Mathematics Videos

Algebra, You Can Do It!

15 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Mathematics; Produced by: International Telecommunication Services (1999)

Creative teaching methods and skill-building in algebra including solving linear equations, word problems, factoring and quadratic equations.

Applied Mathematics I/II

40 programs - var. lengths; 9-12; Mathematics; Distributed by: Cord Communications (1993)

Takes 5 T-120 tapes

  1. tape 1 - 112 min. 1) Learning Problem Solving Techniques 2) Estimating Answers 3)Measuring In English Metric Units 4)Using Graphs, Charts, & Tables 5) Dealing With Data 6) Working With Lines & Angles 7) Working With Shapes In Two Dimensions 8) Working With Shapes In Three Dimensions 9) Using Ratios & Proportions 10) Working With Scale Drawings 11) Using Signed Numbers & Vectors
  2. tape 2 - 110 min. - 12) Using Scientific Notation 13) Precision, Accuracy & Tolerance 14) Solving Problems With Powers & Roots 15) Using Formulas To Solve Problems 16) Solving Problems That Involve Linear Equations 17) Graphing Data 18) Solving Problems That Involve Nonlinear Equations 19) Working With Statistics 20) Working With Probabilities 21) Using Right-Triangle Relationships 22) Using Trigonometric Functions
  3. tape 3 - 112 min. - 23) Factors 24) Quadratics 25) Functions 26) Systems Of Equations 27) Inequities 28) Geometry In The Workplace, Pt. 1 29) Geometry In The Workplace, Pt. 2 30) Solving Problems With Computer Spreadsheets 31) Solving Problems With Computer Graphics 32) Quality Assurance & Process Control, Pt. 1 33) Quality Assurance & Process Control, Pt. 2
  4. tape 4 - 46 min. - 34) Spatial Visualization 35) Coordinate Geometry 36) Logic 37) Transformations
  5. tape 5 - 25 min. (Teacher Programs) - A) Getting to Know Your Calculator B) Naming Numbers in Different Ways C) Finding Answers with Your Calculator

Challenge of the Unknown

7 programs - 25 min. each; 4-12; Mathematics; Distributed by: Public Broadcasting System (1985)

The Challenge Of The Unknown is aimed at students who have trouble grasping the concepts of mathematics and understanding its relevance in their lives. The series illustrates the key problem-formulation processes. It helps math students, who daily face pages and pages of theoretical problems, understand how to apply problem-solving techniques.

  1. Situation: Where am I?
  2. Information: What Do I Do?
  3. Restatement: How Do I See It?
  4. Outcomes: How Do I Get There:
  5. Management: What Do I Do Next?
  6. Estimation: Am I Close?
  7. Argument: Am I Right?

GED Connection

39 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Guidance, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies ; PBS Adult Learning Service

GED Connection is a dynamic instructional package from PBS LiteracyLink that prepares adult learners for the revised GED exam. It creatively combines video, print, and the Internet to reach classroom students and independent learners. GED Connection brings the subject matter alive through tours of historical sites, documentary footage, interviews with poets and scientists, and demonstrations of real-life applications.

  1. GED Connection Orientation
  2. Passing the GED Writing Test
  3. Getting Ideas on Paper
  4. The Writing Process
  5. Organized Writing
  6. Writing Style and Word Choice
  7. Effective Sentences
  8. Grammar and Usage
  9. Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization
  10. The GED Essay
  11. Passing the GED Reading Test
  12. Nonfiction
  13. Fiction
  14. Poetry
  15. Drama
  16. Passing the GED Social Studies Test
  17. Themes in U.S. History
  18. Themes in World History
  19. Economics
  20. Civics and Government
  21. Geography
  22. Passing the GED Science Test
  23. Life Science
  24. Earth and Space Science
  25. Chemistry
  26. Physics
  27. Passing the GED Math Test
  28. Number Sense
  29. Problem Solving
  30. Decimals
  31. Fractions
  32. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  33. Measurement
  34. Formulas
  35. Geometry
  36. Data Analysis
  37. Statistics and Probability
  38. Introduction to Algebra
  39. Special Topics in Algebra and Geometry

Looking at Learning Again, Part 2

8 programs - 60 min. each; K-12; Guidance, Mathematics, Science, Teacher Education; Annenberg/CPB Channel (2000)

This series provides elementary and secondary teachers of mathematics and science the opportunity to hear from science and mathematics educators and some of the teachers, students, and parents who work with them. Each of the eight featured educators has studied some aspect of teaching and learning and has proposed modifications of classroom practices as a result of that research.

  1. Philip Sadler, Ed.D., Behind the Design
  2. Dr. Marta Civil, Mathematics: A Community Focus
  3. Dr. Carne Barnett, Learning to Share Perspectives
  4. Dr. Peter H ewson, Conceptual Change
  5. Dr. Robert Swartz, Critical and Creative Thinking
  6. Professor James Kaput, Algebra and Calculus: The Challenge
  7. Professor H erbert P. Ginsburg, Children's Ways of Knowing
  8. Dr. Wynne H arlen, Learning to Listen

Math Lab (Selects)

15 15 min. programs; 5-8; Mathematics; International Telecommunication Services

Select programs from Math VI, Math VII and Math VIII.

Math VI

  1. Add and Subtract Decimals
  2. Multiply Decimals
  3. Divide Decimals

Math VII

  1. Reading Decimals
  2. Rounding Decimals
  3. Enrichment Distringuished Numbers
  4. Least Common Muliple
  5. Bloopers
  6. Consumer Math


  1. Scientific Notation
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Various Percents
  4. Compound Interest
  5. Equations
  6. Variables & Formulas

Math Lab VI

15 programs - 15 min. each; 4-6; Mathematics; Distributed by: International Telecommunication Services (1987)

Introduces, reinforces, and reviews concepts and skills that have been identified by standardized tests and teacher involvement as topics that require additional concentration.

  1. Division: 2- and 3-Digit Divisors
  2. Subtracting: Mixed Numerals
  3. Multiplying: Mixed Numerals
  4. Dividing Fractions
  5. Problem Solving III (Fractions)
  6. Add & Subtract Decimals
  7. Multiply Decimals
  8. Divide Decimals
  9. Elasped Time
  10. Problem Solving IV (Decimals)
  11. Measuring Circles
  12. Surface Area
  13. Ratio & Proportion
  14. Percent
  15. Consumer Math II (Discounts)

Mathematics at Work in Society

4 programs - 20 min. each; 8-12; Career Education, Mathematics; Produced by: The Mathematicsl Association of America (1982)

Mathematics At Work In Society is designed to increase student awareness of the connection between mathematics and careers.

  1. An Actuary: What's That?
  2. Mathematics In Space
  3. Mathematics: The Language Of Research
  4. Mathematics: Where Will I Ever Use It?


30 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Career/Vocational Education, Health/Wellness, Language Arts, Mathematics

TV411 is an exciting 30-part video series for adult learners that uses real-life topics to teach pre-GED-level basic skills. This indispensable learning tool is packed with expert advice and proven tips to promote active learning. The program content focuses on parenting, money matters, and health; specific subjects include reading comprehension, research how-to's, writing to others, filling out forms, calculating percentages, using fractions, taking tests, and more.

  • #101 Question Man uses a thesaurus to find synonyms, while Stephen Colman illustrates the use of synonyms and antonyms in slam poetry. Laverne helps a coworker figure out how much of her pay is taken out in taxes, job seekers create dossiers to help in their job hunts, a Nashville mechanic shares his experiences, and Michael Franti of Spearhead explains how he writes songs.
  • #102 Members of the Dallas Cowboys use football to illustrate examples of decimals and percentages; Agent Know How shows how to get a library card; poet Jimmy Santiago Baca tells how he discovered the power of language while serving time in prison, then leads a writing seminar; and Question Man explains when to use apostrophes.
  • #103 Job seekers prepare for filling out applications by creating personal data sheets, and singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow talks about music and the composing process. A mother creates a medical "bible" in order to document and track her chronically ill child's medical history.
  • #104 Actress Kathy Bates talks about books that have been made into movies, a woman from Pittsburgh tells how she reached her goal of becoming a travel agent, the book club reads Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, and Malik Yoba shares tips on how to keep a journal.
  • #105 The book club reads I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Agent Know How goes looking for information at the library, and Laverne helps a new father of triplets multiply his shopping list. The Lifelines segment shows how to prepare for a visit to the doctor.
  • #106 Question Man shows how to take a phone message, Laverne helps shoppers get the best deals on television sets, and pop/rock band BETTY teaches about homonyms. Job seekers learn how to write résumés, and an Indiana woman talks about going back to school as an adult so she could become a nurse.
  • #107 Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner introduces a segment in which skaters Tai Babalonia and Randy Gardner calculate an average. An animated segment shows how to look up a word in a dictionary, and New York artist Esperanza Cortez shares her battle with dyslexia.
  • #108 Job seekers work on writing cover letters for applications, Laverne helps a shopper with diabetes get nutritional information from food labels, and "Dictionary Cinema" shows how to look up a word you don't know how to spell.
  • #109 Agent Know How tries out the library computer to find a book, and a father shares tips on reading to children. The book club members read Angela's Ashes and meet author Frank McCourt.
  • #110 A young couple gets advice on getting their finances under control from a credit counselor, and John Fugelsang hosts a look at the fine print on "too-good-to-be-true" credit card offers. The "Rip Off" segment looks critically at a TV ad, and author Studs Terkel reads from his book Working.
  • #111 Salsa musician Rubén Blades performs some of his songs and talks about his writing process. An El Paso mother enters the Even Start program and learns ways to bring her family closer together through reading and writing. Then Question Man shares tips on taking tests.
  • #112 Laverne helps a young man write a card to his girlfriend, parents choose a school for their child, and bluegrass singer/songwriter Hazel Dickens shares some of her music.
  • #113 Professional women basketball players explain applications of fractions and percentages in their sport, new immigrants get advice on applying for citizenship, and Laverne helps a customer fill out an application for store credit. An Oakland woman shares how writing a letter can generate change in a community.
  • #114 A son writes an emotional letter to his estranged father, and Dictionary Cinema shows how foreign words are listed. An adult learner talks to his boss about his continuing education. LaPhonso Ellis and Alan Henderson of the NBA demonstrate how to figure out time and distance on a map when planning a trip. Also, tips on highlighting text, a pop quiz about word origins, and an explanation of the word reconcile.
  • #115 Question Man goes to the library for books on parenting, and Laverne explains how to use a glossary to read a health insurance plan. Street Beat offers advice on figuring the tip in a restaurant, and a mother and daughter create a daily schedule. Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to keep a journal. Other topics include energy consumption of appliances and the word stereotype.
  • #116 Question Man looks at the economics of rent-to-own deals, basketball pro Olympia Scott-Richardson shows how she uses her day planner to stay organized, and actor Dennis Franz gives a tip on reading the newspaper. Laverne helps a painting contractor figure the cost of a job, and singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon writes a song on the spot. Other topics include credit card debt and the word analogy.
  • #117 A couple of first-time home buyers learn how to read a mortgage chart, Question Man works on understanding his utility bill, and Street Beat shows how to evaluate written information. Four students from California, calling themselves the Freedom Writers, use pen and paper to fight prejudice and intolerance. Also: how to use a thesaurus, a pop quiz about volunteering, and the word anomaly.
  • #118 Question Man reads the newspaper, ABC News anchor Antonio Mora hosts a report on multiple intelligences, tennis pro Zina Garrison explains percentiles and rankings, and Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to summarize a poem. Street Beat covers looking up government listings in the phone book, while other segments introduce facts about the United States Census and the word dynamics.
  • #119 Tips on how to summarize almost anything, a pop quiz about adults in college, and the word marginalized. ABC News anchor Antonio Mora reports on different learning styles, a Maryland steel worker studies for his GED, Laverne explains how to use unit price labels on store shelves, and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca talks about how he discovered the joy of language.
  • #120 While reading a pamphlet on breast cancer, Laverne explains the basics of probability and odds. Elizabeth Daniels Squire, a novelist who is also dyslexic, talks about her work, and Antonio Mora of ABC News reports on dyslexia. Also: different meanings for the same word, how to learn and remember new words, a quiz about water and the human body, and the word genetics.
  • #121 Body Works - Olympic medalist Marian Jones demonstrates the concept of rate, and two math-savvy Calculating Women take charge of an overweight friend's calorie counting. "Lifelines" explores smart ways to manage multiple medications, mind mentor Michael Gelb shares an innovative technique for brainstorming and retaining ideas, and Michael Beech of Third Watch offers tips for handling an emergency.
  • #122 Personal Finances - Question Man gets financial advice from a millionaire, a teenage father gets help starting up a small lollipop business as he pursues his GED, the Calculating Women estimate and calculate their way to the perfect cell phone plan, and a federal official reveals the math behind common money scams.
  • #123 The Learning Journey - Strategies for reading comprehension on the GED test, ratios in the kitchen with TV chef Curtis Aikens, the story of how one man left prison and low literacy behind, and a look at what happened when an entire Midwestern town read the same novel.
  • #124 On the Job - Question Man figures out how to decipher legalese, an Appalachian man tells how he succeeded in changing careers after the end of his coal-mining days, and the Calculating Women explore strategies for building up retirement savings. "Math Behind the Arts" features a New York City subway tile artist.
  • #125 Navigating the System - Tips on how to avoid credit card debt from the Calculating Women; a profile of a New York man who, despite a reading disability, teaches others how to pass written driver's license exams; and advice from Laverne on over-the-counter medicine labels and prescription dosages. Three Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate how to read a world map.
  • #126 Family Matters - An African immigrant struggles to learn to read and raise a family in America, Laverne helps a young mother child-proof her home, and an African-American woman researches her family roots over the Internet and in the field. Hip-hop star Doug E. Fresh teaches parents and children how to rap while they read.
  • #127 Writing - Question Man tackles sentence fragments in a grammatically correct dream, poet Jimmy Baca conducts a dynamic writing workshop with steelworkers, and Laverne helps a co-worker create an outline for a GED essay on disciplining children. A peek behind the scenes at the popular Bernie Mac Show looks in on a professional brainstorming session.
  • #128 Express Yourself - Newly minted writer Kathi Wellington tells stories from her days as a female steelworker, and origami artist June Sakamoto gives a geometry lesson. Parents and children interpret art and symbolism at the Philadelphia Museum, and Broadway performers from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam demonstrate that writing poetry can be both literary and exuberant.
  • #129 Math for Life - A drummer and the chorus line of Forty-Second Street demonstrate fractions in action, a carpenter shows how math is critical to her work, Mets pitcher Al Leiter illustrates the perimeter of a baseball diamond, and Laverne explains percentages and multiple markdowns for bargain hunters.
  • #130 Media - Question Man gets the scoop from a reporter on how to read between the lines, and "Straight to the Source" looks over the shoulder of political cartoonist Don Margolies as he creates his caricatures. DC United soccer star Nick Rimando shows how he uses computers and the Internet while he's on the road, and the book club visits a special class in New York where workers learn about the history of the Depression through Dorothea Lange's celebrated photographs.

Workplace Essential Skills

24 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Career/Vocational Education, Communication, Guidance, Language Arts, Mathematics ; PBS Adult Learning Service

Workplace Essential Skills is an extraordinary instructional package that teaches how to find, keep and thrive in the job. Use it in classes, workshops, training, outreach or even distance education programs. This is designed for pre-GED (sixth to eightth grade reading level) adult learners. It develops job search, reading, writing, math, and communication skills.

  1. Orientation: Making it Work
  2. Planning to Work
  3. Matching Skills and Jobs
  4. Applying for Jobs
  5. Resumes, Tests, and Choices
  6. Interviewing
  7. Ready for Work
  8. Workplace Safety
  9. Learning at Work
  10. The Language of Work
  11. Communicating with Co-workers and Supervisors
  12. Working Together
  13. Communicating with Customers
  14. A Process for Writing
  15. Supplying Information: Directions, Forms, and Charts
  16. Writing Memos and Letters
  17. Reading for a Purpose
  18. Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
  19. Following Directions
  20. Reading Reports and Manuals
  21. Solving Problems
  22. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  23. Measurements and Formulas
  24. Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data