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  1. Has anyone here had a child take DIVE Chemistry with Dr. Shormann’s CLEP Professor for CLEP and AP chemistry? Supposedly, after taking the DIVE chemistry course, an additional 6 weeks of this is enough to prepare for the AP exam. Any thoughts? TIA! Janet
  2. Hi everybody. I’m wondering if anyone knows what score most universities are looking for on the bio SAT subject exam from a homeschooler. The average is really high and I feel it’s because of self selection bias. It seems that most people would only take the exam if they were going to try to get into an Ivy League school or if they wanted to show their prowess in biology. But for homeschoolers it’s different. Some universities that we are looking at require SAT subject exams from homeschoolers only. Will those universities want a score comparable to those from the kids going to the Ivy leagues? Any information would be helpful! Thanks in advance!
  3. So I’ve been comparing what my DS will be doing in AoPS intermediate algebra and what others are doing in Algebra 2, and I see that there are some gaps. Of course, AoPS dives deeper and covers a lot of really cool stuff, but where are the matrices? Should I be supplementing with a more traditional book? Which one? TIA!!
  4. That’s so exciting! I’m glad we’ve got the same answer so far! OK. So then, when I completed the square I got: sqrt ((z-4.5)^2 - (81/4) +25) that’s minimized when z=4.5, leaving the distance equal to sqrt(25-(81/4))=sqrt(19/4)=sqrt 19 / 2 What do you think? does that sound right? It’s 4 AM here, so highly possible I’ve made a mistake ?
  5. Oh, I didn’t have any inequalities, but I also didn’t get a=1, b=4. ? For her distance equation, did she get sqrt (x^4 - 9x^2 + 25)? (Full disclosure: I am no alcumus expert! But this does seem like a cool problem. I hope I’m not leading down the wrong track!)
  6. I used the distance formula to write an equation for the distance between (0,0) and the parabola in terms of x. Then I completed the square so that I could find the minimum.
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth. It's a fantasy novel that's full of word play about a boy that must save the princesses, Rhyme and Reason, for the kingdom of Wisdom. some illustrations and lots of humor help keep young readers engaged Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I just found this: It's for teachers of math circles. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I admit that we are only up to three hours / day on music, but we split it up into 30 min sessions so that he has full focus during practice time. We do violin for 30 min first, then an hour of math, 30 min of piano, 1hr science or history (we switch between days), 30 min of violin and then lunch. The afternoon is more free with reading, writing, music composition, 30min more piano etc. And we are done by 3:30 if all went well [emoji4]. This means that we do school in the summer-this summer is logic, Latin, and geography. I just wonder as they get older and need to practice more, will they have to keep one instrument as just-for-fun and devote their energies to the other? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. We used Lutgen's and Tarbuck's Foundation of Earth Science. Great spine- maybe too much detail and no labs, but we learned a lot.
  11. According to Malcolm Gladwell in "David and Goliath," it is more important to find a university where you can be a "big fish in a small pond" than to go to one with a higher rank. He has some interesting statistics to back up his idea, and my personal experience agrees. I went to the university of Kentucky for an undergraduate degree in biology while my best friend went to Duke for the same degree. I received individualized attention, was quickly noticed and guided into labs and classes where my teachers thought I could flourish. My friend struggled to look better than average. After college, I received a scholarship to medical school at Northwestern. My friend took out loans to go to med school at the University of Kentucky. It seems to me that if you plan to do post graduate education, the ranking system is trivial.
  12. We rented our first violin (1/32) from Shar, and it sounded lovely for such a tiny thing. Maybe we just got lucky with the instrument sent to us, but that little thing plus a kid friendly teacher fostered a love for violin that helps him get through his hour of practice each day now that he's older.
  13. NUMATS said that they will be working with other talent search programs like Duke TIP to provide grade-level percentiles. But those won't be available until August. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. In our experience, the test takers were allowed to leave as soon as they finished. Parents waited in a waiting room and children were escorted to the room when they were done. Last year was our first Math Kangaroo, and it was DS's first standardized test. It was a great experience, and he had a lot of fun! Good luck to your DD today! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. We had the same trouble with movies here. But if my DS had read the book first, then he knew what to expect and enjoyed critiquing how well the movie matched the book. That said...avoid the movie about Padington bear! The lovely, sweet book was turned into a thriller for the big screen! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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