One of the difficulties with teaching complex mathematics is that it can be difficult for students to translate the concepts to real-life implementations. “I’m never going to use this!” is a common complaint, as if higher level mathematics was merely devised as a method of torture. Often, the true value of math’s “word problems”, regardless of the math topic, are exposed in how effectively the challenges are rooted in real-life.
We’ve been exploring some new Math Mammoth titles from the Make It Real . . . → Read More: Review: Math Mammoth
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.)
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It was perfect timing for us when we recently received the new No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials to try out. Tyler, my now-9th grader, has been wishing for a textbook-focused math for the last few months, and honestly, I’d been reluctant to provide it. He might *think* it was what he wanted, but longer, more tedious lessons would not be a positive for this active kid. And into this gulf of disparity came No-Nonsense Algebra.
No-Nonsense Algebra doesn’t waste your time With short, concise, self-contained lessons, No-Nonsense Algebra is written in . . . → Read More: Simply essential math
Virtual Nerd. It’s a catchy name, isn’t it? The kind of name that catches your curiosity, and makes you (or the kids) look it up when you get home.
It’s more then just a memorable name, though. Virtual Nerd has hundreds of videos on upper level math and science, and is working hard at increasing their offerings. Currently offering Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, and Intro to Physics, they expect to increase coverage of Physics, and add Chemistry, Pre-calculus and Calculus by the start of the Fall 2011 school year.
They aim higher then just . . . → Read More: 24-HR on call Math 911 with Virtual Nerd
We’ve had the opportunity this month to review two DVD sets from MathTutor DVD.com, Pre-Algebra Volume 1 and Texas Instruments TI-84 Calculator Tutor. There are many more courses available, and I’d expect similar style and quality from each. With a surprisingly low cost, they’d make an affordable, yet valuable, math reference library.
Everything you ever wanted to know about your calculator… and then some.
Way back in the early 90s, my algebra 2 class was one of the first ones in our high school to use graphing calculators. We . . . → Read More: Math Tutor: Your personal 24/7 guide to really understanding math