to nudge her in the right direction...I need a nudge too.

    This is embarrassingly stupid, but I can't even google it right....
When I took math, the square of y was y squared.

Is it a precedence check? I know it's always powers, then multiply, then add... so I'm pretty sure THAT's right.

Sounds like 4y2 to me - which makes me wonder why they'd bother to word it that way in the first place. Must be some kinda trick.

I hold one math degree, but don't believe my answer!

EDIT: I think I can do superscripts without looking up Unicode elements - let's find out!

EDIT 2: Okay, I read it again - I guess technically it'd be 3y2 + y2

It's STILL a dumb question. ;-)

(edited by CRZ on 21.10.08 2141)

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Yay, I was right, CRZ and a math degree agree with what I originally thought.

And yes...it's a stupid question...from a page full of them. Their math teacher seems to think that teaching them things in the most confusing way possible is the path to higher education. I'm inclined to disagree.

Thanks again Zed.

edit: They're, their...apparently I could have used a better grammar teacher.

(edited by cranlsn on 21.10.08 2145)
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Algebra text books should have the answers to half the exercises in the back. You should be able to look at a similar problem (or more correctly your daughter can) and look up the answer, then apply that to that specific problem.

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Wait, wouldn't it be 4y^2?

I'm using the same thinking process my old Algebra teacher used when I was in the 8th grade here; The orange in this case is y^2, and you are adding three oranges to another orange, as in 3 X orange + an orange, which would net you 4 X orange.



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Only if they were being asked to simplify the equation.

Technically correct, but I know *I* had teachers who would mark you wrong for doing it if you weren't asked to.
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They wanted the students to express the written sentence as an equation, which could be simplified after that.

I was just having vapor lock of the brain after my daughter asked if it meant squared or square root.

I actually love math. Math books? Not so much.
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Did the B train ever catch up with A?

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    Originally posted by RYDER FAKIN
    Did the B train ever catch up with A?

    FLEA


It derailed because I left a penny on the track.
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    Originally posted by RYDER FAKIN
    Did the B train ever catch up with A?

    FLEA


No, the Governor of Oregon said it was a waste of money to replace the track since there might be another natural disaster.
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Amen. These people are damn stupid and that's all there is to it. And El Nastio - you're an accomplished fantasy writer? What books (or articles or whatever)?
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