Why you can add equations using the Addition Method to solve a system of equations

For the longest time, I never understood how the Addition Method solved a system of simultaneous equations. What I mean to say is that I could carry out the method's steps, but I didn't understand why adding two equations was legal. It seemed unintuitive to me. For example, take this system of two linear equations: … Continue reading Why you can add equations using the Addition Method to solve a system of equations

Cubic Polynomial Word Problem: Jenny and the Magic Bean

Here is a PDF version of a math problem I recently created. You'll have to know how to factor cubic polynomials, so you may want to brush up on that first, or use this problem as a refresher. Just click on the link below to open it up. If you get stuck, a full solution … Continue reading Cubic Polynomial Word Problem: Jenny and the Magic Bean

Play Bad Banana online at trinket.io!

For curious readers who want to try Bad Banana, but who, understandably, would prefer not to have to download the code and run it on their systems, the game can now be safely played online at https://trinket.io/python/6a564db039?toggleCode=true&runOption=run. Toggle to Code View to see how the game works! Many thanks to the people behind trinket.io, a great … Continue reading Play Bad Banana online at trinket.io!

Bad Banana – A Python Math Game

It's been awhile since my last entry, but here is my latest creation, so to speak. Bad Banana is a text-based math game written in Python 3. My original intention was to use the game as a way to teach basic programming concepts, but I've put that idea on hold--I feel it right that I … Continue reading Bad Banana – A Python Math Game

Search Quest VII: The Search for Search (A Python Story)

https://youtu.be/uxQeqE3v8U0 Wanting a programming problem to work on but reluctant to tackle a big project, I returned to an old college textbook to look for something challenging but within my pay-grade, so to speak: Implement sequential search and binary search algorithms on your computer. Run timings for each algorithm on arrays of size n = … Continue reading Search Quest VII: The Search for Search (A Python Story)

Kinky Adventures in LaTeX Land: The Sum and Product of Roots of a Quadratic Equation

?????????🐒🐶🐱🐳🐿🐥????????? \equiv \newline \pi r^2  $latex \equiv \newline \pi r^2 &s=4 $ ?????????🙈😬🙄😮????????? One of the things I don't like about blogging is how long it can take to put together a blog post, even after it has been written, edited and polished. Aside from all the formatting required to make an entry look the way I … Continue reading Kinky Adventures in LaTeX Land: The Sum and Product of Roots of a Quadratic Equation