Zeta begins the study of real numbers expanding place value to the right of the decimal. Math-U-See incorporates another unique manipulative, clipped onto the integer blocks, called Algebra and Decimal Inserts to represent the units place, tenths place, and hundredths place. Zeta will use place value strategies to build understanding and mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of multiple-digit decimals. Other topics include solving real-world problems with decimals and percentages; understanding the metric system and converting from one unit of measure to another; understanding and simplifying exponents; understanding negative numbers and representing them on the coordinate plane; using properties of operations to simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions; interpreting and graphing relationships between dependent and independent variables; understanding of plane geometry and geometric symbols; and using ratio reasoning to solve problems. Math 5 Math-U-See Zeta meets the fifth grade requirement for the VSA Associate and Standard Level diploma only. Homework will average 3-5 hours per week.
Minimum age of 10 and maximum age of 13 on the first day of class. Successful completion of VSA Math 4 Math-U-See Epsilon or comparable course in the previous 24 months is strongly encouraged.