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Hellmich, Eugene W. (Eugene William), 1902-||McKenzie, Harvey C.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mathematics


Algebra--Study and teaching


There is a need for predicting the outcome in second year algebra. This becomes necessary to better counsel students in the choice of second year algebra and to provide a standard for setting up homogeneous groups within second year algebra. The factors that were used in the prediction were the grades in first year algebra and geometry, and a test score received on the short form of The California Mental Maturity Test. A group of 146 students from East High School of Aurora provided the data necessary for this statistical study. The coefficients of correlation, the standard deviations, and the arithmetic means of this set of data were used to determine an equation of regression that would be used for predictive purposes. This regression equation was tested for its effectiveness to predict the outcome in second year algebra by using cases where the outcome was already known. A group of 59 students, from the year preceding the original group, was chosen for this purpose, A second regression equation was developed using two predicting variables. The results, again comparing the prediction with the known outcome, were as satisfactory as the results obtained by using the three predicting variables. The conclusion of the study states the accuracy of the prediction using both regression equations and some additional data on past performances of students who have taken second year algebra.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 39 pages




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