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February 2nd, 2012, 09:14 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jul 2011 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  Stepbystep mathematics software/practice problems
I used course compass/my math lab and I really enjoyed it. It provided randomly generated practice problems that gave me the right answer when I got it wrong explained how to do the problems step by step. gave me examples of problems with their solutions, and how they were done. Is there any software that provides this sort of help? I want to use course compass /my math lab as a study supplement but I have to be an educator/instructor in order to create my own course. I would take the course itself through course compass/my math lab but I'll be working a full time job and I want a university that gives me more time to complete the work (this is why I'm taking it online at the University of North Dakota, which gives you 9 months to complete each class). Is there some way to get an extension on course compass/my math lab, or take courses that give you a much longer time to complete the course? That'd also solve my problem, lol 
February 2nd, 2012, 11:20 AM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Stepbystep mathematics software/practice problems
I saw something at the 2012 JMM that looked like it might be what you want. I can't think of the name immediately, but I'll look it up for you if you like. But what are you studying, precisely? This program that I saw (free, BTW) focused on introductory algebra, through quadratics and the like I think, so if you're studying something else it might not be helpful.

February 2nd, 2012, 02:04 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Jul 2011 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  Re: Stepbystep mathematics software/practice problems
I'm studying college algebra though I plan on majoring in mathematics.

February 2nd, 2012, 08:42 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: Stepbystep mathematics software/practice problems
The software I was talking about is http://www.xyalgebra.org/ I talked to Dr. Miller about it when I met him last month. It looks interesting, maybe you should try it. I don't know if the level is appropriate. (I assume by "college algebra" you mean the 1semester course that reviews the two years of highschool algebra, rather than an introduction to abstract algebra / abstract algebra / abstract algebra II class that is about groups, rings, and fields.) 

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