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 TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Davidson & Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVD) last week began shipping Alge-Blaster 3 for Windows, a major upgrade to Davidson's best-selling Alge-Blaster Plus. The program teaches a full year of algebra and covers such subjects as equation solving, factoring, and radicals.
 This new version includes enhanced features such as video chalkboard explanations, an algebraic word-problem section, and an arcade-style graphing game. Alge-Blaster 3 also takes full advantage of Windows capabilities with multiple windows, resizable screens, and Windows Help.
 Designed for students ages 12 and older, Alge-Blaster 3 for Windows is available immediately at most major computer and software retail chains nationwide for a suggested retail price of $59.95.
 "We think Alge-Blaster 3 will be even more appealing to algebra students because it combines the latest in multimedia -- such as sophisticated animation, high-resolution graphics, engaging sound effects, and original music -- with strong algebra content," said Jan Davidson, president and founder of Davidson & Associates Inc. "The addition of a story line with a cast of characters challenges students to develop critical algebra skills."
 Product Overview
 As part of the program's new story line, players defend Planet Quadratica from alien invaders by mastering algebraic equations, graphing activities, and translating word problems into algebraic expressions. The program has four learning activities -- Challenger, Decoder, Simulator, and Red Alert -- as well a glossary of algebraic terms and a record keeper to help students chart their progress.
 Alge-Blaster 3's Challenger activity is an interactive tutorial that covers 27 algebraic subjects including systems of equations, quadratic equations, monomials and polynomials, integers, radical expressions, and factoring. The activity generates over 500 practice problems, including 54 new word problems.
 In Challenger, four different algebra windows -- containing example problems, practice problems, word problems, and the video chalkboard -- are accessed through one screen. This is an example of where Alge- Blaster 3 benefits from the multiple-windows capabilities offered by the Windows operating system.
 In the new video chalkboard feature, the problem-solving process is animated with numbers and graphics. The video chalkboard helps students learn to solve problems from start to solution.
 Throughout Decoder, students solve puzzles by translating words into algebraic expressions. For each problem solved, a picture clue is revealed to help players identify the puzzle's solution, which corresponds to one of the programs' 48 different algebraic glossary terms. Players can chose from three difficulty levels.
 Simulator is a graphing activity which focuses on plotting slopes and points. Players earn points by locating and eliminating enemy aliens on the graph. The activity has two difficulty levels, and to increase the game's challenge, players can use an optional timer to race against the clock.
 Red Alert
 Red Alert is a new arcade-style game where players must protect their city from an air attack by mastering slopes, points, and graphing skills. Players save the city by using their slope gun to blast attacking aliens or placing mines at different points on the graph. An emergency space bomb feature allows players to prolong their game.
 System Requirements
 Alge-Blaster 3 for Windows requires a 386/16 Mhz IBM-compatible system with Windows 3.1; 4MB of RAM; and 5MB of hard disk space. A sound card such as Sound Blaster or Pro Audio Spectrum Plus or 16, a VGA monitor, and a mouse are also needed.
 Alge-Blaster 3 is available for a suggested retail price of $59.95, and upgrades for users of any previous Alge-Blaster version are available from Davidson for $19.95. DOS and Macintosh versions of Alge- Blaster Plus will continue to be available.
 Davidson & Associates Inc. is a leading publisher of educational software for the home and school markets. Founded in 1982 by educator Dr. Jan Davidson, the company has won national acclaim for teacher- designed, student-tested software such as the Math Blaster series, Davidson's Kid Works 2, and Kid CAD for the home market and English Express and Story Club in schools.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Duttenhaver of Davidson & Associates, 310-793-0600, ext. 230/

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