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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    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.
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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?
     
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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
     
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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.
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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
     
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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
     
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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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    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.
    A link to them; http://ite.ocde.us/test_prep.htm
     
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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. [?!]

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

    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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    This answers a question about CSET Earth Science.
    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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    Is Schaum's geometry outline enough for CSET II?

    I am preparing for subset II, Geometry, and find the Schaum's series a good review. Would you happen to know if the questions in the Schaum's geometry outline on the same level as the test?

    I have the Same question regarding statistics.

    thanks

    Dreamer
     
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    does the Orange County book contain qusetions/answers?

    Thanks for the info. By the way, do these books provide questions/answers too? Are they only good for review, or can they teach the subject, ie. statistics?

    By the way, for which subset did you find them helpful?

    Thanks\

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    There are many chaps that have employed Schaum's Outline for Geometry for their preparation, and have found it adequate. I believe there are topics not covered very ably [like Transformations or Locus, say] which would need to be supplemented.

    But that is a qualification that'd apply to most texts: there is no one impeccable resource!

    I'm - philosophically... - a conventional textbook sort of fellow, and my own recommendations are here, and numerous candidates have used 1 / more of them [I suggest a couple!] to profitable effect.

    I imagine Schaum's could be used in conjunction with 1 / more of those.

    In general, it's a smashing idea to, first, examine the relevant California content standards.

    And, oh, whichever book one may use, the test is always found to be a trifle - if not much! - harder: after all, there are few Qs that are "direct" [like those in a textbook]. Most Qs are applications-oriented and shall assess one's capacity to employ seemingly mundane concepts in novel ways.

    For Statistics, Schaum's Outline is more than sufficient.

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    Schaum's Geometry and the appropriate parts of Schaum's Precalculus will do for the geometry part of Subtest 2. I would suggest you stay away from Schaum's Statistics. It is IMHO one of the worst written of the Schaum's books and goes way beyond what you need for probability and statistics on Subtest 2. I found Barron's EZ 101 Statistics a much better book for this subtest.
     
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    Malcolm;

    To clarify, did you find Schaum's Geometry outline to have questions that were similar to the coplexity of questions on the test? Or, do you think the outline questions are not complex enough?

    Also, I did not realize that subset II covers precalc. Do you mean subset II covers basic algebra to describe lines on a graph which might be part of the geometry question?

    Also, what do you think of the Barron's EZ questions, were they sufficient to prepare for the test?

    I need to know if I should spend moeny on extra questions beyond those in these books.

    Thanks

    adreamer
     
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    IMHO the questions in Schaum's Geometry are at a similar level to what you will see on the test. The only difference is the NES folks seem to have a knack for obfuscation. Sometimes you have to figure out just what you are being asked.

    Some of the material related to analytic geometry, tranformations, loci, etc. that are tested in Subtest 2 are covered in Schaum's Precalculus, not in Schaum's Geometry. You will need to check the Subtest Description and the referenced Content Standards to see precisely what you will be held responsible for. Everything you need to know about geometry should be in one or the other of the two Schaum's books.

    I lent my copy of Barron's EZ-101 Statistics to a friend. I don't remember much about the questions. But IIWY I would be concerned about getting back up to speed on the material and not questions. If you know the material, you won't have a problem with CSET. FWIW the probability and statistics portion of Subtest 2 is really basic. About half of the MC questions I have seen or heard of could be answered just using common sense. Be ready for things like linear regression, Chi-square, etc. for the CR question. Make sure you know how to use your approved graphing calculator to do these.

    If you do feel the need for extra questions, I highly recommend Jay's.
     
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    Ha, I see you edited your posts from Baron's to Barron's and from "Probability and Statistics" to just "Statistics". It took me a while to figure it out, but I wanted to grab a copy on eBay before noting the corrections. Seems like you caught the errors yourself.

    Now I need to decide whether to purchase an inexpensive copy from an eBay seller with a 99.4% feedback rating. In the last month, 9.491 feedback comments were positive, but a whopping 83 were neutral and 81 were negative. I think I need the book to figure out the probability of receiving the book if I purchase it from this seller:lol:

    By the way, are there any comments on the Orange County Dept. of Ed. book for math subtest 2?
     
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    Well, the Barron's book is on Amazon for $8.99, but then I have to narrow down my shopping cart and wish list items to bring the total to $25 or more so that I get free shipping. That could take a long while.

    Oh, I know. I just finished book 1 of Philip Pullman's The Dark Materials trilogy called The Golden Compass. It's excellent, won a lot of awards, and will be a movie released on Dec. 7, 2007. I can get the whole trilogy for $13.50. (Comparisons are being favorably made to the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Harry Potter series.)

    Oops, still not up to $25.

    Maybe I'll get Internet Riches: The Simple Money-making Secrets of Online Millionaires - Scott C. Fox; Hardcover, for $14.96.

    Well, I'll have to decide later. The landlord is coming for an inspection Sunday, but the girls and I will be at my step-daughter's wedding Saturday. The house is a mess, the weeds need pulling, and we have not even begun to clean. Yikes. I am so good at procrastinating!:p
     
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    If you like Pullman, try Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, and The Abhorsen).
     

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