# Month: August 2019

## Translating a Curve: Multiple Methods

(A new question of the week) Today we’ll look at a problem that puts a little twist on the basic idea of translating a graph. The focus is on finding alternate approaches to the problem, which is an important skill in problem solving.

## Calculus: Is This All There Is?

(An archive question of the week) I’m going to do something unusual, and post a discussion that was never archived. I ran across it while searching for the original of an archived discussion to check something, and this one stood out as worth posting around the start of the school year. It’s a question from …

## The Art of Proving Trig Identities

(A new question of the week) Last week we looked at a recent question about basic trigonometric equations. That discussion continued into the subject of identities, which we’ll look at here. We’ll be sitting in on an extended chat about many important aspects of this kind of work. It’s still very long, even after extensive …

## An Introduction to Trigonometry

(An archive question of the week) While I’m showing some recent explanations of basic trigonometry techniques, this is a good time to look at an even more basic explanation of the essentials of the subject for a beginner.

## Trigonometric Equations: An Overview

(A new question of the week) This week and next I will look at a recent discussion on trigonometry that dug deep into two different issues: solving equations, and proving identities. These are good summaries of how to approach these common kinds of problems. This week: solving basic trig equations.

## Equations with Fractions: Three Ways to Solve Them

Since we just looked at a complicated rational inequality, let’s look at some simpler rational equations, first a linear equation with fractions, and then truly rational equations, in which the variable(s) appear in the denominator. This discussion dealt with a common confusion I’ve seen in students.

## A Rational Inequality with Huge Exponents

When a challenging type of problem is written with unexpectedly large numbers, it can look impossible. Today’s discussion illustrates how to get past the hurdles.

## Chinese Remainders With and Without the Theorem

(An archive question of the week) My title is tongue-in-cheek, as we’ll be looking at the Chinese Remainder Theorem, which is really a Chinese theorem about remainders, not a theorem about “Chinese remainders”. But we’ll work on a problem that can be solved with or without knowledge of the theorem, and with various doses of …

## Ranking a Word Among Its Permutations

(A new question of the week) There are some topics that appear to be standard in certain parts of the world, but far less familiar in our own. Sometimes it takes two of us to recognize what a student is asking, due to language issues and different past experience with such questions. This is an …