How to Get Free Answers for Math Problems

By Laura Payne
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Feeling trapped by a tricky math problem? There are times when the solution to a math problem is elusive. Sometimes access to the problem's answer can avoid frustration and help learn how to solve the problem. With the answer to a math problem in hand, it is often possible to work backwards in order to figure out how the problem is solved.

Step 1

Search the archives at a math help website. Educational websites usually maintain archives of previously posted questions and answers. Your exact math problem may have already been solved at one of these sites, and if not, you may be able to find a problem that is similar enough that it will help you understand the steps to solving your problem.

Step 2

Check the forums at math help websites. People often post questions on forums to get answers to math problems or advice on how to solve them. Just like question and answer archives, your problem may have already been answered on a math forum. A benefit of forums is that they usually have on-going dialogues with posts from many different people and sometimes the way one person explains an answer is clearer than another.

Step 3

Enter your math problem into a problem-solving program at a math website. These programs are capable of solving basic math, algebra, trigonometry, calculus and statistics problems. Mathway, Basic-Mathematics.com and Free Math Help are a few of the sites that have problem-solving programs to answer your math problems.

Step 4

Ask an expert at a math tutorial website to solve your math problem and provide you with an answer. Many math websites have experts who are available to answer questions for free. Ask Dr. Math and Ask MathNerds are two resources that have volunteers with expertise in various fields of math.

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Last year I received a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Wayne State University with a cumulative GPA of 3.81. I chose to study linguistics, not only because I truly enjoy the intricacies of language, but I also felt that it would compliment my undergraduate degree in journalism. Throughout my coursework, writing played a key role. I wrote numerous research papers and a 50+ page thesis; each of which required that I follow the format and guidelines of the Linguistic Society of America. Additionally, during my undergraduate work in journalism, I followed the format and guidelines of the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. In short, I am accustomed to writing and/or editing under the constraints of certain formats and guidelines if called for. {{}}