Homework Problems Graph Paper

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook.

I want to have nicer looking math notes. I'm reviewing high school math (algebra, geometry, trig) and studying college math I never had (calculus, linear algebra, whatever).

I have lots of great textbooks with problems and solutions.

When I'm working the practice problems, though, I just grab scratch paper and write things out haphazardly, often in as little space as I can (so I'll end up with three or four sloppy columns on the page).

I'd like to aim for something more attractive and legible, in the hope that I might enjoy looking back over them in the future.

So please give me all your best tips and ideas for creating my personal math notebook, writing out math homework attractively, and integrating it with notes (chapter summaries and so on). Links to examples would be great.

Please feel free to be very basic and explicit, like "write fractions so they take up two lines" or "circle the final answer" or "use lined paper" or "use graph paper" or whatever.

Suggestions on things to include besides worked problems (formats for chapter summaries, etc.) would also be great.

Thank you!

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Graph Paper Types

Welcome to the graph paper page at Math-Drills.com where learning can be coordinated in a grid pattern! We have included Graph paper, dot paper, isometric paper and coordinate grid paper in both metric and U.S./Imperial measurements. Graph or grid paper may be used for many purposes such as: graphing, mapping, counting, multiplying, adding, and measuring.

Due to the wide variety of printers, the printable graph paper may or may not print out with precision. In Adobe Reader, change Page Scaling to "None" when printing to get the most precise scaling. You will see this option after you choose to print.

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Single Line Graph Paper

Measured graph/grid paper for use in a variety of math learning situations.

This paper is for those who are used to using the Metric system or those who want things measured using the Metric system. The gray lined paper is most useful if you need to draw overtop of the existing lines and highlight your own figures. For example, for a measurement unit, rectangles of different sizes could be outlined in a word problem like the following: "Draw as many rectangles as you can with whole number dimensions that have an area of 36 square centimeters."

Multi-Line Graph Paper

Multi-line graph paper is graph paper that includes more than one measurement interval which is indicated by different colors and weights of lines.

Multi-line graph paper has many applications including everything that you can accomplish on single-line graph paper. We'll leave the potential to your imagination, but here are a couple ideas to get you started. A three line graph paper worksheet with 2.5 cm, 1.25 cm and 0.25 cm lines ends up having smaller boxes of 25 squares and larger boxes of 100 squares. There are also small rows and columns of 5 squares. This is very similar to the decimal money system that is used in many countries. Therefore, you could model counting coins using this particular three line graph paper. The boxes of 25 and 100 and the rows and columns of 5 make it easy to get a total in the end. Multi-line graph paper also makes most graphing activities easier because students can skip count rather than having to count each line. For example drawing a bar on a bar graph that required a height of 28 would be easier if you had every 4 lines marked with a thicker differently colored line just like you'll find on the two line graph paper with 1 inch major lines and 1/4 inch minor lines.

Coordinate Grid Paper

Coordinate grid paper aka Cartesian grid or plane paper is used for plotting points in four quadrants on a coordinate plane. It can also be used for transformations that involve more than one quadrant. Many people use it for "Cartesian Art" where students plot points in a given order and join each point to the previous one with a line segment. There are many other uses for coordinate grid paper, limited only by your imagination.

Square Dot Paper

Measured dot paper for use in a variety of math learning situations where a square arrangement of dots is needed.

Dot paper can be useful in a variety of mathematical situations. For example, it is quite useful for drawing side views of connecting cube structures or other rectangular based figures. One very interesting use of dot paper is to find the area of irregular polygons using Pick's Formula (named after Georg Alexander Pick). You could decompose an irregular polygon into regular polygons, find the area of each polygon and add the areas, or you could use the much easier Pick's Formula which is to add the number of interior dots to half of the boundary dots and subtract one.

Dot paper can actually be used for just about anything for which grid paper can be used. Dot paper is grid paper without the line segments in between the vertices. Some people prefer dot paper as the page is less busy and allows better definition of anything that is drawn on the page.

Isometric Paper

Isometric dot paper for sketching three-dimensional cube structures and other uses.

With a little shading, the structures can look quite nice. Unlike square grid paper, there is an up and down on isometric paper, so there are two choices for orientation: portrait or landscape.

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