Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — When many students hear the word “algebra,” their heads begin swimming with thoughts of long, complex equations chock-full of variables, coefficients, exponents, fractions and square roots. It’s true – there is indeed plenty of that. However, many of the fundamental ideas that need to be mastered before moving on to more advanced algebraic concepts involve a branch of mathematics generally considered to be much less stressful and certainly more visually engaging.
Shmoop’s new Basic Geometry guide helps algebra students get off on the right foot by introducing them to and walking them through all the essential terms and ideas related to basic geometry. In addition to having access to an extensive glossary, they can familiarize themselves with each of the following and get answers to all of their most burning questions: Basic Shapes and Angles.
What’s the difference between a line and a line segment? When are lines parallel and when are they perpendicular? If you pour the liquid from one cylinder into a larger cylinder, are you pumping up the volume?
Why are triangles and quadrilaterals polygons, but circles aren’t? Is there some sort of conspiracy behind the fact that every right angle is exactly 90 degrees? And do they know about this at the Pentagon? Ack – another polygon! This is a conspiracy!
Perimeter and Circumference.
How would a student figure out the distance around the outside of a shape? And once they have that figured out, how big of a perimeter fence would they have to build in order to keep it contained? Why does the measurement of the outside of a circle have a completely different term associated with it? What makes them so special?
What is the Theorem and how is it used? Who is this Pythagoras guy and why should he matter? Did he go to Harvard?
This is just a sampling of the nearly two dozen subsections that help divide up the subject matter into easy-to-digest pieces. A wealth of information can be found here, all portrayed to the reader with Shmoop’s colorful diagrams and characteristic whimsy and humor. If a reader needs to back up even further than this, Shmoop also provides pre-algebra instruction relating to Basic Operations, Fractions and Decimals, Ratios and Percentages, and Basic Statistics and Probability. By the time a student has made their way through Shmoop’s entire pre-algebra guide, they will be well prepared to take on all of those long, terrifying algebraic equations.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.
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