For students enrolled in natural science courses in ETSU's general education core

Interactive tool for practicing comparing two lengths, areas, and volumes. It is VERY TRICKY to judge how area and volume change with size. This tool gives you good practice. Good for physics problems to do with pressure, gravity, and other places where area or volume are important. Explore size estimation in one, two and three dimensions! Multiple levels of difficulty allow for progressive skill improvement.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Interactive tool for showing how derivatives and integrals relate to a graph of a function. Really great for experimenting with the meaning of basic calculus ideas. Intuitive and graphical. Spend a little time playing to see where the derivative is zero, positive, negative, or how the integral grows. Draw a graph of any function and see graphs of its derivative and integral. Don't forget to use the magnify/demagnify controls on the y-axis to adjust the scale.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Interactive tool for fitting a straight line or other curves to data points. Great supplement to any science lab course. Let's you see how data and mathematical models relate to each other. With your mouse, drag data points and their error bars, and watch the best-fit polynomial curve update instantly. You choose the type of fit: linear, quadratic, cubic, or quartic. The reduced chi-square statistic shows you when the fit is good. Or you can try to find the best fit by manually adjusting fit parameters.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Interactive simulation on graphing 2nd degree polynomials (aka, quadratics). Nicely shows what each coefficient contributes. Learn about graphing polynomials. The shape of the curve changes as the constants are adjusted. View the curves for the individual terms (e.g. y=bx ) to see how they add to generate the polynomial curve. Especially good for constant acceleration problems in physics. These produce 2nd degree polynomials of distance vs time.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Brief instructions and example showing how to convert between units (say, from mi to m) using conversion ratios. Converting from one dimensional unit to another is often somewhat complex and being able to perform such conversions is an important skill to acquire. The factor-label method, also known as the unit-factor method or dimensional analysis, is a widely used approach for performing such conversions

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Short 'how to' showing how to enter scientific notation on a TI (Texas Instruments) calculator. Use the Enter Exponent or [EE] key to enter numbers in scientific notation. The [EE] key is used to denote x10 for numbers written in scientific notation. Note: TI calculators use the EE button. Some calculators use the Exp button. If you don't know how to use these, you will waste your time and on some problems you'll get the wrong answer.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Online tutorial on using scientific notation to describe and compute with really large and really small numbers. Great review! 17 short Flash tutorials delivered in a charming British female voice. Good graphics and examples moving step-by-step through the use of scientific notation.

August 26, 2010byMichael Garrett0