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Algebra I by Monica Neagoy

Algebra I

by Monica Neagoy

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Running Time
15 Hrs.
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After a historical overview of the evolution of algebra, this course explores the various families of functions, from linear to quadratic to rational and, finally, to the family of exponential functions.

Each family serves as the building block for understanding the next more advanced family of functions.

The penultimate section addresses systems of equations and inequalities—taken from among the families studied previously. The final section examines fractals and chaos.

Dr. Neagoy uses stories and myths about mathematicians to humanize their work. Concrete models such as prisms, cubes, and disks are employed to help students connect algebraic expressions with the shapes and quantities they describe. Graphing calculators are used throughout this course to enhance understanding.

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Reviewer pgmd2
 February 17, 2006
This video course was quite nicely done by Monica Neagoy from the National Science Foundation, but sitting through high school algebra was painful enough the first time around. But surprisingly enough, I was interested while listening to this course, maybe because her voice is much better and more exciting, than the high school math teacher I had. Neagoy’s different approach to teaching algebra is quite unique as she uses every available model to get her point across.

This is great because not every student learns or retains information in the same way. This course provides not only audio but visual ways to reach out to students and help them learn algebra. Most notable was Neagoy’s use of three dimensional objects to explain a concept.

Lecture topics that are included in the “Algebra I” course are quite extensive. She actually begins with would could be called a history lesson and then went on to talk in depth about linear functions. Eventually the course progressed to quadratic functions and those “lovable” quadratic equations.

Even though mathematics was never my favorite subject, it would have been interesting to have had this teacher. She made algebra that I dreaded seem interesting. The course was available on six videotapes.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: A002589
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