High school math emergency? Call Math911!
With almost 50 years of experience of teaching math, Professor Martin Weissman knows what he’s doing. For many students, the greatest struggle isn’t the math itself, it’s fear – especially once they’ve reached the unknown realms of “Algebra”.
Professor Weissman crafted a tool for just those students – Math911 – to rescue them from their fears and save the day. Math911 includes instruction in Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics. (The Statistics course is in the process of being upgraded, and all upgrades are free.)
We were sent a download version of the complete program, but we primarily used the Introductory Algebra and Intermediate Algebra levels. (I’m the one familiar with higher levels of math; and it’s pretty hazy at this point. I took a peek just to confirm it’s similar to the rest of the program.)
Math911 was simple to install, though it does need to be installed as an administrator on the computer; since that is the case with most software today, it’s not unusual or a hardship.
When the user first opens Math911, it’s obvious that it’s a no-nonsense, get-right-to-learning item. While it *is* brightly colored and designed to make everything easy to see, there are no pretty graphics and no games, nothing intended to entice or trick the student into learning.
That said, Math911 is very straightforward and simple to use. It’s designed to be used either with a mouse or with just keyboard shortcuts, and while each of my older students varied between which they used, I found it a lot quicker to simply use the keyboard shortcuts. Not sure if that is because I’m that much “oldtimer” – or because I’m just a better typist – but I’m a pretty heavy shortcut user anyways.
I was pleasantly surprised with how easy Math911 was to use. The website was sort of a turn-off; there’s something about it, that even if the program had been recommended to me, I’d have been unlikely to make a purchase based on the website. Honestly, I might even have been hesitant to download the trial software. There’s just something about the website that rubs me the wrong way and I can’t really identify why.
So, if you’re reading this, and the website is doing the same to you – really, it’s ok. Go download the free trial version of Introductory Algebra, and check out Math911. It’s simple to use, it checks each answer immediately after the problem is completed, and complete solutions to all problems are provided.
And that completes the triage of care for your high school math emergency.