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:
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Step 1: Let’s apply the Median of a Trapezoid Theorem to this question! A little rusty? No problem, check out the Theorem below.
Median of a Trapezoid Theorem: The median of a trapezoid is equal to the sum of both bases.Step 2: Now that we found the value of x , we can plug it back into the equation for median, to find the value of median
Want more practice? Your wish is my command! Check out the practice problems below:
1.is the median of trapezoid ABCDEF, find the value of the median, given the following:2. is the median of trapezoid ACTIVE, find the value of the median, given the following:3.is the median of trapezoid DRAGON, find the value of the median, given the following:
4. is the median of trapezoid MATRIX, find the value of the median, given the following:
Need more of an explanation? Check out the detailed video and practice problems. Happy calculating! 🙂
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Today we’re back with Algebra 2, this time solving for radical equations! Did you say “Radical Equations?” As in wild and crazy equations? No, not exactly, radicals in math are used to take the square root, cubed root, or whatever root of a number.
Radicals are actually pretty cool because we can write them a couple of different ways and they all mean the same thing! Check it out below:Still not sure of their coolness? Let’s see what they look like with actual numbers:
Example: Solve the following algebraic equation below for the missing variable (aka, solve for x).Explanation:
How do I answer this question?
The question wants us to solve for x using our knowledge of radicals and algebra. You can also check out how to solve this question on Youtube here!
How do we do this?
Step 1: We start solving this radical equation like any other algebraic problem: by getting x alone. We can do this easily by subtracting 7 and then dividing out 5.Step 2: Now, to get rid of that pesky radical, we need to square the entire radical. Remember, whatever we do to one side of the equation, we must also do to the other side of the equation, therefore, we also square 14 on the other side of the equal sign.
*This gets rid of our radical and allows us to solve for x algebraically as normal!What happens when there is a cubed root though!?!? When dividing polynomials with different value roots, raise the entire radical to that same power of root to cancel it out:Remember, we know radicals can also be written as fractions: Therefore we also know that if we raise the entire radical expression to the same power of the root, the two exponents will cancel each other out:Want more practice? Try solving these next few examples on your own. When you’re ready, check out the below:
Did I miss anything? Don’t let any questions go unchecked and let me know in the comments! Happy calculating! 🙂
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In honor of Earth Day last week, I thought we’d take a look at some math that appears magically in nature. Math? In nature? For those of you who think math is unnatural or just terrible in general, this is a great time to be proven otherwise!
The key that links math to nature is all about PATTERNS. All math is based on is patterns. This includes all types of math, from sequences to finding x, each mathematical procedure follows some type of pattern. Meanwhile back in the nearest forest, patterns are occurring everywhere in nature.
The rock star of all patterns would have to be FRACTALS. A Fractal is a repeating pattern that is ongoing and has different sizes of the exact same thing! And the amazing thing is that we can actually find fractals in our
neighbor’s local garden.
Let’s look at some Fractal Examples:
(1) Romanesco Broccoli: Check out those repeating shapes, that have the same repeating shapes on those shapes and the same repeating shapes on even smaller shapes and…. my brain hurts!
(2) Fern Leaves: The largest part of this fractal is the entire fern leaf itself. The next smaller and identical part is each individual “leaf” along the stem. If you look closely, the pattern continues!
(3) Leaves: If you’ve ever gotten up real close to any type of leaf, you may have noticed the forever repeating pattern that gets smaller and smaller. Behold the power and fractal pattern of this mighty leaf below!
Just in case fractals are still a bit hard to grasp, check out the most famous Fractal below, otherwise known as Sierpinski’s Triangle. This example might not be found in your local back yard, but it’s the best way to see what a fractal truly is up close and infinite and stuff.
Looking for more math in nature? Check out this post on the Golden Ratio and happy calculating! 🙂
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