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AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) provides educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.en-usealmasy@scout.wisc.eduealmasy@scout.wisc.eduWed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500http://www.rssboard.org/rss-2-0-1Modeling Exponential Growth
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=25746This lesson plan from ATEEC will help students learn the concept of exponential growth, as well as interpret and apply exponential relationships. It is intended for environmental science or biology classes. The activity sheet includes a list of materials and resources needed as well as a description of the lesson. This resource is free to download from ATEEC; users must create a free login to access.Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:44:54 -0500Mind Reading: A WOW Moment
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=16141In this interactive activity from Wisc-Online, the mathemagician will read your mind to figure out the day of the month that you were born. Students are challenged to figure out the "trick" that is being used in the activity, which illustrates the concept of the powers of two.Mon, 7 Feb 2011 03:00:02 -0600Modeling Orbital Debris Problems
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=16244This algebra lesson from Illuminations helps students develop their understanding of mathematical functions and modeling using spreadsheets, graphing calculators, and computer graphing utilities. The differences between linear, quadratic and exponential models are described. Students will also improve their understanding of how to choose the appropriate graphical representations for data. The material is intended for grades 9-12 and should require 5 class periods to complete.Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:00:02 -0600National Debt and Wars
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=16246This algebra lesson from Illuminations has students collect data about the national debt, and then plot that data by decade. They will then determine whether an exponential curve is a good fit for the data. The interdisciplinary learning unit compares the national debt during the Civil War, World War I and World War II. The material is appropriate for grades 9-12 and should require 2 class periods to complete.Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:00:03 -0600To Fret or Not to Fret
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=16166This math unit from Illuminations allows students to examine geometric sequences and exponential functions through the example of the placement of frets on stringed instruments. The unit includes two lessons, appropriate for grades 9-12. In the first lesson, students will measure the distance from the bridge to the nut and each fret on a stringed instrument. In the second lesson, the students will use that data to determine where to place frets on an instrument. Each lesson should take one class period to complete.Wed, 12 Jan 2011 03:00:03 -0600Drug Filtering
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=16183This lesson from Illuminations looks at exponential decay. The example of how kidneys filter blood is used. The material asks students to determine the amount of a drug that remains in the body over a period of time. Students will predict behavior by an exponential decay model and graph an exponential set of data. The lesson is appropriate for grades 9-12 and should require 1 class period to complete.Mon, 6 Dec 2010 03:00:03 -0600Math Across the Curriculum in Biology Labs
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=6824The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) has compiled a collection of mathematics resources related to various subjects and disciplines. “Math Across the Community College Curriculum” is the title of the collection, which includes great math resources and applications for educators and students alike. This biology lab resource was created by Melissa Cannon, Jennifer Boyd, Khalid Khouri, and Larry Shaffer of Northwest Mississippi Community College. The “Course Objectives” document provides a brief description of the course, outcomes for the project, and learning outcomes for students. A lab exercise is also provided for use in the classroom. The lab document includes an overview, objectives, list of materials, explanation of methods, and questions for students to answer during the lab. A list of “Exponential Word Problems” is also provided here for use in the classroom.Fri, 8 Aug 2008 03:00:09 -0500Elementary Algebra
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=7425Presented by HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, this free online course "is a study of the basic skills and concepts of elementary algebra, including language and operations on sets, operations on signed numbers, simple linear equations and inequalities in one variable, operations on polynomials (including beginning techniques of factoring), integer exponents, brief introduction to radicals, introduction to graphing, and applications." The course has seven chapters: Basic algebra principles; Linear equations and set theory; Inequalities & absolute values; Graphs of linear equations; Exponents, monomials, and polynomials; Factoring polynomials and solving quadratic equations; and Rational and radical expressions and equations. Each is broken into two or three lessons containing objectives, readings, multimedia components, and sample problems. The Topic View section of the site provides the concepts taught in the course in either alphabetical or sequential order for educators looking for more specific and targeted supporting materials for an introductory algebra classroom.Thu, 17 Jul 2008 03:00:02 -0500Introductory Algebra: Algebra 1B
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=7424Presented by HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, this free online course follows up on a previous course, Algebra 1A, which "develops algebraic fluency by providing students with the skills needed to solve equations and perform important manipulations with numbers, variables, equations, and inequalities. In addition, the course develops proficiency with operations involving monomial and polynomial expressions." Along with providing a syllabus, the Course View section of the site is broken into three units: Exponents, monomials, and polynomials; Relations, functions, & quadratic equations; and Rational & radical expressions & equations. Each unit has five lessons, and each lesson has objectives, readings, multimedia components, assessments, and answers. Also, for instructors looking for more targeted teaching tools, the Topic View of the course presents both a sequential and alphabetical list of individual concepts covered in the course.Wed, 16 Jul 2008 03:00:03 -0500BasketMath Interactive
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=6541Produced by Science Academy Software, this site is a collection of math questions on subjects including basic arithmetic, order of operations, calculating perimeters and distance, exponents, and bar graphs. It is an excellent and fun math review for students of all ages, and a ready-to-use classroom exercise for educators.Wed, 9 Apr 2008 03:00:03 -0500Algebra Review in Ten Lessons
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=6547The University of Akron has created these excellent algebra tutorials that review some of the main topics in the discipline. There are ten lessons, which focus on topics like radicals and exponents, basic algebra, expansion, polynomials, functions, and trig curves. Each lesson has a table of contents and interactive resources like quizzes, in-line examples, and exercises. Words that appear in green or brown are hyperlinks; click on them to learn more about that topic. Tutorials are viewed as a PDF file, and users must have Acrobat Reader 3.0 or greater to access them. This is a perfect resource for anyone who needs to refresh their knowledge of basic algebra concepts, and is also great for those who are just learning about the subject.Wed, 9 Apr 2008 03:00:02 -0500Understanding Algebra
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=4974Understanding Algebra is a textbook written by James Brennan of Boise State University. The entire contents of the textbook are located on this site, and a PDF version is also available through the author’s Website. Basic topics in algebra are covered in the nine chapters of this book, and examples are dispersed throughout those chapters to facilitate a greater understanding of the concepts. This textbook presents the foundational elements of algebra in a clear, thoughtful manner that everyone will be able to appreciate. Students in introductory algebra courses, or those looking to review basic concepts for a higher-level math course will find this resource extremely useful.Mon, 12 Nov 2007 03:00:03 -0600Intermediate Algebra Handouts
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=4971Presented by Professor Jody Harris at Broward Community College and created by Professor Levy, these handouts are an excellent resource to print and give to community and technical college students in the algebra classroom. The subjects of the handouts are: rectangular coordinate system, finding the equation of a line, functions, factoring, exponent rules, and quadratic equations. Each PDF explains, in graphic or equation form, the algebraic principle and most contain problems for students to complete to improve their algebra skills.Mon, 29 Oct 2007 03:00:01 -0500College Algebra Handouts
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=4970Presented by Professor Jody Harris at Broward Community College, these handouts are an excellent resource to print and give to community and technical college students in the algebra classroom. The subjects of the handouts include: quadratic equations; functions, domain, and range; inverse functions; compound interest; and exponential growth and decay. Each PDF explains, in graphic or equation form, the algebraic principle and some contain homework problems for students to complete to improve their algebra skills. [ASC]Mon, 22 Oct 2007 03:00:02 -0500ExploreLearning Gizmo Catalog: Developmental Math
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https://amser.org//index.php?P=FullRecord&ResourceId=3807Students may not always learn in the same way, so teachers can help them by drawing on a diverse set of educational materials and techniques. Math teachers will appreciate learning about this set of developmental math “gizmos” offered on this site. Visitors can select interactive features that cover fractions, linear equations, roots, and geometry. Clicking on each topic will bring up a list of additional “gizmos”, and visitors can look over each one to see which one is most appropriate for their students. Each small interactive feature is easy to use, and with the help of the explanatory text, they are all accessible for both teachers and students alike.Wed, 4 Jul 2007 03:00:01 -0500