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Northwest Missouri State University


Interact Math Interactive Practice

InterAct Math is an on-line tutorial site. It provides tutorial exercises associated with the various textbooks published by Person Education. There is a list of books to choose from in the drop-down menu – each one containing its own set of tutorial problems – so there is a lot of opportunity here to practice problems.

Click here to go to: InterAct Math.com

The first time you visit this site, you may need to install plug-ins to make the program work. From the home page, click on enter.

InterAct Math Screenshot 1

 

On the next page, use the pull-down menu to select the textbook: select Bittinger: Developmental Mathematics 7e from the list, then click submit. This developmental mathematics textbook will contain practice problems for all of the modules included in the Math Skills course.

InterAct Math Screenshot 2

 

You should now be on the installation wizard page. You will need to follow all the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. Note that if you are at home and using a dial-up internet service, this can take up to 20 minutes, so be patient! You will probably get a yellow message bar at the top of the next screen. Click on the bar and install the ActiveX Control, then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to install the necessary plug-ins. NOTE:  if you aren’t directed to the installation page, you can check to see if your computer has all the required programs by clicking on the "Browser Check" button at the top of the screen.

InterAct Math Screenshot 3

 

Once you have the plug-ins installed you may begin practicing. Again, under the pull-down menu for "book" you selected Bittinger: Developmental Mathematics 7e. Many of the other books would also be helpful for review, but this one seems to cover all the topics you will see in the modules. Once you have selected the book, choose a topic from the chapter pull-down menu. Notice you can select sections and/or objectives on the first page. The problem links shown review the selected topic. Click on a problem. Note it will take some time to load the problems and associated graphics. 

InterAct Math Screenshot 4

 

On the problem page you will be given a problem to solve.  You can get help with the problem, or view a worked example with the buttons on the right. The pallet on the left allows you to input special notation such as fractional answers or answer with exponents.  Once you have answered a question click on the "check answer" button at the bottom of the page.  If you are correct, you can request a similar exercise with the button at the bottom -- to practice more problems of the same type. The "next exercise" button takes you to the next problem in the section.

InterAct Math Screenshot 5

 

InterAct Math Screenshot 6The chapters included in the Bittinger Developmental Mathematics book are shown at the right. These chapters align with the modules included in the Math Skills course offered at Northwest Missouri State University, however chapter numbers and mod numbers do not necessarily match (see module outlines for further details).

Chapter 0 gives instructions on how to enter answers into the system.

Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 review basic mathematics concepts; these concepts are reviewed in Module 1.

Chapter 5 explores descriptive statistics and graphical representations – these concepts are included in Module 10.

Chapter 6 reviews geometrical concepts and formulas. Problems incorporating geometrical concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem, perimeter, and area formulas are included in several modules.

The rest of the chapters, 7 through 15, correspond roughly with modules 1 through 9. While all the topics included in the modules may not be represented by problems in this book, you will be able to review and practice most of the concepts with these materials.