# Chaffey College

1. Anybody in LVN or RN program @ Chaffey? Particularly LVN since I will be starting in May? I need help with math. Please, please, please, any input as to what kind of math to study. I desperately need help with converting fractions to decimals to percents, and vise-versa. Just can't get that darn stuff. Right now, I'm rememorizing the conversions of measurements.:redlight:

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3. i'm not familiar with chaffey's program, but i do know my math. i can give you a website you can use to do lots of math problems for practice and it's free. you need to have a good understanding of the basic principals of pre-algebra before you try your hand at algebra. pre-algebra and how to work with fractions and ratios should get you through medication calculations.

i had the dvds that came with martin-gay's pre-algebra and intermediate algebra textbooks. she is a terrific lecturer. the trick to math is to work problems over and over and over. interact math will let you do that. you can ask the program to give you more of similar types of problems. i used this website for my intermediate algebra and trig classes and it made a big difference in my understanding of the math. if you use the program enough, you'll begin to see the hierarchy of how the math are organized.

please excuse my dear aunt sally. . .we were just talking about that the other day. this is the mnemonic for the order of mathematical operations (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).
Last edit by Daytonite on May 4, '07
4. Daytonite always has some amazing resources, so don't overlook what she suggests, but if you'd like a hard copy of something to work with, almost everyone in our class took a dosage calculations class in order to pass the test required for admission, and this is the book that was used:

http://www.amazon.com/Calculate-Conf...8314918&sr=8-1

When asked near the end of our first semester what we thought of it, almost everyone said it was GREAT and we are still using it through our second semester for reference and practice. It starts with math basics such as decimals, fractions and Roman numerals, and then works in to actual dosage calculations. There are plenty of practice problems in this workbook and I think more if you use the disk (I have an older version so have been unable to use it for practice!).

Good luck....I think a lot of math is mindset -- quit thinking "Just can't get that darn stuff" and start thinking you "just need more practice"....in time, it's second nature!!

By the way, if you have a Borders bookstore in town, they offer a discount program if you join their Borders Rewards Club -- you only need to give them an e-mail address when you're in the store and they start sending coupons pretty regularly for some nice discounts (they'll usually give you the most recent discount right away when you sign up). I got a coupon this week for 30% off any book; that's pretty sweet when you're looking at the prices of some of these nursing school books!! (I am not employed by nor do I have any financial interest in the Borders chain, lol. I'm just CHEAP and hate waiting for shipping!!)
Last edit by WDWpixieRN on May 4, '07

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