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The Math Dude makes understanding math easier and more fun than you ever thought possible. Host Dr. Jason Marshall provides clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you're getting ready to take the SAT, GRE, or any of the other standardized tests; or if you're going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier will strengthen your fundamental skills and help you understand the language of math. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.

The Math Dude makes understanding math easier and more fun than you ever thought possible. Host Dr. Jason Marshall provides clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you're getting ready to take the SAT, GRE, or any of the other standardized tests; or if you're going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier will strengthen your fundamental skills and help you understand the language of math. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.

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An excellent refresher course! Entertaining and enlightening.

The Math Dude makes understanding math easier and more fun than you ever thought possible. Host Dr. Jason Marshall provides clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most mathphobic looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way. If you're getting ready to take the SAT, GRE, or any of the other standardized tests; or if you're going back to school and need to brush up on the basics, Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier will strengthen your fundamental skills and help you understand the language of math. And if you just want to calculate the tip without using your iPhone and impress all your friends, his tips and tricks are for you too.

Do you know how to make a histogram? When to make one? And what you can learn from it once you do? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1RXVpKg

Dec 11 2015

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What is addition? Of course you know the answer to this question, but do you really feel the answer—do you feel addition deep down in your gut? Keep on listening to find out how! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1piyuyQ

Feb 19 2016

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Learn how the ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to do math. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1XTw70S

Feb 26 2016

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Who do you think would win a race between the mighty Greek warrior Achilles and a very clever tortoise? Obviously, Achilles would clobber the tortoise…or would he? The answer might surprise you. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/20ecKlM

Oct 16 2015

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How can you find the volume of a pumpkin? How is this related to finding the volume of an ellipsoid? And what does any of this have to do with Archimedes’ famous “Eureka!” moment? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1LF1vLp

Oct 23 2015

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What do you get when you put a real and an imaginary number together? A complex number. No, not a complicated number (although it kind of is), we’re talking about an entirely new set of numbers dubbed “complex.” Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1JLrpJk

Aug 28 2015

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Although every complex number has a so-called “imaginary" part, in many ways they're just as “real” as real numbers. And complex numbers have many real uses in the real world. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1UTHZx2

Sep 11 2015

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Behind every acceleration you make and every press on the brake is a vector. Behind the arrangement of each limb on a tree and the flight of a bumblebee is a vector. So what are vectors? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1UTnshp

Sep 04 2015

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Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information. Questions go to mathdude@quickanddirtytips.com or 206-339-6279. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes!

Jan 01 2016

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Have you ever heard that something is growing exponentially? Or that it's accelerating at an exponential pace? Or that it's getting exponentially better? What does exponentially really mean? Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1OWNLPP

Sep 25 2015

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How can you measure time without using a stopwatch? You could use the movement of the Sun across the sky, you could watch a pendulum swing, or you could burn some very special string. Keep on listening to find out how it works! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1E8ZcuF

Jan 13 2017

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Why are stem-and-leaf plots useful? How are they related to the kind of stems and leaves that fall from trees this time of year? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1k7iUTj

Nov 20 2015

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How do you quickly calculate 25% of a number? Or 33% of a number? Or 50%? And how can you quickly calculate percentage increases? Keep on listening to learn the answers to these frequently asked questions about percentages. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2i46GPA

Jan 06 2017

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Would you rather get a 33% bigger coffee for no extra charge or pay 33% less for the regular size? Do you know how to avoid being tricked into buying more than you need? Keep on listening to The Math Dude to learn about the numbers behind savvy shopping. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1FiHHNz

Jan 20 2017

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How do you make stem-and-leaf plots? Why might you want to? How are they related to the stems and leaves that fall from trees? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Yn3YmQ

Nov 13 2015

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Learn to use math to quickly estimate tough-to-calculate numbers. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1NYWIlK SPONSOR: Use the code MATH to be entered to win $1000 at http://stitcher.com/math.

Jan 29 2016

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What is subtraction? Like its close cousin addition, you no doubt “know" the answer to this question. But do you really feel the answer in your gut? Keep on listening to find out how you can! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1R1J5oQ

Mar 03 2016

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Happy Pi Day 2014! What is pi? Why does it have its own holiday? And what are some fun (and useful) facts to know about this famous number? Keep on listening to find out! Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1MmsaKU

Mar 11 2016

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What do the terms “analog” and “digital” mean? What are some of the analog and digital things in your life? And what does this have to do with math? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1TmF6aC

Jan 15 2016

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How can you figure out what number 200 is 17% of? How do you calculate the original price of something before a 30% markup? What math makes the Halloween holiday go round-and-round? Keep on listening to learn the answers to these frequently asked questions about percentages! Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1tEiypA

Oct 30 2015

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What’s the point of learning math? Why is it so important that kids are exposed to mathematical thinking? And what do parents and teachers need to know about learning real math? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2mINl8z

Feb 24 2017

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Learn how to use absolute values to find distances between numbers and places. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2lPuJQ7

Feb 18 2017

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What does it really mean for a satellite to orbit the Earth? What’s the math behind it? And what’s the math behind the rockets that get those satellites into orbit? Keep on listening to find out! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2l9sIAz

Feb 10 2017

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How many degrees are in the interior angles of a pentagon? Or a hexagon? An octagon? Or any polygon? Keep on listening to The Math Dude to learn how to solve this polygon puzzle! Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1IF5Uu1

Feb 03 2017

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How large was the crowd at the recent U.S. presidential inauguration? Or the inauguration 8 years ago? Or at last Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.? Keep on listening to find out how crowd sizes are estimated. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2kAq43R

Jan 27 2017

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Would you rather get a 33% bigger coffee for no extra charge or pay 33% less for the regular size? Do you know how to avoid being tricked into buying more than you need? Keep on listening to The Math Dude to learn about the numbers behind savvy shopping. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1FiHHNz

Jan 20 2017

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How can you measure time without using a stopwatch? You could use the movement of the Sun across the sky, you could watch a pendulum swing, or you could burn some very special string. Keep on listening to find out how it works! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1E8ZcuF

Jan 13 2017

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How do you quickly calculate 25% of a number? Or 33% of a number? Or 50%? And how can you quickly calculate percentage increases? Keep on listening to learn the answers to these frequently asked questions about percentages. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2i46GPA

Jan 06 2017

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Do "word problems" make you cower in fear? Do you ever find yourself stuck on math problems before you even get started? If so, keep on listening because Math Dude's simple 5-step method for solving math problems can help! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2hZORNn

Dec 30 2016

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How many gifts should one's true love be given on each of the 12 Days of Christmas? If you stick to the recommendations from the classic song, the answer can be calculated using a bit of clever math. Keep on listening to find out how. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2hDDkm7

Dec 23 2016

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How long does Santa have to hang out when he's dropping presents off at your house? And how fast do his reindeer fly? Keep on listening to find out about the incredible math behind Santa's magical night! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2iEKwAa

Dec 16 2016

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Are we alone in the universe? If so, why? If not, where is everybody? Thankfully, math can help us with these astronomically profound questions. Keep on listening to learn all about the probability of extraterrestrial life. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2isqx83

Dec 09 2016

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Learn a quick and dirty tip to help you calculate pesky percentages in your head. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2h6A1rU SPONSOR: Try GotoMeeting with HDFaces Today Free for 30 Days!

Dec 02 2016

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How many turkeys are consumed each year in the U.S. on Thanksgiving? And how many extraterrestrial civilizations might exist in the universe? Umm…wait…what?! Although these seem like unrelated questions, they’re not. As we'll soon find out, they’re united by math. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2fUBPnD

Nov 25 2016

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Learn what mixed fractions are and find out how they're related to regular fractions.

Nov 18 2016

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The 2016 U.S. presidential election is over. And if you'd been following the polls, the results might have been surprising. What went wrong with those polls? It has to do with statistical and systematic uncertainties. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2gnNRpX

Nov 11 2016

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The solar system is big, the distances between stars bigger, and the distance to the center of the galaxy in which we live is even bigger than that. But all of that is tiny compared to the distance to the edge of the known universe! Just how big is that? The Math Dude breaks it all down. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/UBERxy

Nov 04 2016

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Do you have a good feel for the size of the Earth? If you’re like most people, you know that it’s big but you don’t have a sense for exactly how big. Today we’re going to change that! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2eVwubz

Oct 28 2016

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How much is a gram? An ounce? Or a ton? If you don't have an intuitive feel for exactly how much mass these quantities represent, keep on listening! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2dWyR0G

Oct 21 2016

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What causes the Moon to change phases throughout the month? Why is it sometimes visible only during the day and other times only at night? What’s the relationship between these times and the Moon’s phases? The answer in all cases is geometry. Keep on listening to find out how it works! Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2ebEjeY

Oct 14 2016

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