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Computers and math are a natural, after all, computers were developed to solve complex math problems for the military, industry, and academia.  Spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Excel, help organize and analyze information, especially information involving numbers.  We can use this technology to review and apply algebra.  

There is also a great amount of information on the Web.  The "Quick Links" on the right all contain more information about any topic we discuss in class.   Below are links to some of the resources I have created for this class.  Each reviews important concepts and recommends useful Web resources.  

Interactive Activity:  Number Types.  I created this MS Excel spreadsheet to review different number types (Natural, Whole, Integer, Rational, Irrational, and Real).  To use it, you will need to have EXCEL 2000 or greater.  The spreadsheet will pop up in a new browser window.  Simply close that window when you are done.

Interactive Activity:  Divisibility Rules.  Let's review when numbers are divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, & 10.  The rules are listed.  The first 3 are done for you as an example.  The spreadsheet will pop up in a new browser window.  Simply close that window when you are done.

Interactive Activity:  Beginning Algebra Vocabulary.  The algebraic terms and concepts from each chapter are presented here is a "matching" format.  Read the short definitions and select the appropriate term for each from pull-down menus.   The spreadsheet will pop up in a new browser window.  Simply close that window when you are done.

Integrated Math Projects

Fall Semester MS Excel Review This interactive presentation introduces the basics of spreadsheets and MS Excel.  Please follow the navigation directions at the bottom of each slide.   

Spring Semester MS Excel Review Another interactive presentation, with a springtime theme, introduces the basics of spreadsheets and MS Excel.  Please follow the navigation directions at the bottom of each slide.   

Algebra and Excel.  Working with a math teacher, I created this handout to introduce the concept of formulas in Excel and review some basic algebraic concepts.  We use the formula for the perimeter of a rectangle to illustrate this.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

Story Problems:  Percents.  Problem solving is all about understanding a situation and systematically setting up a strategy to provide a solution.  We will use MS Excel to set up a spreadsheet to solve different types of percentage problems.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

Mile Per Gallon.  I try to keep all of my computer activities focused on problem solving and "real-world" skills.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

Make a Box.  This activity combines algebra, Excel features, and critical thinking skills to solve a design problem.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version) 

Pythagorean Theorem.  Here is a fresh look, using Excel, at an old problem.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

Virtual Dice.  I wrote this activity to introduce basic concepts of probability, review Excel functions, and have some fun in class.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

Free Web Space - StuStorage.  I want my students to take advantage of the technology support that is available on campus.  Here are directions for signing up for and using the student storage accounts at UW-Whitewater.  (Click HERE for printable, .pdf version)

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