Parents' Guide to

Mathwords

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Math dictionary defines, leaves deeper questions unanswered.

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Mathwords's accurate definitions could be useful for advanced students who just need a nudge to remember a particular aspect of a term, but kids needing a bit more hand holding who will likely be stymied. Definitions are overly concise, contain a plethora of references, and assume basic foundational understandings. For instance, the entry for three dimensional space never uses the terms height, width, or depth though it does refer to three-dimensional coordinates. Textual explanations are rare and more attention is paid to "formal" meanings than making the material clear, especially to kids who are already having a hard time. And most examples, if present, are actually diagram images pixelated beyond recognition.

About twenty terms are accompanied by a cool JavaSketchPad, QuickTime, or LiveGraphics3D-based dynamic diagram from McGraw-Hill's Geometer's Sketchpad, but even these lack sufficient labels and took nearly 5 minutes to load. Overall, accessibility is a problem for the kids who need this site the most.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Math : algebra, calculus, equations, functions, geometry, graphing, measurement, numbers, probability, statistics
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, Thinking & Reasoning : asking questions, memorization, part-whole relationships
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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