|Type of Product:||e-book (our e-books are in PDF format and can be viewed on your computer or any compatible reading device) (also see print version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
Flummoxed by formulas? Queasy about equations? Perturbed by π? Now you can stop cursing over calculus and start cackling over Math, the newest volume in Bill Robertson’s accurate but amusing Stop Faking It! best sellers.
As Robertson sees it, too many people view mathematics as a set of rules to be followed, procedures to memorize, and theorems to apply. This book focuses on the reasoning behind the rules, from math basics all the way up to a brief introduction to calculus.
Among the questions it covers: Why do you “carry” numbers when adding? Why do you need a common denominator when adding fractions? (Robertson says you don’t, by the way!) Where does the number p come from? And who in the heck invented those strange formulas for area and volume, such as pr2 and ?
Like the other six titles in this award-winning NSTA Press series, Math provides clear explanations, irreverent illustrations, and easy-to-follow activities. But Robertson spares you problem sets to do or tests to take. That’s because Math is not so much a book that helps you do math as it is a guide to understanding it conceptually.
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Parent, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Cultural awareness, Curriculum, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Learning theory, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
About This Book
Chapter 1. What’s Behind the Rules?
Chapter 2. Fractions and More Details
Chapter 3. Loose Ends
Chapter 4. Negative Influence
Chapter 5. Why do they have to Gum Everything Up With Those Letters?
Chapter 6. Ack! Word Problems!
Chapter 7. All Things Being Equal…Or Not
Chapter 8. Parental Warning—Graphic Math
Chapter 9. Pie are not Round; π²
Chapter 10. Not So Scary Calculus
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