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“Hot X: Algebra Exposed is a must-have for any teen or tween girl who feels nervous about Algebra class." -Washington Post


“Danica McKellar is a great teacher! She's warm and funny, and best of all, she explains algebra so clearly. My wife and I immediately ordered her books [for] our daughters.”—Steven Strogatz, New York Times columnist and professor of mathematics, Cornell University

About the Author

DANICA McKELLAR, famous for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. Her groundbreaking books have been recognized in Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, and NPR's Science Friday, and even as ABC World News Tonight's “Person of the Week” feature. Visit www.danicamckellar.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica McKellar graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from UCLA, went on to co-write a published math theorem, and continues to be an outspoken role model for young women to excel in math.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By stojoe on August 13, 2012
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I have nothing but praise for Ms. McKellar's series of math books. The latest volume tackles Geometry with the same style as her previous 3 books covered Basic Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra; providing clear explanations of key concepts and examples of how these concepts can be applied to solve numerical problems in the day-to-day lives of her target audience (young women of middle school to high school age).
She is successful at making math understandable ... and fun. Male readers and those of us who have long since put our high school years behind us can learn / re-learn much forgotten math in these volumes. (Keep in mind: McKellar's illustrative stories are geared toward females in grades 5 through 12). The website for each book provides fully worked-out solutions to all the practice problems contained in the main text.
It is also very admirable that Ms. McKellar provides pep-talks in each book to encourage and empower young women to overcome their math anxiety and to never "dumb-down" in order to perpetuate the damaging myth that popular, poised and attractive female students don't "do" math.
Hopefully she will write additional volumes in the future covering the basics of Trigonometry, Pre-Calc and Calculus!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By QtCountrygirlnc on October 1, 2012
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My daughter LOVES IT!!!! First she did not want to read another book for help. But, once she start reading it. She LOVED IT!!! It helps her some much on her math. THANK YOU!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason from the PNW on January 14, 2014
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My daughter loves this book and is getting an "A" in geometry in her freshman year of high school. More importantly she is inspired by Ms. McKellar and is finding math fun. I will be buying all the rest of the books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Williamsmirus on October 14, 2013
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My kids were very frustrate with math for years and those teachers were not very good. I used to love math which was because I had wonderful teachers back then. Now I forgot how to do it and bought all Danica's 4 books. They helped me to refresh my memory of how doing it. I helped my kids and their grades have so much improved now. Some of Danica's tips/tricks are WONDERFUL that I never knew! I hope Danica will make another book for PreCal, Trig and more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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I purchased this book for my grand daughter who is taking geometry this year. She started reading it and came out of her room saying, "Why didn't I have this book sooner, It is great and explains it really well!" I couldn't give this book a bigger compliment. The material is explained in a meaningful way for girls. It relates to their world. Highly recommend for any one going into geometry.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2012
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Danica Mckellar is an actress, and a math teacher. This amazing book that's designed for teens, or anyone who seeks expert math advice, is clear, funny and concise. The author is a Master storyteller, is heartwarming, and is a Great teacher. This book is for any teen that's nervous about Algebra, who will receive important skills and good advice on step-by-step How To Problem Solving. I remember when I needed this help many years ago, and I wish this book was available back then, it would have been extremely helpful! The author delivers expert math education, includes easy to follow math lessons, fun doodles, and real-life stories about personal experiences. In addition, testimonials are included from successful women as the author provides her own feedback, while acting like a personal tutor. Danica has you covered and will have you feeling confident as you take control, while mastering high school geometry. Illuminating, Educational, and extremely helpful. Highly Recommended!
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Danica has truly found her calling. This book is just as amazing as her others. Our 15 year old homeschooled daughter was having a hard time grasping pre-algebra and algebra and we had tried everything from different curriculums, tutors, online resources...None of them helped. We found Danica's pre-algebra book as we were browsing, looking for something different and as soon as our daughter opened the book, the lights came on! She was hooked, not just by the math, but by the way Danica approaches math with a can do attitude. Our daughter read that book cover to cover and within a very short amount of time she was getting it! She breezed through pre-algebra and algebra with the help of Danica's books. It was so great to see our daughter actually excited to do math! She understands it now because of the way Danica presents the problems and the solutions. Now our daughter is onto geometry and the only reference book she uses is Girls Get Curves! Thanks Danica, you have made a math hater into a math lover!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bjorling on October 30, 2012
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I am a big fan of Danica McKellar. I have all of her books. In this book, she introduces Geometry. She writes about lines, triangles, circles, and proofs. The book is geared to girls, but she has a way of explaining math that is relevant and understandable to young people, girls and boys. As one who struggled desperately with math, I wish she was around when I was in school. Now, I actually enjoy math!
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