The BrainTrax System is composed of multiple parts. The current model uses two areas of the browser. The top half of the browser houses the "Brain", which allows users to navigate to dfferent areas of the BrainTrax System. The bottom half of the browser displays content associated with the Brain. The best way to understand how this navigation works is to actually go ahead and try it.


To enter a Math Brain, simply click on "Algebra", "Trigonometry", "Calculus I", or "Calculus II" located at the top of the page. This will open a new window and load the relevant Brain. The center of the Brain (top half) is where you are currently located in the Brain. To move to another section, click on a "parent thought", which is located above the central thought, or click on a child thought, which is located below the central thought. This will cause the Brain to mutate so that the thought you clicked on becomes the central thought. Simultaneously, a new page will be loaded into the bottom half of the window.

 


For those who wish to know more about the Brain technology, we urge them to visit our FAQ sheet.

For the time being, BrainTrax only supports mathematics, and only in the areas of Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

The Algebra Brain is by far the most developed. It was designed with the idea that it should be accessible to anyone, no matter their current level of understanding of Algebra. With that in mind, it has been divided into three instruction levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Basic level corresponds to 7th-8th grade algebra, while Intermediate corresponds to 10th-11th grade algebra, and Advanced is the collegiate level of instruction expected here at the University of Missouri - Rolla.

The Trigonometry Brain is very similar to the Algebra Brain, but lacks some of the features found in the Algebra Brain, such as the Goal / Terms / Mathtrax buttons. Trigonometry also does not have the remediation available in the Algebra Brain. Trigonometry covers the concepts of sine, cosine, and tangent (the basic trigonometric functions). It also includes a rudimentary introduction to polar and parametric graphs.

Calculus is divided into first semester (Calculus I) and second semester (Calculus II). Calculus I introduces limits, differentiation, and integration. Calculus II develops numerous methods of integration as well as the importance of sequences and series.

In addition to the Brains, the BrainTrax System includes an Interactive Example and Testing System (IETS) which is still in the experimental stage. Currently it is only available inside the Algebra Brain, but the IETS has the potential to be implemented anywhere on the web and for any subject (not just math).

 

Brain Features

PDF version
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Algebra

*.pdf

Trigonometry

*.pdf

Calculus I & II

*.pdf

 

 

 

 

Other Documents

 

FAQ Sheet

*.pdf

Interactive Example and Testing System

*.pdf

 


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