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4.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries and calculus working together
Even though they may be well-written, most mathematics books follow a set formula of presentation that is stale to many. While it may be an alien language to the uninitiated, the theorem - proof style has proven to be a very effective method of data transfer. However, not everyone understands these protocols, which is where books like this are worth their weight in...
Published on April 28, 2000 by Charles Ashbacher

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3.0 out of 5 stars Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers
While this book is useful to see how one can apply Calculus to everyday life, the solutions were sometimes more complicated than the problem itself. This book is definately not for the novice calculus student. The book uses many formulas that you may not find in a Calculus textbook and it just assumes that you know them. At times, I found it difficult to understand...
Published on June 8, 2002 by Katerina


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries and calculus working together, April 28, 2000
This review is from: Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers (Classroom Resource Materials) (Paperback)
Even though they may be well-written, most mathematics books follow a set formula of presentation that is stale to many. While it may be an alien language to the uninitiated, the theorem - proof style has proven to be a very effective method of data transfer. However, not everyone understands these protocols, which is where books like this are worth their weight in ancient antiquities. Writing good problems that have a clear relevance to something that might actually happen is difficult, but not impossible, and this book is an existence proof of that.
Eleven problems are given in the book, with the solution presented in the context of an official summary or report of how the conclusions were arrived at. In the first part of the book, there are short summaries of the problems with a list of what the precise mathematical requirements are for solution. This is an invaluable guide to anyone considering using the book as a classroom supplement. All problems require some topic commonly covered in a full year course of calculus. Topics such as the intermediate value theorem, the chain rule, Newton's method, the quotient rule, Newton's Law of Cooling and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus are needed for solution. The first problem deals with the possibility of a fraud in connection with a parabolically shaped pool table and is presented as evidence to be used in a court of law.
While the teaching of calculus has been invigorated somewhat recently with the introduction of sophisticated mathematical software, it still lacks some real-world applicability. If you are searching for problems to present to a class that will really be of interest, you will find none better than the eleven in this book.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers, June 8, 2002
This review is from: Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers (Classroom Resource Materials) (Paperback)
While this book is useful to see how one can apply Calculus to everyday life, the solutions were sometimes more complicated than the problem itself. This book is definately not for the novice calculus student. The book uses many formulas that you may not find in a Calculus textbook and it just assumes that you know them. At times, I found it difficult to understand simply because it doesn't explain the problems as thoroughly as I would have liked it to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, But Still Overpriced..., May 15, 2011
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This review is from: Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers (Classroom Resource Materials) (Paperback)
This is indeed a great book if you're looking for some "realistic" calculus problems - that is problems relatable to the real world. The problems are well presented and really intriguing. At the beginning of the book there's even a guide to tell you what math you must know at minimum to solve each problem. At the end of the book there's are also solutions to the problems. So in all the book and it's contents are fantastic.

My only qualm is in paying upto $35 for this book! At the time of this review Amazon is selling it at $30.74. For the quantity of problems I would not say this is a fair price. I may perhaps be willing to pay upto $20 for this book, and would say a fair price would be around $15 with a great price (0n the consumer end) being $8. But $35 list? That's way too gready of the publisher. Although to be fair I'm sure they don't sell that many of these.

For teachers who may be able to get their Campus to pay for this book, go for it! It'll make your class room much more engaging. Even if they won't pay for it, you'll engage your students with the material in a more realistic way. So as a teacher, as a classroom resource material, the $35 price tag is worth it - which is what the book is meant to be.

All in all if you're buying this for yourself and can pick it up for a descent price go for it. The contents are great! Just not enough problems in it to justify the high price. Hope this review helps my fellow readers!
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Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers (Classroom Resource Materials)
Calculus Mysteries and Thrillers (Classroom Resource Materials) by R. Grant Woods (Paperback - Jan. 1998)
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