## Geometry: Reflections

Greetings and welcome to Mathsux! Today we are going to go over reflections, one of the many types of transformations that come up in geometry.  And thankfully, it is one of the easiest transformation types to master, especially if you’re more of a visual learner/artistic type person. So let’s get to it!

What are Reflections?

Reflections on a coordinate plane are exactly what you think! When a point, a line segment, or a shape is reflected over a line it creates a mirror image.  Think the wings of a butterfly, a page being folded in half, or anywhere else where there is perfect symmetry.

Check out the Example below:

Practice Questions:

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video above or comment below! Happy calculating! 🙂

## Algebra 2: Rational Exponents

Still got questions?  Don’t hesitate to comment below for anything that still isn’t clear! 🙂

Happy calculating! 🙂

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## Algebra: Piecewise Function Review

Greetings, today’s post is for those in need of a piecewise function review!  This will cover how to graph each part of that oh so intimidating piecewise function.  There’s x’s, there are commas, there are inequalities, oh my! We’ll figure out what’s going on here and graph each part of the piecewise-function one step at a time.  Then check yourself with the practice questions at the end of this post. Happy calculating! 🙂

Wait, what are Piece-Wise Functions? Exactly what they sound like! A function that has multiple pieces or parts of a function.  Notice our function below has different pieces/parts to it.  There are different lines within, each with their own domain.

Now let’s look again at how to solve our example, solving step by step:

Translation: We are going to graph the line f(x)=x+1 for the domain where x > 0

To make sure all our x-values are greater than or equal to zero, we create a table plugging in x-values greater than or equal to zero into the first part of our function, x+1.  Then plot the coordinate points x and y on our graph.

Translation: We are going to graph the line  f(x)=x-3 for the domain where x < 0

To make sure all our x-values are less than zero, let’s create a table plugging in negative x-values values leading up to zero into the second part of our function, x-3.  Then plot the coordinate points x and y on our graph.

Practice Questions: Graph each piecewise function:

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video above or comment below for any questions. Happy calculating! 🙂

***Bonus! Want to test yourself with a similar NYS Regents question on piecewise functions?  Click here.

## Geometry: Intersecting Secant Theorem

Ahoy! Today we’re going to cover the Intersecting Secants Theorem!  If you forgot what a secant is in the first place, don’t worry because all it is a line that goes through a circle.  Not so scary right? I was never scared of lines that go through circles before, no reason to start now.

If you have any questions about anything here, don’t hesitate to comment below and check out my video for more of an explanation. Stay positive math peeps and happy calculating! 🙂

Wait, what are Secants?

Intersecting Secants Theorem: When secants intersect an amazing thing happens! Their line segments are in proportion, meaning we can use something called the Intersecting Secants Theorem to find missing line segments.  Check it out below:

Let’s now see how we can apply the intersecting Secants Theorem to find missing length.

Practice Questions: Find the value of the missing line segments x.

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video above or comment below for any questions and follow for the latest MathSux posts. Happy calculating! 🙂

To review a similar NYS Regents question check out this post here

## Algebra: Absolute Value Equations

Happy Wednesday math friends! Today, we’re going to go over how to solve absolute value equations.  Solving for absolute value equations supplies us with the magic of two potential answers since absolute value is measured by the distance from zero.  And if this sounds confusing, fear not, because everything is explained below!

Also, if you have any questions about anything here, don’t hesitate to comment. Happy calculating! 🙂

Absolute Value measures the “absolute value” or absolute distance from zero.  For example, the absolute value of 4 is 4 and the absolute value of -4 is also 4.  Take a look at the number line below for a clearer picture:

Now let’s see how we can apply our knowledge of absolute value equations when there is a missing variable!

Now let’s look at a slightly different example:

Practice Questions: Given the following right triangles, find the missing lengths and side angles rounding to the nearest whole number.

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video the same examples outlined above. Happy calculating! 🙂

## Geometry: How to use SOH CAH TOA

Welcome back to Mathsux! This week, we’re going to go over how to find missing angles and side lengths of right triangles by using trigonometric ratios (sine, cosine, and tangent).  Woo hoo! These are the basics of right triangle trigonometry, and provides the basis for mastering so many more interesting things in trig! So, let’s get to it!

Also, if you have any questions about anything here, don’t hesitate to comment below. Happy calculating! 🙂

Trigonometric Ratios (more commonly known as Sine, Cosine, and Tangent) are ratios that naturally exist within a right triangle.  This means that the sides and angles of a right triangle are in proportion within itself.  It also means that if we are missing a side or an angle, based on what we’re given, we can probably find it!

Let’s take a look at what Sine, Cosine, and Tangent are all about!

Now let’s see how we can apply trig ratios when there is a missing side or angle in a right triangle!

Now for another type of question; using trig functions to find missing angles, let’s take a look:

Try the following Practice Questions on your own!

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video the same examples outlined above and happy calculating! 🙂

## Algebra 2: How to Solve Log Equations

Welcome to Mathsux! Today, we’re going to go over how to solve logarithmic equations, yay! But before we get into finding x, though, we need to go over what logarithms are and why we use them in the first place…..just in case you were curious!

Also, if you have any questions about anything here, don’t hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email.  Happy calculating! 🙂

Logarithms are the inverses of exponential functions.  This means that when graphed, they are symmetrical along the line y=x.  Check it out below!

When on the same set of axis, notice how the functions are symmetrical over the line y=x:

We use logarithms to find the unknown values of exponents, such as the x value in the equation, .  This is a simple example, where we know the value of x is equal to 2,(). But what if it were to get more complicated?  That’s where logs come in!

Logarithms follow a swooping pattern that allows us to write it in exponential form, let’s take a look at some Examples below:But wait there’s more! Logs have a certain set of Rules that makes working with them easier! Check it out below:

We can use these rules to help us algebraically solve logarithmic equations, let’s look at an example that applies the Product Rule.

Try the following practice questions on your own!

Practice Questions:

Solutions:

Still got questions?  No problem! Check out the video that goes over the same example outlined above.  And for more info. on logarithms check out this post that goes over a NYS Regent’s question here.  Happy calculating! 🙂

****Check out this Bonus Video on How to Change Log Bases****

## Algebra: How to Graph y=mx+b

Hi everyone, welcome back to Mathsux! This week we’ll be reviewing how to graph an equation of a line in y=mx+b form. And if you have not checked out the video below, please do! Happy calculating! 🙂

Graphing an Equation of Line: An equation of a line can be represented by the formula:

Y-Intercept: This is represented by b, the stand-alone number in y=mx+b. This represents where the line hits the y-axis.  This is always the first point you want to start with when graphing at coordinate point (0,b).

Slope: This is represented by m, the number next to x in y=mx+b. Slope tells us how much we go up or down the y-axis and left or right on the x- axis in fraction form:

Now let’s check out an Example!

Graph the equation of a line .

Try the following practice questions on your own!

Practice Questions:

Want more Mathsux?  Don’t forget to check out our Youtube channel and more below! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below. Happy Calculating! 🙂

## Geometry: Perpendicular and Parallel Line Through a Given Point

Happy Wednesday math friends! Today we’re going to go over the difference between perpendicular and parallel lines. Then we’ll use our knowledge of equation of a line (y=mx+b) to see how to find perpendicular and parallel lines through a given point.  This is is a common question that comes up on the NYS Geometry Regents and is something we should prepare for, so let’s go!

If you need any further explanation, don’t hesitate to check out the Youtube video below that goes into detail on how to solve these types of questions one step at a time. Happy calculating! 🙂

Perpendicular lines: Lines that intersect to create a 90-degree angle and can look something like the graph below.  Their slopes are negative reciprocals of each other which means they are flipped and negated. See below for example!

Example: Find an equation of a line that passes through the point (1,3) and is perpendicular to line y=2x+1 .

Parallel lines are lines that go in the same direction and have the same slope (but have different y-intercepts). Check out the example below!

Example: Find an equation of a line that goes through the point (-5,1) and is parallel to line y=4x+2.Try the following practice questions on your own!

Practice Questions:

1) Find an equation of a line that passes through the point (2,5) and is perpendicular to line y=2x+1.

2) Find an equation of a line that goes through the point (-2,4) and is perpendicular to line

3)  Find an equation of a line that goes through the point (1,6) and is parallel to line y=3x+2.

4)  Find an equation of a line that goes through the point (-2,-2)  and is parallel to line y=2x+1.

Solutions:

Need more of an explanation? Check out the video that goes over these types of questions up on Youtube (video at top of post) and let me know if you have still any questions.

Happy Calculating! 🙂

## Algebra: 4 Ways to Factor Quadratic Equations

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Choose the factoring method that works best for you and try the practice problems on your own below!

Practice Questions:

Solutions:

Want a review of all the different factoring methods out there?  Check out the ones left out here (DOTS and GCF) and happy calculating! 🙂