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Geometry
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Question:

Is there an easy way to remember the side ratios for a 30-60-90 right triangle?

Tiffany T.
Answer:

Of course there is! Let's see the triangle's angles as the three bears. The three bears need their food to be infront of them, so the angles correspond to the side directly across from them. The baby bear (aka the 30 degrees angle) only needs one portion of food. We will call one portion of food "x". So the smallest bear, 30 degrees, will get x. The father bear (aka the 90 degree angle) eats double the amount of the baby bear, so he gets "2x". The mother bear (aka the 60 degree angle) is tricky. While she can eat as much as the father bear, she is actually much smaller and tries to make her food portions seem more fancy and smaller than they actually are. Thus, she eats one portion of food, "x" but then eats the second portion of food with a special spoon (aka the radical "√"). Thus, the mother bear will eat "x√2". While this way of memorizing the side ratios may seem silly, now you will never forget how the mama bear eats with her special spoon.

Biology
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Question:

How can I easily remember photosynthesis?

Tiffany T.
Answer:

Photosynthesis seems extremely complicated. The equation seems like a bunch of random letters and 6's, doesn't it. Here's a very easy way of remembering what are the five aspects in the general equation for photosynthesis. You have a plant. Now, in order for the plant to grow, what do you need? Well, we know that without water, the plant will shrivel up and die. So yes, the plant definitely needs water. The plant needs sunlight, for...... Well, as we go more in-depth on the process of photosynthesis, we will understand why. But yes, the plant needs sunlight. Now, there's one aspect that we are forgetting. We, as humans, breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. So what do plants breathe in and out? The exact opposite: plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen for us to breathe in. And there we have it, water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide are needed for photosynthesis. Now to come up with the other two elements! We already know oxygen is produced and the final part of the equation we will discuss is the sugar the plant makes for itself as food because the plant needs to get food from somewhere. Photosynthesis may seem difficult to remember at first, but as long as we understand what a plant needs to grow and survive, we will always remember what goes into the equation for photosynthesis.

English
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Question:

How does one break down an essay prompt?

Tiffany T.
Answer:

The most important thing to do before you begin to write an essay is understand the prompt. What is the prompt asking? More specifically, what do I, as the writer, need to answer and show in my essay? The next step varies based upon the type of prompt, but the underlying purpose of the step remains the same. If you are asked to write an essay demonstrating validity in a statement or assert your opinion, your next question should be: what evidence do I have to support my opinion or show a statement's validity. The key word is what. What do I have and what can I use? By identifying the "what," you have found the "how": how you will prove your point. If given articles or a poem, you would then dissect the work for your evidence. If given a more vague prompt which allows you to bring your own sources to the table, you would then think of books, current events, and historical examples to support your opinion, aka your "thesis." Once you have gathered your evidence, writing the essay will become a much smoother process.

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