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Thanks for stopping by my Web of video math tutorials!  These skills are important - virtually all 2 and 4 year degrees have math requirements that include some algebra.

But it's not just about the classes you may have to take.  Being able to work with variables, letters that stand for numbers, is important.  That is what algebra is.  Being able to confidently and accurately work with variables means we are ready to apply math to real-world problems. 

This means we can:

  • Work with equations and formulas
  • Solve for missing variables
  • Build mathematical models that describe or predict
  • Understand probabilities and statistics
  • Prepare for successful careers in science, engineering, medicine, and management, and business

Math Minutes are short videos, 5-7 minutes, about fundamental skills that prepare us for success in math and algebra classes.  We think you will agree, getting started isn't hard.  Our goal is to give you choices - different ways to review and learn.

The concept was created by Mr. Breitsprecher and some high school math teachers.  We saw a need for multimedia that allowed students to use multimedia and visual presentations to help them learn.  Our videos are not meant to replace text books, classroom instruction, or study sessions.

We do know from experience, that all students we work with can be successful in math and algebra classes if they get support when they needed.  Our online webcasts of Math Minutes are available 24/7 to preview and review whenever is needed.   Students can benefit from these video tutorials in 3 ways:

  1. They can be used to preview new materials so that students have a class of looking at new concepts before class.

  2. They provide alternative presentations that can help students feel more comfortable and confident practicing skills and successfully completing homework.

  3. They provide a starting point to talk, allowing students to visualize and review as needed so that they feel more comfortable talking to teachers, classmates, and tutors about any additional help they may need.

CLUB TNT, on My Madison TV14, will feature some of our Math Minutes episodes during the 2009/10 season, but they will always be online here anytime you need a quick review.  We will add print resources to support each video early next year and launch a podcast series too. 

Please scroll down our list of topics and take a look.  If you have any questions, comments, or ideas to share, we would love to hear from you - please email us at

Math Minutes Episodes

  1. Study Tips & Tricks.  Getting a "crisp" start in a math or algebra class is the best way to ensure you are comfortable and successful.  Math is very different than other subjects taught in school, let's talk about how to excel in class this year.
  2. Definitions & Symbols.  In many ways, math is like learning a new language.  There will be new words and symbols.  Let's review what you need to get started.
  3. Divisibility Rules. Recognizing when a number is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 without a calculator is important -- it prepares us to work with fractions, common denominators, lowest common multiples, and factoring. There are patterns in numbers.
  4. Factoring Prime Time.  In many ways, algebra is all about taking numbers and expressions apart and then putting them back together in simpler forms. Multiplication tells us that 2*3=6. Factor is the reverse -- 2 factors of 9 are 2 and 3.
  5. Decimals.  Being comfortable with decimals and understanding what they represent makes working with numbers easier.  Perhaps more important, when we can comfortably and accurately work with them, we are ready to master related math skills.
  6. Fractions, Decimals, & Percents.  We can make some decimal numbers easier to work with by converting them to percents - per one-hundreds.  That is actually what "percents" are.
  7. Percentages:  Tipping.  Many service providers need to earn some of their wages from the extra money customers leave when they are satisfied with services.  This is a great "real-world" example of how we can apply our understanding of decimals and percents.
  8. Fractions 101.  Working with fractions is an important part of many classes -- it is also the foundation of many algebraic concepts. Here are the basics.
  9. Simplifying Fractions.  They key to working with anything is to learn ways to make things as easy and manageable as possible.  Keep It Simple Students, the KISS principal applies here.  Let's review how to keep fractions simple to work with.
  10. Fractions:  Common Denominators.  Being able to compare fractions means being able to apply what we know about simplifying fractions and creating equivalent fractions.  With practice, its easy!
  11. Fractions: Addition & Subtraction.  If we understand common denominators and simplifying fractions, with practice, we will quickly and accurately add and subtract them.
  12. Fractions:  Multiplication & Division.  Just like using whole numbers to calculate surface areas, perimeters, and other useful formulas often demands we multiply and divide numbers, to use fractions in useful ways, we must be confident in our ability to multiply and divide.
  13. Properties of Real Numbers. Here is a review of different types of number sets, properties of real numbers
  14. Negative Numbers, Part 1.  Positive integers are all the whole numbers greater than zero: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ... . Negative integers are all the opposites of these whole numbers: -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, Ö  But let's take a few minutes to look at this in more detail and how we add and subtract negative numbers.
  15. Negative Numbers, Part 2.  Letís review a little more about negative numbers. Weíve covered the basics and how to add and subtract positive and negative numbers. Now, letís look at multiplication and division.
  16. Simplifying Expressions.  An algebraic expression is a mathematical phrase which contains numbers, operators, (such as add, subtract, multiply, and divide), and at least one variable (like x, or y). Expressions have no equals sign. To work with expressions, we need to agree on the order we use to perform operations.
  17. Linear Equations in 1 Variable.  A variable is a number that is not identified. It is often represented by "x" or "y," any letter can be used.  A linear expression is a mathematical statement that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, but has no exponents (or powers) and no variables that multiply or divide each other.

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Study Tips & Tricks
Definitions & Symbols
Divisibility Rules
Factoring Prime Time
Fractions, Decimals, & Percents
Percentages:  Tipping
Fractions 101
Simplifying Fractions
Fractions:  Common Denominators
Fractions: Addition & Subtraction
Fractions:  Multiplication & Division
Properties of Real Numbers
Negative Numbers, Part 1
Negative Numbers, Part 2
Simplifying Expressions
Linear Equations in 1 Variable
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