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Welcome to AlgebraLAB, an online learning environment that focuses on topics and skills from high school mathematics that students must be able to draw upon in their introductory science courses. Since math is the language of science, science courses are often where students first realize “Oh, so this is why we learned that in algebra …”

In many cases students often discover that it is one or more math skills that initially block their ability to understand and internalize new science concepts. In science classes students must learn how to recognize when particular mathematics procedures are applicable so that they can select from their "mathematics toolboxes" the correct methods needed to solve new problems. And to make matters worse, these new problems are often "word problems" that require not only an ultimate solution but an understanding of how to interpret givens, relate cause-and-effect, and set up any initial conditional equations.

After 14 years of being online, AlgebraLAB has become an integral component in the curriculum of innumerable instructors at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels as well as parents, and students. In the state of Florida, AlgebraLAB's curriculum has been been reviewed and approved with links to specific pages (see example) meeting required mathematics standards and benchmarks. Moreover, AlgebraLAB has received recommendations from Educational Freeware, Drexel University's Math Forum, and The Physics Front.

Research-based design models have driven the project’s design and implementation. AlgebraLAB focuses on building the connections between science and the basic mathematics required for its understanding by means of:
  • Lessons on each topic/skill combination
  • StudyAids or “Recipes for Success”
  • Practice pages for each topic/skill combination
  • Hands-on science activities to support the use of mathematics in science
  • Interactive glossary of math and science terms with pronunciation guides, definitions, and examples
  • Career profiles illustrating the connections between math and science in a myriad of occupations.
  • Technical reading passages, word-problem mini-lessons, and interpretations of science graphs that integrate reading and math skills
The following page provides more information about the project's history. Our copyright information and usage agreement are available as well as recommendations on how to use this website.





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   Catharine H. Colwell
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   Jeremy R. Blawn
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