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Are you a careful reader, writer and thinker? Five logic chapters lead to greater precision and comprehension in reading and writing at home, in school, at work and in mathematics.
- 1 versus 2-way implication rules - A different starting point - Writing or introducting the 1-way implication rule IF B THEN A as A IF B may emphasize the difference between it or the latter, and the 2-way implication A IF and ONLY IF B.
- Deductive Chains of Reason - See which implications can and cannot be used together to arrive at more implications or conclusions,
- Mathematical Induction - a light romantic view that becomes serious.
- Responsibility Arguments - his, hers or no one's
- Islands and Divisions of Knowledge - a model for many arts and disciplines including mathematics course design: Different entry points may make learning and teaching easier. Are you ready for them?

Early High School Arithmetic

Deciml Place Value - funny ways to read multidigit decimals forwards and backwards in groups of 3 or 6.
- Decimals for Tutors - lean how to explain or justify operations. Long division of polynomials is easier for student who master long division with decimals.
- Primes Factors - Efficient fraction skills and later studies of polynomials depend on this.
- Fractions + Ratios - See how raising terms to obtain equivalent fractions leads to methods for addition, comparison, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.
- Arithmetic with units - Skills of value in daily life and in the further study of rates, proportionality constants and computations in science & technology.

Early High School Algebra

What is a Variable? - this entertaining oral & geometric view may be before and besides more formal definitions - is the view mathematically correct?
- Formula Evaluation - Seeing and showing how to do and record steps or intermediate results of multistep methods allows the steps or results to be seen and checked as done or later; and will improve both marks and skill. The format here allows the domino effects of care and the domino effects of mistakes to be seen. It also emphasizes a proper use of the equal sign.
- Solve Linear Eqns with & then without fractional operations on line segments - meet an visual introduction and learn how to present do and record steps in a way that demonstrate skill; learn how to check answers, set the stage for solving word problems by by learning how to solve systems of equations in essentially one unknown, set the stage for solving triangular and general systems of equations algebraically.
- Function notation for Computation Rules - another way of looking at formulas. Does a computation rule, and any rule equivalent to it, define a function?
- Axioms [some] as equivalent Computation Rule view - another way for understanding and explaining axioms.
- Using Formulas Backwards - Most rules, formulas and relations may be used forwards and backwards. Talking about it should lead everyone to expect a backward use alone or plural, after mastery of forward use. Proportionality relations may be use backward first to find a proportionality constant before being used forwards and backwards to solve a problem.

Early High School Geometry

Maps + Plans Use - Measurement use maps, plans and diagrams drawn to scale.
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- Coordinates - Use them not only for locating points but also for rotating and translating in the plane.
- What is Similarity - another view of using maps, plans and diagrams drawn to scale in the plane and space. Many human-made objects are similar by design.
- 7 Complex Numbers Appetizer. What is or where is the square root of -1. With rectangular and polar coordinates, see how to add, multiply and reflect points or arrows in the plane. The visual or geometric approach here known in various forms since the 1840s, demystifies the square root of -1 and the associated concept of "imaginary" numbers. Here complex number multiplication illustrates rotation and dilation operations in the plane.
- Geometric Notions with Ruler & Compass Constructions :
1 Initial Concepts & Terms
2 Angle, Vertex & Side Correspondence in Triangles
3 Triangle Isometry/Congruence
4 Side Side Side Method
5 Side Angle Side Method
6 Angle Bisection
7 Angle Side Angle Method
8 Isoceles Triangles
9 Line Segment Bisection
10 From point to line, Drop Perpendicular
11 How Side Side Side Fails
12 How Side Angle Side Fails
13 How Angle Side Angle Fails

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Functions with finite domains

Domains and Ranges of functions y = f(x) may be defined as follows when y and x denote real numbers.

  • Definition: The domain(f) of the function f is the set of real numbers x for which f(x) is defined.
  • Definition: The range(f)  of the function f is the set of real numbers y for which there is at least one number x in the domain of f such that y = f(x).
  • In the previous lessons, we saw how to give or describe a dependence of a number or quantity y on other numbers or quantities by a formula y = f(a,b,c). But we can also describe how dependence in other ways using

    arrow diagrams, tables of values, graphs and the vertical line rule (where applicable), graphs and the horizontal line rule (where applicable), ...

    forwards and backwards.

    with arrow diagrams

    A function, dependency,  map or assignment f may defined by arrow diagram.

     the arrows say

    f(1) = a

    f(2) = c

    f(3) = a

    f(4) = b

    f(5) = c

    The domain of f,

     domain( f) ={1,2,3,4,5}= set of values x for which f(x) is defined.

    The range of f,

     range (f) ={a,b,c}.

    The range is a subset of the target set {a,b,c,d,6.} So the map is not surjective (onto)

    The map f is many to one as f(5) and f(2) are equal to c. 

    Equivalent Ways with tables

    We could have defined the previous function with a horizontal table

    x 1 2 3 4 5
    f(x) a c a b c

    or vertical table

    f(x)
    1 a
    2 c
    3 a
    4 b
    5 c

    as you like.  Any letter may be used in place of x. 

    If you give two different ways to compute a function, both ways when applicable should give the same result.  Above the arrow diagram and both tables agree for each item in the domain   From a table or from the arrow diagram,  f(3) = a.

    The domain of f is still is the set of points {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} and the range of f is still the set of letters {a, b, c}

    Another Table Example

    Here we use a table to define h(x).

    x 2 3 4 5 6 input
    h(x) 1 2.6 4.2 5.8 7.4 9 10.6 output

    The table says how to compute a function h.

    From the table, we may evaluate the mapping h at each element of its domain {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

    h(0) = 1
    h(1) = 2.6
    h(2) = 4.3
    h(3) = 5.8
    h(4) = 7.4
    h(5) = 9
    h(6) = 10.6

    The domain of h is set of numbers

    {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6}

    in the first row.

    The range of h is the set of numbers

    {1, 2.6, 4.2, 5.8, 7.4, 9, 10.6}

     in the second row.

    Yet another table example

    A table of values

    x 1 2 3 4
    y 5 3 -1 4

    in which there is no duplicate numbers or objects in the x-row gives a function f with

    domain(f) = {1, 2, 3, 4}

    The range of f,

    range(f) = set of all possible y-values
                  = {5, 3, -1, 4}

    In this example

      f(1) = 5
      f(2) = 3
      f(3) = -1
      f(4) = 4
    Exercise: Draw An Arrow Diagram for this function.

    List Method

    A function f may be described by specifying it values at points in a set.

    f(2) = 3,   f(4) =-11  f(8) = 2

    The foreging gives a function f with domain {3, 4, 8} and range {3, -11, 2}

    List Method in General

    A function f defined for a set of distinct values x1, x2, ... xn. by specifying its values y1, y2, ... yn at those numbers, so that 

    f(x1) =  y1, f(x2) =  y2,  ... f(xn) =  yn,

    Here the domain of definition of f,

    Domain (f) = { x1, x2, ... xn.}

     is a finite set. The range of f

    Range (f) = { y1, y2, ... yn.}

    is a finite set. (Remember to eliminate duplicate values of y so that elements of the range are not listed twice.)

    Using ordered pairs

    A function f in mathematics may be specified by a set of ordered pairs. For example

    f = {  (1,3.4),  (2.5,  4),  (2.1, 5),  (-1, 8)

    represents the function f with

    f(1) = 3.4;  f(2.5) =  4;  f(2.1) = 5 and f(-1) = 8.

    The function domain, the set of items for which is defined, is 

    domain (f) = { 1, 2.5, 2.1, -1}

    Plotting the ordered pairs gives the graph of f. 

    The set of points 

    f = {  (1,3.4),  (2.5,  4),  (2.1, 5),  (-1, 8)

    provides the graph of f.  So we may write

    f = {  (1,3.4),  (2.5,  4),  (2.1, 5),  (-1, 8) = graph(f)

    and identify the function with its graph. The graph is a set of points in the coordinate plane. So the study of functions y =f(x) where y and x are real numbers becomes part of analytic geometry. The stage is now set for the following.

    Analytic Geometry View of Functions in the plane

    Here the set of points in the plane is denoted by

    IR2  = {(x,y) such x and y are real numbers}

    A finite set S of points (x, y) in the coordinate plane IR2 which satisfies the vertical line property, namely each vertical line intersect S at most one point. In this case, when the line x = a intersects the set S at a point (a,b), the computation associated rule f puts f(a) = b.

    Site to do: Put an illustration here ]

    The set S may be given by a list of order pairs or by their plot (graph) in the plane.


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    1996 - Magellan, the McKinley Internet Directory:

    Mathphobics, this site may ease your fears of the subject, perhaps even help you enjoy it. The tone of the little lessons and "appetizers" on math and logic is unintimidating, sometimes funny and very clear. There are a number of different angles offered, and you do not need to follow any linear lesson plan. Just pick and peck. The site also offers some reflections on teaching, so that teachers can not only use the site as part of their lesson, but also learn from it.

    2000 - Waterboro Public Library, home schooling section:

    CRITICAL THINKING AND LOGIC ... Articles and sections on topics such as how (and why) to learn mathematics in school; pattern-based reason; finding a number; solving linear equations; painless theorem proving; algebra and beyond; and complex numbers, trigonometry, and vectors. Also section on helping your child learn ... . Lots more!

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    ... new sections on Complex Numbers and the Distributive Law for Complex Numbers offer a short way to reach and explain: trigonometry, the Pythagorean theorem,trig formulas for dot- and cross-products, the cosine law,a converse to the Pythagorean Theorem

    2002 - NSDL Scout Report for Mathematics, Engineering, Technology -- Volume 1, Number 8

    Math resources for both students and teachers are given on this site, spanning the general topics of arithmetic, logic, algebra, calculus, complex numbers, and Euclidean geometry. Lessons and how-tos with clear descriptions of many important concepts provide a good foundation for high school and college level mathematics. There are sample problems that can help students prepare for exams, or teachers can make their own assignments based on the problems. Everything presented on the site is not only educational, but interesting as well. There is certainly plenty of material; however, it is somewhat poorly organized. This does not take away from the quality of the information, though.

    2005 - The NSDL Scout Report for Mathematics Engineering and Technology -- Volume 4, Number 4

    ... section Solving Linear Equations ... offers lesson ideas for teaching linear equations in high school or college. The approach uses stick diagrams to solve linear equations because they "provide a concrete or visual context for many of the rules or patterns for solving equations, a context that may develop equation solving skills and confidence." The idea is to build up student confidence in problem solving before presenting any formal algebraic statement of the rule and patterns for solving equations. ...

    Senior High School Geometry

    - Euclidean Geometry - See how chains of reason appears in and besides geometric constructions.
    - Complex Numbers - Learn how rectangular and polar coordinates may be used for adding, multiplying and reflecting points in the plane, in a manner known since the 1840s for representing and demystifying "imaginary" numbers, and in a manner that provides a quicker, mathematically correct, path for defining "circular" trigonometric functions for all angles, not just acute ones, and easily obtaining their properties. Students of vectors in the plane may appreciate the complex number development of trig-formulas for dot- and cross-products.
    Lines-Slopes [I] - Take I & take II respectively assume no knowledge and some knowledge of the tangent function in trigonometry.

    Calculus Starter Lessons

    Why study slopes - this fall 1983 calculus appetizer shone in many classes at the start of calculus. It could also be given after the intro of slopes to introduce function maxima and minima at the ends of closed intervals.
    - Why Factor Polynomials - Online Chapter 2 to 7 offer a light introduction function maxima and minima while indicating why we calculate derivatives or slopes to linear and nonlinear curves y =f(x)
    - Arithmetic Exercises with hints of algebra. - Answers are given. If there are many differences between your answers and those online, hire a tutor, one has done very well in a full year of calculus to correct your work. You may be worse than you think.


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