Hi Mandy it's nice to hear from you.
Edit: One of the problems with you learning maths at a serious level is that you often stop suddenly.
You will probably find that you forget quite a lot of what you learn if you stop for a long time.
I recommend that you re-read post 1853 and attempt the exercise and also attempt the exercise
further down this page. You are welcome to return and do some more maths on this thread.
Regarding the daily diary idea that you had, there is no need to make it every day,
but perhaps every so often you should give us a bit of feedback including what you are stuck on,
your attempt to any exercises that we have set, and any thoughts on how easy
or difficult you are finding the exercises.
You can also start off a discussion which might lead to you getting a better understanding
of the maths that you are trying to do.
I could continue to give you exercises on various topics and discuss any areas where you are having difficulty.
A few thoughts on what topics to do are:
(1) Finish off graphs and point plotting
(2) Do some work on arithmetic involving negative numbers
(3) Powers and indices (squares, cubes, 4th powers etc)
(4) Approximations and rounding
(5) Prime numbers, factors and fractions
Obviously there are many other topics that you would have to do for GCSE maths.
First of all well done for getting the four that you have done correctly - they all look fine to me.
Now with the (-3,-4) one you might just about be able to squeeze it on to your graph paper if you
extend the axes the other way like this:
i (The other four points are in this area)
You then need to go three spaces to the left of the point where the lines cross and four spaces
down. Remembering to make the spaces equal between each point on your axes.
Obviously my sketch above is only a rough guide in plain text - you will be able to do the
graph properly on your paper. I think that you just about have space to the left of your point
at which the axes cross (which is the bottom left on your graph point (0,0) ).
Ok I am improvising here:
Plot the following co-ordinates on some graph paper:
E (-3, -4)
Put the letter next to each point to show which is which, and please upload a snapshot of the graph paper that you use so that we can see if they are correct.
hi steve b mandy here how are you? how do you think i am doing and do you think i should do a home maths course yet or nor?
I am fine thankyou. I think that you are doing well studying via the maths forum with the help of Chris and Bob, but remember that distance learning courses will charge for their service so I am tempted to say that you should not commit your self to any study you have to pay for because you have a tendency to start doing something and then stop abruptly and lose momentum and in any case the level you are studying at is, while good to see, a somewhat basic level and below the level of most maths courses.
One thing I must say that is positive is that you have learnt a skill that I can't do namely to add graphics to a post!
I suppose I could learn how to do it, but since you have been getting on so well I don't want to interfere with other maths teachers.
Hi Steveb mandy here hope you are ok? have you seen what I have been doing could you send me a message back on here and let me know what you think then please?
Mandy, you are doing very well keep up the good work. I am glad to see that Chris has been helping you and Bob Bundy is teaching you as well.
There may be an element of "too many cooks spoil the broth" if I try to teach you at the same time, but I am happy to jump in if you think it would help.
Bar charts, pie charts and line graphs are quite tricky to teach via a forum because a lot of pictures are needed. In fact you are using a new method of displaying graphics on this forum that I have not got any experience of yet.
One thing that I have thought of is drawing graphs using a spreadsheet and it could be used as a means of creating some exercises. The trouble with that is that spreadsheet graphs may be a little too easy to create and if you are preparing for any form of exam you are expected to draw the graphs yourself. However sometimes the graph is already drawn for you and you have to answer questions about it.
I see that you are doing questions involving negatives and positives: Remember two negatives cancel to make a positive in maths so -(-(1)) = 1 (minus minus 1 equals plus one).
Hi Mandy, what do you mean by the word "graphics" ?
Do you mean graphs ?
Here are two links to the maths is fun teaching website on graphs:
Graphics is used as a term in computing to refer to pictures, images, animation etc.
Since Bob joined in with this you have improved, but I don't want to get too mad with excitement that you could pass GCSE. I am hopeful that in terms of everyday maths you are doing well and better than before. One thing we did think about is that maybe you should avoid doing the full GCSE and just try to benefit from the forum engagement to get you improved. To get a 'C' at GCSE for you is a tall order. I personally would recommend going full steam ahead towards learning basic maths.