The internet itself is built upon a galaxy of numerical applications so it’s no wonder that mathematicians flock to the web as tutors. Countless sites focus on the huge world of math, starting with basic counting and extending beyond the range of quantum physics.
There are websites galore for the student needing help with elementary math or college algebra or for the budding mathematician who finds joy in this field. Below is a tiny sampling coming from this mammoth-sized resource called the World Wide Web.
Sponsored by the Discovery Education, this is one of the most comprehensive sites for the math-challenged. Whether the student is learning to count or solving calculus, WebMATH is a one-stop help station that needs to be bookmarked. Extremely easy to use, WebMATH is broadly divided into seven sections: Math for Everyone, General Math, K-8 Math, Algebra, Plots & Geometry, Trig. & Calculus and Other Stuff. A quick-help screen provides answers to questions and, more important to learning, explains how to arrive at the answer. There are no busy ads or annoying pop-ups to interfere with navigation. The website is also accessible with a pass code and includes an Educator section with model Lesson Plans.
Cut The Knot
Cut The Knot is far from the usual cut and dried math website. Based on the premise that learning must be a discovery and that curiosity needs to be quenched, this site uses hundreds of Java applets to reproduce the real life workings of math. Cut The Knot will likely be most appealing to those students who truly enjoy the wonderful world of numbers, equations, calculus and geometry and have a grasp of the foundations. The site satisfies their desire for more extensive information or real life examples of the numbers in action.
ALEKS is a subscription-based learning application used as a tutoring adjunct at colleges, universities, elementary schools, home schools and by individual students. The acronym stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces and is basically an artificial intelligence-based platform. The AI element determines the student’s present knowledge and their gap in knowledge. Based on this input, ALEKS customizes a learning path for each student complemented with assessments. Once the student masters a particular learning curve, then ALEKS will upgrade the learning module and move the student along the learning path at his or her mastery level. For about $20 a month, a student can individually subscribe to ALEKS or an educational institution can purchase packages for its student body.
Lastly, if the student has a specific need or wants multiple options for internet math assistance, the S.O.S. Math site is the place to go. Designed by a trio of highly credentialed mathematicians S.O.S. Math is a generous effort to provide a one-stop compendium of math-related links. Among the hundred or so resources is a Cyberexam area where students can practice for tests in algebra, calculus, differential equations and math for social science. A forum for high school and college algebra is an additional student-friendly area. To date, almost 9,000 students have joined the cyber board, testifying to its usefulness.
These four websites are representative of what students can access the moment they turn on their computer and connect to the internet. Expand these geometrically and the student of math will have a sense of the resources available on the web. Go figure!