
"From Stargazers to Starships" tries to be selfcontained, even in the mathematics it uses. The sections below are meant to refresh your memory about some basic ideas in algebra and trigonometry.
Here is what is covered: Elements of algebra
Elements of trigonometry
Elements of logarithms
(M14) Powers of Numbers (M15) Raising one Power to Another (M16) Deriving Approximate Logarithms To explore math further, you may look up "Understanding Mathematics" by Peter Alfeld. "Math Squared is a math enrichment enrichment book at the middle school level. It should help students who would like to move ahead of the class but not necessarily ahead of the textbook. We also recommend highly Plus, a free web magazine supported by Cambridge University, England. In its own words, "Plus is an internet magazine published five times a year which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics." An extensive list of sites for math teachers, by Karen Peterson, can be found on http://onlinemathdegrees.org/leadingsitesforteachers/. 
Author and Curator: Dr. David P. Stern
Mail to Dr.Stern: stargaze("at" symbol)phy6.org .
Last updated 28 March 2014
Curators: Robert Candey, Alex Young, Tamara Kovalick
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