BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 22, 2006 –Vernier Software & Technology introduces a new Easy Math Deluxe Package, a data-collection kit for the math classroom featuring the EasyTemp temperature probe, the EasyLink sensor interface, and the Texas Instruments Calculator-Based Ranger™ 2. The new Easy Math Deluxe Package allows students to study mathematical relationships in real-world phenomena as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Vernier’s Easy Math Deluxe Package includes an array of sensors and will utilize the direct USB capabilities of the TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators from Texas Instruments. Items included in the package are:
- EasyLink Interface
- CBR 2 motion detector
- EasyTemp temperature probe
- Gas Pressure Sensor
- TI Light Probe
- Voltage Probe
- pH Sensor
- Dual-Range Force Sensor
- TI Kickstand Slide Case
EasyLink has been named the tool of choice for the AMATYC Outer Banks Summer Institute on “Developmental Algebra Using a Function Approach”. The institute is sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and the T3 College Short Course Program from Ohio State University.
According to institute instructor, Ed Laughbaum, “Teaching Algebra using functions and function behaviors helps students make associations, visualize equations and recognize patterns. The institute will model these teaching methods for developmental and remedial algebra and provide high school and college math instructors with details on how to teach using the function approach.”
The Vernier EasyData calculator software application, preloaded on TI-84 Plus family calculators, allows students to easily collect data. The EasyLink Interface is used to connect sensors to the calculators as needed, and a TI kickstand slide case allows the calculators to be propped up on a desk, workbench or other surface for easy viewing.
“According to the NCTM standards, students should become adept at visualizing, describing, and analyzing situations in mathematical terms,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “Using the package to study real-world applications can hone these skills and help students see mathematics as a part of their every day world.”
“Students can use Vernier’s EasyTemp temperature sensor to study exponential functions. The TI CBR 2 motion detector enables users to study linear, parabolic, sinusoidal and other functions. And the gas pressure sensor, connected to a calculator using the EasyLink interface, allows students to study inverse variation,” said Vernier.
Activities and Pricing
Free sample activities are available at www.vernier.com/labs. Users can also purchase the “Real-World Math Made Easy” activity book for $25, the “EasyData Activities: Modeling Algebraic Functions with Data Collection” activity book for $15, and the “Modeling Motion: High School Math Activities with the CBR” activity book for $14.
The Vernier Easy Math Deluxe Package sells for $488 and the order code is Math-EZ-DX. For more information about Vernier’s math packages, visit www.vernier.com/math.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 25 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable math and science interfaces, sensors, probes and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their math and science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information visit www.vernier.com.