Often, elementary and middle school teachers find it hard to make students enthusiastic about working on on challenging problems in math contests such as MOEMS, Math Kangaroo and Math League. However, enthusiasm influence students' concentration on work, their creativity as well as their willingness to work hard. Student's motivation for learning mathematical problem solving can be improved dramatically by recreational mathematics. This book teaches a wide variety of problem solving techniques in the context of KENKEN(r) puzzle. Covered techniques include making a table, divisibility rules, multiplication tricks, sets, Venn Diagrams, factors, logical charts, logical reasoning, working backwards, arithmetic sequences, and case based reasoning. Over the last ten years, Dr. Kulkarni has successfully used puzzles to teach creative problem solving to students.
Prof. Harold Reiter, former director of AMC10 and AMC12 Competitions: "The book Enjoying Math: Learning Problem Solving With KenKen(r) Puzzles by Deepak Kulkarni is the ideal bridge from the solving of elementary puzzles to algebra. While some puzzles are suitable for all ages, the majority are accessible to grade-school children with no previous exposure to algebraic ideas. Kulkarni's puzzles start with elementary ideas and generalize in much the same way that algebra generalizes arithmetic. I highly recommend this book to teachers trying to motivate their middle school students to study algebra and to those students eager to learn some algebra before their peers do. "
A parent: Thank you for making my child believe that math is fun.