# Month: August 2012

## Math Really Can Be Easy

So many children as well as adults seem to believe that math is a hard subject to master. But as this article explains, it doesn’t have to be that way! Check it out and try some of the suggestions. I’m sure you’ll find it’s not so hard for your child to learn math!

Making Math Easy

Math can be a difficult subject for many children, and often, children struggle in school simply because they do not understand the basic concepts of mathematics. If your child is struggling with this subject, and you want some suggestions for help on math, then you have come to the right place. If you take a proactive approach to your child’s learning needs, you can make math much easier for them. Just consider the following suggestions.

First, remember that school subjects are often considered not fun or even boring. Your child may be struggling with math simply because he or she feels like being in math class is torment. To get your child more interested in the subjects, look for ways to make it fun. Create math based games that will be exciting learning experiences. This is a good way to keep a child’s attention and help them learn without them feeling the normally drudgery of study.

Second, math can easily be taught in everyday situations. You do not have to sit down with a child at a kitchen table to study the subject. When your child needs help on math, look for real life scenarios to help them learn. For example, take them along to the grocery store and let them use a notepad to add up the cost of different grocery items that you are buying. When you purchase something at a convenience store, have the child try to determine how much change you got back from your cash payment. There are many real life scenarios that can easily implement help on math for your child.

Third, remember that illustrating something or making it hands on is a much easier way for children to learn. If you put a math problem on paper, the child may struggle. However, if you make it come to life, they may find it easier to learn. For instance, on a basic level, have the child add or subtract actual items like fruit in the kitchen, books or videos in the living room, or pebbles in the back yard. Bringing math to life gives a better illustration for a child to learn.

Many children struggle with math. If your child needs help on math, remember that you can give them that help. Just keep in mind that you need to make the subject more fun and interesting. You also need to use real life scenarios and illustrations to teach them the subject.

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There you have it. Give some of these a try and let me know what you think?

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## American Pi: US Population Passes 3.14 Hundred Million

Here’s a great article from MSNBC.com!

By Megan Gannon News editor
updated 8/14/2012 6:54:24 PM ET

Math geeks everywhere observe Pi Day on March 14. But Aug. 14, 2012, is also a special day for the beloved and never-ending irrational number.

Just after 2:29 p.m. ET Tuesday, the American population reached 314,159,265, or pi (3.14159265) times 100 million, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock.

“This is a once in many generations event … so go out and celebrate this American pi,” demographer Howard Hogan said in a statement from the Census Bureau.

Pi, or in symbol form, π, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Computer scientists have calculated billions of digits of pi, starting with 3.14159265358979323. But because no recognizable pattern emerges in the succession of its digits, we could continue calculating the next digit, and the next, and the next, for millennia, and we’d still have no idea which digit might emerge next.

Pi has long fascinated mathematicians, with some of the greatest thinkers putting their noggins to the task of calculating it. Perhaps the first to try his hand at pi was Greek mathematician and scientist Archimedes who in the third century B.C. is said to have determined the number fit somewhere between 223/71 and 22/7, or roughly 3.141 and 3.143.

Later, German-born mathematician Ludolph van Ceulen reportedly calculated pi out to 35 decimal places. His pi-pride can still be seen, as he had the numbers engraved on his tombstone. With buff computers, scientists have calculated pi to more than 10 trillion decimal places, according to educator Ron Hipschman, who has helped organize Pi Day celebrations since they began at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, Calif.

While today may have mathematicians elated, grounded statistics suggest U.S. population growth has slowed recently. For instance, between 2000 and 2010 (April 10), the U.S. resident population increased by 9.7-percent, compared with a 13.2 percent increase documented between 1990 and 2000, according to the Census Bureau.

On Oct. 31, 2011, the world population hit its 7 billion mark, with a whopping 10 billion individuals expected to reside on Earth by 2100.