Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Math Tutor DVD's (Pre-Algebra and Ti Calculator)

Several times now I’ve been the lucky recipient of the Math Tutor DVD’s. I am really pleased with this program. I love anything that will help me teach higher math. Higher math is scary. I like how these DVD’s have short simple lessons and not a lot of fluff or extra nonsense.

For this review I was sent Pre-Algebra and Unlock the Power of your TI-84 / TI-83 Graphing Calculator!

On the cover of the disks you get a break down of what’s on them. You can have your child watch the entire thing, or you can have your child go through their regular math curriculum, then when they get to the spot in your curriculum where you are learning about, say, subtracting Integers, you pull out the pre algebra DVD and have them watch that segment for reinforcement. Or you can just pull out the DVD when the child is having trouble in an area for a new and fresh explanation.

We have already done pre algebra so I only had my children watch a few lessons for reinforcement. I think this was actually really helpful since we did it right before we started Algebra. That is also a good way to use these DVD’s as just a quick review at the beginning of the year before you start the next level.

You can click on the link below to find out more about the Pre Algebra DVD. Also, here is a segment of the DVD so you can see for yourself what it’s like.


Disk 1
Sect 1 - Real Numbers
Sect 2 - The Number Line
Sect 3 - Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
Sect 4 - Absolute Value and Adding Integers
Sect 5 - Subtracting Integers

Disk 2
Sect 6 - Multiplying Integers
Sect 7 - Dividing Integers
Sect 8 - Powers and Exponents
Sect 9 - Order of Operation

Ti Calculator

This DVD could not have come into our house at a better time. My son was just about to start Algebra at the local community college. So far we’d done Algebra at home and we’d not used a Ti calculator so neither of us knew how to use it. Within just a few lessons he had enough information to go to his first day of class, confident that he could use the basic functions on the calculator. He continued to watch the rest of the lessons on this DVD and I really believe he is going to get much more out of the calculator than his brother did who just played with it till he figured it out. For our family, this is my favorite of the Math Tutor DVD’s. You can go here to see more about this DVD and see a video.

Disk 1
Section 1: Overview of the Calculator
Section 2: The Mode Menu
Section 3: Basic Arithmetic and Exponents
Section 4: Logarithms and Square Roots
Section 5: Sin, Cos, Tan
Section 6: Scientific Notation and Storing Variables
Section 7: The Math Menu and Catalog Menu
Section 8: Convert between Fractions and Decimals
Section 9: Finding the Min and Max of a Function
Section 10: Calculating Derivatives and Integrals
Section 11: Absolute Value, Rounding, and Integers
Section 12: Converting between Degrees and Radians
Section 13: Working with Complex Numbers

Disk 2
Section 14: Using the Equation Solver
Section 15: Graphing and Tracing Functions
Section 16: Using Tables and Split Screen Modes
Section 17: Find the Exact Value of a Function Using Graphing
Section 18: Finding the Zeros of a Function using Graphing
Section 19: Finding the Max and Min of a Function using Graphing
Section 20: Finding Intersections of Functions using Graphing
Section 21: Finding the Derivative of a Function by Graphing
Section 22: Calculating the Definite Integral by Graphing
Section 23: Drawing on a Graph
Section 24: Graphing and Tracing Sequences

Disk 3
Section 25: Graphing and Tracing Parametric Equations
Section 26: Converting between Rectangular and Polar Coordinates
Section 27: Graphing and Tracing Polar Equations
Section 28: Permutations, Combinations, and Factorial
Section 29: Working with Histograms and Box Plots
Section 30: Graphing Statistical Scatter Plots
Section 31: Calculating Mean, Median, Standard Deviation, and more
Section 32: Performing Statistical Regression
Section 33: Calculating with Matrices
Section 34: Solving Systems of Equations with Matrices
Section 35: Calculating Interest Rates
Section 36: Calculating Mortgages and Loans
Section 37: Calculating Savings and Investments

So, you can go here to find out more about the Ti Calculator DVD, here to find out more about the Pre Algebra DVD and here to find out about all the DVD’s Math Tutor offers and their pricing structure (Very reasonable, in my opinion) and you can go here to see what other’s on The Crew had to say about Math Tutor DVD’s

Happy Homeschooling!


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