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  • Jul 20 / 2017
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Education

How to Solve a Basic Algebraic Equation

How to solve a basic Algebraic equation

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

1) The #1 rule to remember is that, no matter what, any operation you apply to one side of the equals sign must be applied to the other side of the equals sign, whether it’s addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, or roots. Continue Reading

  • Jul 18 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: Leonidas at Thermopylae

"Leonidas at Thermopylae" by Jacques-Louis David

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is one in a series analyzing the close link between art and the classical world and the ways in which visual art can be a tool for teaching young people about classical antiquity. This is certainly what happened to me with the painting above, “Leonidas at Thermopylae” by Jacques-Louis David . When I first saw this painting as a teenager, I decided to read Herodotus and learn more about Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. This launched me on a lifelong journey of discovery of the classical world. Continue Reading

  • Jul 18 / 2017
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Education

How to Get an “A” in Physics

How to get an "A" in Physics

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Success in high school or basic college physics comes down to 3 factors:

1) Knowing your formulas.
2) Knowing how to determine which formula applies to the problem you’re trying to solve.
3) Knowing how to solve the equations produced when you apply a formula to a problem. Continue Reading

  • Jul 13 / 2017
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Latin

Hyginus: a Perfect Fabulist for Latin Students

“Fabularum liber” by Gaius Julius Hyginus

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Every ancient civilization has a great corpus of fables. In the case of Greek literature, we are all familiar with writers like Phaedrus and Aesop and their immortal works. Perhaps less well known, though, is the great fabulist Hyginus. Continue Reading

  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: Columbus’ Latin Letter

“Landing of Columbus” by John Vanderlyn

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

One of the greatest unknown Latin gems of the post-medieval period is a letter written by Christopher Columbus to his employers. This important historical document written in the language of Cicero contains Columbus’ first impression of the New World on his journey to find a new route to the Indies. Continue Reading

  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Education

How to Learn a Modern Foreign Language

Books for learning a modern foreign language

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

There are three main steps for successful modern-language learning:

1) Begin with Grammar

The first step is to learn the most basic grammar of the language. It’s always a mistake to ignore the grammar of a language and pursue a 100%-conversation approach right from the beginning. Instead, start by learning how sentences are constructed in the new language using a well-organized, grammar-intensive textbook. Continue Reading

  • Jul 06 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: Rage of Achilles

“The Rage of Achilles” by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is the first in a series exploring the links between art and classical studies. The goal is to help teachers show their students how to use works of art to develop a taste for the classical world. After all, we know that “a picture says a thousand words”, and the visual arts can be a great way to introduce students to classical mythology and history. Continue Reading

  • Jul 06 / 2017
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Education

How to Be Admitted into the College of Your Choice

How to be admitted into the college of your choice

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Every year tens of thousands of high-achieving American and international students compete for a relatively small number of undergraduate spots at a handful of elite US universities. They’re all highly dedicated and hard-working, but the unfortunate fact is, the vast majority of those who apply to top colleges will not be accepted. Surprisingly, this often won’t be because the student doesn’t deserve to be accepted but instead because the student (like most who apply) has been doing the opposite of what he or she should have done! Continue Reading

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