Khan Academy: Videos for Visual Learners

Are you a visual learner?

Are you studying to become a teacher?

Khan Academy is a website which currently has over 2,400 videos and 125 practice exercises in fields such as developmental math, arithmetic, algebra, calculus, history, sciences, physics, chemistry, finance, and more. They are a non-profit organization backed by Bill Gates with the motto of “providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere”. All you need is an Internet connection! Read more about the Khan Academy.

Students who are studying the material receive:

1) a self-paced learning tool

2) a dynamic help system

3) badges to see their own progress

Teachers receive:

1) individual student reports

2) class reports

It is also available on iTunes and Android.



National Academies Press — 4,000+ books in PDF format, all free of charge!

As of June 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be available via PDF at no charge. This includes the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.

Please read the press release from the National Academies Press.

Some of the topics that are covered include, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Medicine, Education, Biology and Life Sciences, Computers and Information Technology — and more!

Here is a sample of books that are now available in PDF format:

Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence

Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Towards Excellence and Equity

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success

Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers

iPhone apps for incoming freshman

It is almost that time of year again! Next week freshman will start moving in, and the campus will again be abuzz with activity.

Here are some useful iPhone apps for freshman:


The Elements “It features beautiful high-resolution content optimized for the iPhone 4 screen. If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements for iPhone lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before…” Read more here.

Graphing Calculator turns your phone or iPod into an intuitive high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator. Features include: quickly plot and trace multiple equations on the same graph, custom keyboard to speed up entering in equations, pinch to zoom and drag/slide for scrolling the graph in real time, and the graph view supports portrait and landscape modes…” Read more here.

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Subject Guide for Mathematics

The Sullivan Library has a new addition to its portal page — a subject guide for those currently working in the mathematics field here at Dominican College. The mathematics subject guide can be found here.

This guide includes a listing of the databases that will be most useful for your work, including EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Elite, as well as the ProQuest databases. There are also countless open access journals (free to use and read) which have been linked to, including Mathematics Education Research Journal, Journal of Probability and Statistics, International Journal of Differential Equations, and Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science.

You also have the option of looking at two electronic book databases, Ebrary and NetLibrary, when you require books for your research but are unavailable to come into the library itself. Further, there is a list of Government sources such as The University of Michigan Historical Mathematics Collection and ArXiv, a website from Cornell University with thousands of e-print titles in the Sciences.

Finally, there is a listing of reference books which are held within The Sullivan Library and always available to look at. They include titles such as The Universal Book of Mathematics and Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India and Islam.

Mathematics subject guide