Online Mathematics Resources
Please note that many of these links will take you to sites away from the Learning Resources Center's website. The LRC, the UUD, and MSU make no warranties for content from other sites.
Practice – If additional practice is what you seek, these sites are for you. Some links will allow you to print worksheets ranging from arithmetic to calculus. Some of the links will give you examples followed by sample problems
Tutorials – If you need another perspective, these links are for you. These links offer worked out examples of various exercises covering topics from arithmetic to calculus and probability and statistics. Some links will let you enter in problems and give you step by step solutions. (However, these steps may not be like the ones that you are use to doing)
Graphing Tools – Need a graphing tool? You’ve come to the right place. Enter in the function and let the tool do the rest. You can find intercepts, equation of tangent lines, domain and range, intervals of increase and decrease, equation of tangent lines, etc.
Other Help – These links contain tables of common algebra, trig, calculus properties, theorems and formulas. You can also post questions and have someone get back to you with a hint on how to solve the problem.
Math Study Skills
- Learn the terminology. Do you know what it means to simplify, evaluate, solve, etc?
- Learn the notation. What does it mean to find f(2)? dy/dx? What is s?
- Practice: You did it two days ago, why can’t you do it today?
- Take responsibility for your success: Go to class everyday. Study everyday. Get help with what you don’t know.
- Work out examples: Don’t just stare at them. Write down all the missing steps. If you can’t follow the examples, you will have trouble doing the homework.
- Take your time: Don’t rush through the exercises. Take enough time so that you fully understand the material.
- Do more problems: After you get help with a problem, immediately do a similar type problem.
- Don’t be afraid to try more challenging exercises: You can’t do the hard problems on the exam if you can’t do them on the homework.
- Form a study group: Meet with the group regularly after you have attempted the exercises yourself.
- Use other resources: Other textbooks may explain concepts better.
- Ask specific questions: Instead of saying “I don’t understand this section” try “I don’t understand why ln(x + y) is not the same as ln(x) + ln(y).”
- Try making your own examples
- Try to understand, not memorize: Unfortunately, there are things you will have to memorize. However, try to relate new information to things you already know.
- Get help: Use instructors, TA’s, tutors - see us!
- Learn to differentiate between techniques: Make sure you learn all the techniques for doing a problem; not just the ones you like. Also, practice determining which techniques go with which problems.
- Learn how to use your calculator: If you need help, talk to your instructor or visit the Learning Resources Center.
- Make flash cards: Make flash cards to important concepts, formulas, and definitions. On one side, put the concept. On the other side, write an example or two.
- Study every day: Take some time out of your schedule to study math every day.
- Change your attitude: If you’ve already decided you are not going to do well, you probably won’t.