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Precalculus Solved! ~ Calculus Solved! Review by Melanie Bunnett

Bagatrix, Inc.
P.O. Box 248
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania 18036

One of the most intimidating tasks facing a homeschooling parent, next to teaching your early elementary student how to read, is the whole issue of tackling high school math. Precalculus and calculus are particularly challenging to most average high school parents, and yet they are both subjects that many homeschooling high schoolers will find themselves wanting or needing to complete.

I am one of those "average" homeschooling parents, and my oldest son is an "above-average" math student. This means at age fifteen, he has already surpassed my competency level in mathematics and we have had to find creative solutions to teaching the subjects he is ready to learn. Online classes have been one way we have addressed this issue, and yet there are still times that he needs additional help working through a solution to a problem or times that it would benefit him to be able to work problems in addition to those provided by his curriculum. These software programs address that need.

Basically a student can enter a problem into these programs and receive not only an answer, but also the step-by-step solution. In addition, you can have the program generate example problems, generate interactive texts and even track your progress.

While these programs wouldn't necessarily take the place of a standard math curriculum, they are an easy to use supplement that my son has enjoyed using. They are flexible but comprehensive. Priced at $49.99, they should be accessible to most homeschooling families, particularly considering the programs are an investment that can be used for more than one student.

In addition to these titles, Bagatrix also offer several others including Trigonometry Solved!, Geometry Solved! and College Algebra Solved! As more and more families are exploring more non-traditional methods of addressing not only high school educational needs but also college, I can see that these software programs could be used even beyond high school. My son and I would recommend these programs to advanced students, or even to those who need remedial help in mathematics.

Product Review by Melanie Bunnett, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October, 2008