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Nicole M.

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Writing

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Question:

Editing Question: How can you check the organization of your own essay and ensure you answer the prompt?

Nicole M.

Answer:

Highlight the topic and concluding sentences of each paragraph. These sentences should answer your prompt's question. Each sentence does not have to completely answer the prompt on its own, but they should answer at least part of the prompt's question. Other editing tips: 1. When you think you are done, read it out loud to find any overlooked mistakes. 2. In lists, make sure you are using parallel structure to get your point across in a clear and organized fashion. 3. Reread only the analysis of your evidence and ask the question "Why?" in order to ensure you answer the prompt and are providing enough analysis.

Basic Math

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Question:

Simplify the operation to a final answer: 1 1/2 + 1/3

Nicole M.

Answer:

1 1/2 +1/3 #1 Turn any mixed fractions into improper fractions. In order to solve for the numerator of the improper fraction multiply the denominator by the whole number and add the numerator value. The denominator will remain the same. 1 1/2>>> (2x1 + 1)/ (2)>>> 3/2 #2 Rewrite equation with improper fractions 3/2 + 1/3 #3 Find a common denominator (this should be the least common multiple). In this case it is 6 because both 2 and 3 go into 6. #6 Convert the fractions into sixths 9/6+2/6 #7 Add fractions 11/6 #8 Simplify fraction if possible. In this case it is not possible

Algebra

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Question:

Solve for x in the equation below when y=3. 6x - 3y= 9

Nicole M.

Answer:

6x-3y=9, given that y=3 #1 Plug in 3 for y (it ca be helpful to plug 3 in using parentheses to ensure we do not forget any signs and or operations) 6x-3(3)=9 #2 The variable x is now the only variable remaining in the equation so we can start to isolate it in order to solve. Our first step is to simplify any operation we can. 6x-9=9 (to get this step we simplified 3(3)) #3 Normally we would follow order of operations (PEMDAS) to simplify an equation (i.e. 6x2-3x3) but because we are solving for x we will go in the opposite order (SADMEP). In this case, we will address addition and subtraction first. Since 9 is being subtracted, we will add it TO BOTH SIDES (this is important--whatever operation we do to one side we must do to the other in order to get the correct answer) 6x-9=9 +9 +9 6x=9 #4 Through step #3 we were able to get the x term isolated. However, we are not done because x is not completely isolated. After addition/ subtraction, we address multiplication/division (SADMEP). 6x=9 divide both sides by 6 (because 6 is currently being multiplied by x and we do the opposite operation in order to "move it to the other side") x=9 This is our final answer. If we had exponents and parentheses we would do them next.

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