Posts Tagged ‘calculus’

Online Math Quiz

November 28th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

That Quiz

(www.thatquiz.org/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly tell you whether your answer is correct.

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of; individual students don’t need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids won’t need to either; everything on this site is accessible without registration.

There really is something at every level here: a whole decade’s worth of randomly-generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to select the parameters you’d like to apply. For example, for calculus, you can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten problems, or as many as a hundred. It will keep track of your score, and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy. You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy; write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you did wrong.

This website is also available in 10 other languages! Just click the Language title in the bottom left corner of the front page. 

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and the activity works just fine.

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathTV

(www.mathtv.com/)

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include: 

  • Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
  • Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
  • Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
  • Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include: 

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

July 25th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

(math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision).

 

Rice University sponsors this website that offers all kinds of FUN interactive math lessons created by math whiz and teacher Cynthia Lanius.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math activities that cover every math strand and ability level from counting to calculus. Here are just a few of the lesson/game titles: 

  • Who Wants Pizza? – A fraction lesson offered in both English and Spanish!
  • The Million Dollar Mission – A math and money fantasy that teaches about exponential growth.
  • Calendar Fun – Amaze your friends by using the calendar and a little algebra.
  • Mathematics of Cartography – Who knew map-makers were mathematicians?
  • Dueling Pinwheels – A dazzling way to look at geometry.

The activities at this site include lessons, instructions, and explanations of math concepts and problems – and all have an interactive game component that allows you to practice what you’ve learned. See? Math can be fun!

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH (nrich.maths.org/frontpage)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

Challenging Math In Movies

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, September 21, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathBits.com: Math and the Movies

(www.mathbits.com/MathBits/MathMovies/MathMovies.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Want to make math fun? If you’re willing to do a bit of prep work at the audio-visual department of your local library or on Netflix (or whatever movie provider you use), you and your kids will be rewarded with some really fun math explorations.

This website offers free math activities and worksheets based on short scenes or clips from movies and television shows that present mathematical content (not watered-down content) in a variety of educational styles. As explained at the website, the clips fall into two main categories: 

  1. Clips that demonstrate the actual mathematics at work, such as seeing Abbott and Costello describe how 28 divided by 7 is 13.
  2. Clips that are used as a hook or humorous introduction to a topic, such as watching Lucy and Ethel wrapping chocolates on a conveyor belt prior to solving problems relating to conveyor belts and sequences.

You’ll find movie and TV clips that help demonstrate or introduce everything from pre-algebra to calculus. And then, you follow up by doing the exercises on the free worksheets. When you get to the site read the introduction and then use the menu at the top of the page to access:

Part 1 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie and TV titles such as: 

  • Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace
  • Star Trek – The Original Series: The Trouble With Tribbles
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • October Sky
  • Stand and Deliver
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • ~ And more!

Part 2 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie titles such as: 

  • Little Big League
  • Wall-E
  • Father of the Bride
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote – “Hot Rod and Reel”
  • The Simpsons: Bart, the Genius
  • Shrek the Third
  • ~ And more!

Note: The movie ratings run the gamut from G to R, so AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. This is a great way to use technology and pop culture to engage older students in the fun of mathematics.

Free Math Software for Algebra, Geometry & More!

July 13th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GeoGebra (http://www.geogebra.org/)

 

Age Range: 10 and up (about middle school and beyond with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.
It’s available in many languages for users around the world and includes: 
  • Lessons
  • Video Tutorials
  • Worksheets
  • Animations
  • and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see “Featured Materials” that will acquaint you with the materials and how to access them.

It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “user forum” to get additional advice.

Notice that as you open each page, a horizontal menu appears on the left to show you similar material.

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