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Solving For X: Algebra I, Volume 1 [Interactive DVD] (2009)

Bill Nye , Disney Educational Productions  |  NR |  Interactive DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Nye
  • Directors: Disney Educational Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Disney Educational Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IGPBTO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Bill Nye The Science Guy is back with a new passion--math! In this original, all-new series, Bill teaches algebraic principles such as fractions, exponents, and proportions in colorful and unexpected ways. By using Bill Nye's exciting conceptual approach to learning key mathematic principles, kids everywhere can discover how algebra relates to the world around us. Solving For X has never been easier!

Concepts addressed in Solving for X: Algebra I, Volume 1: Variables, Balancing Equations, Dimensional Analysis, Linear Equations

Includes a bonus interactive assessment activity to reinforce key learnings, Public Performance Rights for classroom/educational use only, and a printable educator's guide.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The DVD "Solving For X: Algebra 1, Volume 1", starring actor Bill Nye, gives 16 minutes of instruction in a few topics from elementary algebra. There are two lessons in solving linear equations, a lesson in manipulating the units of measure in the equation: distance = (rate)(time), and a lesson on shape of the graph of a "linear function". (This lesson is mis-titled "Linear Equations".)

The pace of the lessons is too fast for them to be useful as introductions to the mathematical topics. However, they might be useful to a child who was reviewing the topics or was willing to play the videos over and over again.

I rate this DVD as three stars out of five to indicate that it is an average review of a few topics in algebra. As a review, the lessons on solving linear equations are excellent, the lesson on manipulating units of measure is average and the lesson on "linear functions" is below average.

I'm not penalizing the DVD for keeping up the long standing tradition of non-fiction publishing that a DVD ought to have a misleading title. However, it's certainly silly to refer to 16 minutes of instruction as "Volume 1"!

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This is a skit parodying the situation in old black-and-white movies where a female client visits the office of a private detective. Bill Nye plays an "Algebra Investigator". The client wears a costume that makes her appear to be the letter "Y". She describes meeting a stranger "X" and their conversation establishes the equation 7 = 2x + 1, which Bill solves on a chalk board.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overly short, not up to other Bill Nye creations February 12, 2010
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I purchased this for my middle school library - just got around to viewing it. A bit of fluff without covering a lot of territory (about 3 min per episode). They could have done a bit more to instruct more (show multiple examples). It might work for a little review, but I think it would be confusing to students/kids who aren't familiar with the topics. For example, dimensional analysis/factor labeling can be quite confusing for students, and I don't think the episode clarifies much. Perhaps Bill is best to stick with Science.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of money May 27, 2011
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I thought that the DVD was going to help a little more but all it did was give like 4 examples and didn't really explain anything. Don't buy this dvd...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Also Disappointing. December 10, 2012
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Same as the other Bill Nye Math Series.....not up to the same standards and educational value as the beloved Bill Nye the Science Guy. Waste of my money.
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