I thought I’d start something new and provide some of my “corny” **math tips** that I provide to my students. Here’s one that helps me remember the equations for horizontal and vertical lines, and can be found in the **Coordinate System and Graphing Lines** section:

**Horizontal** lines are when “*y* = a number”; for example, “*y* = 5” (with no “*x*” in the equation) is a horizontal line where *y* equals 5. The **slope is zero** (0), since 0*x* means there is no x. **You can remember this since a “ y” looks like an upside down “h”, and “h” is the beginning of the word “horizontal”. **The line “

*y*= 0” sits on the x axis.

**Vertical** lines are when “*x* = a number”; for example, “*x* = –2″ (with no “*y*” in the equation) is a vertical line where x equals –2. The slope is **undefined**, like the line is falling from the sky**. You can remember this since you can draw a “v” in an “x”, and “v” is the beginning of the word “vertical”. **The line “*x* = 0” sits on the y axis.

Also – an update on the site: Finished a couple more Advanced Algebra topics: **Parent Functions and Transformations**, and **Piecewise Functions** – tough ones! Next topic: **Matrices**!

Getting upwards of 300 new hits a week; at least the numbers are going in the right direction!

Have fun with math and keep reading!