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3 Simple Steps for Solving Mixture Problems

3 Simple Steps for Solving Mixture Problems

Struggling to understand your algebra assignments? Breaking problems down into manageable steps can make them much easier to handle. Here, Tucson teacher Blake C. shares his simple, 3-step process for solving mixture problems with ease:   A source of endless confusion for many algebra students is the dreaded mixture problem. These are the problems that ask you things like, if you mix 10lbs of peanuts costing $1.50 per pound with cashews costing $2.50 per pound, how many pounds of cashew … Read More

3 Simple Steps for Solving Mixture Problems
Struggling to understand your algebra assignments? Breaking problems down into manageable steps can make them much easier to handle. Here, Tucson teacher Blake C. shares his simple, 3-step process for solving mixture problems with ease:   A source of endless confusion for many algebra students is the dreaded mixture problem. These are the problems that ask you things like, if you mix 10lbs of peanuts costing $1.50 per pound with cashews costing $2.50 per pound, how many pounds of cashew
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines
Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of
10 Genius Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Learn a Language
Can your phone help you learn a language? Absolutely! Check out these tips and ideas from Spanish tutor Joan B. and start exploring...   You’re addicted to your phone (join the club) and love everything it offers you -- access to friends, amazing deals through apps, and up-to-the-minute news. But did you know you can also use it to help you learn a language? It's true: your smartphone is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your language skills -- especially when you
5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students
Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, enviro

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