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21 Animated GIFs Teach You Mathematical Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Did

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“Let’s face it; by and large math is not easy, but that’s what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.”

Danica McKellar

As the new school year is coming, it is time to hit the ground running in your classes. Math could be tough for many of us, but there is no getting around learning it since it is the language for scientists to interpret the Universe. Check out these animated gifs that might help you visualize some tricky aspects of math, so you will be able to dominate your math exams in the new school year.



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Solving Pascal triangles:

Use FOIL to easily multiply binomials:

Use FOIL to easily multiply binomials

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Here’s how you solve logarithms:

solve logarithms

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Use this trick so you don’t get mixed up when doing matrix transpositions:

What the Pythagorean Theorem is really trying to show you:

Pythagorean Theorem

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Exterior angles of polygons will ALWAYS add up to 360 degrees:

If you’re studying trig, you better get pretty comfortable with circles. Check out this visualization that shows what you’re really looking at when you deal with pi:


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If an arc of a circle is the same length as its radius, the resulting angle is one radian:

Visualizing sine (red) on the Y axis and cosine (blue) on the X axis. The relative position of the circle is shown in black:

sine and cosine

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This shows the same thing, but a bit more simply:

cosine and sine

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Here’s how sine and cosine apply to triangles:

sin cosine and triangle

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Cosine is the derivative of sine:


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Tangent lines:


Flipped on its side, the shape begins to make more sense:

tangent line

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Converting a function from Cartesian to Polar coordinates:

Drawing a parabola:


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The Riemann sum is the approximate area under a curve:

Riemann sum

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Translating that into 3D, you get a hyperboloid. Believe it or not, it’s made with completely straight lines:


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Seriously. You can even make it do this:


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Bonus: If you need to remember the quadratic formula, check this video and sing it to the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and you will remember the quadratic formula for the rest of your life. “The quadratic formula is negative b, plus or minus the square root of b squared minus 4ac, all over 2a!”

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