This site provides interactive practice problems on finding the piece of the Venn diagram that should be shaded. The site also includes a worksheet and a Help page.
Type of Material:
Drill and practice.
This site can be used for demonstrations or for individual student practice.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Develop the understanding of basic operations of set theory.
Target Student Population:
Students in any course that covers Venn diagrams.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basics knowledge of Venn diagrams and pre-algebra.
The activity in this site sets up an unshaded Venn Diagram and asks the student to shade in the correct region. The categories all involve mathematics at the pre-algebra level. Also included in the site are worksheets for sets and Venn diagrams and explanations of sets and Venn diagrams that are written in dialogue form.
More explanation is needed on unions and intersections. The dialog is helpful but only provides a few examples. Having the actual definitions spelled out would be helpful.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
A student goes to this activity will quickly be exposed to the Venn diagram. The interactivity makes the learning experience more memorable. Having three levels allows students to progress from beginner to more advanced.
The site can be used as a part of in-class demonstration or a self-guided activity.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Any student can jump into this activity with very minimal instructions. There is virtually no learning curve to become acquainted with the module. Students will get hooked on the activity until they have completely learned about Venn diagrams.
There is a link to instructions explaining how to print output if necessary.
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