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# Things I've Learned Tutoring Math And Other Things About Math That You Might Not Know (Part 2)

## Math is as much an art as it is a story as it is a science.

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Being a math major and an occasional math tutor, I'm somewhat coerced into studying and doing math on a daily basis. I spend the better time of my day working on math. And on the weekends, I spend even more time working on math.

There are infinitely many ways to do the same math problem. For most of math education, starting from pre-school up until the second or third year of undergraduate college, math is about solving a given problem with certain conditions, of which you need to find a certain value or function.

But after these years of problem after problem of which there is only one solution and all methods are similar to each other, "real math" beings to show a somewhat different perspective; it's not so much about getting the right answer in the end but about being able to appropriately talk about how you got to that answer. It's about explaining how each step taken to get to the conclusion, not so much a single answer, is justified.

This might be confusing to understand why there's such a change in math courses. One way to look at it is to understand something that's of great interest to math tutors and educators: how do people think about math and what are their thought processes that lead them to such conclusions.

This leads to two different ideas that most people don't often think about: math isn't a universal method for everyone, but rather an expression of how you as an individual think and understand things.

When tutoring different people in math, it's evident that everyone explains math to themselves differently. They have their own idea about what numbers are, what "space" means, and what happens when you change the value or function of a certain rule or system. In this way, math is a very personal philosophy, and as such, there is truly no way to understand just how well someone does or doesn't understand math based on school, homework and grades alone.

In terms of academics, a good grade means you take the time necessary to learn how the experts in your field see things. But the way things are done changes every generation, due to the very fact that everyone sees things differently. Sure, things like the quadratic formula and Pythagorean theorem have been around for thousands of years, but that's merely because they've been time tested to work and be helpful. But in extensive trigonometry and analysis, each formula and theorem is expanded to make sense in things like curved spaces and infinite dimensions!

At the end of the day, no matter how things are worded or look, it's merely an extension of what the human mind sees around all the time. Certainly, each mind has something unique to say about how the world around us, its many patterns and wonders work.

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## 15 Rhyme Without Reason Greek Life Function Ideas

### When you have no ideas for what to wear to this date function

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I am going to a rhyme without reason date function and I have looked at so many different rhyming words and I figured there need to be a new list of words. At these functions, there are usually at least two rockers and boxers and an umpteenth amount of dogs and frogs. I have come up with a list of creative and unique ideas for these functions.

If you like what you see, get a shopping cart going with these costumes.

## 1. Dime and a Mime

I think that this one would be super cute except one of the dates would have to not talk the entire function which would be extremely difficult.

## 2. Ramp and a Lamp

This is my personal favorite except it would be difficult to dress up like a ramp.

## 3. Hooters and Shooters

For this you could have one person dress up like hooter's girl and have one person wear plastic shot glasses with color glue in them.

## 4. Sherlock and Woodstock

For this one person could wear a cape and a Sherlock hat with a magnifying glass and the other person could dress up like the bird Woodstock or the festival.

## 5. Spaghetti and a Yeti

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This would be the coolest idea to do. To dress up like a bowl of spaghetti and a Yeti. The only thing you would have to watch would to make sure that the Yeti didn't eat the spaghetti.

## 6. Whale and snail

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This would be very cute. You could use a backpack or a laundry basket for the shell.

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I don't know if you have seen the bladder cartoon but just imagine someone dressed up like that. Wouldn't that be so cute?

## 8. Rake and Snake

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The snake could use the rake. This would be a very easy to dress up for.

## 9. Jam and Ham

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You could dress up like a thing of jam or like a dollop of jam and just wear a single color.

## 10. Pig and a Twig

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You could dress with pink and then the other person could dress with brown.

## 11. Banana and Nana

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All you need for this one is a banana costume and old lady clothes

## 12. Dairy and Fairy

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One person would dress up as a milk carton and the other as any kind of fairy.

## 13. Hibachi and Versace

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I think that this is the most creative pairing that has ever been thought of. The hibachi person would definitely have to have one of those tall hats they wear.

## 14. Trash bag and American Flag

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You could put your arms through the straps that come out of the trash bag and just wrap an American flag around yourself (as long as it doesn't touch the floor).

## 15. Gumball Machine and American Dream

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This would be super cute if the person who was the gumball put puffballs onto their shirt and wore silver pants.

## What is a rhyme without reason date function?

A rhyme without reason date function is a social gathering when partners show up wearing outfits that rhyme with each other. It opens up an opportunity for creativity. It is most popular on college campuses, though it can be extended to other parts of society as a fun way to play dress-up. It also gains additional popularity around Halloween time, given the interest in costumes and dressing up for that holiday.

## What are some top ideas for a rhyme without reason?

There are so many options: A Dog and a Frog could be fun. A Ramp and a Lamp, a Whale and a Snail, a Rake and a Snake, a Trash Bag and a Flag, and Bob Ross and Dental Floss are just some ideas for a rhyme without reason date function. Using your own creativity, you could think of countless more options and if you explore the web, you'll find lists out there to provide inspiration. Rhyming without reason at the end of the day is all about having fun.

## What are some sources of rhyme without reason inspiration?

For starters, TikTok has a whole collection of rhyme without reason ideas. You could browse those for quite some time and find plenty of inspiration. You might also look toward Her Campus for plenty more ideas or our handy list. There's no shortage of options around the web, but some of the best ideas may come from you. Start with the rhyming perspective and then think about what fun pairings would be for a real-life rhyme without reason costume party.

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## Yoga love

### A long over due thank you note to my greatest passion.

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Dearest Yoga,

You deserve a great thank you.

Never would I have thought a few years ago that I would be such a huge yoga fanatic, that I would be hitting the gym almost every day to get to class, and that I would be forming all these amazing relationships with so many incredible people who also share a love for you. You've enhanced my way of life in numerous ways that I need to thank you for.

Thank you for showing me my true strength. Not only physical strength, but more importantly mental strength. You've shown me that I am more than what others may think of me, and that I can rise above any obstacle that comes through my path.

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Thank you for helping me to walk through life with grace and passion.To love what I do and love the life that I share with those around me. Before experiencing yoga, I never truly understood what it was like to be passionate about something. Now that I have, not only do I know what it's like to be passionate, but also have a willing to be passionate.

Thank you for teaching me what it is like to appreciate the small things in life. Which has only helped me more to appreciate the big things. You've shown me to not only appreciate the life around me, but also to give myself the appreciation that I deserve. And more importantly, give others the appreciation that they deserve.

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Thank you for allowing me to let go. Whenever I feel as if I need a break from the world, the yoga studio is the first place I think of. As soon as I enter the studio, the outside world leaves my mind. You've allowed me an escape that I will be forever thankful for.

Thank you for turning me into a mindful person. Having mindfulness is harder than it seems, especially here in today's society. Over the past couple years, I have become more mindful to the world around me, I have been able to truly be myself and let everyone else be themselves -- all thanks to yoga.

And lastly, thank you for allowing me to breathe. As simple as it sounds, breathing is the one thing that I carry around most with me off the mat. Deep breaths are what get me through the day. Throughout tough situations, emotional battles, and stressful times, I always know to come back to my yoga, to come back to my breath.

I only hope that those around me feel the same way as I do about you, yoga. You have truly transformed my life in the best way imaginable. It is a gift and a great privilege to be able to experience the practice. Thanks to you, I have grown as a person, proved to myself the true strength I have, become more aware and have ultimately started living a better life.

You're the best,

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## Epic Creation Myths: Norse Origins Unveiled

### What happened in the beginning, and how the heavens were set in motion.

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Now, I have the everlasting joy of explaining the Norse creation myth. To be honest, it can be a bit kooky, so talking about it is always fun. The entire cosmos is included in this creation myth, not just the earth but the sun and the moon as well. This will be a short retelling, a summary of the creation myth, somewhat like I did with Hermod's ride to Hel.

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The Norse cosmos began with two worlds, Niflheim and Muspellheim. These two worlds, the worlds of primordial cold and fire, were separated by a great fissure called Ginnungagap. The waters from the well Hvergelmir, at the center of Niflheim, by many rivers flowed into Ginnungagap and "when those rivers, which are called Elivagar, came so far from their source, the poisonous flow hardened like a slag of cinders running from a furnace, and became ice. ...Then layer by layer, the ice grew within Ginnungagap" (Byock 13). The northernmost regions of the gap filled with hoar frost and rime, but the southernmost were "the regions bordering on Muspell [and] were warm and bright" (Byock 13). Where the cold of Niflheim's ice and the warmth of Muspellheim's fire met in Ginnungagap the ice thawed, and "there was a quickening in these flowing drops and life sprang up" (Byock 14). From the ice came Ymir, known as Aurgelmir by the giants, the origin of all frost giants. As the wise giant Vafthruthnir says, "'down from Elivagar did venom drop, / And waxed till a giant it was; / And thence arose our giants' race, / And thus so fierce are we found'" (Bellows 76-77).

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## 25 Throwback Songs You Forgot About

### But you know you still know every word.

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We all scroll through the radio stations in the car every once in a while, whether its because we lost signal to our favorite one or we are just bored with the same ol' songs every day. You know when you're going through and you hear a song where you're just like "I forgot this existed!" and before you know it, you're singing every word? Yeah, me too. Like, 95% of the time. If you're like me and LOVE some good throwback music, here's a list of songs from every genre that have gotten lost in time, but never truly forgotten.

## 1. "Big Pimpin'" - Jay-ZÂ ft. UGK

Jay-Z gives us a ballad about, you guessed it, pimpin' big in NYC. Jay-Z's rhymes paired with that catchy beat is just bound to get stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

## 2. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers

If you say that you don't know any of the words to this song, you're the worst kind of person... a liar. This classic has left stamps of its lyrics on 99% of the population, and has a forever spot in my soul.

## 3. "Lose Yourself" - Eminem

This song always leaves me feeling like I could sign a record deal and launch my career as a rap/hip-hop legend... and craving spaghetti.

## 4. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith

A ballad for the ages that brings the overly patriotic American badass out of all of us.

## 5. "Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

## 6. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day

This song makes me want to walk down a lonely road, preferably a dark one, and reflect on all of my life choices. Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic song.

## 7. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! At The Disco

If your friends don't "chime in" by screaming the chorus at the top of their lungs in the car with you, it's time to leave them there and find new friends. Also, did anyone ever tell the groom what his bride has been up to?

## 8. "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind

A life anthem for all of us. Third Eye Blind has recently released another album. My inner child is tingling.

## 9. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix A Lot

Nicki Minaj sampled this in her song "Anaconda" in 2014. Take a minute to realize that some people have heard that, but not the REAL jam that the sample came from. Now, cry.

## 10. "Get Low" - Lil Jon ft. Ying Yang Twinz

The real question is which version is better: Lil Jon's or Sandra Bullock's?

## 11. "Check Yes Or No" - George Strait

You don't have to be a country lover to know this song. My hardcore rocker/screamo friend even knows the chorus. Don't try and tell me you don't. I don't like liars.

## 12. "Ride Wit Me" - Nelly

"Ayyyyye, must be the monaaayyy!" - frequently screamed lyric

## 13. "Pony" - Ginuwine

Even though I can't hear this song without seeing Channing Tatum's half naked body in my mind, it's still one of my favorite songs to hear. Instant day brightener when I hear that funky beat at the beginning.

## 14. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" - Eminem

As sad as these lyrics are, Eminem really hit this one out of the park.

## 15. "Gangstas Paradise" - Coolio

10/10 would recommend listening to Weird Al's parody of this song.

## 16. "It Was A Good Day" - Ice Cube

The first time I heard this may have been on Grand Theft Auto, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great song.

## 17. "What's Your Fantasy" - Ludacris

Another song that I knew most of the lyrics to that I probably shouldn't have at a young age.

## 18. "Everybody (Backstreets Back)" - Backstreet Boys

They really were back, and we all wish they had stayed.

## 19. "Misery Business" - Paramore

I can't tell if I want to be Hayley Williams or be ON Hayley Williams. I'd be okay with either. #girlcrush

## 20. "Steal My Sunshine" - Len

This feel good song makes me want to rip open a popsicle and ride my bicycle around town.

## 21. "Fly" - Sugar Ray

As repetitive as this is, this song will never get old.

WOO-HOO!

## 23. "Buddy Holly" - Weezer

Weezer may have hated this song, but we are glad they recorded it.

## 24. "No Rain" - Blind Melon

Maybe it's just me who is obsessed with this song, but if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend.

## 25. "99 Problems" - Jay-Z

I have 99 problems, and this playlist solves all of them.

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## 27 Hidden Joys

### Appreciation for some of life's most discredited pleasures.

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Life is full of many wonderful pleasures that many of us, like myself, often forget about. And it's important to recognize that even on bad days, good things still happen. Focusing on these positive aspects of our day-to-day lives can really change a person's perspective. So in thinking about the little things that make so many of us happy, I've here's a list of some of the best things that often go unrecognized and deserve more appreciation:

## 7. "This reminded me of you"

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## 8. Breakfast foods

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## 9. Over-sized clothes

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## 10. Contagious laughs

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## 11. Car rides with that one person

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## 12. Random (I miss you/ I love you) texts

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## 13. The city at night

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## 14. Surprises

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## 15. Blanket cocoons

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## 16. Good hair days

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## 17. Really good coffee

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## 18. Days where you're in a good mood naturally and for no particular reason

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## 19. Conquering a fear

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## 20. When they give you a lot of guac at Chipotle

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## 21. Being so comfortable with someone that you can literally talk about anything

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## 22. Home-cooked meals

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## 23. Tattoo stories

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## 24. Leaves changing color in fall

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## 25. Butterflies in your stomach

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## 26. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches

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## 27. When you can't stop laughing

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