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- Absolute Value
- Converting between Decimals, Fractions, and Percents
- Factoring Numbers
- Fractions
- Fraction Division: Why does flip-n-multiply (that is, "Keep, Change, Flip") work?
- Geometric Formulas

- LCM and GCF
- Metric Conversions
- Negative Numbers
- Number Bases

(binary, octal, etc.) - Number Properties

(Distributive, Associative, Commutative, etc.)

- Number Types

(natural, integer, real, etc.) - Place Value
- Roman Numerals
- Rounding (and significant digits)
- Set Notation

- Canceling Units
- Distance Formula
- Engineering Notation
- Evaluation
**Exponents:**- Graphing Overview
- Graphing Absolute Value
- Graphing Linear Equations
- Graphing Radical Equations
- Graphing Linear Inequalities

(of the form "y < 2x + 3") - Inequalities Overview

(three solution methods) - Intercepts

- Midpoint Formula
- Order of Operations
- Polynomials

(definitions & "like terms") - Polynomials: Adding & Subtracting
- Polynomials: Multiplying
- Polynomials: Dividing
- Radicals

(square roots, cube roots, rationalizing denominators, etc.) - Ratio & Proportion
- Scatterplots & Regressions
- Scientific Notation
- Simple Factoring

like "2x + 6 = 2(x + 3)" - Simplifying with Exponents

- Simplifying with Parentheses
- Slope of a straight line
- Slope and Graphing
- Slope and y-intercept

(their meaning in the context of word problems) - Solving Absolute Values
- Solving Linear Inequalities

(such as "2x < 4") - Equations
- Solving Linear Equations
- Solving Literal Equations
- Solving Radical Equations
- Straight-line equations

(y = mx + b) - Variables
- x,y-Plane

(plotting points, etc.)

- Quadratic Formula
- Sequences and Series
- Solving Polynomials
- Solving Quadratic Equations
- Solving Systems of Non-Linear Equations
- Special Factoring Formulas (difference of squares, sums and differences of cubes, etc.)
- Symmetry
- Synthetic Division
- Variation (direct, inverse, & joint)
- Vertical Line Test

Translation: How to translate word problems from English into mathematical equations

- "age" word problems
- "area/volume/perimeter"

geometry word problems - "coin" (money) problems

- "distance"

d = rt word problems - "investment"

simple interest I = Prt - "mixture" problems
- "number" (integer) problems
- "work" problems
- Determinant Word Problems

- Exponential and Logarithmic word problems
- "Percent of" word problems

(including increase / decrease problems) - Quadratic word problems

(including projectile motion) - Systems-of-equations word problems

Formatting Math as Text

(how to type math when e-mailing or posting questions on tutoring forums)

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