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Developed at Utah State University, the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives hosts a library of interactives that meet NCTM algebra standards at all grade levels.
Ker-Splash from NCTM's Calculation Nation introduces students to algebra as they try to rack up points by combining like terms. The more x's and y's that players collect, the more control they have over the game board ? trap doors can be opened and closed with the x's and y's. The trap doors could be the key to your strategy or what makes everything fall apart.
Cyberchase games from PBS allow 8 - 12 year olds to practice pre-algebra skills in a fun interactive environment.
The Shodor Foundation's Interactivate library features interactives ranging from a simple “pattern generator” to fractals. The repository also includes games, codes, and estimation activities. Some have adjustable ability levels.
Created by NCTM and Marco Polo, Illuminations offers 90 online activities that are color-coded by grade level. Browse or search for algebra activites such as Pan Balance Shapes for elementary students or Algebraic Transformations for high school students.
Patterns in Mathematics from the Annenberg Foundation features logic, number and word patterns. Using descriptions and both visual and written forms of expressions, students will develop a larger "function sense" without simply asking for the next number in the pattern.
The Fibonacci Numbers and Nature page contains lessons, detailed activity descriptions, interactives ranging from simple to complex, photographs and illustrations related to the Fibonacci sequence as it occurs in nature.
Middle and High School
Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra from Another Dimension is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series. The player proceeds on missions in a strange world where the ultimate power consists of mathematical skill and knowledge. Many of the pages have hidden clues and areas. Players, teachers and parents may email for assistance and answer keys.
Seeing Math interactives help clarify key mathematical ideas in middle and high school mathematics by showing the connection between different representations (such as symbolic and graphical). Created by the Concord Consortium, there are eight free interactives.
Bitesize Algebra from the BBC includes tutorials, interactive activities and quizzes on Formulas, inequalities, equations, coordinates, graphs and sequences.
Coolmath Algebra includes study tips, rules, illustrations and calculators.
Interactive Algebra from Fife Public Schools provides practice problems and displays the steps in solving the problems.
The cockroaches will move along a straight line. Your mission: find the equation of the line in slope-intercept form. With sound effects and a choice of weapons to use against the cockroaches, Algebra vs. the Cockroaches brings a little fun into your equations.
Algebra Activities from Hotmath.com includes a large number of interactives such as Guess the Function, Transforming Functions, Equating Two Expressions and more.
Resources featuring Real-World Applications
The Futures Channel hosts short video clips that feature the applications of algebra in the world around us. Lesson activities, articles, and biographies of master educators in the field are also featured.
Students can explore 33 different professions requiring algebraic knowledge on the AlgebraLAB site developed by Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Descriptions include skills required and salary ranges.
A search for "algebra" at the Open Video Project site yields twelve different downloadable NASA Connect clips describing the application of algebraic concepts in the use and construction of telescopes and aircraft.
Real problems requiring algebra were contributed by professionals in Idaho for Math in the Workplace from the Micron (a semiconductor company) demonstrate the relevance of math in today's world.
Listen to a musician talking about The Algebra of Music in this BBC interview.
Last updated 5/24/12
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