MAT 117 /MAT117 Week 9 Discussion Question
Week 9 DQ 2
1) What one concept learned in this course was the easiest for you to grasp? Why do you think it was easy for you?
2) Which was the hardest? What would have made that hard-to-learn concept easier to learn?
The easiest concept for me to grasp was evaluating exponents. There were definitely other concepts that were easy to grasp, but exponents were simple math, they simply needed to be completed in order and often contained variables. I feel that exponents were easy since I use them nearly everyday at work. I use exponential expression to determine inventory levels, labor rates, and to track sales and budgets.
The hardest concept for me to grasp would have to be radicals or logarithms. I feel that I was starting to understand radicals after the third week of working with them and I am still confused with logarithms. I had to sit down with one of my best friends who is a wizard when it comes to math to write out the problems and walk me through them. Once I was able to work with my friend, and find each mistake as I made it, I was able to understand the concepts and find the shortcuts that I could use.
One of the easiest concepts for me was composite functions. They seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you break them down and see how they correspond together. I really enjoyed doing them. I like to see how things work together and how the answer is found.
The hardest concept for me was simplifying quadratic equations. I was unsure when to use certain steps and simplifying odd square roots was difficult for me. I could have done more studying on the study plan and even online. I also should have attended the math tutoring available at our local University of Phoenix. I am not one to just guess answers without trying my hardest. I can not stand to have a problem and not find the solution. I also noticed one