Where Will I Ever Use Algebra? What is The
Value of Algebra?
Sound familiar? In an arithmetic class, you can point out many
applications like retail markup, gas mileage, medical doses, etc.
but what about algebra? For example, where will the average person
make use of methods used to solve algebraic equations? Why would
the average person need to know how to find the inverse of a
function?
Hopefully, after viewing the examples on this site, your
students will clearly see that the process of learning higher
mathematics provides valuable skills in deductive reasoning and
symbolic reasoning in addition to math skills used directly in
science and engineering applications.
Lessons, Videos, & Lecture Notes
There are lessons posted on
this site incorporate realworld applications of math and
realworld experiments on video with exercises, deductive
reasoning, use of technology, and collaborative group activities,
while adhering to a traditional sequence of topics. The lessons
will work with most standard precalculus text books so there is
no need to switch from your current text. Download and/or
modify these lessons, videos, and worksheets for use in your own
class. There are
college algebra videos and lecture notes that you may download. The videos are in quicktime or flash form and the notes are
in pdf form and also in an editable MS Word form.
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