Tips on Submitting Questions

Thanks for taking an interest in this site! If you are reading this, it is probably because you are thinking about submitting a math question of your own. Here a few things to consider to increase the likelihood of your question being answered:

  1. Search the Site First
    Please thoroughly search the website for an answer first. Start by using the site menu to search within the category your questions falls into. You can also click on related tags and search using the search bar. If you find a question that is similar to yours, but with a few small differences, try leaving a comment asking how your problem would be solved. This way, other site visitors can answer as well.
  2. Type of Question
    This is a website where we deal with gaining a deeper understanding of math. Therefore, if you just type in a problem and ask me “what’s the answer?”, it’s not likely that I will respond favorably. The type of questions that get answered are ones that show a bit of introspection. For example, one might ask “I am working on a mixture problem, and I am having trouble understanding how to set up the equations to be solved…” This opens the door for a discussion on what mixture problems are about and why we solve them a certain way.
  3. Details!
    Provide as much detail as you can. If you are working on a problem from a book, provide the exact wording, don’t paraphrase. Let me know what subject (i.e. Algebra 1, Geometry, or Calculus, etc.) you are studying and any instructions for solving the problem that may have been indicated in your textbook. Sometimes the teacher or the author may wish you solve the problem a certain way. For example, in Calculus, you maybe asked to find the derivative by using the limit definition, but if I don’t know that, I could end up writing a whole post on differentiation rules and never answer your original question!
  4. Show Your Work
    If you have tried to solve it yourself, please describe what you have done and where you are getting stuck. You don’t have to be super-detailed here since I can’t see your paper, but if you give me an idea on where you getting hung up, then the greater chance there is of me providing the answer you need.
  5. Spelling, Grammer, and Punctuation
    Please take the time to write a clear and concise question. Use complete sentences. Check your spelling and grammar and use proper punctuation to the best of your ability. I’m not looking for perfection here, but I need to able to easily understand what you write.

Thanks and Happy Mathing!

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