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Peer Review

Larry Green's Applet Page



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2004 by Mathematics
Overview: This page contains links to dozens of applets that deal with topics in Basic Math, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate and College Algebra, Statistics, and other areas.

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Type of Material: Simulation/tutorial
Recommended Uses: Varies from one applet to the next.
Technical Requirements: The user must have a Java-enabled browser
Identify Major Learning Goals: These applets are designed to provide interactive, graphical methods for introducing a wide variety of mathematical concepts to students.
Target Student Population: Junior high, high school, and college math students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Varies from one applet to the next.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The overall quality (accuracy) of the mathematics presented in these applets is very high. Very few problems are evident, and those that are a typically very minor. More specifics are to be found in the reviews of the individual applets.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: These applets are very effective learning tools. They combine accurate, carefully presented mathematics with immediate feedback (often graphical). Many feature a step-by-step tutorial approach, with feedback on correctness and hints being provided at each step in the guided solution of a problem.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The applets are uniformly easy to use. The proper use of the applet controls is usually self-evident. Instructions are abundant and easily interpreted. The applets are stable, with none of the ?browser-freezing? that sometimes occurs with programs of this type.