Nancy Yi Liang is a unique designer. She brings code to life by converting code into physical objects like dresses. This is the future of custom made dresses. Her blog walks us through all the steps from the first sketch to the final product: the amazing, customized dress. Her project plays with perspective and digital manufacturing techniques like sewing simulation, 3D modeling, laser cutting.
Nancy starts with sketching the design on paper. Yes, paper is still important. Next, she moves into the digital domain to create an accurate 3D model of the wearer. Nancy uses Make Human, the free and open source software to create realistic 3D humans.
Next, she uses Marvelous Designer, which allows you to create beautiful 3D virtual clothing. From basic shirts to complicated dresses, Marvelous Designer can virtually replicate fabric textures and physical properties to the last button, fold, and accessory. This allows Nancy to design the cutting patterns, and then shows her how to drape the
Many students who are preparing for the SAT confuse or do not know definitions. Definitions are critical. They help you understand and differentiate a concept from others. They also help you retain the concept in a simple way. And finally, they help you answer the question on your SAT test.
Here are the most common SAT math definitions that you should become familiar with. You will see these words throughout the SAT math test, and you have to know how to use them.
Whenever I see someone’s frustration in learning math, the first complaint I usually hear is , “When will I ever need to use this later on in life?” Though there are many answers to this question, I found the best answer in a math book that I recently used called Meaningful Math.
What makes this text book so unique is its use of common math concepts to solve relevant real world situations. The reality is, understanding the mathematical foundation behind important, everyday functions and questions such as financial feasibility, allows us to develop skills that we can apply in almost every facet of our lives.
A stark comparison.
Last year, I had a student who needed help with linear inequalities. He was having a difficult time understanding the purpose of the inequality. He was using a standard textbook and taught under common core standards. I was teaching him to pass the his tests, but in reality, nothing really had any meaning to him, so he would learn and then just as easily forget.
In comes Meaningful Math.
A year later, the same student, who was retaking algebra I as a freshman, comes back for more math assistance for linear inequalities. My first though was, “Ok, this will be the same type of material.” I was considering how to refine this session so I wouldn't be teaching him how to simply pass a test. This is where “Meaningful Math” made all the difference. The textbook was able to relate the same concepts from last year, the lines, equations, and graphs into a real life situation. In this case, it was a bakery deciding how many cookies to bake and how many different variations.
This was great! I could now teach these math concepts in a format that my student can visualize, remember, and apply to similar situations. So now, instead of seeing the linear equation as a line with specific rules to memorize, we now visualize it as a constraint for something that we want to accomplish.
Learning math goes way beyond math.
How many chocolate chip cookies and pastries can Sarah bake for her son's birthday party given the cost of each material, oven/machine time, cost of human resources? If I need to swim across the river, which direction gives me the shortest path? Math can be taken to a whole new level when taught and learned in a meaningful way!
Life is all about constraints.
Clearly, each decision that we make in life has its constraints. No matter the real world situation, each constraint can be mathematically calculated, whether it be algebraic or geometric etc. How does each constraint affect how efficient we are? If we face a constraint and understand the mathematical structure of it, is there any way that we can change the mathematical integrity of it to allow that constraint to be more flexible for us?
The more we understand our constraints, the more efficient and effective we are in our decision making process. Lets face it, the best decision makers are our societies leaders.
So yes, math matters!
64 Questions in 45 minutes. The longest section...
HSPT Math is the longest section. It requires that you maintain discipline while maintaining an efficient, detailed pace. Questions may range from one-step equations to multi-step word problems. Therefore, we must be strategic.
Taking Control of our Knowledge:
HSPT math tests us on concepts that we've started learning since grade school. How can we possibly remember everything? Our success on HSPT math relies on our ability to classify. Let's find the right strategies that will allow you to shape your knowledge and natural abilities into a fluid, efficient, and detailed math solving process. Our goal is to be versatile between the different problem types, understanding when our pacing must shift, and using the necessary steps of detail in order to reduce minor error.
The hardest part of any word problems is translating English into Math. A lot of students struggle with this issue. If you have good reading comprehension skills, you should have no problem. If you don't, we recommend you contact us to improve your reading comprehension skills.
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You will find word problems using fractions, decimals, percentages, and even algebra and geometry. How do you translate English into math?
When you read a problem, you can often translate it word for word from English statements into mathematical statements. At other times, you will have to look for a key word in the problem that provides hints at the mathematical operation to be performed. Below is an example.
Equals: key words--is, are, has
Hopefully, you see the pattern here. There are key words for ADDITION, SUBTRACTION, MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION. We will be happy to coach you how to use them effectively for your test. Just let us know.
Below are some concepts on the HSPT math section that you might find helpful.
HSPT math concepts: