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Algebra - One On One

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Type of Program: Educational Game
Supported Platforms: Win95/98/NT
Company Name: Sheppard Software
Version: 1.1
Price: 14.99
Installed Size: 2MB

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Algebra One on One is an educational game for those wanting a fun way to learn and practice Algebra. This program covers 21 functions (equations) which includes maximums, minimums, absolute values, averages, x/y, ax + b, axy + b, ax + by + c, squares, and cubes. You can either practice each function individually or 2 or more at the same time. If you want to practice individually you would choose Individual Function Practice in the Level menu. If you want to practice several functions at once you pick from the choices in the Algebra Game menu which is in the Level menu. Level 1 covers functions 1 and 2, level 2 covers function 1, 2, and 3, and so on to level 20 which covers all the functions. Level 21 is the Einstein level with more parameters.

The Ways To Play menu lets you choose from Calculate value, Choose formula, Figure formula and calculate. The calculate value option gives you one x and one y and the equation and you put the x numbers and or the y numbers in the equation and solve. The Choose formula option gives you several values for x and for y along with answers for each value (z) and it is up to you to determine which equation is being used and click on the right one out of 5 possible answers (equations) listed. The figure formula gives you several values for x and for y along with answers for all of them except 1 (?) and it is up to you to first determine the function (equation) being used then insert the x and or y values in the equation and solve for "?". If you get stuck trying to figure out what the function (equation) is a hint will be displayed according to the settings you set. Hint settings are wait 5 -60 seconds before displaying hint or No Hint.

You can choose from a ten problem game, a time trial game, or a two player game. High scores are saved and you are given a rank according to your score. The ranks are Novice, Learner, Veteran, Calculator, Math Pro, Math Whiz, Math Genius, and Einstein. You are given your rank for both the present game and the average score of previous games completed. It offers positive reinforcement in the form of "Correct!!!" displayed in big red letters and playing the windows tada.wav. Right or wrong it shows the steps to solving the problem. It also has a detailed help and great hints under help which will help in learning algebra and building a good base knowledge for problem solving.

The calculate option combined with the practice game is a definite plus in this game enabling students practice solving the problems in an specific area they are having trouble with. Also this may be meant for middle school students but it is a good program to prepare your little ones for algebra and help them also practice their basic math skills. I play the game with my 10 year old breaking down each level of the problem solving he has to do the calculations but at the same times is able to see what I am doing. In other words if x = 8 and the problem is x squared plus 2 then I ask him what 8 times 8 is so he sees that x squared means to times the number by itself. This is a truly great program for people of all ages.  

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Reviewed by Zonia J. Heath zonia@oio.net


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