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Chalk Dust Company
PMB 256
16107 Kensington Dr
Sugar Land, TX 77479-4401

800.588.7564 (USA)
281.265.2495
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Frequently Asked Product and Learning Questions
Does Chalk Dust offer a free DVD Evaluation Sampler to explain how the programs work and to show video clips from every program?
Yes, contact us at 800-588-7564 or sales@chalkdust.com.

Is Chalk Dust part of the Common Core Aligned Standards?
Chalk Dust is more comprehensive and above Common Core Standards since our books are published by the College Division of Cengage Learning (formerly the College Division of Houghton Mifflin). These books are sold to colleges in all states and hence meet math standards in those states.

Have Chalk Dust programs been reviewed by Cathy Duffy?
Yes, please go here: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/math/chalk-dust.htm.

If I purchase all DVDs for a program from Chalk Dust (Basic Math - Calculus I) will I receive "Student Technical Support" from Dana Mosely even if I buy used books?
Yes!

Internet Warning:
The Internet is full of pirates selling fake Chalk Dust DVDs. Beware of any entity or person who is selling multiple single Chalk Dust programs (i.e. like 6 copies of Algebra 1 DVDs), who has ripped off streaming video and quotes content from the Chalk Dust Company website (including Dana's picture with his deceased dog). What else is this person pirating? Also, anyone claiming to represent Chalk Dust in a sales transaction whose phone is not 281-265-2495, 800-588-7564, 281-265-1785, 281-265-3197 (fax) is not telling you the truth. If anything is too good to be true, it is not true.

The legitimate reseller of a Chalk Dust program will often sell a single textbook, solutions guide, and DVDs (not multiple copies). They do not rip off extensive content from our website. And their price will usually (but not always) be at least half, or higher, than our standard retail prices. They will also identify themselves as a past Chalk Dust customer (not a company representative).

Please think about whether the transaction you are contemplating makes sense.

Is your program best for my child?
Perhaps; the "best" program for your child is the one that matches the learning style of your child with the teaching style (and learning support) provided by whatever program you use.

Please compare Video Text with Chalk Dust Prealgebra.
"Video Text has B/W module booklets that are not detailed enough, no application word problems, and usually less than 30 problems per lesson."
S. Ackerman (former Video Text Prealgebra customer and current Chalk Dust customer)

Also, in our opinion, Video Text Algebra 2 is not nearly as comprehensive as Chalk Dust Algebra 2.

Chalk Dust Company has accredited Houghton Mifflin (now Cengage Learning) derived color textbooks, step-by-step solutions guides (Basic Math, Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, and Calculus I), numerous application problems, and more than 100 problems per section (ie lesson) on average from which to choose. Chalk Dust uses one professional on-camera math instructor (Dana Mosely) who provides high-quality technical support directly to your student. The comprehensive DVDs correlate to each textbook and focus upon teaching concepts with numerous sample problems.

How do your math programs compare to Saxon, or ABeka, or Math-U-See?
      Chalk Dust textbooks are in color and are derived from Houghton Mifflin (now Cengage Learning) textbooks which meet math standards in all states, and are used in colleges. The chapters are divided into sections that include numerous problems (often 75-150) many of which are "real-life applications" that are scarce in other programs. Tests are built into every text (Basic Math through Calculus I).
      Solution Guides are very detailed whereby a textbook problem is repeated and a step-by-step solution is given. In general, we feel that a student should work about 25 problems at the end of each section, but the exact number of problems that are worked is per the discretion of the parent. It's not about memorizing problems but it is about understanding concepts. Chalk Dust provides recommended assignments for your students to work.
      Chalk Dust makes no attempt to train the parent to become a teacher. Our goal is to connect the learning style of your child with the teaching style of Dana Mosely and to support that directly.
When your child gets "stuck", or experiences learning difficulty, technical support directly from Dana Mosely is available.

Are your DVD led programs of high quality?
Yes, the books (Basic Math through Calculus I) are from the college division of Houghton Mifflin (now Cengage Learning) and the on-camera instructor is under contract with them.

Concerning the Honors Designation...
Honors and Advanced Placement courses are so named not so much because of the textbook used but because of content covered and the depth of that coverage on assignments.

It is very rare for high schools to teach every chapter in any math textbook, yet Chalk Dust courses offer full coverage and, coupled with the assignments, are sufficient to qualify for honors (or advanced placement) status. If a student is working problems from throughout the problem set (as we suggest) and all chapters are completed (as we suggest), the honors designation is well within reason.

If a question arises about the strength of Chalk Dust courses, simply take your daughter's textbook, solutions guide, DVDs, and list of assignments into a meeting and ask that they do an online search for the author, Ron Larson, and the teacher, Dana Mosely, and see what happens. They should not only agree to the honors designation, but should hug you, throw confetti, and tell you what a great decision you made as a parent in choosing your math curriculum.

My son is currently using your Algebra 2 course. When he is finished with that, what is the next course he should take?
If the student is headed for the Sciences then take Precalculus which includes a complete course in College Algebra, and a complete course in Trigonometry. Statistics is also available.

If the student is headed for the Humanities then take the ACT-SAT Math Review and whatever placement test the college prefers - either ACT or SAT or both. Note: Many accredited junior/community colleges have open enrollment pending their own placement test.

Are all programs now available on DVD?
Yes.

Does Chalk Dust Company sell used programs on eBay?
No. Beware of pirates.

Can your ACT-SAT* Math Review guarantee a certain test score on the SAT or ACT? No.

Do I have to return DVDs after I finish a school year?
No. When you purchase a program from Chalk Dust Company that program is your property, including the DVDs.

How long does it take you to ship an order, and how can I place an order?
Most orders are shipped within 48 hours but may take longer if books are on order. Orders can be placed by phone 800-588-7564; or from this link: To Order or Evaluate; or you can mail your order to Chalk Dust Company, PMB 256, 16107 Kensington Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77479-4401.

I'm not quite sure how to make myself have more self-discipline for studying and doing the exercises. Do you have any ideas?
Discipline is a tough thing to learn; and a tough thing to teach. However, you have already taken the essential first step in the process of learning discipline, and that is to realize that it is important. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Don't work for too long at one time. If you find yourself getting tired, take a break and get a nap or some exercise.
2. Modify your assignments a bit to shorten the time spent "in the book". Our general recommendation of working odd-numbered problems does not necessarily mean you have to work ALL of the odd-numbered problems; 25-30 problems per section should suffice. It's about learning concepts--not memorizing problems. With each program Chalk Dust provides recommended assignments for your student to work.
3. Don't take all this too seriously. Develop a sense of humor about it if you can. As with most aspects of life, math is a process to be enjoyed rather than a destination to be achieved; and some failure is to be expected and regarded as a learning opportunity.
4. Please contact me (Dana) with your concerns over specific problems before they become full-blown frustrations. Tell me how you are thinking about the problem and where you are getting stuck. Together we can get through this.

Can a student prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam with Chalk Dust Calculus I?
Yes for the AB exam. But the AP Calculus BC exam contains some topics that typically fall into Calculus II and are not included in the Chalk Dust Calculus I course. - Chalk Dust

What programs do you recommend for a science major?
Basic Math, Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus I, Statistics. The humanities major may substitute College Algebra for Precalculus, or just study the College Algebra portion of Precalculus if you want to use one program for several children.

What is a "starter package"?
This is one textbook, a solutions guide, and the first DVD. Additional DVDs may be purchased as necessary. Call 800-588-7564 for prices.

How do I know what program to use for my child, or do you have an assessment test?
No assessment test - What was your students last completed math program? Your student will start with the next math program and we have programs for Basic Math (Grade 6), Prealgebra (Grade 7), and on through Calculus 1. Each program begins with a review of previously learned material. All orders include student technical support, and a 30-day money back guarantee during which time you can exchange for a different program or receive a refund. We have been in business for 20 years.

To see a "Course Outline", please go to www.chalkdust.com, scroll down and click on a program from Basic Math through Calculus 1, click on Course Outline and press print. You can download a sample of teaching, or just call 800-588-7564 and we will mail you a free DVD Evaluation Sampler with 20-30 minutes of teaching for each program and with many Frequently Asked Questions.

We also have Math Drill Express (grades 1-4) and (from Math-Matters) programs for Levels 3, 4, or 5. From the homepage, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on one of the programs, and from there you can view the Course Outline, and 2 Sample Lessons for each program. The Math Drill Express program provides practice on arithmetic and math facts.

Please call us at 800-588-7564 with any questions. We do not have an assessment test but instead a 30-day money back guarantee. Each program begins with a review of previously learned material.

Is Algebra 1 equivalent to Elementary Algebra; and is Algebra 2 equivalent to Intermediate Algebra? Yes.

How can I find additional homeschool resources?
Go to www.chalkdust.com and click on "Education Links" in the lower left margin.

How can I obtain a Chalk Dust product demonstration?
Go to www.chalkdust.com, click on "View Now" which is just below Cathy Duffy's big apple, or call 800.588.7564. Or, click on "to order or evaluate" to request an evaluation for the product of your choice, and a free DVD Evaluation Sampler will be mailed to you.

Why are programs changed?
Periodically the publisher Houghton Mifflin Company (now Cengage Learning) will discontinue a textbook and solutions guide edition for a given product. Chalk Dust then must reshoot the source video presentation in order to continue offering the product under the latest edition.

Is student technical support available if I purchase a complete used Chalk Dust program? Yes, $100, please call 800-588-7564.

What programs do you recommend for elementary school?
Please go to www.chalkdust.com and click on Grades 3,4, or 5 to see 2 lessons from each grade. Complete Elementary Math Courses for 3rd, and 4th, and 5th grades with...

  • Color textbook on CDROM.
  • Voice presentations of key points in each lesson.
  • Cumulative Reviews from Lesson 1
  • Spiral bound Program Book with printed materials for tests, Complete Solutions Guides, and glossaries


Compare current Chalk Dust programs with previous programs?

Background.

Chalk Dust began operations in 1994 and has grown from offering one program to 11 complete programs.

At www.chalkdust.com you can view a picture of any program, download demonstrations (15-20 min. per program), see the course outlines, read reviews and customer comments, and order any program, or a DVD Evaluation Sampler. The exhibit schedule and educational links are also provided.

Chalk Dust is owned by Dana, Richard and Minerva Mosely. Dana takes care of production and student technical support. Richard and Minerva take care of business operations, marketing and customer support.

Basic Math 9th Edition (on grade level at Grade 6). Underlined items are new versus the previous program.

The new Basic Math program includes 9 DVDs, a softbound textbook with 12 chapters, a student solutions guide, and student technical support.

Compare Basic Math 9th ed. to 7th ed. (i.e. 2nd Custom Ed).

The Chapter:Section sequence for both programs is identical for Chapters 1-9. Chapters 10-12 are advanced for Grade 6 and include Chapter 10 Rational Numbers, Chapter 11 Introduction to Algebra, and Chapter 12 Geometry.

Basic Math 9th Edition (copyright 2011) includes 9 DVDs, a softbound textbook with 12 Chapters, a student solutions guide, student technical support, and hundreds of real-life application problems that the student will enjoy.




Prealgebra — a beginner level Algebra course on grade level at Grade 7.

Prealgebra 5th ed, Cengage Learning, 2009 versus Prealgebra, 2nd custom edition for Chalk Dust (3rd ed for Houghton Mifflin), 2002.

Prealgebra 5th Edition Textbook — Contents:
The 5th edition softbound color textbook is illustrated with 10 Chapters.

The textbook includes hundreds of real-life application problems in every field, and each chapter includes a list of applicable applications in the left margin. Learning application problems is essential (not optional) to a sound math education.

Each section includes "You Try It" problems with some problems that are worked out and others for the student to work, with step-by-step solutions in the Appendix.

Each end-of-chapter includes a Chapter Summary, Chapter Review, Chapter Test, and Cumulative Review Exercises starting with Chapter 2.

Prealgebra 5th Edition Textbook — Chapter:Section Sequence Changes
The 5th Edition Chapter Sequence has not changed.

The Section Titles have not changed, except that Chapter 9 Section 4 Solids has been expanded to include 9.4 Solids and 9.5 Composite Figures from the previous edition.

Prealgebra 5th Edition Student Solutions Manual
This guide supports all odd Exercise Problems (ie Objectives A, B, C, Applications, and Critical Thinking problems) after each section, and the end-of-chapter Summary, Review Exercises, and end of chapter Tests. Cumulative Review Exercises start at the end of Chapter 2. All problems, both even and odd, are supported by Mid-Chapter Quizzes, end of Chapter Tests, and Cumulative Tests after every three chapters. Of the 60-90 odd exercise problems per section, we recommend that the student work about 25-30 odd problems per section, which will be every 2nd, 3rd, or 4th odd problem in the textbook. Place extra emphasis on Application Problems.




Algebra 1 (on grade level at Grade 8).

The Elementary Algebra (Algebra 1), 5th ed, Cengage Learning, 2010 versus the Algebra 1, 2nd custom edition for Chalk Dust (3rd ed for Houghton Mifflin), 2000.

Textbook Contents:
The 5th Edition color textbook is now hardbound and richly illustrated.

The textbook includes hundreds of real-life application problems in every field including biology, chemistry and physics that the student will enjoy.

"Study Tips" and "Technology" comments begin in Chapter 1, Section 4 to explain math concepts and textbook examples.

Cumulative Review Problems for each Section begin in Chapter 2, Section 1.

Algebra 1 5th Ed. Textbook - Chapter: Section Sequence Changes.
The Traditional Algebra 1 Chapter 4 "Graphs and Functions" has been renamed in the Elementary Algebra 5th ed text and is now Chapter 4 "Equations & Inequalities in Two Variables."

The Traditional Algebra 1 Chapter 7 "System of Linear Equations" is now reflected in Chapter 8 of the Elementary Algebra 5th ed program.

The Traditional Algebra 1 Chapter 8 "Rational Expressions and Equations" is now reflected in Chapter 7 of the Elementary Algebra 5th edition program.

Algebra 1 5th Ed. Student Solutions Manual. This guide supports all odd Exercise Problems (i.e. Developing Skills, Solving (application) Problems, Explaining Concepts, and Cumulative Review) after each section, and the end of chapter Review Exercises. All problems, both even and odd, are supported for Mid-Chapter Quizzes, end of Chapter Tests, and Cumulative Tests after every three chapters. Of the 60-90 odd exercise problems per section, we recommend that the student work about 25-30 odd problems per section, which will be every 2nd, 3rd, or 4th odd problem in the textbook.




Geometry (on grade level at Grade 9).

Compare Geometry 6th ed. Cengage Learning 2015 with Geometry 5th ed. Houghton Mifflin 2011.

Textbook Contents:

The authors of both 6th and 5th editions are identical (Daniel Alexander and Geralyn Koeberlein).

The 6th Edition color textbook is hardbound and richly illustrated.

Both textbooks include Plane and Euclidean geometry with geometric application problems including proofs.

The Chapters are broken into Sections with Examples and Exercises within each Section concluding with a Perspective on History, a Perspective on Applications, a Summary, Review Exercises, and a Chapter Test.

Geometry 6th Ed. Textbook - Chapter:Section Sequence Changes.

For Chapters 1-11 the Chapter Titles are identical.

Chapter 10 - Analytic geometry changes.
-- Section 10.3 is now "Preparing to do Analytic Proofs"
-- Section 10.6 "The Three-Dimensional Coordinate System" has been added

Geometry 6th Ed. Complete Solutions Manual.

The Section Exercises. End of Chapter Review Exercises, and Chapter Tests support odd problems.

New Geometry (2007) versus Traditional Geometry . First let me explain why we are changing textbooks. The old traditional textbook is a copyright 1995 and has been out of print for some time now. The publisher is running out of textbooks so we had to find an alternative.

Similarities.
Both textbooks include an introduction to trigonometry. Both textbooks include the Euclidean development of proofs (including logic) and feature the two-column method of proof. Both textbooks offer a complete and comprehensive development of Geometry that meet or exceed high school requirements throughout the country.

Some differences.
The old textbook is published by the School Division of Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company and, therefore, responds to mandates of the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) which require many, many items of inclusion that are not "mainstream" in course context as well as presentation style (lots of color). Those items of inclusion and the extensive use of color are regarded by some as adding interest and a real life connection while for others those items represent a major distraction from the main focus of the course.

By contrast, the New Geometry textbook is published by the College Division of Houghton Mifflin (now Cengage Learning) and contains much less color, less "distractions" and focuses a bit more directly on the content. The depth of coverage is just a bit greater in some topics in the new textbook and there are many real-life examples and word problems to reinforce skills in every section, perhaps more than the number found in the old text.

The DVD instruction associated with the old textbook was designed to accompany 3 different textbooks while the DVD instruction associated with the new textbook as specific to the new text.

I can make a case for either textbook. The bottom line is, given a particular student, one of the textbooks may be preferred over the other one due to the learning style of the student. However, good students will respond quite well to either textbook and other students might need a modification in assignments to help them along. That is one reason why we offer technical support to parents and students.

ACT-SAT* Math Review. This program includes the new test topics reflected since March 2005, and can also help with the math portion of the ACT, or any placement test.




Algebra 2 (Intermediate Algebra) — on grade level at Grade 10.

The Intermediate Algebra (Algebra 2), 5th ed, Cengage Learning, 2010 versus the Algebra 2, 2nd custom edition for Chalk Dust (3rd ed for Houghton Mifflin), 2001.

Algebra 2 5th Edition Textbook — Contents:
The 5th Edition color textbook is now hardbound and richly illustrated with 11 Chapters. This is an advanced Algebra 2 course that includes many College Algebra Topics.

The textbook includes hundreds of real-life application problems in every field including biology, chemistry, and physics that the student will enjoy. Learning application problems is essential to a sound math education.

"Study Tips" and "Technology" comments begin in Chapter 1, Section 1 to explain math concepts and textbook examples.

Cumulative Review Problems for each Section begin in Chapter 2, Section 1.

Algebra 2 5th Edition Textbook — Chapter:Section Sequence Changes.
The 5th Edition textbook does not include a Prerequisites Chapter but its contents are included in Chapter 1, and it has added Chapter 10 Conics which was previously covered in Chapter 7 Section 4.

Chapter 3 Graphs and Functions has added 3.5 Graphs of Linear Inequalities.

All other chapters, except Chapter 9 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, still exist in a different location in the text (for example: Chapter 4 Systems of Equations and Inequalities were previously taught in Chapter 8).

Student Solutions Manual.
This guide supports all odd Exercise Problems (ie Developing Skills, Solving (application) Problems, Explaining Concepts, and Cumulative Review) after each section, and the end-of-chapter Review Exercises. All problems, both even and odd, are supported by Mid-Chapter Quizzes, end of Chapter Tests, and Cumulative Tests after every three chapters. Of the 60-90 odd exercise problems per section, we recommend that the student work about 25-30 odd problems per section, which will be every 2nd, 3rd, or 4th odd problem in the textbook.




College Algebra, A Graphing Approach, 5th ed., 2008. This is the latest College Algebra program from Houghton Mifflin (now Cengage Learning). 13 DVDs, hardbound textbook, complete solutions guide, and student technical support.

[note: The humanities (non-science) major may discover that the highest level math course required for college graduation is College Algebra.]

Trigonometry. Underlined items are new versus the previous program.

The new Trigonometry program (7th edition copyright 2007) includes 9 DVDs, a hardbound textbook, a student solutions guide, and student technical support.

The 7th edition is nearly identical to the 6th edition.

Section P.8. In the 6th edition it is called "Shifting, Reflecting, and Stretching Graphs", and in the 7th edition "Transformations of Functions", but the content is unchanged.

Section P.9. In the 6th edition it is called "Combinations of Functions", and in the 7th edition "Combinations of Functions: Composite Functions".




Compare Precalculus 5th ed. to 3rd ed..

Precal 5th ed. has 18 DVDs and 11 Chapters whereas the 3rd ed. has 14 DVDs and 12 Chapters.

Precal 5th edition:
- Has no Prerequisites chapter

Chapter 1 - Functions and Their Graphs includes two new sections 1.1 Lines in the Plane, and 1.7 Linear Models and Scatter Plots.

Chapter 2 - Polynomials and Rational Functions has added one new section 2.8 Quadratic Models.

Chapter 3 - Exponential and Logarithmic Functions has added one new section 3.6 Nonlinear Models.

Chapter 4 - Trigonometric Functions are unchanged.

Chapter 5 - Analytic Trigonometry is unchanged.

Chapter 6 - Additional Topics in Trigonometry is unchanged.

Chapter 7 - Linear Systems and Matrices has been expanded and now includes topics previously taught in Chapter 8.
7.4 Matrices & Systems of Equations
7.6 The Inverse of a Square Matrix
7.7 The Determinant of a Square Matrix

Chapter 8 - Sequences, Series, and Probability were taught in Chapter 9 of the 3rd edition and the 7 sections are unchanged.

Chapter 9 - Topics in Analytic Geometry were taught in Chapter 10 of the 3rd edition and the 8 sections are unchanged.

Chapter 10 - Analytic Geometry in Three Dimensions were taught in Chapter 11 of the 3rd ed. and the 4 sections are unchanged.

Chapter 11 - Limits and an Introduction to Calculus were taught in Chapter 12 of the 3rd ed. and the 5 sections are unchanged.

Calculus 1. Calculus of a Single Variable, 9th ed. 2010. Included are 12 DVDs, a hardbound textbook with Calculus I and II therein, a complete solutions guide for Vol. I (Calculus 1 Chaps. 1-6), and student technical support.


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