Carnival of Math: Mindmap Edition

Apr 4, 2010 by

Okay, okay … the Carnival of Math is late.  Sorry Mike!

Being something of a nonconformist, I thought I’d try something completely different!  This month, the Carnival of Math is in the form of an Interactive Mindmap.  So you’ve never used a mindmap?  Watch the quick tutorial (no sound).


Also, I’ve just thrown in my favorite posts from various math blogs that I read, so you may be surprised to see your own post in here!

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Calculus and Precalculus Review Sites

Jan 9, 2008 by

Here is a little collection of Calculus and Precalculus review materials.

This calculus review website (at San Jose State University) is a nice interactive site that could be used on a campus website to help students review for Calc II or III.

Information on creating a quiz for the web (like this one) is published on Valdez’ website here.

She has a second “review” resource called “Preparing for the Mathematics Placement Exam” that can be found here. It is essentially all the math you need to have learned BEFORE you take calculus.

I have also found the Visual Calculus webpages to be a great place for students to review, although some of the links no longer function and the material does not seem to be updated anymore. These contain some nice flash tutorials.



Purplemath (put up by Elizabeth Stapel) is a good site for reviewing precalculus skills as well, although I could really do without the ads advertising “cheat” software… which almost made me leave it off of our department website.


Especially because of the lack of advertising, you might prefer Paul’s Online Math Notes, which contains a plethora of information on topics ranging from algebra through Differential Equations. I do wish he would consider calling the “cheat sheets” by another name, perhaps “formula sheets” or “reference pages” would be a more appropriate name. Our department was able to use the “formula sheets” to begin a discussion about what should go on our final exam reference page.

If you know of a good site with Precalculus or Calculus review materials that’s not listed here, please comment it in! Some of these sites are not indexed terribly well by search software.

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NSDL and MathDL

Nov 3, 2007 by

Here is a link to the presentation this morning from Bruce Yoshiwara and Mike Martin about NSDL and MathDL.

Interesting tidbits from this presentation:

  • You can search MathDL by a specific brand of software. So, for example, if you have Maple on your campus, but don’t know how to use it, you could search for Maple applications and find all the ones that are in MathDL.
  • Convergence  – a site about the history of math
  • JOMA, DCR, and Convergence will be merging into one site/resource called the Journal of Online Mathematics (JOM) and will have an RSS feed (this means that the site will come to you via email or RSS if you don’t want to have to go to the site).
  • Mike showed us WebWork (out of the University of Rochester) which is an online homework platform for math and science. The system runs on moodle, which makes me think that it must be free to use, but I’m not positive on that. If anyone else knows, then please comment that in.

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AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository)

Nov 1, 2007 by

AMSER is a clearinghouse containing approximately digital resources for applied math and science. It is part of the NSDL (National Science Digital Library) and it is free to use.

You can create folders to organize your resources and it will send you personalized bulletins to notify you of new resources that have been added that meet your interests. Cool! I spent some time speaking with Rachael and I think I will be organizing a folder of my favorites for their next newsletter.

I haven’t had time to really check it out, but I thought I would at least pass it on before I forget about it! If you have a project with materials or metadata to add to their collection, email them at

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