** Unschooling
Resources: Algebra **

Algebra
in Simplest Terms

An Annenberg
Media project at learner.org. These 26 half-hour online videos are free. "In this series, host
Sol Garfunkel explains how algebra is used for solving real-world problems and clearly explains
concepts that may baffle many students. Graphic illustrations and on-location examples help students
connect mathematics to daily life. The series also has applications in geometry and calculus
instruction." (post #478)

Common Algebra
Mistakes

"Find the algebra mistakes in these examples and read plain language
explanations so you can avoid making these same mistakes!"

CoolMath Algebra

"Bored with Algebra? Confused by Algebra? Hate
Algebra? Yeah, we can fix that. Coolmath Algebra has hundreds of really easy to follow lessons and
examples that will make you a successful algebra student."

Figure This!

A listing of the algebra-related problems in the Figure This! archive. These activities and brain
teasers are ultra-cool and fun for the whole family.

Fun with
Calendars

"Take any calendar. Tell your friend to choose 4 days that form a square
like the four to the right. Your friend should tell you only the sum of the four days, and you can
tell her what the four days are. How does
the puzzle work? You know how people always want to see a use for algebra? Well this puzzle uses
algebra."

The Hot Tub

Users answer questions based on a given graph. Creative and great for discussion (and general
silliness!). If you like this, check out more of Cynthia Lanius's fun math problems.

Interactive
Algebra Activities

Lots of Java-based activities covering algebra and pre-algebra
concepts.

Maze
Game

"This (Java) activity allows the user to practice their point plotting skills
by having them move a robot through a mine field to a target location." Pretty cool,
really.

Mystery
Operations

"In this activity the computer makes up a mystery operation, and you
have to figure out what the operation is. You give the computer two numbers to calculate, and it
tells you the answer. This is your first piece of evidence. Need another clue? Then gather more
evidence." *It may take a moment
for the answers to appear.*

National Library of Virtual
Manipulatives

Show Me the Steps

"Practice solving linear equations with Show Me
the Steps applets from StudyWorks.... Step by step problem solving lets you move backwards or
forwards through the simplication and solving routines while learning good algebraic techniques and
notation as you go."

Visualizing an
Infinite Series

A great visual representation.