Shmoop has announced the launch of its expanded free Pre-Algebra resource at www.shmoop.com/pre-algebra/.
The new Pre-Algebra section starts with the most basic fundamentals and focuses on making algebra fun, easy and - for the most part - painless. The section provides a number of worksheets and quizzes designed to steer even the most fervent algebra-hater gently and comfortably through the learning process. There is also an extensive glossary of terms and series of learning guides covering everything from Basic Operations to Ratios and Percentages to Basic Algebra. Once students have gone through and studied all of the material, they'll be able to identify alternate exterior angles "like nobody's business," according to the announcement
They will also be able to quickly and confidently solve problems like these:
--Poppy has five dresses, four hoodies and three pairs of shoes to choose from. How many different outfits can she make from these choices (no matter how hideous they might be)?
--In a recent survey, two-thirds of people questioned preferred Wired Energy Drink to Awake Soft Drink. If 732 people were surveyed, how many preferred Awake? (Assuming they were all able to respond before crashing and conking out.)
--Ambiance, which sells jeans, is having a great sale. All jeans are one-third off the original price. You find a great pair for $79.50. How much are the jeans after the discount, assuming there is no sales tax?
--The Krispy Kreme "hot" light is on! You buy a dozen doughnuts for $7.50 and then stop at Starbucks and get three lattes for $8.85. You are splitting this treat with two friends. How much does each of you owe? And do you really need more sugar after downing all those Wired Energy Drinks?
--You are a master procrastinator. You can quite easily waste one-fourth of an hour on Facebook, one-third of an hour chatting with friends, and one-fifth of an hour on iTunes. How many minutes (of that precious hour) are left to do homework?
Source: Shmoop, www.shmoop.com