Supplies

Academic Year 2021 - 2022

--- What Do I Need for Class?

All Classes

All students will need standard school supplies, such as writing paper, graph paper, pencil(s), eraser(s), colored pencils, and a ruler. 

Some students find it helpful to have a highlighter available.  Highlighting the negative signs help ensure they don’t get overlooked.

All students will receive a Student Workbook that has the printed notes, homework, and auxiliary notes used during the semester.  Students will have to print the tests (and possibly test reviews).  Advanced classes may require additional printing for lab work, honors projects, etc.

Supplies needed for a specific class are listed below.

Calculators

Students are highly encouraged to use a calculator, especially to check their work.

casio calculator

Beginner
Casio fx-300ES PLUS

This is a really handy, inexpensive calculator for middle-schoolers to start with. It has a large display and handles fractions beautifully.
There are comparable models and brands available, if you want to shop around.
Any scientific calculator will work for middle and high school classes.

ti-30xs calculator

Intermediate
TI-30 XS

Made by Texas Instruments, this calculator is slightly more advanced than the Casio fx-300ES.
It is also slightly more expensive than a beginner scientific calculator.
It has a multi-line display and handles fractions with ease, but it does not have graphing capabilities.

ti-84 ce calculator

Advanced
TI-84 PLUS

For advanced high-school classes, students will need a graphing calculator.
There are comparable models and brands available, if you want to shop around.
They are expensive, but very necessary for Algebra 2, Statistics, and Pre-Calculus.

Textbooks and Class-Specific Supplies

There is no textbook required for Problem Solvers.  The Student Workbook has the printed notes, homework, and auxiliary notes used during the semester.  Students will have to print their own tests (and possibly test reviews).

The Student Kit includes manipulatives for in-class activities.  Students will also need a math compass and protractor.  This type of compass is also called a ‘drafting’ or ‘drawing’ compass.  The compass does not need to be highly accurate.  A “cheap” one will be fine for class.

Many of the in-class activities involve cutting-and-pasting.  Scissors and repositionable glue sticks are encouraged.

Textbook ISBN: 0-03-093468-0.   The textbook has a purple cover with skyscrapers on the front.  It’s a 2008 edition, so you should be able to find it used at a reasonable price.

Textbook ISBN: 0-03-035827-2.   The textbook has a red cover with purple boxes on the front.  It’s a 2007 edition, so you should be able to find it used for a reasonable price. 

Textbook ISBN: 0-03-035828-0.   The textbook has a green cover with blue boxes on the front.  It’s a 2007 edition, so you should be able to find it used for a reasonable price. 

In addition to the textbook, students will need a math compass and protractor.  This type of compass is also called a ‘drafting’ or ‘drawing’ compass.  The compass does not need to be highly accurate.  A “cheap” one will be fine for class.

Students may find it helpful to use 3×5 index cards to organize their vocabulary terms.

Textbook ISBN: 978-030-35829-6.   The textbook has a blue cover with yellow bars on the front.  It’s a 2007 edition, so you should be able to find it used for a reasonable price. 

Textbook: “Advanced High School Statistics, 2nd edition”; OpenIntro; ISBN: 978-1943450091; c. 2017.

The textbook is free to download from this website: https://www.openintro.org/book/ahss/

A black-and-white copy can be purchased from Amazon.

Textbook ISBN: 0-03-041647-7.   The textbook has a multi-color cover with a black spiral on the front.  It’s a 2007 edition, so you should be able to find it used for a reasonable price. 

Online Success

To get the most out of an online class, students should have a laptop/desktop computer with webcam and microphone.  I use a document camera to demonstrate how to work the math problems.  This picture may be too small to read on a phone or tablet.

A Zoom account and a Canvas account are also required.  (These are both free accounts.)  Classes are hosted through Zoom.  Classwork is managed through Canvas.

Study Sessions are also hosted through Zoom.  These give students an opportunity to hang-out and work on homework or projects together.  Students can also utilize the Discussions page in Canvas to organize study groups.

Classes are recorded each week.  The Zoom recordings are uploaded to Canvas at the end of the week.  My completed notes are also uploaded, so students can go back and review the material, as needed.