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The Mental Blocks of Mathematics

2x + y(3x - 2y) = HELP!

If you don't know how to find the answer to the above equation, you're not alone. Many of us have "mental blocks" when it comes to mathematics.

You may be good at basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but a fog clouds your mind if you're asked to find the answer to 2x + 2x = 16. Unfortunately, your mental fog probably first appeared way back when you were in the early years of learning mathematics.

The purpose of this chapter is not to teach you how to become an expert mathematician. This chapter will provide you with some basic tips or study skills so that if you are forced into a learning situation that involves math, you will be able to approach this endeavor with less apprehension and a more positive attitude.