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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Hello

Please could someone advise on any good resources, books etc. for algebra practising.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:48 pm 
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I have this http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSear ... 5727.html# and its its a good introduction

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:28 pm 
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Thank you Sherry_d.
Please could you also advise if the book is enough for the preperation? I just wonder if it helps to understand one kind of the 11+ questions such as:

"Ian is now twice his sister's age.
In 4 years time Ian will be 16
How old will his sister be then?"

Any other resources with more examples like the above please?

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I dont think you really need a book for the 11+ algebra because its normally one or two questions and you can use some resources online like this one here http://www.mathsnet.net/ks3/eq801_algebra.html

I think these type of questions require the child to read and understand the question properly. In this case they should be able to work out as they read that Ian is actually 12 right now. If the suss that then the rest will be easy.

The way I do it is ask her to read out aloud and ask her to re read the key part again and she normally has the lighbulb moment when she re reads it again.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:03 pm 
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Have a look at the algebra section on this website:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:01 am 
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Thank you all.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:32 am 
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google 'algebra' or pre-algebra games , there are some really good games available.

i find using a diagram useful when explaining those age questions, bit like a time line.

. put ian in the middle, jump 4 years and put 16,

ian is on 12, so his sister is 6, in 4 years time she will be 10.

for the type where ' in 4 years time Ian will be 'x', use same technique..try actual numbers first , teh child can usually see it straight a way, and then use x to represent a 'mystery number'


algebra at this level is not particularly scary if you point out that they have been doing calculations like this since infants.

3 + [] = 5

[] + 10 = 11

as they get more confident this is a good game
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfil ... ostie.html


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:45 am 
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Thank you yoyo123 , This is a very good way of explanation algebra to my DD.


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