Useful, Interactive, Interesting,
and Fun Math Web Sites
The following list contains Mathematics
related links from all over the world. It is very hard to categorize them in
a consistent manner, and the list is not, by any means, complete. If you run
into a link that you would like to see on these pages, send the URL to Jim Matovina
The following sites contain links to tons of mathematically related site on
the WWW. The Archives Server is a little more useful to educators because, in
some sections, it classifies its links according to the appropriate academic
level. The S.O.S. site is a great place for students to review. The Eisenhower
National Clearinghouse is a great place for k-12 math and science materials.
Archives WWW Server, (http://archives.math.utk.edu/)
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, (http://www.goenc.com/)
Math Forum Hope Page, (http://mathforum.org/)
Potter's Science Gems - Mathematics, (http://www.sciencegems.com/math.html)
a Braid of Links, (http://www.cms.math.ca/Kabol/knotlinks.html)
- University of Illinois, Mathematics, Science & Technology Education (MSTE) Online Resource Catalog, (http://mste.illinois.edu/resources/)
- Math Worksheets Land, (http://www.mathworksheetsland.com)
- Math Calculators!, (http://www.mortgagecalculator.net/math-calculators) - Thanks to Amy and the kids who work with her!
School's Webmath, (http://www.webmath.com/)
A variety of problem solvers are offered. Students can practice combining
like terms, solving equations, factoring trinomials, and more. The solvers
an explanation of how it's done and the answer.
Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Algebra, (http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/topic_t_2.html)
From Utah State University, these virtual manipulatives are related to the
NCTM Algebra standards. Algebra tiles, algebra balance scales, pattern blocks,
function machine, tanagrams, and more! Waaaaaaay too much to list. This is
a GREAT site!
and Algebra Concepts, (http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/)
Several interactive activities from the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Function Generator, (http://www.ies.co.jp/math/java/calc/fbun/fbun.html)
This java applet allows the user to generate 1/f(x) from f(x).
with Exponents, (http://www.ltcconline.net/greenl/java/BasicAlgebra/ExponentRules/ExponentRules.html)
Written by Larry Green from Lake Tahoe Community College, this java applet
allows the students to practice problems involving the properties of exponents.
- Gizmos, (http://www.explorelearning.com/)
Shockwave Activities the create real-time correlations between equations
and graphs that help students visualize and experiment with many of the major
concepts from Elementary Algebra. Very interactive and very cool. This is
a GREAT site!
Making the various conic sections from an equation.
Library for Virtual Manipulative for Number Sense and Operations, (http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/topic_t_1.html)
Addition and multiplication blocks, several different fraction manipulatives,
integer arithmetic, and much more. This is a GREAT site!
Java Programs, (http://arcytech.org/java/)
This Web site contains Java applets whose purpose is to be used as tools
to help and enhance the education of children. The applets include pattern
blocks, fraction bars, cuisenaire rods, and a few more.
Teaching strategies, games, activities, worksheets, and more.
Math activities which include flashcards and concentration matching games.
Requires Shockwave installation, but it's worth it.
of Eratosthenes, (http://www.vex.net/~trebla/numbertheory/eratosthenes.html)
A java applet to let you play with the sieve of Eratosthenes. It may take
a few seconds to start up or reset.
Notation Problem Generator, (http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/textbook/scinot6.htm)
Allows the user to practice converting to and from scientific notation.
Fraction Idea Bank, (http://www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankfractions.html)
Found within the mathcats.com site, here are a number of creative ways to
teach fractions to elementary school students (as well as adults).
Card Games, (http://sites.csn.edu/jmatovina/fraction_games.htm)
This idea came from the Fraction Idea Bank (above), but I expanded it a bit.
A great site by Richard E. Rand intended "to picture fractions and the
operations on them."
and Operation Concept Activities, (http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/)
Several interactive activities from the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
Percent Calculators, (http://www.math.com/students/calculators/source/3percent.htm)
Just enter the values for the required question and click the corresponding
Math and Applied Calculus Resources, (http://www.hofstra.edu/~matscw/RealWorld/index.html)
Contains interactive tutorials, a game theory simulator, On-line Calculus
topics, a Java graphing utility, and an HTML Equation Generator.
Java Applets for Math Explorations, (http://cs.jsu.edu/mcis/faculty/leathrum/Mathlets/)
Written by Tom Leathrum, these interactive applets cover many topics from
pre-calculus through calculus.
A collection of modules that can be used in the studying and/or teaching of
Algebra Toolkit, (http://www.math.odu.edu/~bogacki/cgi-bin/lat.cgi)
on the Web, (http://www.math.temple.edu/~cow/)
COW is an internet utility for learning and practicing calculus. It was designed
at Temple by two members of the Temple University Mathematics Department,
Gerardo Mendoza and Dan Reich. The principal purpose of COW is to provide
you, the student or interested user, with the opportunity to learn and practice
problems in calculus (and in the future other topics in mathematics) in a
friendly environment via the internet.
of Financial Terms, (http://library.thinkquest.org/3096/9gloss.htm)
Mortgage Calculator Page, (http://www.interest.com/content/calculators/index.asp)
Quickly generate amortization tables corresponding to the data entered (P,
I, & T).
- FinAid! (http://www.finaid.org/)
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid.
and Savings Calculators, (http://www.infoplease.com/finance/tools/cb_budget.html)
Analysis Calculator, (http://www.acctsite.com/calcs/HomeBudget.html)
Complete with a circle graph breakdown. Pretty neat.
A wealth of information about new and used cars including prices, specs,
car reviews and financing tools.
Your Credit Card Statement, (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/english/resources/tutor/statements/credit_state.php)
Adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer
Price Index, from 1800 to 2001.
- Finance and Loan Calculators, (http://www.calculatorplus.com/)
Comprehensive source of free online calculators: Mortgage loan calculator, Credit card, Insurance, Interest rate, Savings, Retirement, Auto finance
- First Time Home Buyers Guide, (http://www.mortgagecalculator.net/buyers-guide/)
Geometry Center, (http://www.geom.umn.edu/)
The Geometry Center is a mathematics research and education center at the
University of Minnesota. It is funded by the National Science Foundation as
part of the Science and Technology Center program. The Center has a unified
mathematics computing environment supporting math and computer science research,
mathematical visualization, software development, application development,
video animation production, and K-16 math education.
A romance of many dimensions, (http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~banchoff/Flatland/)
Beyond the Third Dimension, (http://www.math.brown.edu/~banchoff/art/PAC-9603/welcome.html)
World of Escher, (http://www.worldofescher.com/)
the Value of pi, (http://www.arcytech.org/java/pi/index.html)
Java applets showing each of the Elements.
and Math, (http://www.paperfolding.com/math/)
Origami is a great way to study reflections, rotations, and symmetry.
- Cheap Flights, (http://www.cheapflights.com/travel/science-of-flight-paper-airplanes/)
Because paper airplanes are cool. (Special thanks to Leila Hendersky and her students!) Don't forget to unfold them and look at the symmetry.
A fun way to get used to the coordinate plane.
Function Machine, (http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/fm/index.html)
Provides an enjoyable way to develop the concept of a function.
Linear Function Machine, (http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/lfm/index.html)
Provides an enjoyable way to develop the concept of a linear function and
inspect its graph.
Graphing Calculator (http://www.graphcalc.com/index.shtml)
Don't have a graphing calculator? Try this one. It's great and free!
- TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator Help, (http://www.prenhall.com/divisions/esm/app/graphing/ti83/)
This tutorial is designed with the student in mind. The topics selected are those that students will use in college algebra, college trigonometry, and freshman calculus.
of Mathematics, (http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/)
This very informative, organized, and searchable site contains everything
you ever wanted to know about the History of Mathematics. Included in this
site are over 1100 biographies on Mathematicians, Chronologies, a 6-8 page
brief overview of the History of Math, and more.
for Liberal Arts and Business Majors, (http://people.hofstra.edu/faculty/Stefan_Waner/RealWorld/logic/logicintro.html)
A complete text resource on the WWW including examples and exercises.
of up to four variables.
Table Constructor, (http://sciris.shu.edu/~borowski/Truth/)
A a powerful tool that draws truth tables for statements in propositional
Numbers and Nature, (http://www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibnat.html)
Numeral Converter, (http://www.ivtech.com/roman/)
Enter any Hindu-Arabic numeral less than 4000 and have it converted, within
seconds, to it's Roman equivalent. It does convert the other way, but
it does not account for syntax errors (that is, it will say both VC and XCV
Roman, and Babylonian Numeration Systems, (http://sites.csn.edu/jmatovina/ancient_systems.htm)
This is a page I wrote for my Math for Elementary School Teachers courses.
It includes gif images of the Egyptian and Babylonian numerals - some of which
I made and some of which I "borrowed" from other sites - as well
as a description about how the symbols were used.
how big are the decimal parts of irrational numbers?, (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/htmltest/rjn_dig.html)
This site puts it all in prospective.
Prime Number Research, (http://www.utm.edu/research/primes/largest.html)
of Ten, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html)
A simple little site that make you realize what an "order of magnitude" can
- Free Online Casino Games, (http://www.freearcade.com/casinogames.html)
Better examples of Probability and Expected Value problems may exist, but,
hey, who could resist a free casino. As expected, you win a lot more when
you play with points than you would if you played the same games with real
money. Go figure.
Probability (Throw Darts), (http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspDetail&ResourceID=59)
A nice site to compare experimental and theoretical probability. You need
Macromedia's free Shockwave Player to make it work, but the site will automatically
take you through the steps and download. It's well worth it.
- The Birthday Problem, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem)
Thanks to Wikipedia.
- Odds for Dummies, (http://www.cardschat.com/odds-for-dummies.php)
A concise and practical page covering the basics of poker.
Poker Hands, (http://www.math.sfu.ca/~alspach/comp18/)
This page by Brian Alspach displays the computations to determine the number
and probabilities of specific 5-card poker hands.
Games' Dice Server, (http://www.irony.com/igroll.html)
Don't have dice? Use these.
This applet at the Java Boutique is a nice place to see how occurrences of
a random event gradually form a normal distribution.
Solving for the 21st Century, (http://www.hawaii.edu/suremath/home.html)
This site is directed to students, teachers, administrators, parents, and
other professionals. In accordance with NCTM objectives, it stresses how to
reliably solve problems in Algebra, Physics, and Chemistry, all in a "Logical
Stuff Works, (http://www.howstuffworks.com/)
Yes, it stretches the problem solving category, but its worth it. This site
will suck you in.
Do you have Math Anxiety? Take this quiz. Also, there is a link to how to
reduce it. Some very good points are made, but the music is a little startling.
Histogram Explorer, (http://bertie.usfca.edu/histogram_explorer/he.html)
This is a great place to play with various histograms and distributions.
National Center for Education Statistics, (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.html)
A government site where you can create and download graphs, find out which
famous mathematician interests you the most, play games, and more. Not just
Statistical Facts, (http://www.cut-the-knot.com/do_you_know/misuse.html)
US Census Bureau, (http://www.census.gov/)
A statistician's dream and a really scary site.
Today Snapshots, (http://www.usatoday.com/snapshot/news/snapndex.htm)
World's Busiest Airports, (http://www.answers.com/topic/world-s-busiest-airport)
Admittedly, its not directly a "statistics" site, but there are
some statistics there. Its just a really neat site.
Major League Baseball Statistics, (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/alltime/leaders?type=0)
Baseball bills itself as a game of statistics. This site proves it.
- Barcodes Inc - An Explanation of 3D Barcodes & Other Statistics Resources, (http://www.barcodesinc.com/articles/study-of-statistics.htm)
Math Page - Topics in Trigonometry, (http://www.themathpage.com/aTrig/trigonometry.htm)
An entire online trigonometry textbook written by Lawrence Spector from the
Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York.
The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
The Nevada Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
to Physics, Engineering, and Math Departments, (http://www3.waubonsee.edu/~flemmerhirt/PEMDepts.htm)
Compiler by Fred Lemmerhirt of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove,
IL, this page offers direct links to Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics
department pages at hundreds of colleges and universities in all parts of
the United States.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- The Quote Garden, (http://www.quotegarden.com/math.html)
Contains math quotes.
- Indiana House Bill
No. 246, (http://sites.csn.edu/jmatovina/indiana_pi.htm/)
The State of Indiana actually tried to pass a bill defining the value of pi
as a Rational Number. The bill was so poorly written, it listed four different
values: (decimal approximations) 4, 3.33, 3.23 and, most blatantly, 3.2. A
concise reference, including the full text of the bill, can be found at listed
Maths File Game Show, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/)
From the BBC Online, several simple and entertaining math games, complete
with "your ancient mathematical hosts: Hyapatia and Pythagoras."
Math in HTML:
was last updated on
November 14, 2013.