# Month: May 2022

## Proportions vs. Algebra in Proofs

A new question of the week A simple question about the Basic Proportionality Theorem (which goes by several other names, including Thales’ Theorem) and its relationship to similar triangles leads to some helpful ideas about how to choose a suitable manipulation at each step in a proof, a skill central to good problem solving. In …

## Limit of sin(x)/x

Last week we looked at some recent questions about limits, where we focused first on what limits are, in terms of graphs or tables, and then on finding them by algebraic simplification. This week, we’ll look at two old questions about a trigonometric limit that can’t be determined that way: sin(x)/x, as x approaches zero.

## Limit Basics: Tables, Graphs, and Simplification

(A new question of the week) I am looking back at recent questions I’ve skipped because, though having useful content, the discussions were cut short. In the two cases we’ll see here, the student who asked a question never read the final answer, perhaps because it went to their spam folder, so the discussion was …

## One Team, Two Teams, My Team, Your Team

(A new question of the week) Counting ways to select teams can be simple, or quite complex. Here we’ll look at a few tricky examples.