# GED Science…Simple Machines

Machines? Simple? Dude, I always get confused by machines. I ain’t like Curtis, like, all knowin’ how to fix cars and everything. But on the GED science test, you gotta know some basic stuff about machines. An’ they got these things, you wouldn’t even think they were machines at all that are called “simple machines.” Continue reading

# GED Studies Help… Ask a Question

Hey… Well, who knows what you need to know about for GED social studies better than you do? What idea is really hard to understand? What question is really difficult to answer? What do you want me to figure out and explain? Now, I’m asking you to send in all your GED social studies questions, so I can get you some answers to what you want to know. You can post a comment here, or e-mail me at becca@passged.com.

# GED Writing Help… Ask Me a Question…

Now that I’m all done with that practice GED essay, going through the whole writing process, I’m ready to help you with whatever you need! We’ve been talking about the best way to help people, and we decided to ask you… what do you want to know? Send me any questions about the GED essay, the GED writing test, the writing process, essays in general, or just writing… let me know what you want to know! You can post a comment here, or you can e-mail me at liz@passged.com.

# GED Questions from Jesse

Jesse writes:I was wondering If u could let me know if I got these two questions correct I’m taking my ged next week & I want to feel comfortable with this math.
On a map 1/3 in=15 miles find the distance between two towns on a map that equals 3 2/3 in. How many miles r between the two? my answer was 75 miles am I correct?Next Question

The scale on a map indicates that 1/2 inch represents an actual distance of 120 miles, how far apart will two towns be if the actual distance between them is 180 miles my answer was 2 inches am I correct? if not could u explain how to set up these type of problems? thank you, Jesse.

Jesse,

Hey! Congrats on your GED test comin’ up. Y’know what these questions are? Ratios. I got a ratio post on my blog at: http://www.passged.com/student_blogs/curtis/2007/12/24/rice-ratios-gotta-love-that-ged-math/

There’ll prolly be a ratio question on the GED test. Here’s how it works. Take the first question. You got 1/3 inch, that equals 15 miles. Picture it in your head. Say this line is 1/3 inch: |—| It be 15 miles.

So, you got to find out how many miles in 3-2/3 inch. Well, first you gotta find out, how many 1/3-inches are in 3-2/3 inch. Get it?

Three 1/3-inch lengths are in 1 inch, like this:
|—|—|—|

So, in 3-2/3 inches, there’s 11 1/3-inch lengths:
|—|—|—|
|—|—|—|
|—|—|—|
|—|—|

Each 1/3-inch is 15 miles, right? So, we got 11 lengths of 15 miles… that’s 15 times 11, and that’s 165 miles! There ya go. Always makes it easier to understand to picture it in your head.

If you want to do it mathematically, what I did was set up a ratio:
1/3:15
3-2/3:x

Divide 3-2/3 by 1/3… then multiply 15 by the answer to get x.

Here’s the other one.
1/2 inch = 120 miles
x = 180 miles

Same deal here, right? You got a ratio.
1/2 inch:120 miles
x:180 miles

The relationship between 120 and 180 got to be the same as between 1/2 and the answer. So, what’s the relationship between 120 and 180? If you divide 180 by 120, 180/120 = 18/12 = 9/6 = 3/2 = 1-1/2

So, 180 is 1-1/2 times 120. Then x got to be 1-1/2 times 1/2. That’s 3/4. If it’s easier, you can do 1.5 x .5 = .75 …same thing. So, the answer’s 3/4 inch. Get it?

Hope this helps!

Curtis

Hey there… a great way to study for the GED test is to take practice questions, right? The problem with GED practice questions, is sometimes you take them, and then you don’t understand the answers. You only get better if you learn the answers, and how to get them. Continue reading

# GED Science Conspiracies… Does the Government Want Your Hair?

Want to learn some GED science, and find out how the government’s gonna invade your privacy in the future? One single strand of hair… and THEY can tell where you were all last year? Can they tell what planet I was abducted to, that’s what I wanna know! Yeah, it’s true, a new science study can figure out where you were by lookin’ at your hair. Continue reading

# GED Social Studies Important Idea: Separation of Powers

On the GED test, there are some important ideas you need to know about government and the big ideas behind government in the U.S. I was thinking about the last thing I talked about, redistricting, made me think about it. I mean, when people were using redistricting to discriminate against blacks or other minorities, other people brought it to court. The Supreme Court decided whether the people making laws were right or wrong. So, one part of the government can stop another part of the government from doing something. Continue reading

# GED Practice Essay: Revising the Conclusion

Okay! I’m on the final step of revising my practice GED essay. That’s the conclusion. I think a good conclusion is really important on the GED. The GED readers look for organization, and a good conclusion shows good organization. The GED readers are also people…and people like a good conclusion. It leaves you with a good impression, since it’s the last thing you read. Continue reading

# GED Vocabulary Building

I think that I’ve got to take a break from GED poetry for a while. It’s hard, right? One of the things that makes poetry hard, and some of the other reading on the GED is vocabulary. I’ve given some vocabulary advice for the GED test before, but I thought it would help to give some more advice on how to build your vocabulary…learn more words before you take the GED test. Continue reading