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Math Help - Pre-Algebra

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    Pre-Algebra

    Hello people of Math Help Forum! I am new to this website, I am desperately seeking help and answers!

    I am in the 8th grade, and I am 13 years old. I take Pre-Algebra, which is the easiest math class I can take in my grade. But it is still too hard! I try, and try, and TRY to understand math, but I cannot! In class my math teacher is always nagging me about how I don't do my work, it's because I can't! I pay attention to the lesson, (I'm not one to talk much when I'm not around my friends, I never get in trouble for talking in class; so It's not that.) I ask the math teacher for help on a problem, sure enough, he helps me, but then I can't do the next one! And if I were the math teacher for help on every problem, well we all know that is just not going to happen, duh. Just thought I'd state the obvious. Also, I have a private math tutor, but she no longer helps me because we are about to move and we had to discontinue her services. (She won't be able to help when we move... we're moving far away.) And she was a great help, but even when I was working with her I had trouble understanding math, I'd have to ask her how to do every other problem, most of the time. But she was the greatest help I got. My dad is very busy, therefore he can only help me with my math homework sometimes, but even when he does help, he basically does all of the work and I learn nothing because I just don't understand math. Every time I get math assigned for homework, I look at the sheet, read the examples in the math textbook, and stare at the homework sheet; dumbstruck. I have ADHD, and I take medicine for it so it never effects me. I have no trouble concentrating. I am doing great in all of my other subjects, I understand them perfectly fine. I don't have any older siblings to help me in math, my mom doesn't know about math anymore than I do, and my friends try to help me, but they just can't. I am also a member of mathletics.com, in an attempt to improve my math skills... still, no help. I have tried seemingly EVERYTHING. And I still have no idea how to do the simplest of homework assignments that all of my peers can do. Maybe there's something wrong with me, I don't know. I doubt I have a learning disability because I don't struggle with other school subjects.

    Thanks for reading, if you have any suggestions or answers please let me know in a reply to this thread.
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    Re: Pre-Algebra

    Hey asphyxiator.

    What are the specific problems you have? What part confuses you the most?
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    Re: Pre-Algebra

    Well, I am confused with... basically everything. But I'd like to focus on the unit we are currently working on, solving inequalities. The directions read "Solve each inequality. Check your solution." The 1st problem says y+6>5 ...any help?
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    Re: Pre-Algebra

    The most basic part of mathematics is conservation. Let me explain.

    If you have an equality or inequality, then there are rules for taking things from the left to the right (or right to left) and also by adding things to both sides.

    The rule is that if you do something to the left you do it to the right as well.

    Inequalities have one extra rule over equalities in thtat if you multiply both sides by a negative number you flip the inequality. As an example:

    -3 < -2 multiply both sides by -1 and flip the inequality gives -1*-3 > -2*-1 or 3 > 2 which is right.

    With your problem you want to get whatever variable you have (namely the y) on its own. So think of ways to get rid of all the terms that are not y's and get y by itself on either the left or right.
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