LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for For All Practical Purposes.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
Chapters from Prior Editions of FAPP
The Launchpad includes two chapters from previous editions of FAPP for your reference, Chapter 16: Theory of Moves: A Dynamic Approach to Games and Chapter 19: New Geometries for a New Universe.
LaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at point of use--plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.
This game-like adaptive quizzing system puts the concept of “testing to learn” into action, motivating students to engage with their course. Easy-to-use reporting tools help teachers pinpoint areas to focus on in class.
A series of applets to help students master key mathematical concepts and work exercises from the text.
MathClips allow students to view animated lecture videos and whiteboard lessons that illustrate key mathematical concepts in the text by showing students step-by-step solutions to selected exercises.
Student Study Guide
Offers study tips and tools to help students gain a better understanding of source material.
A series of Sudoku puzzles that uses lessons from the text to explain the concepts behind the popular Japanese pastime.
Recommended websites for each chapter that expand upon the concepts discussed and offer students more information outside of the text.
Virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves. Students can utilize this resource to prepare for higher stakes assessments and to make sure they understand the language of the course.
Each chapter has accompanying essay questions that check students’ critical thinking abilities by testing their knowledge of the mathematical concepts presented in the chapter as they are applied to real-world situations.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Algebra Review Quizzes
Quizzes designed to test students’ algebra skills to ensure that they are keeping up with the book’s material.
PowerPoint slides for each chapter meant to be used with clicker technology in the classroom.
Instructor Solutions Manual
Includes teaching support for each chapter and full solutions for all problems in the text.
Lecture PowerPoint Slides
Customizable, detailed lecture presentations of mathematical concepts covered in each chapter.
An easy-to-use web-based version of the instructor’s solutions, allowing instructors to generate a solution file for any set of homework exercises.
Teaching Guide for First-Time Instructors
This guide for new instructors, adjuncts, and teaching assistants will help make planning your course and teaching with For All Practical Purposes easier and more effective. Ideas set forth in this guide also offer fresh perspective and ideas to experienced instructors.