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More 3 Student's Book 55

Did you know that you can fit more water drops on a penny than you might think? This simple experiment is a fun and easy way to learn about the surface tension of water. All you need is a penny and some water.

more 3 student's book 55

According to the NEA Survey, three-fourths of members said they've had to fill in for colleagues or take other duties due to these shortages. Furthermore, 80 percent report that unfilled job openings have led to more work obligations for the educators who remain.

When asked about potential ways to address the issue, respondents pointed to higher salaries, providing additional mental supports for students, hiring more teachers, hiring more support staff, and less paperwork.

The survey also asked respondents about COVID's ongoing impact on their schools. Even amidst the Omicron surge, more than a third of educators say mask and mitigation policies have been eased since the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. Inadequate ventilation remains a top concern. Only 38 percent of educators reported having improved ventilation in their schools and only 28 percent believe their school's ventilation system provides them with enough protection.

You can expect to see students bailing from Math 55 on a regular basis. The class size shrinks to half its original size or less before the semester is over. According to one student who took Math 55 in 2005, and kept a running tally of attendance, "We had 51 students the first day, 31 students the second day, 24 for the next four days, 23 for two more weeks, and then 21 for the rest of the first semester after the fifth Monday.

In Williams' book, he describes Richard Stallman's Math 55 ending the semester with 20 students, eight of whom would go on to become future mathematics professors. One eventually went on to teach physics.

Those who enroll in Math 55 might wonder whether they are actually able to handle it. Well, it becomes clear pretty quick, thanks to a diagnostic exam for enrollees. Students scoring more than 50 percent are encouraged to enroll in Math 55, while those who score less than 10 percent are advised to take Math 21. If you fall in between, the choice is yours.

According to the freshman guide, Math 55 "often contains former members of the International Math Olympiad teams." That's the worldwide championship competition in which high school math students from more than 100 countries go head-to-head on ridiculously tough math problems.

Professor Yum-Tong Siu, whose class began with 50 students in 2003, said he actively tried to whittle down the class size. As The Harvard Independent reports, the class dropped down to 25 students, but Siu added: "I want to reduce it a bit more." The goal: 20. "We want a group of students with similar backgrounds so we can proceed at a pace that can suit them at the same time, so they don't feel bored or over their heads," said Siu.