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Do I really need a textbook?

If the intent in using DVDs is to learn a subject in mathematics for the first time, then the answer is unquestionably YES.

The text will serve several important purposes. Practice (and practice and more practice) is the only way to transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory in the brain. A textbook is the source for those practice problems.

Also, a text will contain examples that do not appear on video. And sometimes just a few extra examples can help to clarify a tough topic. That is why students are encouraged to follow along in the text, section by section, as the video program is running.

In addition, students can also use the text to refresh the memory about previously discussed material. For example, suppose a word or topic is mentioned on the video program and the student is not clear on the meaning. That word or topic may be found in the index of the text for quick reference to an explanation.

What if I already have a textbook?

In order to use the videotapes effectively, students with a text will need to cross reference topics between the text and the videos. Some textbooks are easier to cross reference than others.

Almost all recently published textbooks that are in general use in public schools or colleges will be easy to cross reference with Chalk Dust video programs.

What text is easiest to use?

Most Chalk Dust Company DVD video programs were produced to correlate directly with a specific textbook. The exception is the ACT-SAT Math Review.

The other Chalk Dust DVD programs can also be used with many textbooks by cross-referencing topics labeled on the DVD Topic Outline with textbook topics. However, the texts directly related to the DVDs are the easiest to use. Each program corresponds chapter-by-chapter and section-by-section to a companion text written by Ron Larson, one the nation's leading math authors.

Why do Chalk Dust DVD programs often follow a text written by Ron Larson?

Accredited textbooks written by Ron Larson and published by Houghton Mifflin or Cengage Learning and feature recent emphasis trends in mathematics such as real life problems, graphical relationships to algebraic concepts, and the use of the graphing calculator - perhaps the most exciting and useful math supplement in the history of mathematics education.

Ron Larson has devoted special attention to the collection of real-life application problems for inclusion in his textbooks.

With two decades of experience, he is one of the most talented and widely respected math authors in the nation.

DVD Programs Related or Recommended Textbooks
Basic Math Aufmann, Barker, and Lockwood. Basic Math, 9th Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage Learning, 2010.
Prealgebra Aufmann, Barker, and Lockwood. Prealgebra, 5th Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2009.
Algebra 1 Larson, Roland, and Kimberly Nolting. Elementary Algebra, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning, 2010.
Geometry Alexander, Daniel, and Goralyn Koeberlein. Geometry, 5th Edition. Boston, Mass: Cengage Learning, 2011.
Algebra 2 Larson, Roland, and Kimberly Notting. Intermediate Algebra, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning, 2010.
Trigonometry Larson, Roland and Robert Hostetler. Trigonometry, 7th Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
College Algebra Larson, Roland and Robert Hostetler. College Algebra, 5th Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.
ACT-SAT* Math Review Recommended, not directly related: The Official SAT Study Guide: For the New SAT®. New York: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2009.
ACT-SAT* Math Review Recommended, not directly related: Cracking the ACT. The Princeton Review, 2014.
Precalculus Functions and Graphs Larson, Ron, Robert Hostetler, and Bruce Edwards.Precalculus Functions and Graphs, 5th Edition. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.
Calculus of a Single Variable Larson, Roland, Robert Hostetler, and Bruce Edwards.Calculus of a Single Variable, 9th Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage Learning, 2010.

*SAT is the registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which is not associated with this DVD program.

Solutions Guides
A Solutions Guide is a soft-bound book which supports a particular textbook by providing the step-by-step solutions to selected problems in the text. When used in tandem with textbooks and videotapes, a Solutions Guide becomes an extremely valuable supplement.

Textbooks associated with Chalk Dust videotape courses typically offer a surprisingly large number of practice problems at the end of each section (75 to 150). The text lists the answers to odd-numbered problems. Also, the text lists all the answers to mid-chapter quizzes, end-of-chapter review exercises, chapter tests, and cumulative chapter tests. The problem associated with every listed answer in the text will be worked out in a Solutions Guide.

For example, suppose a problem in a text reads:
21. Solve the equation 6x - 3 = 9 + 2x.

The Solutions Guide for that book would show:
21. Solve the equation 6x - 3 = 9 + 2x.


6x - 3 = 9 + 2x
6x - 2x - 3 = 9 + 2x - 2x
4x - 3 = 9
4x - 3 + 3 = 9 + 3
4x = 12
4x/4 = 12/4
x = 3


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