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My son excitedly told me that he is becoming a “master” of the scientific calculator. And that is because, Triad Math, Inc. makes using the scientific calculator easy. Their program, Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students is an online course including video lessons. The course is accompanied by a worktext that supplements the students learning online.
The first fifteen lessons cover pre-algebra and algebra calculator tools. The printed book lessons are also included as a download within the online course, so my son and I ended up using the worktext very little. The tutorial videos allowed him to understand the material much easier, as he is a visual and kinesthetic learner. The quizzes are short and concise, but help ensure that the learner retains the information as they complete each lesson. A full record of the student's progress can be found in the Learning Management System. Included in the platforms is a forum for students to ask questions. We have not needed to utilize it, as of yet.
My son enjoyed using the calculator because he knows it is a useful tool that will help him with high school and college-level math. He knows his ultimate goal is higher education at a University and anything that will help him achieve success, is a win! He also noticed that with the skills he is learning in this course, he will eventually be able to eliminate some of his usage of scrap paper for some of his math problems.
The online and print layout could have been more colorful and engaging. The text in the book is black and white. The videos do not include any music or animation that would make it more fun for students.
My son is currently in the 6th grade and an aspiring engineer. The program has an entire section on STEM, which will definitely be useful as he gets closer to high school-level math. These STEM lessons cover polar rectangular coordinates, units of conversion, density, weight, volume, scientific prefixes, and the technician's triangle.
Higher-level math students can learn how to use the scientific calculator for Trigonometry. Five lessons cover a practical math foundation for measures of an angle. They will learn how to use keys on the calculator to compute the “sine”, cosine, tangent” of an angle. Included in this section is how to find the degree in one revolution or circle, using the DMS system of the calculator.
At the end of the textbook is information for a monthly membership where students ages 10 and up can get additional math teaching online with “Dr. Dell,” the founder, of Triad Math Inc. The name of the program is “Succeed with Math” and the cost is $29/a month. In this program, you will learn all STEM math, basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, and differential equations. Upon joining the program, you will receive Dr. Del’s book “How and Why Homeschool Math can be vastly Superior to Public School Math.”
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