Building on the extraordinary success of Algebra Nation, the UF Lastinger Center teamed with Study Edge, a local educational technology company in Gainesville, to create Math Nation.
To access Math Nation, please visit www.MathNation.com.
Funded by the Florida Legislature and championed by Governor Rick Scott, Math Nation is a comprehensive online teaching and learning system designed to help students improve their conceptual and procedural understandings of mathematics, from foundational pre-algebra concepts to advanced topics such as trigonometric functions. Developed with cutting-edge technology and supported by mathematics education research, Math Nation advances student learning through a series of interactive and informative web-based programs. At any time of day, students have free, unlimited access to adaptive diagnostic assessments with individualized remediation pathways, research-based content and videos that are engaging and standards-aligned, and opportunities for collaboration with students and math experts across the state.
Math Nation includes the following components:
On Ramp to Algebra
Algebra 1 is often considered the gateway mathematics course to future success in high school and college-level mathematics. Math Nation’s Onramp to Algebra aims to ensure that each student is poised for success in Algebra 1 by improving their foundational knowledge of mathematics. This program assesses a student’s current level of understanding of key pre-algebra and foundational mathematics topics through an adaptive diagnostic tool. Teachers and students receive immediate feedback of which concepts are in need of remediation and an individualized pathway that presents these concepts using graphics, manipulatives, and other tools to strengthen the student’s conceptual understanding.
Geometry will guide students as they explore more complex geometric concepts and deepen their understanding of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Students will look at congruence, constructions, proof, similarity of polygons, properties of two- and three- dimensional objects (ex: area, surface area, and volume), and use their knowledge of algebra to verify geometric relationships. Students will work with quadratics, circles, and various polygons.
Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms.
Students are introduced to major statistics concepts. They will be exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and drawing statistical inference.
Pre-calculus will prepare students for the skills and knowledge needed for calculus, including conics, limits, and vectors. Students learn about trigonometric functions and their applications, including particular and general solutions of trigonometric equations, and solutions of right and oblique triangles.
In Calculus, students learn expand on their knowledge of polynomial, circular, log functions, sequences and series, while also being introduced to such concepts as limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.