When most people think of algebra, they think of meaningless equations and rules. This curriculum will change that. Students don’t just learn meaningless manipulation. Instead, they’re taught to apply math to real life and to stretch their problem-solving skills at every turn.
A Note from Katherine: I’ve always had a high regard for Jacob’s high school math series, and was excited when I saw they were being reprinted. I love how this program incorporates history and teaches the student to use math in problem-solving situations. Students won’t be left wondering what all those xs and ys are about anyway. Instead, they’ll learn to apply the skills their learning and truly think mathematically. While the program doesn’t connect math to God, it does teach math as a practical tool. If students have already completed Principles of Mathematics, they should be able to see how what they’re learning declares the Creator’s praises.
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I’ve heard Jacob’s materials are very rigorous and am concerned about whether my student will be able to use them.
This curriculum does deal with concepts in a very rigorous way, which is excellent for building mathematical thinking and showing students how to really apply what they’re learning; however, if you are coming from a program that did not emphasize problem solving, you may wish to start with Principles of Mathematics to build those skills first.
I used Principles of Mathematics. Will it be easy to transition to the Jacob’s program?
Students who’ve finished Book 2 of Principles of Mathematics should be ready to begin Jacob’s Algebra. The set up in Jacob’s is very similar to Principles of Mathematics. There’s a schedule just like in Principles of Mathematics, as well as perforated worksheets. It works much the same way–read a section, and work a worksheet. Unlike Principles of Mathematics, though, it also includes additional problems for students who need more practice, along with a detailed Solutions Manual and an optional DVD.