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Math & Music develops students' mathematical skills and simultaneously exposes them to music from around the world, the physics of sound propagation, the physics of musical instruments, and the biological structures associated with hearing. Math topics in the program include: use of an Abacus, speed at basic operations, ancient number systems, prime numbers, trignometry, algebra, ratios and fractions. The musical topics include the nature of sound waves, adjustments on violin that change the instrument's pitch, the structure of scales and harmony, and styles of music from different countries across the globe.
Math & Music is easy to use, thought-provoking and thorough. Adults and children can learn from this program together while listening to diverse styles of music from Senegal, Kashmir and the Appalachian region of the United States. The program includes short assessments that are built into the learning process and long assessments that require eighty-percent success before a user can progress. Children can choose the topics that most interest them and best fit their needs by selecting from the main menu of the program.
Math & Music's multi-disciplinary focus is what makes the program exciting and unusual. The program places math and physics in the context of music, culture, geography and history and treats each of these topics as important in its own right. The program shows how math and physics are relevant and evolving.
The CD-ROM provides high-quality supplemental material for students and teachers, specifically a math workbook, textbook, teacher solution set and teacher and student guides. Users can scroll through and print these materials using Acrobat Reader. Because the program includes tests, guides, practice problems and challenges, a student will learn information thoroughly.
Middle- and high-school students will both be satisfied with this program because its content level ranges from multiplication review to definitions of frequency, amplitude and wavelength. A student may even choose to use Math & Music over several years and tackle various sections when he or she covers corresponding topics in school.
PC: Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP/NT, Pentium II or faster cpu, 5 MB hard drive space to run from CD (650 MB if loaded on hard drive), 16 MB RAM, 16-bit 800x600 color display, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Sound Blaster compatible sound card printer, access to Internet(optional). Also available in a network version and lab packs for Windows.return to top of page
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