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Old July 18 2013, 10:36 PM   #31
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I am completely math illiterate. It takes me forever just to figure the tip on my bill.
One of my daughters is mathematically challenged as well. I taught her this trick for tipping.

Look at the total of he bill (78.53 for example).

Drop the rightmost digit, and adjust the sign in your head (7.85).

Round up to the next dollar, it never hurts to tip a little over (8.00)

If giving 15%, half that number and add it back ( 8.00 / 2 = 4.00. 8.00 + 4.00 = 12)

20% you double it and add it back. ( 8.00 * 2 = 16.00 )

She doesn't even need the tip calculator on her phone for tips now.
I figure out what 10 percent is first because that's easy. If the bill is 70 bucks, it's 7 dollars. Then I double it. So I would give 14 about.

Usually I just guess though. :P
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Old July 18 2013, 11:25 PM   #32
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Unit conversions. I have down that four quarts make a gallon. Inches - feet - yards, I'm okay there. Everything else? Frak if I know!
All I know is that there are two centipedes to an inchworm.

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You're not alone my friend. Black holes and brain erosion are what is SUPPOSED to happen when you try to figure out math of any kind.
That makes me feel better. But I can still sense Stephen Hawking shaking his head at me.

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I never have any idea what's going on with most sports.
Same here, but that's because I couldn't care less.

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Grape: Things are affected by something. Or, things have an effect on other things.
So "affect" is passive and "effect" is active. Thanks. That's helpful.

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One of my daughters is mathematically challenged as well. I taught her this trick for tipping.
I use tricks like that all the time to pretend I can do math. It doesn't help me to understand the Higgs Boson, though.

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It's not that difficult, really. Just remember that if it's a verb, it's probably "affect." If it's a noun, it's almost certainly "effect."
Affect is a verb, effect is a noun. That's good, too. Thanks.
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Old July 19 2013, 12:12 AM   #33
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Unit conversions. I have down that four quarts make a gallon. Inches - feet - yards, I'm okay there. Everything else? Frak if I know!
You'll find metric so much easier no need to convert. Unless you are converting from one to another. Then the very quick way which will give you an apprxomiaton is

1lb = 0.454Kg So just half any amount to convert lb to kilo, double to covert from kilos to lb

Tempature is a little more complex but to covert C to F

Double it and add 32.

To convert from F to C subtract 32 and half it.

(it's not 100% accurate but it's one you can do in your head)
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Old July 19 2013, 12:32 AM   #34
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Metric conversion:
Water freezes at 32 degrees F, and 0 degrees C.
Water boils at 212 degrees F, and 100 degrees C.
One inch = 25.4mm
One liter = 33.8 fluid ounces
One gallon = 3.8 liters (according to the top of a urinal)

That's all I really need to remember.
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Old July 19 2013, 12:40 AM   #35
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I'm from Jersey. NO METRIC SYSTEM!

AND I don't have to pump my own gas.

WIN.

(That's my dumbness for today.)
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Old July 19 2013, 12:53 AM   #36
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Grape: Things are affected by something. Or, things have an effect on other things.
So "affect" is passive and "effect" is active. Thanks. That's helpful.
Well, not really. The same verb can be used passively or actively.

"Nine states were affected by the hurricane." -- Passive voice.
"The hurricane affected nine states." -- Active voice.

The only time "affect" is a noun is when it means feeling or emotion, and then it's pronounced "AF-ect," with the stress on the first syllable. You seldom hear it outside the psychiatric profession.

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is about as clear as anything I've read on the use of "affect" and "effect."
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Old July 19 2013, 01:00 AM   #37
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An easy way to remember it in most circumstances is:

Affect = action
Effect = result
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Old July 19 2013, 01:33 AM   #38
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Yeah.

You can say like "My great knowledge has AFFECTED my company." as in an action.

or

"My great knowledge has left a lasting EFFECT on my company." as a result.
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Old July 19 2013, 02:00 AM   #39
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Unit conversions. I have down that four quarts make a gallon. Inches - feet - yards, I'm okay there. Everything else? Frak if I know!
You'll find metric so much easier no need to convert.
Don't I know it. If only that were the case. Unfortunately, being from the States pretty much guarantees that, unless I choose to convert from an English teacher to a Science teacher (and take all the necessary classes to do so) or move out of the country, I'll have no meaningful interaction with the Metric system in my lifetime.

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Old July 19 2013, 02:41 AM   #40
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i still don't know how to shave properly. There is always some left that stands out.
That happens to everyone on occasion. The human face doesn't fit perfectly with the razor. I've noticed occasionally that one side of my face is slightly smoother than the other after a shave. No one's ever noticed as far as I know.

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Old July 19 2013, 03:05 AM   #41
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Metric conversion:
Water freezes at 32 degrees F, and 0 degrees C.
Water boils at 212 degrees F, and 100 degrees C.
One inch = 25.4mm
One liter = 33.8 fluid ounces
One gallon = 3.8 liters (according to the top of a urinal)

That's all I really need to remember.

Sometime ago, a classmate asked me how many grams were in a Lund (I have no idea why they needed to know). I said, "453.5924."

Yeah, I know that to 4 decimal places. Had to convert it for years and years at work and it was easier to memorize than look it up all the time.
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Old July 19 2013, 05:27 AM   #42
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I am completely math illiterate. It takes me forever just to figure the tip on my bill.
One of my daughters is mathematically challenged as well. I taught her this trick for tipping.

Look at the total of he bill (78.53 for example).

Drop the rightmost digit, and adjust the sign in your head (7.85).

Round up to the next dollar, it never hurts to tip a little over (8.00)

If giving 15%, half that number and add it back ( 8.00 / 2 = 4.00. 8.00 + 4.00 = 12)

20% you double it and add it back. ( 8.00 * 2 = 16.00 )

She doesn't even need the tip calculator on her phone for tips now.
I figure out what 10 percent is first because that's easy. If the bill is 70 bucks, it's 7 dollars. Then I double it. So I would give 14 about.

Usually I just guess though. :P
Sales tax here is 8.25%, so I just double that to leave a tip, adding or subtracting in relation to the service. That's pretty much the best I can do.
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Old July 19 2013, 06:46 AM   #43
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I'm currently stationed in Afghanistan. They do not recognize daylight savings time here and we are also an extra half hour ahead of other time zones. I've been here for 6 months now and I still can't figure out what time it is back home in the United States because that extra 30 minutes always throws me off.
You can type, "What time is it in....?", whatever your hometown is, into Google, and it will tell you.

Hope that helps any.
Thanks. What I actually did was just saved a time converter website to my toolbar and I click on that in the afternoon so I can see what time it is back on the east coast so I know when to call home LOL
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Old July 19 2013, 08:17 AM   #44
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Unit conversions. I have down that four quarts make a gallon. Inches - feet - yards, I'm okay there. Everything else? Frak if I know!
You'll find metric so much easier no need to convert.
Don't I know it. If only that were the case. Unfortunately, being from the States pretty much guarantees that, unless I choose to convert from an English teacher to a Science teacher (and take all the necessary classes to do so) or move out of the country, I'll have no meaningful interaction with the Metric system in my lifetime.

Well saying that the UK uses a hybrid system with a litttle of metric and imperial.

A lot of people will still give their hight in feet and inches, weight will be in stones and pounds. Though in a supermarket evertyhing is by the kilo

Long distances will be miles. I.e it's 100 miles to Glasgow. Fuel usage rates for transport is given in MPG (that's the imperial gallon ~4.5l)

Tempature is more or less given in Celsius.

You can still buy milk by the pint(well you are actually buying 568ml).

But I was one of those brought up with both systems.

Changing is not an overnight process, it can take decades. Of course some people don't like change because it's what they've always known, but it's not about us it's about our children and how it will impact on them.
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Old July 19 2013, 08:37 AM   #45
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Changing is not an overnight process, it can take decades. Of course some people don't like change because it's what they've always known, but it's not about us it's about our children and how it will impact on them.
I seem to recall it didn't take too long for us to get used to the decimalization of money. Mind you, even to this day my mum and dad can still calculate in the old system if you ask them to. I mean, look at this:

Two farthings = One Ha'penny. Two ha'pennies = One Penny. Three pennies = A Thrupenny Bit. Two Thrupences = A Sixpence. Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob. Two Bob = A Florin. One Florin and one Sixpence = Half a Crown. Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note. Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies). One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea.

Good grief!
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