How to teach Elementary Algebra to college students in 3 weeks

Sound Mathematics is pleased to offer training materials suggesting how to teach elementary algebra to college students.

We offer an article and a power point presentation with suggestions on how to teach elementary algebra to college students.  These training materials discuss difficulties experienced by STEM students when studying algebra as well as common mistakes and offer explanations of difficult points, which students find helpful.  Of course,  students succeed best if the newly acquired concepts are constantly reinforced throughout their STEM course. The materials have been prepared by Larissa Fradkin who  has had a lot of experience teaching college algebra in under three weeks.

Please click the link to How to Teach Elementary Algebra in 3 Weeks.

The materials cover ways to discuss:

  • Negative numbers
  • Rational Numbers
  • Integers
  • Irrational Numbers
  • Real Numbers
  • Number Line
  • Inverse Operations
  • Order of Operations
  • Removing Brackets
  • Factoring
  • Solving Simple Algebraic Equations
  • Solving Quadratic Equations
  • Completing the Square
  • Powers
  • Roots
  • Logs

2 Responses to How to teach Elementary Algebra to college students in 3 weeks

  1. Larissa Fradkin September 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Galxy

    Nice to know that you liked it! Maybe you have some specific questions?

    I find that most algebra books are dreadfully confusing. If students have little time it is particularly important to simplify the subject to the bone and reveal as many connections as possible.

    Factoring is the first stumbling block. Instead of making students study many different examples what works is giving them a simple general rule that would allow them to factorise any expression. I discuss it in my Lecture 2.


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