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90% of 200 Students Fail Basic Algebra Problems

vvaduva (859950) writes | more than 4 years ago

Math 3

vvaduva (859950) writes "Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen — suggesting city schools aren't preparing them, a CUNY report shows. During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal."
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CUNY is making it unnecessarily complicated (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 4 years ago | (#30077890)

If only they had done the study with 100 instead of 200 students, they could have published their results much earlier.

Also 90% out of a 100 students would be fewer people, I think.

Re:CUNY is making it unnecessarily complicated (1)

jjbliss (1677448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30080168)

The results would have been published faster, but having a greater sample size generally tends to give more meaningful results.

It WOULD be fewer people. Exactly half as many.

CUNY Algebra Test Fails English (1)

coolmoose25 (1057210) | more than 4 years ago | (#30079466)

I don't know if this [cuny.edu] is the test that 90% failed, but their "Elementary Algebra" question number 2 is misspelled...

"Which of the following expressions represents the product of 3 less that twice X and 2 more than the quantity 3 times X"

that != than
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