Math Homework Hacks

Everybody hates math homework. I honestly do not know a single person who loves doing it. We all still do our assignments, but that doesn't mean it has to be absolute torture to do them. There are plenty of hacks to make your homework easy and less daunting.

  • Use the PhotoMath app
  • This awesome app lets you take a picture of the problem and gives you the solution for it. Yes, t only works for certain operations, and only on printed numbers and letter, but, the result is usually correct. Also, you can see the steps to solving the equation, problem or whatever, and that helps you not only learn but also copy them on the answer sheet.

  • Do your homework when you're supposed to, not 5 minutes before class starts
  • If you do your assignments on time, chances are you’ll be able to compare with others who did the same with time to go over and correct your and their mistakes.

  • Do it with a friend
  • If you do your homework with your friends, you can all work on the problems and help each other understand them.

  • Look for the answers online
  • If you have an assignment from the textbook, chances are you can find the answers online by just Googling its title and the exercise set. You probably will have to do the procedure yourself, but with the answer there, everything is easier.
  • Use Mathway
  • Mathway works the same as PhotoMath but without taking pictures, you just select the class you're in, type in the problem, and you get the answer.

  • Write down all the formulas you use for your subject and keep them handy
  • Writing down the formulas not only helps you learn them, but also gives you a handy cheat sheet for your assignments without having to go back and look all through your notes and textbook. Write them on a flash card or make flash cards with them.

  • If you get stuck on something or don't understand the subject watch explanations on YouTube
  • There are great explanations, easy and to the point. It's like having your own personal teacher

  • Go to Pinterest and look for math life hacks
  • There are plenty more life hacks than these, and you can find many on Pinterest and Tumblr if you look for them

  • Use WolframAlpha
  • It has the same uses as Mathway and PhotoMath, but you can probably find the answers to more equation types

  • Play math games in your spare time
  • Instead of playing Flappy Bird or whatever, play math games and gets practice in a fun way.

    Hacking Math Homework

    09 December 2013

    Many high school students complain about boring and repetitive homework, but I’ve found a fun way of dealing with this that I find actually helps me understand concepts even better. When faced with large rote assignments I write programs to complete the homework like no human can: instantly, perfectly and on a large scale. In the past I have written written Literary Analysis Visualizations, Punnet Square generators and Graphing Programs.

    Most of the time it takes way more time to write the program than it would take to do the homework but I end up learning a lot more and having more fun. Recently I wrote my wrote my most outrageous program yet, it took 10 times longer than it should have and blew away my teacher and class.

    Part of my Advanced Functions class summative this year was to create a series of piecewise functions that when graphed produce a picture. Some examples given were line drawings of a smiley face and the Batman symbol. But I had an idea that would go beyond the intended simple line drawings so I spent my weekend implementing it.

    I wrote a program that takes an image and composes equations of varying densities into hundreds of massive piecewise functions so that when you graph them on a very large canvas and zoom out they replicate the image in greyscale. The output looks like this:

    Additional Resources

    Another part of the program outputs a massive Latex document with all the large piecewise functions that produces a huge PDF. You can download a PDF that explains all the parts and has some more examples.

    The Program

    The program is written in Python and uses matplotlib, Numpy and Pillow. Excuse the terrible code with the manual constants, global variables and terrible logic structure. Not only was I learning Python while writing this but I had to finish the program by the next day and then never use the program again.

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