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Chalk Dust Company
16107 Kensington Dr
Sugar Land, TX 77479-4401
"Our oldest graduated last May from homeschool. He used your Geometry, Algebra II, Precalc, and Calculus (1st half of the book). He has done very well with math. Last spring he took the AP Calculus AB exam and earned a 5 on it, the highest score. He just completed his first semester in engineering at Virginia Tech and received A's in both of his math courses, Calculus II and Vector Geometry. Chalkdust works! Thank you for your thorough, challenging program.|
"We received the Algebra 2 course last week, and my son has already completed about 10 lessons. After 3 years (through 3 different Algebra courses from 8th-10th grades) of saying he hated Algebra, my son now says, "Mom, I LOVE Algebra!!" He has connected with Mr. Mosely, the teacher, and understands even the more difficult word problems. He had a phenomenal math teacher in 6th grade and thought he might never again have that opportunity, but now he states that Mr. Mosely is even as good as Mr. Tayler was! I can't thank you enough for this course, as I have regained new hope that my son might one day succeed in a career involving math or the sciences.
"Subject: Re: A2 DVD 4 Replacement
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Algebra 2 Review by Cathy Duffy 2005
8 DVDs or 14 VHS, (accredited) textbook, (complete) solutions guide, (and student technical support)
The (color) textbook for this course is Algebra 2 by Larson and Hostetler in a special second edition published for Chalk Dust Company. Mosely closely follows the lessons as presented in the textbook. Many first-year algebra concepts are reviewed at length, a boon for students who have take taken geometry after one year of algebra and need a refresher. The solution guide covers all the problems.
The scope and sequence is a bit different from some other Algebra 2 courses. While it covers functions at length along with radicals, inequalities, conic sections, systems of equations, matrices, and logarithms, it does not even introduce trigonometry. The inclusion of elementary trigonometry techniques is a relatively recent trend in Algebra 2 courses, and Chalk Dust follows the more traditional approach in offering trigonometry as a separate and much more comprehensive course. (An Index of Applications is included in an appendix.)
Instructions for using a TI-83 graphing calculator are part of the video instruction and also appear in a separate section in the appendix. Additional calculator information appears as "technology tips" in sidebars throughout the book. Occasionally, video lessons actually show the calculator and its screen so that students can use their own calculators and follow along performing operations.
In my opinion, this is the most practical solution for covering Algebra 2 unless parents are great at math and have time to teach it themselves. Even though the cost seems high, keep in mind that everything can be used with other children, then resold when you are finished, or you could share a set of tapes with another family.
"I have two children--one who graduated from high school in 2003 and a sophmore in high school. I have used Chalk Dust's Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. My oldest daughter is taking Calculus in college and is scoring at 98%. I attribute her success to her excellent foundation in math from Chalk Dust! Thank you."
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