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## Educational Resources

In this part of the site, I'm developing and posting some educational content. This area should be interesting to educators teaching math or physics, educators looking at ways to use Internet resources to benefit their students in traditional courses, educators preparing online courses, and students of math or physics.

### Educational Resources

I'm going through some of the content that I've used with classes and putting it into a stand-alone form. I am willing to give liberal permission to use and modify this material, but I do want to be asked.

• Blackboard Question Pools for Algebra — 72 question pools totaling over 8400 question variations. Most questions have 64 to 160 variations. Each type of question with algorithmically generated questions is a separate pool, so you can create online quizzes that give a different variation for each student and/or for each time a student takes the quiz. I've used this capability to make practice quizzes available for my students to use as often as they wish. 21 of the 72 question types are a review of Intermediate Algebra and may be useful for instructors teaching Intermediate Algebra or any subject with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite. The remaining 51 question types correspond to College Algebra topics, but some of those may be applicable to Intermediate Algebra, and many (or most) are applicable to a Pre-Calculus course. I've put together some web pages with sample questions of each type. They are indexed according to the chapters of Michael Sullivan's College Algebra book, since that's the text I was using when I developed them. Each "Chapter" file contains all of the questions from that chapter. The file named "ChapterR.html" contains the review questions. All pools are available upon request. Browse the directory.
• Integral Exercises — Elementary Integrals and Integration by Substitution
• Word Problems — Rates and similar problems
• Rational Expression Graphing Utility — Produces .gif graphs of rational expressions (or polynomials)
• Equation Templates — HTML code for equations. Copy and edit.
• HTML Equation Preprocessor — Enter text into the window and a perl script recognizes some basic tags to format equations in HTML.
• Blackboard Question Pools for College Algebra and review of Intermediate Algebra. 72 pools with a total of 8404 question variations. I'm working on a page that gives more information. E-mail me if you're interested.
• Blackboard Assessment Pool Question Generator — Create parameterized question pools for Blackboard. You define variables that are used to generate different variations for the question pool.
• Browser Compatibility — Not very polished, but contains some useful info and tables.

### Goals and Objectives

I have several goals, so let me be clear about them up front. First, the material that I am developing is meant to be supplementary to students in traditional courses. I am not trying to develop an online course—at least not yet. The topics that I am developing are in the area of college algebra (or high-school pre-calculus) and introductory college physics (or high-school physics). My main target for the physics will be non-calculus-based, but I will probably round that out with some addtional calculus-based content.