# Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games:
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include:

1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

# Hot Math!

December 8th, 2014

It’s Monday, December 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Hotmath.com

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 7-11, with parental supervision)

This website offers free math activities and games for middle and high school students to learn graphing, factoring, and divisibility in a fun way, all online!

When you get to the site you will see the following choices:

I. HANDS ON MATH LEARNING – This area includes:
*Pre-Algebra Activities – Algebra Tiles, Acrobat Number Line, Circle Area Approximation, Data Representation, Area Decomposer, Fraction Tech Tool, and other titles
*Algebra I Activities – Exponential Functions, Exponential and Log Functions, Quadratic Equations in Factored Form, Diamond Problem Flash Cards, etc.
*Algebra II and Trigonometry Activities – Function Grapher, Conic Sections – General Form, Hyperbolas, Ellipses and more.
*Geometry Activities – Angle Sum Theorem, Exterior Angles of a Polygon, Conics, Conics – Parabola, Area of a Triangle and many more activities.
II. MATH GAMES
Click on the words “Math Games” to enter the game page. You will find the following games:
*Catch the Fly – Give Mr. Frog the x,y coordinates so he can dine!
*Number Cop – Speed through divisible numbers and try not to crash into the wrong numbers!
*Algebra vs. the Cockroaches – What axis are the cockroaches running through? Game can be played with or without sound.
*Factortris – Similar to “Tetris” but with a new dimension. You build the dimensions needed by solving the equation and place them where you want them. If you let the time run out, the game builds the piece and you will not have a choice on placement.
These online games and activities are a great way to learn math concepts at any age!

# Free Math TV Tutorials & More

June 30th, 2014

It’s Monday, June 30, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

LearnersTV

Age Range: 12-18+ (Middle School, High School, and Beyond, children with parental supervision)

LearnersTV.com provides free video and audio lectures of entire courses (delivered by faculty members from renowned universities worldwide) in the fields of:
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Biology
• Computer Science
• Engineering
• Medicine
• Dentistry
• Management and Accounting

In some cases, interactive animations add a visual component and are used to help you better understand concepts. You can also take online timed tests that provide “instant feedback and explanations to help learners around the globe.”

When you get to the site just click on the subject of interest; for example, click on “Maths” and a new page opens with a menu of math courses in:
• Pre-Algebra
• Algebra
• Intermediate Algebra
• Geometry
• Trigonometry
• Calculus
• Differential Equations
• Probability
• Statistics

Click on any of those topics and another menu opens where you can click a specific class or lecture within that category. There is a lot of content here, and more is loaded to the site every day. Bookmark this one to return often.

June 16th, 2014

It’s Monday, June 16, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Planet

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

Mathplanet.com is sponsored by a Swedish non-profit organization called Mattecentrum. It’s an online community where students can study U.S. high school math courses for free through theory, examples, and video lessons.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction along with featured lessons and news items. Look for the colorful menu on the right side of the screen to access lessons that include:

*Pre-Algebra – Covers integers, one-step equations, graphs and functions, ratio and percent, probability, area and volume, etc.

*Algebra 1 – Discover algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, radical and rational expressions.

*Algebra 2 – Explore equations, graphs, matrices, exponential and logarithmic expressions, sequences, probability and trigonometry.

*Geometry – Study points, lines, planes, angles, parallel lines, triangles, similarity, trigonometry, quadrilaterals, and more.

*SAT – Practice sample questions similar to what you’ll find on the SAT exam. If you have difficulty, watch the linked video lessons.

*ACT – Try your hand at solving questions similar to those on the ACT. Linked video lessons explain challenging concepts.

If you want to interact with others using Math Planet, check out their Facebook page.

# Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials for Grades 5-10

November 11th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, November 11, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 10-15 (designed for middle school students, with parental supervision)

NOTE: This website has randomly generated advertisements. As always, parents must preview the site and supervise Internet access.

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site use the menu on the left side of the page to access the lessons that are divided into two sections:

I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic

• Natural Numbers
• Counting
• Number Bases
• Subtraction
• Integers
• Multiplication
• Factors
• Division
• Fractions
• Fraction Arithmetic
• Inverses
• Equivalence
• Common Denominators
• Decimals

II.  Elementary Algebra

• Basics of Sets
• Relations
• Functions
• Equations
• Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

# Algebra, Geometry, Trig, & Calculus for Morons

November 4th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, November 4, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThinkQuest: Math for Morons Like Us

Age Range: 10-17 (about Middle/High School)

The title of this site, “Math for Morons Like Us,” is intended to get your attention and resonate with how you may feel about math, and not meant as an insult. It has been designed to help clarify some of those math concepts that cause confusion when it comes to pre-algebra, algebra, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. It is assumed that you know some of the basic concepts, and that you want to reinforce or review them.

You’ll find free tutorials, sample problems, and quizzes along with interactive resources to help you learn:

*Pre-Algebra – Includes: Basic Equations, Basic Graphing, and Fractions

*Algebra – Includes: Exponents, Single and Multiple Variable Equations, Word Problems, Factoring, Fractions, Ratios, Graphing on Number Lines and on the Coordinate Plane, Square Roots, and Scientific Notation.

*Geometry – Includes: Parallel Lines, Congruent Triangles and Right Triangles, Isosceles and Equilateral Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Parallelograms, Similar Polygons, Circles, Coordinate Geometry, Area and Volume of Solids, and some “Computer Fun.”

*Algebra II – Solving Equations and Inequalities, Graphs and Functions, Polynomials and Factoring, Fractional Expressions, Powers and Roots, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Probability, Matrices, Trigonometry, Equations and Triangles, and more.

*Pre-Calc/Calculus – Includes: Pre-Calculus concepts and Calculus I concepts.

The site also provides a “Formula Database” that contains commonly used formulas and equations. Plus you can take quizzes to test your knowledge of various concepts. They also offer a nice selection of links to terrific math sites on the Net.