Algebra: An Overview
When will I ever use algebra? That's a question Monica Neagoy's students never ask because she uses concrete examples and practical applications to show how a mastery of fundamental algebraic concepts is the key to success in today's technologically advanced world.
Dr. Monica Neagoy, a professional lecturer in Mathematics at Georgetown University since 1980, serves the community as a mathematics/mathematics education consultant. Countless private schools and public school systems are listed among her clients, as well as The Annenberg Foundation, Public Broadcasting Systems, The Cafritz Foundation, and The International Satellite Corporation (INTELSAT). She is one of seven national judges for the prestigious MATHCOUNTS organization.
In this series a variety of new perspectives on teaching and learning algebra are combined to produce a rewarding learning experience for you.
Moving beyond the abstract, Dr. Neagoy uses historical anecdotes, stories and myths about mathematicians to humanize their work and the problems they were trying to solve. Concrete models such as prisms, cubes and disks are employed to help students connect algebraic expressions with the shapes and quantities they describe. Finally, the latest graphing calculators are used throughout this course to illustrate key concepts and enhance your understanding.
This first video will introduce you to the scope of the series and provides you with an overview of Algebra, its meaning and development.
You Will Learn:
- The development of algebraic symbolism.
- The geometric and numeric currents.
- Topics to receive increased or decreased attention.
- An integrated approach to learning Algebra.