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R.E.A.L. Math Classes

Real-world explorations. Active Learning. 


What is R.E.A.L Math?

R.E.A.L. stands for Real-world Explorations, Active Learning. Students explore real-world situations with which they are already familiar while learning the math needed to solve problems. For example, negative numbers are introduced in terms of managing a checking account balance. Equivalent fractions are introduced using giant submarine sandwiches cut into pieces of various sizes. Students learn how math is used in their own lives.

How do I know R.E.A.L. Math is for me?

You should consider this type of class if you...

  • want to learn how math can be used in your own life
  • want to know the "why" behind the math procedures
  • have typically struggled to learn math 
  • prefer paper/pencil tests

How do R.E.A.L. courses operate?

In class, students work in groups to explore the problems presented in the workbook as the teacher assists. Students discuss and share their ideas with the class. Homework consists of a short online assignment and a workbook assignment. Students occasionally take online quizzes. Exams are paper-and-pencil and are taken in a testing center. 

What materials do I need for the R.E.A.L. class?

The majority of your work will be done in the custom Math in Action worktext and the supplemental packet, both available in the bookstore. A small amount of homework and some quizzes are done online. When you register for a class you pay a course fee that gives you automatic access to the software. You will be able to access the software on the first day of the semester.

What do other students say about R.E.A.L. courses?

"The math concepts were taught in a way that I was able to apply them to everyday problems."

"I felt that being able to work in groups made learning easier and more interesting."

"I liked how the instructor would introduce a concept to us, and then he would let us work in groups to fully understand what was going on. It was very useful because we would be able to teach others while teaching ourselves."


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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mailing address

Weber State University
Developmental Mathematics
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2516
Ogden, UT 84408-2516

Building location

Tracy Hall Science Center (TY) 207

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