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A Message from the Editor

I seem to bring up the subject of math a lot.  But, it is most definitely a zone of difficulty for many children, as well as adults.  As math is built by the support of prior concepts, not having a good grasp on an earlier one before going to the next level can bring the whole subject tumbling down on one.

In my search for the best education apps, I have come across some real gems!  Six of them are made by  As I went through the first three of these apps, I was taken back by just how good they were.  I actually found the subject of algebra had become incredibly easy for me!  This was a vast improvement and a real delight.  I thought, “Wow, I'm actually pretty smart!”

Each of these separate algebra apps cover the basics as they build confidence and certainty, with amazing results.  They all start with a fun video giving strong visual concepts in an entertaining way.

My daughter was due to take her entrance exam for college and was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the whole idea, especially in the area of algebra.  Although she had tutoring in school and help from her teachers, there was a lot of room for improvement.  I had her run through the first three of the Algebra Explained apps (as there were only three of them at them time), to prepare her for the up and coming test.  Just my mentioning the “A” word made her a bit hesitant to get started.  As she progressed through them she went from a complete dislike of the subject to “out of her head enthusiasm”.  Needless to say, this was a vast improvement.  And, she aced the test!  Amazing.

Here is a list of the 6 apps:

  • Algebra Explained c. 1 Order of Operations
  • Algebra Explained c. 2 Negative Numbers
  • Algebra Explained c. 3 Solve for x
  • Algebra Explained c. 4 Graphing Lines
  • Algebra Explained c. 5 Inequalities
  • Algebra Explained c. 6 Systems of Equations

We hope that you find these apps as useful as we have!
Algebra Explained c. 1
Order of Operations Review

This application does an amazing job of explaining very basic elementary math concepts.  This is done through videos and tons of examples and application.  The instructor (Jamie), is very friendly and informative.  The app gives a lot of opportunities to practice and tests your knowledge, before moving you to the next section!

  • Video instruction for each lesson
  • Teaches:  an introduction to exponents, order of operations, evaluating algebraic expressions, Euler's number “e”
  • Review of fractions
  • 10  practice problems per lesson
  • Calculator
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Electronic scratch and graph paper
  • Study cards for key facts with the ability to edit, create or delete study cards
  • History of practice sessions
  • Souvenir diploma for graduates

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