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Month: October 2011

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New BuzzMath Document – Simplifying Square Roots

(Numbers and Operations > Real Numbers System > Rational Numbers) Simplifying Square Roots introduces students to simplifying square roots by finding the principal square root of a number. This document begins with an exploration of perfect squares. The detailed solution on page 2 provides students with a visual representation of a perfect square to solidify their understanding of the concept. […]

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New BuzzMath Document – What is a Reciprocal

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Multiplication and Division > Fractions) To find a reciprocal of a number just turn it upside down. There is no denying that teaching how to write the reciprocal of a number is far from a challenging task. What is a Reciprocal goes beyond just how to write a reciprocal. It explains what […]

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New BuzzMath Document – What is a Ratio?

(Numbers and Operations > Ratios and Proportions > Ratio) Seeing two numbers separated by a colon, fraction bar, or the word “to”, may have little meaning for students. The symbolic representation of a ratio can be a very abstract concept for young minds. What is a Ratio? provides students with visual representations of ratios so students can better understand the […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Volume of a Cylinder

(Measurement > Using Measurement > Volume) Why is volume such a confounding topic for students? Are there too many formulas and variables to memorize? Is the concept too abstract? Do they lack the experience and understanding of working with 3-D objects? The answer could be yes to any and all of these questions. Volume of a Cylinder provides students with […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Comparing Fractions with Like Denominators or Like Numerators

(Numbers and Operations > Relationships Among Numbers > Comparing and Ordering Numbers) Students everywhere struggle with fractions. The abstraction of this concept can be causing this confusion. Comparing Fractions with like Denominators or Like Numerators attempts to eliminate this confusion by providing students with visual and interactive representations of fractions. Students will shade in fraction bars to visually represent different […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Volume of a Pyramid

(Measurement > Using Measurement > Volume) Imagine how valuable it would be for your students if you were able to show them the relationship between the volume of a prism and the volume of a pyramid with the same height and base by pouring water from the pyramid into the prism. Since we don’t always have a prism and pyramid […]