
ArticlesTeach Your Kids Arithmetic Fractions Percents and DecimalsAdmittedly fractions are trouble for most students. In my previous article I talked about why this is so. Percents and decimals too present their share of problems to young studentsadults as well. There is an interesting connection between these three mathematical entities and here it is: fractions, percents, and decimals are variations of one and the same thing. When I pointed this relationship out during one of my lessons, one student looked at me in amazement and said that he never realized that. This boy had gone through school for twelve yearshe was a senior in high schooland never saw that connection. When I would stress this relationship throughout my different classes, I would get similar reactions from many students: they just never saw that connection. Now this is a problem with mathematics education in this country. Connections are not made between topics in this difficult discipline. For this reason, students are left scratching their heads wondering when in the world they will ever use something like a decimal, a fraction, or a percent, even though these basic things are literally encountered everyday. This failure to connect math to reality harks back to questions like "Why are manhole covers round?", which I presented in my article "Why Study Math  The Circle. " For those educators reading this, they know that a common rebuttal of the math student is "When am I ever going to use this?" In fact, a common gripe I would hear is "This is totally useless stuff." In preparation for these questions, I worked diligently so that I could show students that there actually was a connectiona reasonwhy they were studying the particular lesson at hand. For the topic at handfractions, percents, and decimalsstudents must be made aware that a fraction is a percent and that a percent is a decimal. Once students know that they are dealing with one and the same thing, and not three separate ones, they feel less overwhelmed from having to know all about percents, all about fractions, and all about decimals: when students now see 1/4, they know that this is a mathematical synonym for 25% or 0.25. As obvious as this may seem to those who understand it, this relationship eludes many students, and they end up ignorant about this fact, much like the senior of mine mentioned earlier. Moreover, once connections like this are made in this area, connections and links are made in other areas as well. Then mathematics is not so formidable as one would make it. . By: Joe Pagano Teaching College in the Fifties  In the country side where I grew up, a high school student's greatest goal was to work the farm like his dad, get married and have lots of little farmers. Year Colleges vs Technical Schools Your Choice  College is not for everyone, but that does not mean you shouldn?t pursue some sort of higher education or job training. Sofas in a Variety of Styles  Buy various kinds of sofas online. Stealth UAV High Energy Laser Reflector  In the new NetCentric Battlespace the weapons of war will be robotic. UAV MicroMechanical Enemy Swarm Zapper  Can we build an unmanned aerial vehicle to fly into a swarm of insects to zap them? Well what if that insect swarm is not actually organic but tiny little robotic micromechanical flying devices with explosive charges or even biological lethal or. more... 