Useful Web sites for single subject math/science

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    People have commented that useful Web sites for tests get posted, but then the threads get buried under the press of day-to-day posts.

    Now here's a thread that should be unburiable.

    Go ahead and give useful Web sites in your regular posts, but if you've found a site that's helpful for CSET or Praxis II or the MTEL, PLACE, GACE, FTCE, AEPA, ICTS, MTTC, NMTA, NYSTCE, CEOE, ORELA, or TExES exams in single subject math or science, please take a moment to tuck it in a post in this thread, too.
     
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  3. innovationguy

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    SMASHING IDEA!

    Um, just a thought - and by no means is it a BIG DEAL! - but wouldn't the info be more accessible if there were separate threads for Math and Science. After all, there're already a gazillion of these tests being "clubbed" already: CSET, Praxis II, MTEL, PLACE, GACE, FTCE, AEPA, ICTS, MTTC, NMTA, NYSTCE, CEOE, ORELA, or TExES...[I take it that most of these are specific subject matter competency tests for other states, yes? Unless, of course, they denote classified programs run by the NSA...(?!)] I do acknowledge, however, that websites / resources for one test might be eminently applicable to several of the others (if not all!)...

    Furthermore, each subject - Math and Science - has multiple Subtests so that certain sites might be useful for only certain Subtests: the larger point being that some disaggreagation might be in order, what?

    Jay.
    http://csetmathguru.weebly.com/index.html
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, grump, Jay. I've already disaggregated just by splitting math and science out from everything else!

    Seriously... if there's enough traffic on this thread to warrant it, I'm sure we can arrange a split later on.

    Fair enough?
     
  5. Malcolm

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    A work in progress...

    Wikipedia--good for finding math proofs and looking up science subjects.

    Math

    The ONLY Site For CSET Single Subject Math!--Name says it all

    Ask Dr. Math--May find the answer to your question here

    HMC Mathematics Online Tutorial--Precalculus and calculus

    SOS Math--Algebra through differential equations

    WTAMU College Algebra--College algebra

    The Math Page--Arithmetic through calculus

    The MacTutor History of Mathematics--Math history

    History of Mathematics--Math history

    Science

    Usborne Quicklinks--Companion site to the Usborne internet-linked science books

    Eric Weisstein's World of Science--Science encylopedia

    Cells Alive!--Interactive biology

    The Physics Classroom--High school physics tutorial

    ABC's of Nuclear Science--From our friends at Berkeley Lab

    This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics--From our friends at USGS

    Gene Smith's Astronomy Tutorial--Introductory college astronomy

    California Geological Survey--California geology
     
  6. innovationguy

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    A quick "review" of the websites mentioned before: I found the SOS Math, WTAMU College Algebra and The Math Page to be of sterling quality!

    The HMC Mathematics Online Tutorial, however, appears very much oriented towards Calculus; the Precalculus stuff was rather miniscule!

    Here's my tuppence to this eminently worthwhile endeavour!

    A couple of excellent Math sites that practically "walk one through" Precalculus-level Algebra:

    Purple Math which in turn refers to numerous other online Math lessons at:

    Lessons and Tutoring

    Here's another capital site:

    Paul's Online Math Notes

    The only "drawback" - if you will - is that these sites don't offer problems / exercises [as in a textbook]. They are, however, matchless in their capacity to illustrate and explicate even intimidating concepts - one can't have enough examples!

    In general, use them to supplement a regular textbook - if the explanation is abstruse / more illumination is required, rely on these sites!

    Jay.
    http://csetmathguru.weebly.com/index.html
     
  7. Malcolm

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    IMHO the great thing about Paul's is the cheat sheets. Everything is boiled down to a few pages. They are great for purusing just before you go into the exam room. They are just enough to spark a connection between a question you are struggling with and the concept or method.
     
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    Hre's one I just found today:

    An AP highschool class website:
    http://gbs.glenbrook.k12.il.us/Academics/gbssci/bio/apbio/Review/review.htm

    This is all the stuff gleaned from a CSET Science thread:

    Self check tests:
    http://www.glencoe.com/sites/califor...nce/index.html
    http://college.hmco.com/physicalscie...ace/index.html

    Animations:
    http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animation.html

    plus this gleaned from someone else's post:

     
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    I've been using this a lot lately, has a lot of quizzes (pen and paper), links, summaries, vocabulary. Some of the quizzes are a bit lame, for example, focusing on historical aspects of DNA structure discovery instead of on the structure itself. Annoying, but MOST of the quizzes by far are helpful. The AP course is based on Campbell's Biology, which is the text recommended in the textbook recommendations in the CSET test description, so that's helpful.

    NOTE: the links at the top of this site don't work, but the ones below do.
     
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    Thanks so much for posting the great biology/science links! They are going to be very helpful as I start preparing for the October FTCE SAE in biology...thanks so much! :thanks:
     
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    ***CSET MATH***
    I recently took the CSET math subtest 1 and 2. I used Ace the CSET to study and did not feel very prepared. Since it was the best resource I could find, I purchased the program for $40; however, it was hard to use because you can't print anything and have to be online to access the information. Also, the level of difficulty on the actual test was much harder than the study guide prep'd me for.

    I asked some other Math majors for advise on another study site and was told to check out the site: *******************.

    I have not purchased the $80 study guide yet and was hoping to get some feedback from others as to whether or not it was worth the money??
     
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    website

    Since my website question got ***'d out, I'm trying to find info on CA Teaching solutions.
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    If you're in or reasonably near San Diego County, you might want to check out National University's class for CSET Math. If not, take a look at earlier posts here on the Single Subject Tests subforum by innovationguy and Malcolm, both of whom have excellent advice for CSET Math.

    Best of luck!
     
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    http://www.analyzemath.com/

    Seems to be a good supplement to my study materials. The site is easy to navigate and organized with a few sample problems for each problem type.

    Scroll down to "Table of Contents" and just click on the specific subject you have a question about. I'm primarily using the site for Geometry formulas that my other materials lacked.
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    I'm going to take the liberty of posting what you said elsewhere about this site:

    Thanks for sharing this, Teacher2007! If karma counts for anything on Saturday - and I firmly believe that it does - you should be in fine shape.
     
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    I don't know if this is helpful because it isn't a website but this is how I studied for my TExES Life Science 8-12 and I passed with 87%. I also think this would be helpful for anyone taking any TExES exam.

    Step 1) Print out subject area Domains and Compentencies

    Step 2) Find a user friendly high school text book on your subject. I was able to find several at my college. You cannot check them out, but I was able to sit in the library and study.

    Step 3) Go through the compentencies one by one and review/write out any and all examples and vocab words given. Find these examples/vocab words in the high school text book and read the pages/paragraphs right before and right after the word to learn more useful and related material.

    Another thing I did was I took the practice test the TExES provided and compared what I got wrong to the compentencies they represented and when I started studying I knew what areas I needed to improve upon.
    I also purchased two laminated subject area pamplets made by Quick Study.
    The information on the test, I felt, was very "tip of the iceberg" and the hardest part was its application. If you knew the general ideas and concepts you could usually figure out the correct answer.


    Hope this helps someone!
     
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    Good advice for pretty much any teacher test. As to laminated study guides, Barnes & Noble's SparkCharts are good.
     
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    CSET Math: Quick Review by Test Topic

    This site provides a very brief review broken down by the knowledge requirements for the test. For instance, Subtest 1 has review information under headings such as 0001 Algebraic Structures, 0002 Polynomial Equations and Inequalities, and so on. Unfortunately, the site does not work in the Mozilla Firefox browser, so you’ll have to use Internet Explorer.

    http://www.geocities.com/ashah0712/index.htm
     
  19. ex|

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    cset subtest 1 question

    just wondering. will i see any questions on the inverse of a matrix?? either solving and/or confirming an inverse?


    thanks.


    peter
     
  20. innovationguy

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    WILL one encounter Qs on Matrix Inverse?

    Very very likely, in fact!

    For the most part, one would be OK with Inverse of 2X2 matrices [which is quite simple!]; however, finding the Inverse of 3 X 3s is an integral part of the syllabus, too [oh, this can be cumbersome, yes?!].

    My recommendation: FOCUS on solving equations via Inverse Matrices of 2X2s; time permitting, have a stab at a couple of 3X3s...

    It's a bloody good idea to also familiarize oneself with solving a System using Augmented Matrices [which is much faster than finding the Inverse first!]

    Jay.
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    question

    i have a question that i remember exactly from the last math subtest 1 i took. missed passing by 1 point! :(

    could someone maybe help me find the solution? im lost.


    thanks.



    peter
     

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