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kiana last won the day on February 19 2015

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  1. That's the only one I remember it in as well, but I missed a couple of his. And I'm not sure trisexual aliens would really count. Timothy Zahn's written a prequel series in David Weber's Honorverse and I've been really enjoying it. I've also gotten his prequel to his Star Wars trilogy and had a blast.
  2. I disagree about the sex scenes. I mean, yes, terms for body parts aren't explicitly mentioned, but the vein of nonconsensuality is pretty strong. I read them at twelve and didn't notice the sex; I read them again at seventeen and was gobsmacked to see all that had gone over my head. Don't get me wrong, I loved these books and I still go back and reread them sometimes, but it was there. The first two harper hall books are just fine, and there's a brief interlude in dragondrums but I still think it's fine -- it's very non-explicit and between two characters that are already somewhat romantically inclined. But for someone who specifically wants to avoid sex scenes, I definitely wouldn't go beyond that.
  3. It may work better to split up the time (and she may be able to get more done) -- two 30-45 minute sessions seem so much easier and fatigue the brain less than one 1-1.5 hour session. I also think that it's better to work on more days than extend the time -- if she can fit in a single 30 minute session on weekends, it will help keep her "in the groove" while not overwhelming. You may be able to find an expat who can work with her on math, american style. I'd give it a shot anyway. You might also be able to find a tutor who can skype with her from the US.
  4. kiana

    After Saxon 8/7

    For a homeschooled student, I would worry less about him going slowly. If algebra goes slowly, he can finish it in 9th grade and personally I'd just give him the credits then. As a mathematician, if I'd been asked to learn from Saxon ... I'd have majored in something else. It would have totally killed the fun that I found in math. I'm not sure I'd have even taken calculus. If possible, I would lay your hands on a few programs before picking one. Jacobs might be one to consider -- he includes a lot of pre-algebra, and the instruction is very solid. College beginning algebra texts are totally usable (college beginning algebra corresponds to high school algebra 1) and very cheap used. Lial's is an okay brand, and I like Martin-Gay. Blitzer has great word problems although the explanations aren't my favorite. Alternatively, if you want to expose him to a different perspective, consider the jousting armadillos series. The first book will be material that he has already covered, but for a slow methodical worker who finds no interest in what he's doing I think it would be worth doing. There are some samples on their website.
  5. Saxon is just not a good fit for some people. There are other books if she prefers learning from books. I would consider looking at different books -- Lial is fine, Martin-Gay is another developmental college series that I like a bit better -- and I also like the algebra I:fresh approach book, which is written to the learner. If she does want to continue using Saxon after looking at others, I would seriously recommend going back and starting over. She needs to be able to check her work every problem or two, so that she's not doing the entire set incorrectly. She may end up needing to work some lessons more than once even as you go through. But it is better for her in the long term to move more slowly and understand it than to try to hurry through and end up learning nothing in high school math. I teach math at the college, and a lot of my students have just moved through without understanding, and many have to start in algebra 1 or even pre-algebra. They would have been much better off if they had taken only algebra 1 and understood it, because then at least they could start in intermediate algebra.
  6. Funny thing is that in flipped classes, the instructor evaluations are lower, but the student learning is higher. And yes, the only reason it's more time is because people tend not to do pre-reading or post-reading, but expect that the only time spent is in class and doing homework and a cram session before an exam. This is not conducive to success, but it is hard to challenge that.
  7. I actually think I'd ask his calc 2 professor. That professor is the one who is in the best position to judge.
  8. Technically no. Some parts of linear will be used but the whole course is not used and they are not hard to learn independently, and were probably taught in precalculus if he took a solid class. Calc 3 will not really be used but calc 2 will be used A LOT. Many students are not strong enough in calculus after only calc 2, and so passing calc 3 ensures that their calc 2 skills are sufficiently strong. Some places (where I am now, for example) the prereq is a B in calc 2 or a C in calc 3, which says the same thing. Where I did undergrad, they said either calc 3 or linear was a prereq, along with calc 2. Make sure to save copies of exams and syllabus from the diffeq class until he's sure it transferred. Some places are sticky about accepting a diffeq class from a CC (some CC's teach it in a very "cookbook" manner -- like the exam will literally read "solve this by method X, solve this by method Y" -- there are reasons) and so if that happens having copies of graded assignments and the syllabus can help him prove that it was a legit class.
  9. kiana

    Math Sequence

    Reviewing is great. Doing some diagnostic-prescriptive testing through algebra 1 also would be reasonable. Just not redoing the entire course. I would also keep a good algebra 1 (foerster's is fine, lial's is cheaper if you don't have foerster already) book on hand so that if he discovers that he DOES need more instruction on something, he can put algebra 2 to the side and go work on a couple of sections and then come back.
  10. kiana

    Math Sequence

    I wouldn't stop him from moving to algebra 2 unless he had done a weak algebra 1. I think a solid algebra 2 w/review would make more sense for someone who wants to move ahead. Most standard algebra 2/precalc programs, if worked conscientiously to understanding and not just to being able to pattern-match and repeat questions, will prepare a student for engineering calculus.
  11. kiana

    Favorite "Fun" math books?

    +1 for math for smarty pants, I ❤️ that book
  12. A lot of my friends in the humanities have said "If they just put as much effort into passing as they do into cheating they'd have an easy C"
  13. I definitely agree with talking about fueling the body for proper sports performance. I noticed that when I was not eating enough my lifting ability went completely down the tubes, and so did my cardiovascular endurance.
  14. Don't forget "student forgot to remove hyperlinks". 😛
  15. kiana

    Why...WHY...are so many guys like this

    "Winston, if you were my husband, I'd put poison in your coffee."
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