# Struggling With Math, Students Turn to YouTube for Help

December 15, 2008
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Need help understanding differential equations or preparing for the AP physics exam? Rather than paying for tutors, students are turning to free YouTube videos for help. In some cases, students claim that the videos have helped them better than their own teachers and textbooks to understand tough math and science concepts.

The Associated Press reports on this trend here. The story profiles a "California hedge fund manager by day and math geek by night" who has posted over 600 tutorial videos on YouTube covering math, physics, and economics. The viewers are stressed-out students, parents of home-schooled children, and even a 36-year-old dropout who is now working toward a diploma.

These videos may not be as popular as those featuring "Obama Girl" or "Chris the Britney Spears Fan." But some, like a video on calculus integrals, have been watched as many as 50,000 times in the past year. The reaction is enthusiastic from viewers who post comments. One parent writes, "My eldest kid is dancing around in my room here because she is so excited that she finally found someone that teaches like this." A student writes, "I ditched my Calculus book at the beginning of the semester and have been mainly using your videos to learn the material. I'm happy to say I've got A's on both of my midterms."

It's probably not a good idea to rely solely on these online tutorials, educators say. They recommend that students vet the videos and, if there is any doubt, ask the classroom teacher.

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if 3 times the square of a positive number is added to 5 times the number, the result is 2 find the number could someone work this for me

Assume that it takes approx. 1-1/2 minutes to unload a dozen identical items from a

delivery truck. At this speed, the AMOUNT of time it should take to unload a shipment of 876 items is, most nearly ______________ minutes. How do I arrive at this answer? I know you divide 1.50 by 12, which you get 0.125, but am stumped on how you get the FINAL ANSWER. PLEASE HELP. I have a test on Tuesday that I desperately need help!!! THANK YOU

fine the part:

4 1/5% of 86 meters =

my answer is 361.2 is this correct or should it be 36.12

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