# Useful Web sites for single subject math/science

Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by TeacherGroupie, Jun 27, 2006.

1. ### TeacherGroupieModerator

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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

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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?

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peter

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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.

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peter

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I'm sorry, old chap, but one is strictly NOT permitted to reveal / discuss CSET Test Qs. However, if it deals with a Precalculus concept - and NOT Abstract Algebra which I'm not bullish about! - and were you to broadly DESCRIBE the Q without giving details away [say, the topic area like Parabolas / Matrices / etc. and the objective of the Q] - and you have to be very very careful here!! - I might be able to provide broad pointers as I have, um, a robust grasp of the test...

If I believe that discretion would be hard and that one'd be apt to give too much away, I shall recuse myself entirely.

Jay.
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Although this isn't online help, and therefore perhaps anathema to this thread, the help was so incredibly useful that I feel I must at least post it somewhere. At the Orange County of Education, they have classes that help with the CSET in ALL areas. You can also just not take the classes and instead purchase a study guide that they make for each class.
For example, I bought the Math I subtest, and literally it went through EVERYTHING that I just took on the math test this Saturday.

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8. ### innovationguyCohort

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I just encountered the Spark Notes site for Math. Not bad at all, actually, for a Definition of Terms, Formulae and Key Concept Review...

I wouldn't use it in lieu of a textbook; again, as a refresher / review resource only.

Jay.
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SparkNotes and SparkCharts materials of all sorts are really quite astonishingly good.

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Amen. [?!]

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PS. Full (In) Disclosure: I myself have never - yes, yes, confound you, one ought to be wary of using "Always" and "Never" but this isn't a promiscuous usage - employed Spark Notes, but have examined a few of their sheets and can attest to their value...

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Provided, as you note, that one understands how best to use each kind and that other materials may be needed as well.

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Following up on an observation by innovationguy above, let me suggest the SparkNotes page on math and science, http://www.sparknotes.com/home/mathsci/ - lots of goodies there, including astronomy.

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are there any good sites out there that the type of geometry that i would see on a cset?

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Personally, I'd simply use a good text like Barron's Geometry: The Easy Way [which I myself recommend to candidates, and employ when I tutor! There are other decent texts, I'm sure...]. Websites are likely to be diffuse, and of a supplementary nature ie. with persistence one might encounter a site that explicates a concept well but one's search can be laborious and meandering [greater profit might be had in the quest for the Holy Grail!].

Of course, conversely, the process itself shall be considerably instructive and educational: read the contents of several sites on, say, spherical geometry or quadrilateral properties, and I'm certain, quite a bit of generalities can be gleaned [to pursue the idiotic gag further, one might not secure the Grail itself, but get to rescue a rather toothsome lass, what! In passing, might one set one's sights low and seek a "grail" not necessarily sanctified? Just wondering, yes?!]

Jay.
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