Algebra Course Overview

Our algebra course is actually two self-contained courses. The first is “Algebra By Example” (text and study guide). The second course (“The Game of Algebra”) consists of animated Powerpoint  and video presentations. Because different students will likely use different textbooks, the algebra videos are not linked to any one textbook but do match the slide show presentations. There is a suggested mapping from video to text sections in the text section.

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” –S. Guidder

(1) Algebra By Example (Text and Solutions Manual)

The format of the text is very similar to the format of our “Gateways to Mathematics” arithmetic text. Each chapter begins with one or two introductory expository paragraphs followed by an Illustrative Example that applies the exposition to solving a specific problem followed by a solution with commentary.  At the end of each section in the chapter there are exercises and at the end of each chapter there is a more extensive set of exercises. The solution manual contains the solution plus additional commentary for many of the exercises.

(2) “The Game of Algebra”  (Powerpoint presentations and video)

Part 1 of the course is divided into 24 lessons and each lesson is accompanied by four Powerpoint presentations.

Part 2 of the course is divided into lessons 25 – 40; the accompanying Powerpoints are not yet available.  The material covered in Part 2 is usually found in the second course in Algebra.

You are now ready to begin our study of Algebra — Good luck!