
Welcome 

Welcome to AlgebraLAB. We are very proud of our curricular content and
we will be continuing to develop additional resources during the 20052006
school year.
AlgebraLAB was originally conceived as a math curriculum designed to reinforce
the topics and skills needed by students enrolled in physical science courses
to be successful. Over the past two years, content addressing almost 40
topics in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Reading with over 185 skills has
been developed.
Content on the website is comprised of:

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics graphs providing a connection between
math and science.

Career profiles each providing summaries,
pictures, local Daytona Beach area companies, an online bibliography, and
additional links for further information.

Comprehensive, interactive glossary of math and science terms with pronunciation guides, definitions, and examples

EXCEL modeling using spreadsheets to illustrate
relationships of special math functions.

Fieldtested handson science activities providing
math applications in physics/chemistry.

Internet Data exercises allowing students to
manipulate and analyze real data.

Lessons providing instruction on each
topic/skill combination as well as a comprehensive set of instructions on
how to use the TI graphing calculator

Practice pages providing additional exercises
for each topic/skill combination.

StudyAids for Algebra I and Algebra II called
“Recipes for Success.”

Technical reading passages uniting reading and
math skills.

Word Problems uniting reading and
math skills.
Our search engine is conjunctive; that is, it
reports materials that belong to all categories you specify. It is recommended
that you begin any search in the most general manner and then, as necessary,
narrow it down by choosing additional search criteria: course, contributor,
document type, Sunshine State Standard, topic, skill and/or keyword.
Results of any search will be displayed alphabetically by document type.
represents a handson activity,
represents a lesson,
represents a reading comprehension passage,
represents practice exercises,
represents a set of StudyAid notes, and
represents a word problem lesson
We hope that you will continue to visit the site over the upcoming months as we
build our resources!




Directions for Glossary Terms


Our current glossary contains over 700 math and science terms. On all of our lesson, practice, reading comprehension, studyaids, and word problem pages these terms are presented in a purple font and are further denoted by a dotted underline; for instance, line segment.
As you can see from this example, when you click on a glossary term, a new window will open giving you the word's pronunciation, a definition, the subject area for the definition, and an example.
On these pages,
signifies an accompanying audio
An alphabetical listing is available on the glossary page. These terms are not available through our general search engine.




Directions for Lessons


Our current lessons consist of an
evergrowing assortment covering topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry,
reading, and a comprehensive collection on how to use the graphing calculator.
Within a lesson, signifies
that an interactive example follows,
represents an interactive hint, and
represents an interactive
solution that contains further explanatory information. When a
question asks for information that is difficult to enter into a text box, it is
not necessary to input an exact answer to be able to view the answer. You just
need to enter a partial answer in the blank to trigger the answer being posted
back to the page.
Interactive examples are critical to the development of each lesson's topic.
Therefore it is important that all examples within a lesson be completed as the
lesson is being studied. Often information that will make the difference
between understanding vs confusion is provided within hints and solutions.
Usage of graphing calculators is encouraged and has been integrated into
most of the lessons. Often screen captures are incorporated into both the
lecture portions of the lesson as well as in the answers and solutions to many
of the examples.




Directions for Word Problem Lessons


Our current word problem lessons consist of an
evergrowing assortment covering topics from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
Within a lesson, indicates
that interactive examples follow,
represents an interactive
pointandclick answer,
represents an interactive hint,
reveals the explanation for a Let's Practice example,
reveals the solution for Try These problems, and
signifies an accompanying audio
clip.
In the section of interactive examples called "Let's Practice" the examples do not require any initial student input.
The hint button opens above the example and gives information about how to "setup" the problem. After the student clicks the "blue arrow" he will see the answer as well as a "solution button" that will give him a complete solution as well as a set of common errors predicted by the author.
In the section of interactive examples called "Try These" the hint button once again opens above the problem. This hint usually contains a sample diagram or chart that will help the student start the problem. These multiple choice examples are programmed to provide an "explanation" of why each selected answer is either right or wrong once the student chooses his best answer and presses the "View Correct Answer" button. When the student chooses the correct answer, explanations for all of the selections will be displayed as well as a solution button that will allow the student to view a full stepbystep procedure for arriving at the correct answer.
Throughout these examples, audio clips are supplied to assist the student as they learn the steps needed to reach a successful solution.
Interactive examples are critical to the development of each lesson's topic.
Therefore it is important that all examples within a lesson be completed as the
lesson is being studied. Often information that will make the difference
between understanding vs confusion is provided within hints and solutions.




Directions for Practice Pages 

Our current practice pages consist of
topics from Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Reading.
Within these exercises, represents
an interactive hint, and
represents an interactive
solution that contains further explanatory information. As in
lessons, if a question asks for information that is difficult to enter into a
text box it is not necessary to input an exact answer to be able to view the
answer. You just need to enter a partial answer in the blank to trigger the
answer being posted back to the page.
Answers can be checked at any point in the student's progress through the
exercises. They do not need to wait until the entire set is finished. In fact,
the interactivity of the page is designed specifically to allow them to learn
if they are correctly answering questions instantaneously. As long as the
student has supplied an initial answer, "Check Your Answers" may be clicked at
any time.
When questions are presented in question groups they either share a common set
of directions or a common piece of background information  for example, a
graph or chart. Students should be warned that in the second type of question
groups, their ability to complete subsidiary questions often involves knowing
the correct answer to previous questions. It is therefore encouraged that they
"Check Your Answers" as often as necessary to insure that they are
comprehending the material.
The use of graphing calculators is encouraged.




Directions for Study Aids 




Technical Reading Comprehension Passages 

Students will be provided with reading passages that include some type of
mathematical information. The passage will be followed by a series of 810
comprehension questions.
After the students have submitted their answers, their results will be graded
and explanations (both in audio and printed form) will be presented. Students
will learn not only why a selected answer was incorrect, but also why the
correct answer was right.
After the reading passage, links will be provided to

lessons and practice to help reinforce their knowledge on the math skill that
was needed to make a decision.

a webbased bibliography to allow the student to further research the topic
discussed in the passage.
Within a reading passage,
signifies the start of a set of general questions,
signifies an audio
clip/explanation of an answer




Usage Agreement and Copyright 

This website and all content contained herein were created by Mainland High
School and its affliated content providers. Mainland retains full ownership
rights on AlgebraLAB including, but not necessarily limited to, all text
passages, videos, animations, images, buttons, and XML formats, unless
otherwise credited to other sites.
You are allowed to link to any part of this site as long as the ownership and
authorship of this site and its contents are credited to Mainland High School.
You may not download this site for presentation as your own material, nor may
you mirror or frame this site or hotlink its content in any manner. No
AlgebraLAB lessons, practice pages, study aids, handson activities, videos,
animations, or images may be installed on any server other than that contracted
by Catharine H. Colwell on
behalf of Mainland High School without express prior written permission.
Mainland High School retains all rights to derivative works, whether in English
or in any other language, and to any profits to be derived from this or its
derivative works.




